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larder
A cupboard or small room used, especially in the past, for storing food in someone's home.
midwifery
The job of being a midwife ( =someone who is trained to help women when they are giving birth).
mouldy
Covered with mould (Any of various fungi that often cause disintegration of organic matter.)
noisome
Very unpleasant and offensive.
odious
Extremely unpleasant and causing or deserving hate.
outstay/overstay your welcome
to stay in a place longer than someone wants you to stay
overweening
Being too proud or confident in yourself.
peddler
Especially in the past, a person who travelled to different places to sell small goods, usually by going from house to house.
perfidious
Unable to be trusted, or showing no loyalty.
persecute
to treat someone extremely badly, or to refuse them equal rights, especially because of their race, religion, or political beliefs
pigsty
a small building on a farm where pigs are kept
pinch
To press something, especially someone's skin, strongly between two hard things such as a finger and a thumb, usually causing pain.
piteous
Causing you to feel sadness and sympathy.
plump
Having a pleasantly soft, rounded body or shape.
preposterous
Very silly or stupid.
prudent
Careful and avoiding risks.
puff
To breathe fast and with difficulty, usually because you have been doing exercise.
quilt
A decorative cover for a bed.
rash
Characterized by or resulting from ill-considered haste or boldness. See Synonyms at reckless.
rebuke
To speak angrily to someone because you disapprove of what they have said or done.
reprehensible
If someone's behaviour is ___, it is extremely bad or unacceptable.
rescind
To make a law, agreement, order, or decision no longer have any (legal) power.
rhyme
Words that rhyme have the same last sound.
riddled
full of a lot of small holes, usually made by bullets
riff-raff
People with a bad reputation or of a low social class.
riven
Violently divided.
sanctify
To make an event or place holy.
scoff
To laugh and speak about a person or idea in a way that shows that you think they are stupid or silly.
sham
Something that is not what it seems to be and is intended to deceive people, or someone who pretends to be something they are not.
shellfish
Sea creatures that live in shells and are eaten as food, or one of these creatures.
slacken
to become slower or less active, or to make something become slower or less active
snarl
(especially of dogs) to make a deep, rough sound while showing the teeth, usually in anger or (of people) to speak or say something angrily and forcefully.
snort
to make a sudden loud noise through your nose, for example because you are angry or laughing
solstice
Either of the two occasions in the year when the sun is directly above either the furthest point north or the furthest point south of the equator that it ever reaches. These are the times in the year, in the middle of the summer or winter, when there are the longest hours of day or night.
soundly
in a way that is strong and reliable
sparrow
A small, grey-brown bird that is especially common in towns.
squint
To partly close your eyes in order to see more clearly.
subjugate
To defeat people or a country and rule them in a way that allows them no freedom.
surety
someone who agrees to pay money if you do not go to court when you should, or if you do not pay money that you owe
tertiary
Relating to a third level or stage.
thimble
a small metal or plastic cup that you wear on your finger to protect it when you are sewing
travesty of justice
a miscarriage of justice; an act of the legal system that is an insult to the system of justice
uproar
A situation in which a lot of people complain about something angrily or make a lot of noise.
wanton
(of something bad, such as damage, cruelty, waste) extreme and showing no care at all.
warrant
To make a particular activity necessary.
whimper
(especially of an animal) to make a series of small, weak sounds, expressing pain or unhappiness.
wintry
Typical of winter.
worldly
Relating to or consisting of physical things and ordinary life rather than spiritual things.
shiver
When people or animals ___, they shake slightly because they feel cold, ill, or frightened.
commandant
An officer who is in charge of a military organization or building, such as a prison for soldiers used during a war.
curt
If someone's manner or speech is curt, it is rude as a result of being very quick.
directorate
A department or organization that is responsible for one particular thing.
fraught
Full of unpleasant things such as problems or dangers.
nominal
In name or thought but not in fact or not as things really are.
parity
Equality, especially of pay or position.
surge
A sudden and great increase.
tabloid
(of or relating to) a type of popular newspaper with small pages that has many pictures and short, simple reports.
intelligence
(Military) military information about enemies, spies, etc
fatigues
Clothing worn by military personnel for labor or for field duty.
tape
To record (sounds or pictures) on magnetic tape.
evaporate
To disappear; vanish:
judging by sth
to make a decision or judgment based on something
pace
a. The rate of speed at which a person, animal, or group walks or runs.; The rate of speed at which an activity or movement proceeds.
momentum
Impetus of a physical object in motion. b. Impetus of a nonphysical process, such as an idea or a course of events
bear with me
used as a polite way of asking someone to be patient while you do or finish something;
allow sth for sth
to allocate a share or a suitable amount of something, such as time, money, space, etc., for some activity or goal.; to give consideration to circumstances or contingencies.
arrive at
To reach through effort or a process
additive
A substance that is added to food in order to improve its taste or appearance or to keep it fresh and stop it from decaying.
alleyway
an alley
appellation
A name or title.
astringent
A drug or cream that causes the skin or other tissue to tighten.
bison
a large wild animal like a cow with long hair and a big head. One type lives in North America and the other in Europe.
board
a long thin flat piece of wood, used especially for making floors and other parts of buildings
cedar
a tall tree with red wood and thin sharp leaves that do not fall off in the winter
chalet
A small wooden house found in mountain areas, especially in Switzerland, or a house built in a similar style, especially one used by people on holiday.
clang
To make a loud deep ringing sound like that of metal being hit, or to cause something to make this sound.
clunky
large, solid, and heavy in a way that is not attractive
contemporary
modern, or relating to the present time
curator
A person in charge of a museum, library, etc.
debut
The occasion when someone performs or presents something to the public for the first time.
dim-witted
Stupid.
dispense
To give out things, especially products, services, or amounts of money.
drake
A male duck (= water bird.
emeritus
No longer having a position, especially in a college or university, but keeping the title of the position.
engrossing
Very interesting and needing all your attention.
expectancy
The feeling that something exciting or pleasant is going to happen.
fidget
To make continuous, small movements that annoy other people.
fireside
The part of a room that surrounds a fireplace.
fragrant
With a pleasant smell.
frolic
to play in a happy way with a lot of energy and movement
full-blown
Completely developed.
gentian
a plant with small dark blue flowers that grows in the mountains of western Europe
grumpy
Easily annoyed and complaining.
holster
A small case usually made of leather and fixed on a belt or a strap, used for carrying a gun.
hunk
A large thick piece, especially of food.
impulsive
Showing behaviour in which you do things suddenly without any planning and without considering the effects they may have.
indulgent
Allowing someone to have or do what they want, especially when this is not good for them.
literati
People with a good education who know a lot about literature.
lived-in
a __-__ place looks comfortable and not new or completely tidy
lug
To carry or pull something with effort or difficulty because it is heavy.