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ascetic
one who leads a life of self-denial; often humorless, grim, sparse, and simple
august
dignified, splendid, and/or noble and revered
diaphanous
transparent 2. insubstantial
immutability
unchanging nature; not developing or evolving; stubbornly permanent
interminable
seemingly endless, long, boring, and frustrating
lurid
horrifying and shocking in graphic nature; detailed, gory, explicit
sedentary
sitting idle
sepulcher
a vault or building used for burial of dead bodies
somnambulist
sleepwalker, or one who is out of touch with reality
declivity
a cliff or steep hill
dissipated
in a person: overindulgent in pleasure, immoral in excess 2. gradually faded away
drollery
slightly odd or quirky humor
effaced
rubbed out; obliterated; erased 2. to behave humbly and respectfully
farcical
absurd, mixed-up, comically confused
gabardine
smooth twill fabric; durable and lightweight. Completely man-made and artificial
gait
manner of walking
imperturbably
without being made uneasy or irritated; calm; not agitated
indissolubly
can not be undone, broken or dissolved; permanent
lugubrious
extremely mournful, sad,
and gloomy
mangroves
tropical evergreen trees of tidal coasts
(near river mouths)
moribund
dying or nearly dead
placidity
calmness; lack of agitation
propitiatory
designed to appease and win favor
rapacious
greedy and grasping; using unscrupulous means to gain desired end
recrudescence
recurring nature; breaking out or becoming active again after a dormant period
sententiously
in a way that is offensive as a result of being moralizing and condescending
truckle
wheeled bed, often kept beneath another for convenient storage
uncongenial
unfriendly and unwelcoming
wanton
Acting without discretion or thought; indiscriminate in choices
worsted
wool, usually in the form of yarn; a product of a specific region of England.
capers
playfully leaps, jumps, and frolic, especially in a mischievous way; or, the action described
deplorable
unacceptable and worthy of condemnation, 2. wretched due to poverty and/or neglect
languidly
slowly, without haste, vigor, or energy, in an indifferent, uncaring manner
Mephistopheles
one of the 7 devils in the Faust legend, the one to whom Faust sold his soul; a synonym for the devil or a demon
prevaricator
person who does not tell the whole truth or who answers indirectly
rapacity
state of being greedy, grasping; act of taking what does not belong to you
trenchant
directly and deliberately hurtful;
intending to cause pain
uncouth
rude, disgusting, impolite
hovel
shack; small building in
poor condition
implacable
stubborn; cannot be moved or persuaded; inflexible
inextricable
cannot be extracted, removed; stuck; permanent
pestiferous
causing discomfort, disgust; annoying or irritating
cipher
complex and puzzling writing system, often used as a code
intrepidity
courage, bravery
malevolently
with malice, evil intent, meaning to do harm
precarious
fragile, uncertain, unstable, risky, dangerous
abject
utterly miserable, hopeless, and/or humiliating
altruistic
unselfish and concerned for the welfare of others; caring - "u" before "i"
postscriptum
end-note; P.S.
rudimentary
short - rude; without luxury or sophistication; basic
scow
flat-bottomed boat suitable for river travel
countenance
facial expression; appearance
craven
cowardly; fearful
disinterred
dug up, unburied, unearthed
evanescent
disappearing quickly;
not lasting long; temporary
harlequin
multi-colored, clown-like
motley
multi-colored or composed of a variety of parts; eccentrically and oddly mixed
pate
scalp; top of head
privation
life without luxuries
(deprived, no privilege)
tepid
mediocre; medium; lukewarm

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