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Fecund

capable of producing offspring or vegetation

Sacristan

an official in charge of the sacred vessels, vestments, etc., of a church or a religious house

Canticles

an Old Testament book consisting of a collection of love poems traditionally attributed to Solomon but actually written much later

Elegy

a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead

Palmistry

telling fortunes by lines on the palm of the hand

Neurasthenic

a person suffering a nervous breakdown

Bete Noire

a detested person

Orthodoxy

state of following established teachings especially in religion

Eccentric

a person with an unusual or odd personality

Pejorative

expressing disapproval

Discrepancy

a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions

Bourgeois

a member of the middle class

Idiom

an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up

Rue

sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment

Attenuate

become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude

August

profoundly honored

Perpetuity

a state of infinite or indefinitely long duration

Pallid

abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress

Pauper

a person who is very poor

Noblesse oblige

the obligation of those of high rank to be honorable and generous (often used ironically)

Imperiousness

arrogance, commanding presence, overbearingness

Cabal

a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue

Virulent

extremely poisonous or injurious

Sibilant

characterized by a hissing sound

Macabre

gruesome

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