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Southern Gothic Vocabulary

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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