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satire
A way of criticizing people or ideas in a humorous way, or a piece of writing or play that uses this style.
sew
To join two pieces of cloth together by putting thread through them with a needle.
shameless
Not ashamed, especially about something generally considered unacceptable.
solemn
Serious and without any humour.
sorely
Extremely; very much.
swan
A large, usually white bird with a long neck that lives on rivers and lakes.
thrifty
Showing a careful use of money, especially by avoiding waste.
vacancy
A space or place that is available to be used.; a job that is available for someone to do
venerate
To honour or very much respect a person or thing.
bedlam
A noisy situation with no order.
coerce
To persuade someone forcefully to do something that they are unwilling to do.
condescend
If you ____ to do something, you agree to do something that you do not consider to be good enough for your social position.
deflower
To have sex with a woman who has never had sex before.
dimple
A small hollow place, especially one that appears on a person's face when they smile.
forfeiture
The loss of rights, property, or money, especially as a result of breaking a legal agreement.
frugal
Careful when using money or food, or (of a meal) cheap or small in amount.
guile
Clever but sometimes dishonest behaviour that you use to deceive someone.
indignant
Angry because of something that is wrong or not fair.; resentful, angry
intercede
To use your influence to persuade someone in authority to forgive another person, or save this person from punishment.
jeopardise
to risk damaging or destroying something important
murmur
To speak or say something very quietly.
obdurate
Extremely determined to act in a particular way and not to change despite what anyone else says.
perjure
To tell a lie in a law court, after promising formally to tell the truth.
pertain
to be directly related to something
preside
To be in charge of a formal meeting or ceremony.
procure
To get something, especially after an effort.
peculiar
Unusual and strange, sometimes in an unpleasant way.
relent
To act in a less severe way towards someone and allow something that you had refused to allow before.
slander
A false spoken statement about someone that damages their reputation, or the making of such a statement.
trifle
Something of little importance or value.; A small amount; a jot.
vicar
a priest in the Church of England
warden
A person who is in charge of (the people in) a particular building.
avowed
publicly claimed or promised; Stated.
forthwith
Immediately.
thither
an old word meaning 'to that place' or 'in that direction'
yonder
In the place or direction shown; over there.
hearken
To listen attentively; give heed.
nigh
to be going to happen soon
frisson
a sudden strong feeling of excitement, fear, or pleasure
arraign
To formally accuse someone in a law court of a particular crime and ask them to say if they are guilty or not.
attain
To reach or succeed in getting something.
bowel
The long tube that carries solid waste from the stomach out of the body.
celibacy
a state of not having sex for a period of time, or never having sex
commute
to travel regularly to and from work
concubine
a woman in the past who had a sexual relationship with an important man but was not married to him
disagreeable
not pleasant or enjoyable
earnest
serious, determined, and meaning what you say
hereafter
starting from this moment. This word is often used in official and legal documents
morrow
The next day, or tomorrow.
obstinacy
the quality of being unwilling to be reasonable and change your behaviour, plans, or ideas
penury
The state of being extremely poor.
preclude
To prevent something or make it impossible, or prevent someone from doing something.
regent
someone who governs a country in the place of a king or queen who is ill, young, or not available to govern
repugnant
If behaviour or beliefs, etc. are repugnant, they are very unpleasant, causing a feeling of disgust.
taciturn
Tending not to speak much.
abnegation
the act of giving up something, especially something you would like to keep
aegis
With the protection or support of someone or something, especially an organization.
aloft
In the air or in a higher position.
beacon
A light or fire on the top of a hill that acts as a warning or signal.
beget
To be the father of.; to cause something to happen or be created
betwixt
Between two positions, choices, or ideas; not really one thing or the other.
bliss
Perfect happiness.
celestial
Of or from the sky or outside this world.
crummy
Of very bad quality.
cunning
someone who is ____ uses their intelligence to get what they want, especially by tricking or cheating people
desiccated
____ food has had all the water taken out of it in order to preserve it; dried
discord
disagreement between people
fizzle
to gradually fail, become less enthusiastic, or disappear, especially after starting successfully
imperious
Unpleasantly proud and expecting to be obeyed.
abbot
A man who is in charge of a monastery.
abomination
Something that you dislike and disapprove of.
absent-minded
Describes someone who often forgets things or does not pay attention to what is happening near them because they are thinking about other things.
bale
A large amount of something such as hay, paper, wool, or cloth that has been tied tightly together.
bugger
A silly or annoying person.
denunciation
very strong public criticism of someone or something
depraved
Morally bad or evil.
detest
To hate someone or something very much.
enormity
the fact that something is morally wrong, or the degree to which it is morally wrong
faint-hearted
not brave or enthusiastic
gilded
covered with a very thin layer of gold
hail
Small hard balls of ice that fall from the sky like rain.
impediment
Something that makes progress, movement, or achieving something difficult or impossible.
jolly
Happy and smiling.
omnipotent
Having unlimited power and able to do anything.
recollection
A memory of something.
redeem
To make something or someone seem less bad.
impetuous
Likely to do something suddenly, without considering the results of your actions.
incapacitate
To make someone unable to work or do things normally, or unable to do what they intended to do.
methinks
an old word meaning 'I think'. This is sometimes still used in a humorous way.
mote
Something, especially a piece of dust, that is so small it is almost impossible to see.
perturbed
worried or upset by something
rampart
A large wall built round a town, castle, etc. to protect it.
rue
To feel sorry about an event and wish it had not happened.
snuff something out
to extinguish something, such as a flame.
strife
Violent or angry disagreement.
stupefied
extremely surprised or shocked
unerring
Never failing to hit a target.; always right or accurate
wring
to twist and squeeze something in order to remove liquid from it
dunk
To put a biscuit, piece of bread, etc. into a liquid such as tea or soup for a short time before eating it.
besmirch
To say bad things about someone to influence other people's opinion of them.