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knave
an old word for a 'dishonest man'
monastic
Connected with monks or monasteries.
physic
an old word meaning 'medicine'
privy
To be told information that is not told to many people.
putrid
Decayed and having an unpleasant smell.
raving
Complete or extreme, or completely or extremely.
regrettable
Making you feel sad and sorry about something.
reprove
To tell someone that you disapprove of their bad or silly behaviour.
ruff
the fur or feathers that grow around the neck of an animal or bird
strumpet
A female prostitute.
tantrum
A sudden period of uncontrolled anger like a young child's.
tribulation
A problem or difficulty.
visor
a piece of clear plastic that is fixed to the front of a helmet (=hard hat) and protects your face
weep
To cry tears.
whet
if you ____ a blade, you make it sharper using a whetstone
annul
To officially announce that something such as a law, agreement, or marriage no longer exists.
foul
Extremely unpleasant.
clement
Describes weather that is pleasant or not severe.
ecclesiastical
Belonging to or connected with the Christian religion.
governess
(especially in the past) a woman who lives with a family and teaches their children at home.
intransigence
an unreasonable refusal to change your ideas or behaviour
maidenhead
an old word meaning 'a woman's virginity'
overjoyed
Extremely pleased and happy.
plunder
To steal goods violently from a place, especially during a war.
ponce
A man who controls prostitutes and takes a large part of the money that they earn for himself.
relinquish
To give up something such as a responsibility or claim.
renege
To fail to keep a promise or an agreement, etc..
repent
To be very sorry for something bad you have done in the past and wish that you had not done it.
saviour
A person who saves someone from danger or harm.
scripture
The holy writings of a religion.
steadfast
Staying the same for a long time and not changing quickly or unexpectedly.
stricken
Suffering severely from the effects of something unpleasant.
zenith
The best or most successful point or time.
batter
to deliberately hit someone many times
carnal
Relating to the physical feelings and wants of the body.
credence
The belief that something is true.
earthly
Happening in or related to this world and this physical life, not in heaven or relating to a spiritual life.
falcon
a bird that kills other birds and animals for food and can be trained to hunt
fret
To be nervous or worried.
guise
The appearance of someone or something, especially when intended to deceive.
infatuated
Having a very strong but not usually lasting feeling of love or attraction for someone or something.
ounce
A unit of weight equal to approximately 28 grams.
pomegranate
a round fruit that has a hard skin and many thick seeds inside
prejudice
An unfair and unreasonable opinion or feeling, especially when formed without enough thought or knowledge.
ransom
A large amount of money that is demanded in exchange for someone who has been taken prisoner, or sometimes for an animal.
stake
A share or a financial involvement in something such as a business.
supplant
to replace something or someone, often as a result of being more powerful
wholesome
Good for you, and likely to improve your life either physically, morally, or emotionally.
adversity
A difficult or unlucky situation or event.
agitate
To make someone feel worried or angry.
apprehension
Worry about the future, or a fear that something unpleasant is going to happen.
avail
Use, purpose, advantage, or profit.
bequeath
To arrange for money or property to be given to somebody after your death.
chalice
In Christian ceremonies, a large, decorative gold or silver cup from which wine is drunk.
chastity
The state of not having sexual relationships or never having had sex.
despondent
Unhappy and with no hope or enthusiasm.
efficacious
Able to produce the intended result.
foreboding
A feeling that something very bad is going to happen soon.
inflammation
A red, painful, and often swollen area in or on a part of your body.
jilt
to tell someone that you want to end your romantic relationship with them
linseed
A type of flax plant grown for its seeds, from which oil is made.
meadow
A field with grass and often wild flowers in it.
meek
Quiet, gentle, and not willing to argue or express your opinions in a forceful way.
ointment
a thick smooth substance that you put on sore or injured skin
ostensibly
used for saying that although someone pretends to have one reason for something, there is in fact another reason
overbearing
Too confident and too determined to tell other people what to do, in a way that is unpleasant.
pestilence
Any very serious infectious disease that spreads quickly and kills large numbers of people.
plaster
a substance that is spread onto walls and ceilings to form a hard smooth surface
procreate
To produce young.
reputed
Said to be the true situation although this is not known to be certain and may not be likely.
sorrel
A plant with sour leaves that are used in cooking and salads.; A brownish orange to light brown.
sympathetic
kind to someone who has a problem and willing to understand how they feel
ulcer
A break in the skin or on the surface of an organ inside the body, which does not heal naturally.
undue
To a level that is more than is necessary, acceptable, or reasonable.
unguent
A thick substance, usually with a pleasant smell, used to treat skin problems or make the skin soft.
vinegar
A sharp-tasting liquid, made especially from sour wine, malt, or cider, that is used to add flavour to or to preserve food.
virulent
a ____ illness is very dangerous, and affects people very quickly
abdicate
If a king or queen abdicates, he or she makes a formal statement that he or she no longer wants to be king or queen.
accede
to do what someone wants or agree with what they say
acclaim
Public approval and praise.
compassion
A strong feeling of sympathy and sadness for the suffering or bad luck of others and a wish to help them.
conceal
To prevent something from being seen or known about.
conjugal
Connected with marriage or the relationship between two married people, especially their sexual relationship.
contempt
A strong feeling of disliking and having no respect for someone or something.
contend
To compete in order to win something.
creed
a set of religious beliefs
deficiency
A state of not having, or not having enough, of something that is needed.
dissemble
To hide your real intentions and feelings or the facts.
dissuade
To persuade someone not to do something.
estranged
an ____ husband or wife is no longer living with their partner
expedient
Helpful or useful in a particular situation, but sometimes not morally acceptable.
expend
To use or spend time, effort, or money.
fabled
famous because of being extremely good, beautiful, or interesting
flippant
Not serious about a serious subject, in an attempt to be funny or to appear clever.
partiality
The fact of unfairly preferring or approving of something.
impound
If the police or someone in authority impounds something that belongs to you, they take it away because you have broken the law.
inadmissible
inadmissible evidence cannot be used in a court of law
indisposed
Ill, especially in a way that makes you unable to do something.
effectual
Effective and successful.
matrimony
The state of being married.