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effeminate
(adj.) having feminine qualities untypical of a man; unmanly in appearance/manner
ambiguous
(adj.) doubtful or uncertain; capable of being understood in two or more possible senses or ways.
martial
military; warlike; soldierly
transgression
wrongdoing; sin
adversary
enemy, foe, rival
apothecary
(n.) one who prepares & sells drugs/compounds for medicinal purposes, pharmacist.
vile
(adj.) worthless or cheap; wicked; disgusting, revolting, despicable
boisterous
(adj.) energetic, lively, rowdy
vengeance
(n.) punishment inflicted in retaliation for an injury or offense; retribution
supple
(n.) flexible, agile, lithe, limber; adaptable
shroud
(n.) burial cloth, pall; also means to cover or envelop
dexterity
(n.) physical or mental skill; deftness, adroitness
siege
(n./v.) a military blockade of a city or fortified place to compel it to surrender;
a persistent or serious attack (as of illness)
procure
(v.) to get or obtain
primacy
(n.) the state of being first (as in importance, order, or rank)
motif
(n.) a dominant idea or central theme; a single or repeated design or color
lamentable
(adj.)-distressing; sad; regrettable, disappointing
salutation
(n.) a greeting, salute, welcome
carrion
(n.) decaying or decomposing flesh
wanton
(adj.) immoral; excessive; unruly
forfeit
(v.) to give something up; to be deprived of something; to surrender
(n.) punishment; penalty for wrongdoing or for breaking the law
fray
(n.) a noisy fight; a brawl; fracas; dispute
rapier
(n.) sword with a long slender blade; steel; weapon; foil
augment
(v.)to increase, enlarge
pernicious
(adj.)causing great injury or ruin
presage
(v.) to foretell something; predict
(n.) an omen, sign, warning; portent
inauspicious
(adj.) unpromising, unfavorable, ill-fated
nuptial
(adj.) of marriage nuptials = pl. noun- wedding
hierarchy
(n.) a formally ranked group; order
fickle
indecisive; capricious; changeable; inconsistent
rhetoric
(n.) persuasive speech or writing; can also mean: pretentious words; empty talk
autonomy
(n.) self-governance/government; independence
enmity
(n.) a feeling or condition of hostility, hatred, acrimony, rancor
juxtaposition
(n.) the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side;
exile
(v.) to banish; expel; deport
(n.) a person who is banished or exiled
consummation
close, closing, conclusion, finale, end; completion of a deal or project
also means: the legal completion of the marriage contract by sex.
ravage
(v.) to wreak havoc on; affect destructively
purge
(v.) remove something undesirable; to free somebody of guilt/sin; to vomit
predominant
having controlling, ruling or dictating influence over others
vial
(n.) a small glass bottle
sepulcher
(n.) tomb, greave, crypt, mausoleum, vault
peruse
(v.) to examine or consider with attention and in detail; scrutinize, inspect
(v.) to read closely or carefully; pore over
ALERT! Can also mean the opposite: (v.) to read quickly; to scan; to skim
obsequies
(used almost always in the pl. noun form. Singular form = obsequy) funeral rites; burial rites
pestilence
(n.) disease, epidemic of disease; a plague
absolve
(v.) to pardon, forgive, excuse
ebb
(v.) to recede from the shore; to dimish
sallow
(adj.)of a sickly, pale-yellowish complexion
prorogue
(v.) to postpone or delay