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Fred & Bona Personal List

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brigades
n. large body of troops
brooch
n. A relatively large decorative pin or clasp
dais
n. a raised platform, as at the front of a room, for a lectern, throne, seats of honor, etc.
derisively
adj. jeering; contemptuous; mocking
esplanade
n An open stretch of sidewalk/pavement or grass, usually next to a body of water.
lassitude
n. weariness of body or mind from strain, oppressive climate, etc.
loincloths
n. a piece of cloth worn around the hips
portal
n. A large, impressive gate or entrance to a building
provocation
n something that incites, instigates, angers, or irritates
pyre
n. a large pile of wood on which a dead body is placed and burned in a funeral ceremony
sieve
n. an instrument with a meshed or perforated bottom, used for separating coarse from fine parts of loose matter, for straining liquids, etc.
submission
n. the act of giving over or yielding to the power or authority of another
sweatshop
n. a shop employing workers at low wages, for long hours, and under poor conditions.
taut
adj. tightly drawn; tense; not slack
transgression
n. violation of a law, command, etc.; sin
tunic
n. a gownlike outer garment, with or without sleeves and sometimes belted
upturned
adj. turned or directed upward; turned over; upside down
vice
n. an immoral or evil habit or practice
vindicate
v. to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like
vocations
n. a particular occupation, business, or profession; calling
whim
n. an odd or capricious notion or desire; a sudden or freakish fancy
admonition
n. counsel, advice, or caution.
ambling
v. to go at a slow, easy pace; stroll; saunter
avaricious
adj. characterized by avarice; greedy; covetous.
bureau
n. a division of a government department or an independent administrative unit.
capering
v. to leap or skip about in a sprightly manner; prance; frisk; gambol.
cobbles
n. a cobblestone.
comrade
n. a person who shares in one's activities, occupation, etc.; companion, associate, or friend.
contrite
adj. caused by or showing sincere remorse.
dire
adj. causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible
dirge
n. a funeral song or tune, or one expressing mourning in commemoration of the dead.
en route
n. on the way
exasperate
v. to irritate or provoke to a high degree; annoy extremely
exertion
n. vigorous action or effort
fidelity
n. strict observance of promises, duties, etc.
footpad
n. a highwayman or robber who goes on foot
gambol
v. to skip about, as in dancing or playing; frolic.
hobnob
n. to associate on very friendly terms (usually fol. by with)
industriously
adv. working energetically and devotedly; hard-working; diligent
ingenuity
n. the quality of being cleverly inventive or resourceful; inventiveness
intimacy
n. a close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group.
lowliness
adj. humble in station, condition, or nature
martyr
n. a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounce his or her religion.
potentate
n. a person who possesses great power, as a sovereign, monarch, or ruler.
quell
v. to suppress; put an end to; extinguish
repentance
n. regret for any past action
sublime
adj. elevated or lofty in thought, language, etc
tenement
n. an apartment or room that is rented
therein
adv. in or into that place or thing.
unquench
v. to slake, satisfy, or allay
valiantly
adv. boldly courageous; brave; stout-hearted:
vicinity
n. the area or region near or about a place
wailful
adj. mournful; plaintive
accommodate
v. to do a kindness or a favor to
bashfully
adv. uncomfortably diffident and easily embarrassed; shy; timid
buxom
adj. (of a woman) healthy, plump, cheerful, and lively
condescend
v. to behave as if one is conscious of descending from a superior position, rank, or dignity
consent
n. to permit, approve, or agree
crimson
adj. deep purplish-red
disposition
n. state of mind regarding something
dowry
n. the money, goods, or estate that a wife brings to her husband at marriage
expounding
v. to set forth or state in detail
foremost
adj. first in place, order, rank, etc.
