Divine Comedy: Purgatorio Glossary

Divine Comedy: Purgatorio Glossary

artifice

clever or cunning devices or expedients, esp. as used to trick or deceive others

beauteous

beautiful

benign

gentle, kindly

bounteous

generously given or giving

chaste

simple or restrained

cognisant

having knowledge or being aware of

consternation

feelings of anxiety or dismay

countenance

a person's face or facial expression

crevice

a narrow opening or fissure

despondent

in low spirits from loss of hope or courage

devout

having or showing deep religious feeling or commitment

dint

an impression or hollow in a surface

disdain

the feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one's consideration or respect

disuse

the state of not being used

fatigue

extreme tiredness

illimitable

without limits or an end

janitor

a person employed as a caretaker of a building

lacerate

tear or deeply cut

lament

a passionate expression of grief or sorrow

mundane

lacking interest or excitement

negligent

failing to take proper care in doing something

oath

a solemn promise, often invoking a divine witness, regarding one's future action or behavior

oblivious

not aware of or not concerned about what is happening around one

omnipotence

all-powerfulness

pasture

land covered with grass and other low plants suitable for grazing animals

penitent

feeling or showing sorrow and regret for having done wrong

perdition

in Christian theology a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unpenitent person passes after death

pious

devoutly religious

probity

honesty and decency

progenitor

an ancestor or parent

puissance

great power, influence

purge

get rid of an unwanted feeling, memory, or condition, typically giving a sense of cathartic release

reiterate

say something again or a number or times, typically for emphasis or clarity

relinquish

voluntarily give up

resplendent

attractive and impressive through being richly colorful

righteous

morally right or justifiable

sage

profoundly wise man

sepulture

burial, interment

servile

having or showing an excessive willingness to serve or please others

sojourn

a temporary stay

sonorous

capable of producing a deep or ringing sound

surmount

overcome a difficulty or obstacle

vanquish

defeat thoroughly

verdant

of the bright green color of lush grass

vermilion

a brilliant red color

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