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ideology
manner of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culture
paradox
statement seemingly contradictory
theocracy
government by church officials
villainy
wretched, evil conduct
quaking
shivering, shaking, quivering with fear
dissembling
concealing under a false appearance with the intent to deceive
propriety
the state of being proper, appropriateness; standards of what is proper or socially acceptable
faction
a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue
ameliorate
to make better
deference
a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
gibberish
nonsense; unintelligible speech
providence
the guardianship and control exercised by a deity
sniveling
To sniffle; complain or whine tearfully
vindictive
showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt
smirched
discredited or disgraced
corroborating
supporting with evidence or authority
abyss
a bottomless gulf or pit
trepidation
fear, trembling, agitation
subservient
compliant and obedient to authority
calumny
an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
titillated
excited or aroused
sidles
moves or turns sideways in a furtive manner
pilgrimage
a journey to a sacred place
pretense
the act of giving a false appearance
notorious
having an exceedingly bad reputation
prodigious
so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe
canny
showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others
arbitrate
act between parties with a view to reconciling differences
contiguous
very close or connected in space or time
defers
submits to another's wishes, opinion, or governance usually through deference or respect
fathom
come to understand
anarchy
a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)
tract
a defined area of land
inculcation
teaching or impressing upon the mind by frequent instruction or repetition
blanched
paled; whitened
evade
avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
truck
have dealings; trade
compact
an agreement or contract among a group of people
pallor
paleness
poppet
a small doll
flailing
searching in frustration
"cry me out"
accuse me as a witch
wily
crafty, cunning
daft
(adj.) - insane, foolish
tainted
contaminated; corrupted
quail
to recoil in dread or terror
affadavit
sworn statement in writing
imperceptible
slight, gradual, or subtle
befuddled
muddled, stupefied, confused
plaintiff
one who brings a court action against another
effrontery
shameless boldness
immaculate
free from stain or blemish
qualm
(n.) a pang of conscience, uneasiness, misgiving, or doubt; a feeling of faintness or nausea
ipso facto
by the fact itself
probity
complete honesty and integriity
gait
pace; manner or rate of moving or progress
callously
in a manner of feeling or showing no emotion
manifest
evidence; appearance; sign
auger
hand tool for boring holes
incredulously
skeptically; with disbelief
base
degrading; contemptuous
slovenly
lazily shipshod
gulling
taking advantage of, deceiving
gaunt
very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
agape
being in a state of wonder
gibbet
gallows
excommunication
formal exclusion from membership or participation in a church
conciliatory
making peace; attempting to resolve a dispute through goodwill
beguile
to deceive, to mislead, to persuade with charm
floundering
awkward struggling
reprieve
a temporary relief or delay; to grant a postponement
adamant
unyielding; firm in opinion
cleave
To cling to or be faithful to
disputation
verbal controversy; debate; argument
sibilance
hissing sound