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atone
to show that you are sorry for doing something bad or wrong
awhile
For a short time.
cleat
a metal object that you tie a rope round in order to fasten something in place, especially on a ship
delude
To make someone believe something that is not true.
fealty
loyalty that someone promised to a king or queen in the past
keel
a long thin piece of wood or metal along the bottom of a boat that helps it to balance in the water
lash
to tie something firmly to something else, or to tie two things together firmly using a rope
oar
A long pole with a wide, flat part at one end, used for rowing a boat.
plead
To make an urgent, emotional statement or request for something.
riches
A large amount of money or valuable possessions.
strut
To walk in a proud way trying to look important.
thigh
The part of a person's leg above the knee.
unanimous
a ____ decision, vote, agreement etc is one that everyone agrees with and supports
voyage
A long journey, especially by ship.
alms
Clothing, food, or money that is given to poor people.
arse
The part of your body that you sit on.
banish
To send someone away, especially from their country, and not allow them to come back.
bedchamber
an old word meaning 'bedroom'
betrothed
A person someone has promised to marry or has been promised to as a marriage partner.
biased
Showing an unreasonable like or dislike for a person based on personal opinions.
cardinal
A priest of very high rank in the Roman Catholic Church.
chivalry
Very polite, honest, and kind behaviour, especially by men towards women.
commoner
A person who is not born into a position of high social rank.
conclave
A private meeting at which the discussions are kept secret.
concur
To agree or have the same opinion.
consummate
Perfect, or complete in every way.
destitute
Without money, food, a home, or possessions.
devotion
Loyalty and love or care for someone or something.
dispensation
Special permission, especially from the Church, to do something that is not usually allowed.
dowry
In some societies, an amount of money or property that a woman's parents give to the man she marries.
endow
To give a large amount of money to pay for creating a college, hospital, etc. or to provide an income for it.
entrust
To give someone a thing or a duty for which they are responsible.
gospel
Any of the four books of the Bible that contain details of the life of Jesus Christ.
gown
a special long dress worn by a woman, often for dancing or other special occasions
inconsolable
So sad or disappointed that it is impossible for anyone to make you feel better.
joust
(in the past) to fight with a lance (= a long pointed weapon) while riding on a horse, especially as a sport.
licentious
very interested in sex in a way that is unpleasant or offensive
nunnery
A convent.
papal
relating to the pope
piety
Strong belief in a religion that is shown in the way someone lives.
presumptuous
showing too much confidence and not enough respect
sentiment
A thought, opinion, or idea based on a feeling about a situation, or a way of thinking about something.
signatory
A person, organization, or country that has signed an agreement.
antipathy
A feeling of strong dislike, opposition, or anger.
befit
To be suitable or right for someone or something.
beseech
To ask for something in a way that shows you need it very much.
cleanse
To make something completely clean.
daresay
Used to say that you agree or think that something is true.
dominion
Control over a country or people.
engrave
To cut words, pictures, or patterns into the surface of metal, stone, etc..
generosity
The quality or condition of being generous.
gracious
Behaving in a pleasant, polite, calm way.
groom
To clean an animal, often by brushing its fur.
heresy
an action or belief that opposes the official principles of a religion and is considered wrong
intemperate
(of a person or their behaviour or speech) not controlled and too extreme or violent.
liaison
Communication between people or groups who work with each other.
linen
Strong cloth made from the fibres of the flax plant.
pastry
A food made from a mixture of flour, fat, and water, rolled flat and wrapped round or put over or under other foods and baked.
reconcile
To find a way in which two situations or beliefs that are opposed to each other can agree and exist together.
retinue
A group of people who travel with an important person to help them.
virtuous
Having good moral qualities and behaviour.
alas
an old word used for saying you are sad about something and you wish it had not happened
ardent
Showing strong feelings.
attentive
Listening carefully.
bestow
To give something as an honour or present.
comptroller
someone whose job is to look after the financial aspects of an organization
damsel
an old word for a young woman who is not married
dejected
Unhappy, disappointed, or without hope.
devout
Believing strongly in a religion and obeying all its rules or principles.
dilapidated
Describes something old and in poor condition.
duchy
The area of land owned or ruled by a duke or duchess.
festivity
The parties, meals, and other social activities with which people celebrate a special occasion.
filial
Of a son or daughter.
gout
a painful disease that makes the joints in your toes swell
gratitude
The feeling or quality of being grateful.
indissoluble
Impossible to take apart or bring to an end, or existing for a very long time.
insufferable
extremely unpleasant or annoying
invincible
too strong to be defeated
libertine
A person, usually a man, who lives in a way that is not moral, having sexual relationships with many people.
nay
Used to introduce a second and more extreme phrase in a sentence when the first phrase was not strong enough.
pageant
a play, concert, or other performance based on a historical or religious story
pamphlet
a very thin book with a paper cover, usually given free to people
perseverance
Continued effort and determination.
polemic
A piece of writing or a speech in which a person strongly attacks or defends a particular opinion, person, idea, or set of beliefs.
prelate
An official of high rank in the Christian religion, such as a bishop or an abbot.
rapprochement
An agreement reached by opposing groups or people.
ravish
To give great pleasure to someone.; rape, sexually assault
rehearse
To practise a play, a piece of music, etc. in order to prepare it for public performance.
remiss
Careless and not doing a duty well enough.
shamble
To walk slowly and awkwardly, without lifting your feet correctly.
sheath
a cover used for carrying a knife or a sword
wager
an agreement to win or lose an amount of money depending on the result of a competition or other event
aptitude
A natural ability or skill.
barrister
A type of lawyer in the UK , Australia
bile
The bitter, yellow liquid produced by the liver that helps to digest fat.
brooch
A small piece of jewellery with a pin at the back that is fastened to a woman's clothes.
dally
To waste time or do something slowly.
diligent
Careful and using a lot of effort.
downcast
Sad and without hope.
hypocrite
Someone who says they have particular moral beliefs but behaves in way that shows these are not sincere.