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collusion

conspiracy, secret operation

legerdemain

slight of hand, trickery with hand movements

countenanced

to tolerate or approve something

tithe

financial support for church

petulant

sulky, irritable

remote

distant, far away

lethargy

laziness or indifference

gibbered

talked rapidly

skirled

screamed, screeched

spurned

scorned, reject with contempt

goading

prodding, urging someone onward

stalwart

sturdy, strong, faithful

hummock

a little hill or rise in the land

divert

distract

essence

nature of, the main part of something

meager

scanty, inadequate

fatigue

tiredness

illumined

gave light to

edifice

imposing structure

leprosy

a disfiguring disease

waning

shrinking to a new moon

covert

hiding place

monotonous

repetitive and boring

sentinel

guard

monolithic

formed from a single block

escarpment

a long cliff

intercession

a prayer said on the behalf of another person

malignant

harmful

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