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Stories used - Into Thin Air, Dream Come True, The Final Assault, Inferno, Antigone, Iliad, How Much Land Does a Man Need?, The Kaffir Boy, Damon & Pythias, Two Friends

precipitous

extremely steep

discernable

perceptible by the senses or intellect

belay

turn a rope round an object or person in order to secure it or him

encroach

advance beyond the usual limit

undulation

wave-like motion

vociferous

conspicuously and offensively loud

sated

fed beyond capacity or desire

anarchist

person who seeks to overturn the established government

sententiously

in a trite and moralizing way

sultry

characterized by oppressive heat and humidity

transcend

go beyond

deference

courteous yielding to the wishes and ideas of another person; great respect marked by submission, as to a superior

vile

thoroughly unpleasant

piety

devotion and reverence to God

blasphemy

an act, utterance, or writing showing contempt for something sacred

lamentation

expression of regret or sorrow

chorister

a singer in a choir

pique

to irritate, to arouse, to provoke

disparage

express a negative opinion of

forbore

refrained from

aggrieve

v. To give grief or sorrow to.

sheaf

bundle of stalks of grain; any bundle of things tied together

arable

Fit for growing crops (farmland)

fallow

left unplowed and unseeded during a growing season

impediment

something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress, a barrier; obstruction

hindrance

any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

annal

a historical record

reproach

a mild rebuke or criticism; disgrace or shame

unremittingly

constantly or without stopping

beguilement

an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexations

avenger

person who seeks revenge for a wrongdoing

implore

to beg

ardent

characterized by intense emotion

vernal

suggestive of youth; of or occurring in spring.

jauntiness

a breezy liveliness

mannequin

a life-size dummy used to display clothes

immaculate

without fault or error; completely clean and without stain

indefatigable

tireless

ramshackle

appearing ready to collapse, loose and shaky

abject

most unfortunate or miserable

postulate

maintain or assert

honing

perfecting a skill as one would sharpen a blade

flounder

walk with great difficulty

gaunt

very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold

tremulous

trembling; wavering

zeal

excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end

grotesque

distorted and unnatural in shape or size

awe

an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration

writhe

to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)

nimble

moving quickly and lightly

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