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dell
a small valley
deplore
To say or think that something is very bad.
derision
The situation in which someone or something is laughed at and considered stupid or of no value.
detestable
Describes people or things that you hate very much.
devious
Describes people or plans and methods that are dishonest, often in a complicated way, but often also clever and successful.
disembowel
to kill someone by cutting open their stomach and removing their intestines
disrepute
The state of not being trusted or respected.
doctrine
A belief or set of beliefs, especially political or religious ones, that are taught and accepted by a particular group.
dray
A large, low carriage with four wheels, pulled by horses.
duly
In the correct way or at the correct time; as expected.
epiphany
The moment when you suddenly feel that you understand, or suddenly become conscious of, something that is very important to you, or a powerful religious experience.
exodus
The movement of a lot of people from a place.
expulsion
(the act of) forcing someone, or being forced, to leave a school, organization, or country.
facetious
Not serious about a serious subject, in an attempt to be funny or to appear clever.
faction
A group within a larger group, especially one with slightly different ideas from the main group.
felon
A person who is guilty of a serious crime.
fiat
An order given by a person in authority.
flay
To remove the skin from a person's or animal's body.
folly
The fact of being stupid, or a stupid action, idea, etc..
formulate
To develop all the details of a plan for doing something.
frail
Weak or unhealthy, or easily damaged, broken, or harmed.
frantic
Almost out of control because of extreme emotion, such as worry.
gallant
Showing no fear of dangerous or difficult things.
garland
A circle made of flowers and leaves worn around the neck or head as a decoration.
grievance
A complaint or a strong feeling that you have been treated unfairly.
grievous
Having very serious effects or causing great pain.
grudge
A strong feeling of anger and dislike for a person who you feel has treated you badly, which often lasts for a long time.
halter
A piece of rope or a leather strap that is tied around an animal's head so that it can be led by someone or tied to something.
heinous
Very bad and shocking.
ignominious
(especially of events or behaviour) embarrassing because of being a complete failure.
incest
Sexual activity involving people who are closely related and not legally allowed to marry.
infirmity
Illness, especially for long periods or because of old age.
ingrate
A person who is not grateful.
insurrection
An organized attempt by a group of people to defeat their government and take control of their country, usually by violence.
jaded
Not having interest or losing interest because something has been experienced too many times.
lass
A girl or young woman.
lenient
Not as severe or strong in punishment or judgment as would be expected.
manifold
Many and of several different types.
mingle
To mix or combine, or be mixed or combined.
mischief
Behaviour, especially a child's, that is slightly bad but is not intended to cause serious harm or damage.
mumble
To speak quietly and in a way that is not clear so that the words are difficult to understand.
nostrum
an idea for solving a problem, especially an idea that is unlikely to be effective
notwithstanding
Despite the fact or thing mentioned.
ordnance
military supplies, especially weapons, missiles, and bombs
paragon
someone who is perfect or who is the best possible example of a particular quality
parched
(especially of earth or crops) dried out because of too much heat and not enough rain.
parley
A discussion between two groups of people, especially one that is intended to end an argument.
peerage
the position of being a peer in the UK
fancier
Someone who has an interest in and breeds a particular animal or plant.
potent
Very powerful, forceful, or effective.
prawn
A small sea creature with a shell and ten legs, that can be eaten.
promulgate
To spread beliefs or ideas among a lot of people.
providential
Happening exactly when needed but without being planned.
quack
a doctor who is not very good, or someone who cheats people by pretending to be a doctor
quail
a small bird that people shoot and eat
rascal
A person, especially a child or a man, who does things that you disapprove of, but who you still like.
refrain
to stop yourself from doing something. This word is often used in official announcements or signs
repudiate
To refuse to accept something or someone as true, good, or reasonable.
repute
A bad, good, etc. reputation.
reverence
A feeling of respect or admiration for someone or something.
ringleader
a leader of a group of people who are doing something illegal or wrong
ripen
To (cause to) become ripe.
scald
To burn the skin with boiling liquid or steam.
scion
A young member of a rich and famous family.
scrub
To rub something hard in order to clean it, especially using a stiff brush, soap, and water.
sedition
Language or behaviour that is intended to persuade other people to oppose their government.
sergeant
A soldier of middle rank.
solicitous
Showing care and helpful attention to someone.
sow
To put seeds in or on the ground so that plants will grow.
splinter
A small, sharp, broken piece of wood, glass, plastic, or similar material.
spout
To gush forth in a rapid stream or in spurts.; A tube, mouth, or pipe through which liquid is released or discharged.
squander
To waste money or supplies, or to waste opportunities by not using them to your advantage.
stature
The good reputation a person or organization has, based on their behaviour and ability.; The natural height of a human or animal in an upright position.
subdue
To reduce the force of something, or to prevent something from existing or developing.
thump
To hit someone with your fist (= closed hand) or to hit something and cause a noise.
transgress
To break a law or moral rule.
truce
A short interruption in a war or argument, or an agreement to stop fighting or arguing for a period of time.
truss
To tie the arms and legs of someone together tightly and roughly with rope to prevent them from moving or escaping.
lace
A decorative cloth made by twisting thin thread in delicate patterns with holes in them.
unremitting
Never stopping, becoming weaker, or failing.
vagabond
A person who has no home and usually no job, and who travels from place to place.
verge
The edge or border of something.; a footballing talent verging on genius
vex
To cause difficulty to someone, or to cause someone to feel angry, annoyed, or upset.
vouchsafe
To tell or give something to someone.
wafer
A very thin, dry biscuit that is often sweet.
wean
to make a baby stop taking its mother's milk and start to eat solid food
console
To make someone who is sad or disappointed feel better by giving them comfort or sympathy.
armoury
All the weapons and military equipment that a country owns.
buccaneer
a sailor in the past who attacked and stole from other ships
drool
To allow saliva (= liquid in the mouth) to flow out of your mouth.
journeyman
A worker who has a skill making them able to do a particular job, and who usually works for someone else.
ashen
Without colour, or pale grey in colour.
fell
to cut down a tree
dusk
The time before night when it is not yet dark.
growl
To make a low, rough sound, usually in anger.
grub
An insect in the stage when it has just come out of its egg.
jitters
A feeling of nervousness that you experience before something important happens.
weed
a plant that grows easily and is usually found in places where you do not want it
vineyard
A piece of land on which vines are grown.
mitt
A special type of glove for protecting a person's hand, especially a thick leather glove used for catching a baseball.