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navel
a small round place in the middle of someone's stomach where they were separated from their mother at birth.
nod
to move your head first downwards and then upwards, to answer 'Yes' to a question or to show that you agree, approve, or understand
profess
To state something, sometimes in a way that is not sincere.
promontory
A narrow area of high land that sticks out into the sea.
ransack
To search a place or container in a violent and careless way.
scruple
a moral principle that prevents you from doing something that you think is bad
seemly
Socially suitable and polite.
sup
to drink something slowly taking small sips
veil
A piece of thin material worn by women to cover the face or head.
vocation
a job that you do because you feel it is your purpose in life and for which you have special skills
adultery
Sex between a married man or woman and someone he or she is not married to.
consolation
Something that makes someone who is sad or disappointed feel better.
copula
A type of verb, of which the most common is 'be', that joins the subject of the verb with a complement.
creak
When a door, floorboard, etc. creaks, it makes a long low sound when it moves or is moved.
futile
(of actions) having no effect or achieving nothing.
kindle
to start a fire by lighting small pieces of wood or paper that will burn easily
courteous
Polite and showing respect.
nuptial
Belonging or relating to a marriage or to the state of being married.
pastime
An activity that is done for enjoyment.
smug
Too pleased or satisfied about something you have achieved or something you know.
substantive
Important, serious, or related to real facts.
temerity
A willingness to do or say something that shocks or upsets other people.
tyrant
A ruler who has unlimited power over other people, and uses it unfairly and cruelly.
vile
Unpleasant, immoral, and unacceptable.
voluptuous
Describes a woman who has a soft, curved, sexually attractive body.
abbey
A building where monks or nuns live or used to live. Some abbeys are now used as churches.
accountable
Someone who is ____ is completely responsible for what they do and must be able to give a satisfactory reason for it.
anoint
to put oil on a part of someone's body in a religious ceremony
answerable
if you are ____ to someone, you have to explain to them the reasons for your actions or mistakes
blatant
Describes something bad that is very obvious or intentional.
canvass
To try to get political support or votes, especially by visiting all the houses in an area.
convene
to arrange a formal meeting, or to gather for a meeting
disquiet
a feeling of being very worried or nervous
dissent
strong disagreement, especially with what people in authority think or with what the majority of people think
edict
An official order, especially one that is given in a forceful and unfair way.
erroneous
Wrong or false.
indulgence
the act of doing or having something that is not good for you
ingenious
an ____ plan, piece of equipment etc uses new and clever ideas
layman
someone who is not trained to a high or professional standard in a particular subject
lute
a musical instrument like a guitar that people played in the past
newfangled
Recently made for the first time, but not always an improvement on what existed before.
penance
An act that shows that you feel sorry about something that you have done, sometimes for religious reasons.
precept
A rule for action or behaviour, especially obtained from moral thought.
presage
To show or suggest that something, often something unpleasant, will happen.
recant
to say that something you said was not true
redress
To put right a wrong or give payment for a wrong that has been done.
reinstate
to give someone their previous job or position again
sermon
a speech made by a priest or religious leader, especially as part of a religious ceremony
abjure
To say formally or publicly that you no longer agree with a belief or way of behaving.
abound
To exist in large numbers.
all-round
Describes a person who has many different types of skills and abilities.
antagonize
To make someone dislike you or feel opposed to you.
attendant
someone whose job is to help customers or people who visit a public place
barren
Unable to produce plants or fruit.
brethren
(used as a form of address to members of an organization or religious group) brothers.
brothel
a place where men pay to have sex with prostitutes
caveat
A warning to consider something before acting further, or a statement that limits a more general statement.
christen
To give a baby a name at a Christian ceremony and make him or her a member of the Christian Church.
clamour
To make a loud complaint or demand.
conceited
Too proud of yourself and your actions and abilities.
condone
To accept or allow behaviour that is wrong.
consecrate
To officially make something holy and able to be used for religious ceremonies.
consign
To send something to someone.; to put someone or something somewhere, especially because you do not want to deal with them
constable
in the UK, a police officer of the lowest rank
convocation
a formal meeting of the senior members of a church or university
coronation
A ceremony at which a person is made king or queen.
courtier
A companion of a queen, king, or other ruler in their official home, especially in the past.
demeanour
A way of looking and behaving.
dowager
A woman of high social rank whose husband is dead but who has a title and property because of her marriage to him.
duchess
(the title of) a woman who is married to a duke or who has the rank of duke.
excommunicate
When the Christian Church, especially the Roman Catholic Church, excommunicates someone, it refuses to give them communion and does not allow them to be involved in the Church.
fanfare
A loud, short piece of music played on brass instruments, often to announce something important.
fornicate
To have sex with someone who you are not married to.
friar
A man belonging to one of several Roman Catholic religious groups, whose members often promise to stay poor.
hankering
A strong wish.
harlot
an old word meaning 'prostitute' (=woman who has sex for money)
heave
To move something heavy using a lot of effort.
idolatry
Very great admiration or respect for someone, often too great.; the worship of idols
indictment
something that shows how bad or wrong something is
inflict
To force someone to experience something very unpleasant.
injurious
Harmful.; causing harm or damage
lewd
(of behaviour, speech, dress, etc.) sexual in an obvious and rude way.
liberate
To help someone or something to be free.
machinations
Complicated and secret plans to get power or control.
mirth
Laughter, humour, or happiness.
nought
The number 0 or zero.
ordain
To officially make someone a priest or other religious leader, in a religious ceremony.
penitent
Showing that you are sorry for something you have done because you feel it was wrong.
pious
Strongly believing in religion, and living in a way that shows this belief.
plenary
a ____ meeting is intended for all the people in a particular group
pliable
A ____ substance bends easily without breaking or cracking.
preacher
A person, usually a priest, who gives a religious speech.
prerogative
Something that certain people are able or allowed to do or have, but is not possible or allowed for everyone.
procrastinate
To keep delaying something that must be done, often because it is unpleasant or boring.
quarrel
An angry disagreement between two or more people or groups.
recalcitrant
(of a person) unwilling to obey orders or to do what should be done, or (of an animal) refusing to be controlled.
refute
To say or prove that a person, statement, opinion, etc. is wrong or false.
regal
Very special and suitable for a king or queen.
reverent
Showing great respect and admiration.
righteous
Morally correct.