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notorious
famous for something bad
avarice
an extremely strong wish to get or keep money or possessions
valiant
very brave or bravely determined; especially when things are difficult or the situation gives no cause for hope
guffaw
to laugh loudly; especially at something stupid that someone has said or done
hesitant
If you are [...]; you do not do something immediately or quickly because you are nervous or not certain
jape
an activity done to make someone laugh or to trick someone
dismissive
showing that you do not think something is worth considering
obscenity
a very offensive or sexually shocking word or sentence
gilded
covered with a thin layer of gold or a substance that looks like gold
maim
to injure a person so severely that a part of their body will no longer work as it should
amiss
wrong; not suitable; or not as expected
cunning
describes people who are clever at planning something so that they get what they want; especially by tricking other people; or things that are cleverly made for a particular purpose
succulent
food is pleasantly juicy
mock
to laugh at someone; often by copying them in a funny but unkind way
perilous
extremely dangerous
frown
to bring your eyebrows together so that there are lines on your face above your eyes to show that you are annoyed or worried
stark
empty; simple; or obvious; especially without decoration or anything that is not necessary
whim
a sudden wish or idea; especially one that cannot be reasonably explained
parapet
a low wall along the edge of a roof; bridge; etc.
rue
to feel sorry about an event and wish it had not happened
skewer
a long piece of wood or metal used for holding pieces of food; typically meat; together during cooking
relentless
continuing in a severe or extreme way
lilac
a bush or small tree with sweet-smelling purple or white flowers
petulant
easily annoyed and complaining in a rude way like a child
persimmon
a very sweet orange tropical fruit
solar
of or from the sun; or using the energy from the sun to produce electric power
nimble
quick and exact either in movement or thoughts
squire
in the past in England; a man who owned most of the land around a village
scarcely
only just or almost not
paragon
a person or thing that is perfect or has an extremely large amount of a particular good characteristic
yield
to supply or produce something positive such as a profit; an amount of food or information
ponderous
it is boring because it is too slow; long; or serious
craven
extremely cowardly (= not brave)
winch
a machine that lifts heavy objects by turning a chain or rope around a tube-shaped device
doublet
a short; tight jacket worn by European men in the 15th; 16th; and 17th centuries
patronage
the support given to an organization by someone
seize
to take something quickly and keep or hold it
tom
a male cat
wean
to cause a baby or young animal to stop feeding on its mother's milk and to start eating other food; especially solid food; instead
aghast
suddenly filled with strong feelings of shock and worry
defiance
behaviour in which you refuse to obey someone or something
brooding
making you feel uncomfortable or worried; as if something bad is going to happen
haggard
looking ill or tired; often with dark skin under the eyes
bleat
to complain in an annoying way
avalanche
too many things that arrive or happen at the same time
herd
to make animals move together as a group
restive
unwilling to be controlled or be patient
manure
solid waste from animals; especially horses; that is spread on the land in order to make plants grow well
whoop
to give a loud; excited shout; especially to show your enjoyment of or agreement with something
sputter
to make several quick explosive sounds
pelt
to throw a number of things quickly at someone or something
deft
skilful; clever; or quick
linger
to take a long time to leave or disappear
dirk
a type of dagger
precipice
a very steep side of a cliff or a mountain
hollow
to make an empty space inside something
lather
a very upset; angry; or worried condition
desolate
describes a place that is empty and not attractive; with no people or nothing pleasant in it
gaoler
a prison guard
ember
a piece of wood or coal; etc. which continues to burn after a fire has no more flames
tapestry
a piece of cloth with a pattern or picture that is created by sewing or weaving different coloured threads onto a special type of strong cloth
brigands
a thief with a weapon; especially one of a group living in the countryside and stealing from people travelling through the area
hart
male deer
petitioner
a person who is asking for action from a law court
bob
to move up and down in a short quick movement
goad
to make a person or an animal react or do something by continuously annoying or upsetting them
gallant
showing no fear of dangerous or difficult things
liege
obligated to render feudal allegiance and service
defer
to delay something until a later time
denounce
to criticize something or someone strongly and publicly
fealty
the fidelity of a vassal or feudal tenant to his lord
prophetic
saying correctly what will happen in the future