29 terms

Gift of the Magi vocabulary

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rebellion
an act of violent and open resistance
imputation
An accusation; placing blame for something wrong
coveted
to wish for or desire wrongly
vestibule
an antechamber, hall, or lobby next to the outer door of a building
parsimony
stinginess; excessive frugality
chronicle
a factual written account
agile
able to move quickly and easily
depreciate
to lessen the price or value
assertion
a confident and forceful statement of fact or belief.
falter
start to lose strength or momentum
cascade
a small waterfall; to fall like a waterfall.
subside
become less intense, or severe
ransack
to go hurriedly through a place stealing things or causing damage
inconsequential
not significant, unimportant
ravage
cause severe and extensive damage to
prudence
wisdom, caution, or restraint
instigate
to bring about or initate
predominate
be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
sterling
(adj.) genuine, excellent; made of silver that is of standard fineness
patent
evident or obvious
ardent
very enthusiastic, impassioned
mendicancy
the practice of begging
thereunto
to that place, thing
laborious
not easy, requiring hard work
Magi
The "wise men" who came from the East to find the Christ child in Bethlehem.
ironic
(adj.) suggesting an incongruity between what might be expected and what actually happens; unexpected
ornamentation
things added to something to provide decoration
virtue
behavior showing high moral standards
longitudinal
running lengthwise; east to west line

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