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chide
To speak to someone severely because they have behaved badly.
convent
A building in which nuns (= members of a female religious order) live.
court
To attempt to gain; seek; To try to gain the love or affections of, especially to seek to marry.
deplete
To reduce something in size or amount, especially supplies of energy, money, etc..
high-handed
speaking or acting without considering other people's opinions
impoverish
to make a person or country very poor
manuscript
The original copy of a book or article before it is printed.
peruse
To read through something, especially in order to find the part you are interested in.
priory
a building where the members of a Christian religious community live
rout
To defeat an enemy completely and force them to run away.
tardy
Slow or late in happening or arriving.
vanguard
the people who introduce and develop new ways of thinking, new technologies etc
assiduous
Showing hard work, care, and attention to detail.
autopsy
a medical examination of a dead person's body to find out why they died
avarice
An extremely strong wish to get or keep money or possessions.
capricious
Changing mood or behaviour suddenly and unexpectedly.
contrite
Feeling very sorry and guilty for something bad that you have done.
desirous
Wanting something.
enmity
A feeling of hate.
hideous
Extremely ugly or bad.
rash
A lot of small red spots on the skin.
wilt
if a plant wilts, it gradually bends towards the ground because it needs water or is dying
accomplice
someone who helps another person to do something illegal or wrong
acquit
To decide officially in a law court that someone is not guilty of a particular crime.
apace
very quickly
assent
Official agreement to or approval of an idea, plan, or request.
baffle
To cause someone to be completely unable to understand or explain something.
barge
To hurry somewhere or through a place in a rude and forceful way.
botch
To spoil something by doing it badly.
brat
A child, especially one who behaves badly.
consort
To spend a lot of time in the company of a particular group of people, especially people whose character is not approved of.
culpable
Deserving to be blamed or considered responsible for something bad.
decapitate
To cut off the head of a person.
foetus
A young human being or animal before birth, after the organs have started to develop.
imperil
To put something or someone at risk or in danger of being harmed or destroyed.
jest
Something that is said or done in order to be funny.
lodging
A temporary place to stay.
miscarriage
An early, unintentional end to a pregnancy when the baby is born too early and dies because it has not developed enough.
plume
A large feather.
pygmy
Describes an animal or bird that is one of a type that is smaller than animals or birds of that type usually are.
regicide
A person who kills a king, or the act of killing a king.
rend
To tear or break something violently.
repose
To rest or lie.
solicit
To ask someone for money, information, or help.
testify
To speak seriously about something, especially in a law court, or to give or provide proof.
twig
A small, thin branch of a tree or bush, especially one removed from the tree or bush and without any leaves.
sully
To spoil something that is pure or someone's perfect reputation.
vermin
small animals or insects that cause damage or disease
virility
Male sexual strength or qualities.
clatter
To make continuous loud noises by hitting hard objects against each other, or to cause objects to do this.
crone
An unpleasant or ugly old woman.
cutthroat
Not involving considering or worrying about any harm caused to others.
dough
Flour mixed with water and often yeast, fat, or sugar, so that it is ready for baking.
eyrie
The nest of an eagle or other large bird that eats meat, usually built in a high place that cannot be easily reached.
gawk
To look at something or someone in a stupid or rude way.
grunt
(of a pig) to make a low, rough noise.
gullible
Easily deceived or tricked, and too willing to believe everything that other people say.
leech
A fat creature that lives in wet places and fastens itself onto the bodies of humans and animals to feed on their blood.
markedly
in a clear and noticeable way
moan
To make a long, low sound of pain, suffering, or another strong emotion.
opportune
Happening at a time that is likely to produce success or is convenient.
pantry
A small room or large cupboard in a house where food is kept.
parchment
a substance made from animal skin, used in the past for writing on
patter
Continuous and sometimes funny speech or talk, especially used by someone trying to sell things or by an entertainer.
peel
To remove the skin of fruit and vegetables.
pickings
Money that can be earned easily or dishonestly.
quill
Any of the long sharp pointed hairs on the body of a porcupine.; an old-fashioned pen made from a bird's feather
sacrilege
(an act of) treating something holy or important without respect.
sag
To drop down to a lower level in the middle.
slit
To make a long, straight, narrow cut in something.
slurp
To drink a liquid noisily as a result of sucking air into the mouth at the same time as the liquid.
stench
A strong, unpleasant smell.
toll
A small amount of money that you have to pay to use a road, cross a bridge, etc..
vouch
To be able from your knowledge or experience to say that something is true.
shepherd
A person whose job is to take care of sheep and move them from one place to another.
abeyance
A state of not happening or being used at present.
accord
a formal agreement between countries or groups
adhere
To stick firmly.
amiable
Pleasant and friendly.
amiss
Wrong, not suitable, or not as expected.
ancillary
Providing support or help.
annuity
A fixed amount of money paid to someone every year, usually until their death, or the insurance agreement or investment that provides the money that is paid.
arrant
Used to say how bad something is.
auspicious
Suggesting a positive and successful future.
averse
Strongly disliking or opposed to.
awry
Not in the intended way.
beguile
To persuade, attract, or interest someone, sometimes in order to deceive them.
benediction
A prayer asking God for help and protection for someone.
beset
Having a lot of trouble with something, or having to deal with a lot of something that causes problems.
bounden duty
Something that you feel you must do.
bustard
Any of various large, long-legged Old World game birds of the family Otididae that frequent dry, open, grassy plains.
canker
A disease that attacks the wood of trees.
clover
a small plant with leaves that have three round parts
commandeer
To take possession of or control private property by force or for military use.
commence
To begin something.
countenance
your face, or the expression on your face
countess
A woman of high social rank, or the wife of a count or earl.
stick in one's throat/craw
if something ___ in your ___, it is so unpleasant or morally wrong that you cannot accept it
defile
To spoil something or someone so that they are less beautiful or pure.
deliverance
the process of being saved from danger or harm