Glossary of Terms
adamantutterly unyielding in attitude or opinion in spite of all appeals, urgings, etc
affidavita written declaration upon oath made before an authorized official
autocracygovernment in which one person has uncontrolled or unlimited authority over others; the government or power of an absolute monarch
bowleggedoutward curvature of the legs causing a separation of the knees when the ankles are close or in contact
clodA lump or chunk, especially of earth or clay
contentiona struggling together in opposition; strife
contiguoustouching; in contact.
CrucibleA container used for heating substances to high temperatures. Also a severe test or trial.
defamationthe act of defaming; false or unjustified injury of the good reputation of another, as by slander or libel; calumny
depositiona statement under oath, taken down in writing, to be used in court in place of the spoken testimony of the witness
excommunicateto cut off from communion with a church or exclude from the sacraments of a church by ecclesiastical sentence
factionparty strife and intrigue; dissension
gibbeta gallows with a projecting arm at the top, from which the bodies of criminals were formerly hung in chains and left suspended after execution.
grappleto seize another, or each other, in a firm grip, as in wrestling; clinch
intimationto indicate or make known indirectly; hint; imply; suggest.
lecheryunrestrained or excessive indulgence of sexual desire
licentioussexually unrestrained; lascivious; libertine; lewd.
magistrateA civil officer charged with administration of the law
obsceneoffensive to morality or decency; indecent; depraved
pallorunusual or extreme paleness, as from fear, ill health, or death; wanness
parisha local church with its field of activity
pilgrimageany long journey, esp. one undertaken as a quest or for a votive purpose, as to pay homage
plaintiffa person who brings suit in a court
predilectionA preference, or partiality
pretensepretending or feigning; make-believe
prodigiousextraordinary in size, amount, extent, degree, force, etc
proprietyconformity to established standards of good or proper behavior or manners.
providencea manifestation of divine care or direction
reproachto find fault with (a person, group, etc.); blame; censure.
struck dumbrendered mute, unable to speak
serving or acting in a subordinate capacity; subordinate
trepidationtremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation
vengeanceinfliction of injury, harm, humiliation, or the like, on a person by another who has been harmed by that person; violent revenge
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