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hastily
adv. in a hurried manner
ashes
noun. the powdery residue left after the burning of a substance.
grotesque
adj. distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous;
ghastly
adj. shockingly repellent; inspiring horror; gruesomely indicative of death or the dead
leaden
adj. (of movement) slow and laborious; made heavy or weighted down with weariness; darkened
spade
noun. a sturdy hand shovel that can be pushed into the earth with the foot;
spasm
noun. a painful and involuntary muscular contraction
bleak
adj. unpleasantly cold and damp; offering little or no hope;providing no shelter or sustenance
wag
noun. causing to move repeatedly from side to side; a witty amusing person who makes jokes; verb. move from side to side
oculist
noun. a person skilled in testing for defects of vision in order to prescribe corrective glasses
brood
verb. think moodily or anxiously about something;
barge
noun. a flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads (especially on canals); verb. transport by barge on a body of water; push one's way
dismal
adj. causing dejection or displeasure
saunter
noun. a careless leisurely gait; a leisurely walk (usually in some public place); verb. walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
whitewash
noun. cover up a fault, or error
ministering
adj. serving attendance on someone
contiguous
adj. very close or connected in space or time; touching; connecting without a break; within a common boundary
sumptuous
adj. rich and superior in quality
anaemic
adj. lacking vigor or energy; relating to anemia or suffering from anemia
jovial
adj. full of or showing high
facet
noun. a smooth surface (as of a bone or cut gemstone); a distinct feature or element in a problem
smoulder
noun. a fire that burns with thick smoke but no flame;verb. burn slowly and without a flame; have strong suppressed feelings
veil
noun. a garment that covers the head and face; verb. to obscure, or conceal
defer
verb. submit or yield to another's wish or opinion; hold back to a later time
muslin
noun. plain
flask
noun. bottle that has a narrow neck; the quantity a flask will hold
solemn
adj. characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions; dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises
Airedale
noun. breed of large wiry
fondle
verb. touch lightly and with affection, with brushing motions
rapture
noun. a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion; a state of elated bliss
interpose
verb. introduce; be or come between; to insert between other elements; get involved,
haughty
adj. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
tapestry
noun. a wall hanging of heavy handwoven fabric with pictorial designs; a heavy textile with a woven design;
bonnet
noun. a hat tied under the chin;
decompose
verb. separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts; break down;
apathetic
adj. marked by a lack of interest; showing little or no emotion or animation
bureau
noun. furniture with drawers for keeping clothes; an administrative unit of government
pluck
noun. the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury; verb. pull or pull out sharply;
rakish
adj. marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness; marked by fashionable dress and manners
proprietary
noun. an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits
lather
noun. the froth produced by soaps or detergents; agitation resulting from active worry; verb. form a lather; cover with soap;
attire
noun. clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion; verb. put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive
chiffon
noun. a sheer fabric of silk or rayon
rustle
noun. the light noise like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind; verb. make a dry crackling sound
hauteur
noun. overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors
creak
noun. a squeaking sound; verb. make a high
pivot
noun. the act of turning in a small circle
mincing
adj. affectedly dainty or refined
strand
noun. line consisting of a complex of fibers or filaments that are twisted together to form a thread or a rope or a cable;
shiftlessness
noun. a failure to be active as a consequence of lack of initiative or ambition
flounce
noun. the act of walking with exaggerated jerky motions; verb. walk emphatically
gypped.
verb. cheat or swindle (someone).
kyke.
noun. a derogatory slur used to refer to Jews.
strident
adj. being sharply insistent on being heard; unpleasantly loud and harsh; conspicuously and offensively loud;
wreath
noun. flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes; verb. encircle
clench
verb. squeeze together tightly; hold in a tight grasp
deft
adj. skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands
scold
noun. verb. censure severely or angrily; show one's unhappiness or critical attitude
snap
verb. break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension; utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone; lose control of one's emotions
clad
adj. having an outer covering especially of thin metal;wearing or provided with clothing; sometimes used in combination