hearth
n. the floor of a fireplace, usually of stone, brick, etc., often extending a short distance into a room
kin
n. a person's relatives collectively
kith
n. acquaintances, friends, neighbors, or the like
matrimony
n. marriage
mercenary
adj. working merely for money or other reward
platter
n. A large shallow dish or plate, used especially for serving food
sedately
adj. calm, quiet, or composed; undisturbed by passion or excitement
substantial
adj. of ample or considerable amount, quantity, size, etc.; wealthy or influential
avidity
n. eagerness; greediness
clammy
adj. covered with a cold, sticky moisture; cold and damp
cognizance
n. awareness, realization, or knowledge; notice; perception
condemned
v. to pronounce to be guilty; sentence to punishment
delirious
adj. Marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion; ecstatic
downcast
adj. Low in spirits; depressed
endeavors
v. to exert oneself to do or effect something; make an effort
inquiries
n. a seeking or request for truth, information, or knowledge
environed
v. to form a circle or ring round; surround; envelop
enwrapped
v. to wrap or envelop in something
fiendish
adj. diabolically cruel and wicked
flog
v. to beat with a whip, stick, etc., esp. as punishment
fortnight
n. two weeks
imperceptible
adj. very slight, gradual, or subtle
inanition
n. exhaustion from lack of nourishment; starvation
ingenuity
n. the quality of being cleverly inventive or resourceful
inn
n. a commercial establishment that provides lodging, food, etc., for the public, esp. travelers
inquisitorial
adj. of or pertaining to any harsh, difficult, or prolonged questioning
landlord
n. a person or organization that owns and leases apartments to others
masonry
n. the craft or occupation of one who builds or works with stone or brick
meekness
adj. humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others
mirth
n. gaiety or jollity, esp. when accompanied by laughter
monkish
adj. resembling a monk
monstrosities
n. a monster or something monstrous
obstruction
n. something that blocks something
pertinacity
n. persistence
prostrate
v. to cast (oneself) face down on the ground in humility, submission, or adoration
riotous
adj. boisterous or uproarious; hilariously funny
rubles
n. a silver or copper-alloy coin and monetary unit of Russia
samovar
n. a metal urn, used esp. by Russians for heating water for making tea
scimitar
n. A curved Asian sword with the edge on the convex side
spectres
n. some object or source of terror or dread
stooped
v. to bend the head and shoulders, or the body generally, forward and downward from an erect position
sulphurous
adj. Fiery; hellish
surcingle
n. a belt or girth that passes around the belly of a horse and over the blanket, pack, saddle, etc.
swooned
v. to faint; lose consciousness
thronging
v. to assemble, collect, or go in large numbers; crowd
troika
n. a Russian carriage, wagon, or sleigh drawn by a team of three horses abreast
unjustly
adj. lacking in justice or fairness
Filleted
v. to bind or adorn with a narrow strip of ribbon or similar material, often worn as a headband
Incense
n. an aromatic gum or other substance producing a sweet odor when burned, used in religious ceremonies, to enhance a mood, etc
Litanies
n. a ceremonial or liturgical form of prayer consisting of a series of invocations or supplications with responses that are the same for a number in succession.
Venerable
adj. commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity;
Boon
n. something to be thankful for; blessing; benefit.
Spurned
v. to reject with disdain; scorn
Besiege
v. to crowd or crowd in on
Buffeted
v. a blow, as with the hand or fist.
blight
v. to cause to wither or decay; blast
travail
n. painfully difficult or burdensome work; toil
Divinity
n. deity; godhood
Prompting
v. done, performed, delivered
Succor
n. help, relieve, aid
Rede
v. advise, counsel, explain
Laurels
n. A small European tree
Yore
n. time past; long time ago
Avail
v. to be of use or value
Sluggard
n. a person who is habitually lazy
Tarrying
v. to remain in place
extirpate
v. to remove or destroy completely
Inveterate
adj. settled or confirmed in a habit, practice, feeling, or the like
Expiation
n. the means by which atonement or reparation is made
Miscreant
adj. depraved, villainous, or base
Sovereign
n. a monarch; a king, queen, or other supreme ruler
knaves
n. an unprincipled, untrustworthy, or dishonest person
Suborned
v. to bribe or induce (someone) unlawfully or secretly to perform some misdeed or to commit a crime
Slew
v. to kill by violence
Hither
adv. to or toward the place
penance
n. a punishment undergone in token of penitence for sin
woes
n. grievous distress, affliction, or trouble
targe
n. small round shield; target
levin
n. lightning
Snooded
to bind or confine (the hair) with a band