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Blasphemy
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred
Breviary
a mini-bible; a collection of daily songs, readings, and hymns
Clerical
of or pertaining to a clergyman
Complacent
contented - often to a fault
Contrition
state of grieving or being penitent for sin
Credo
"I believe": a formal declaration of one's beliefs; a system of guiding principles or values
Dapper
neat, trim, smart
Deride
laugh at or make fun of while showing a lack of respect
Dubious
doubtful, unreliable, uncertain quality
Furtive
taking pains to avoid being observed, being cautious or appearing suspicious
Gesticulate
to make gestures with hands or body while speaking or to express something
Gringo
Spanish for "white person"
Heresy
opinions or actions most people consider to be blasphemous
Ideology
a system of beliefs or theories forming the basis of economic or political theory and policy.
Jefe
Spanish for "boss"
Juxtaposition
the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect
Lattice
an object or pattern made from crisscrossing two sets of lines leaving diamond-shaped spaces
Layman
anyone who is not a clergyman
Lethargic
lacking energy
Malevolent
evil
Malicious
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
Martyr
a person who is willing to sacrifice for his or her beliefs
Mestizo
a person with racially mixed ancestry
Mortal sin
deliberate sin preventing the soul of receiving divine grace
Ostentatious
intended to attract notice and impress others, especially with wealth in a vulgar way
Parish
a religious unit or area with its own priest
Penitent
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
Piety
reverence for God; the state of being religious
Pious
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner; sometimes in a "holier than thou" manner
Presbytery
body of church officials or the house where clergy resides
Presumptuous
exercising privileges to which one is not entitled
Purgatory
intermediate state where a person makes amends for past sins and becomes fit for heaven
Relic
part of a deceased saint's body or an object previously owned by a saint that is worthy of worship
Remonstrate
argue in protest or opposition
Sallow
an unhealthy yellowish complexion, or to cause such a complexion
Scanty
small in amount, often inadequate
Shrive
to administer sacrament to, to free from guilt or sin, or to absolve from sin
Socialism
an economic system based on government ownership with the ideal of equal benefits to all
Tremulous
quivering, usually from weakness or fear, especially of the voice
Vocation
a divine call both to and from God to the religious life or to God's services
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