The Name of the Rose Glossary

The Name of the Rose Glossary

inquiry

to question or look deeper into something

penetrates

to travel through something

subdue

to bring under control

imperceptible

unnoticeable

receptacle

a hollow object used as a vessel

emanated

to give out a strong feeling or emotion

sated

to be fully satisfied

manuscript

A literary text to be submitted for consideration of publication.

ineffable

Something beyond adequate description or expression.

mendicant

A penniless vagabond who calls no place home.

sepulchral

Referring to the morbid nature of tombs and graves.

venerate

To hold in great esteem and with profound reverence.

amalgamate

To bring together in a convergence of disparate entities that results in a newly merged creation.

vicissitudes

The random events that chart the course of existence.

turpitude

Depraved, immoral wickedness.

usurper

One who successfully makes an illegitimate grasp for power.

ecclesiastic

Associated with the religious rituals, rites, ceremonies and ideology of a church.

temporal

Limited by the physical laws concerning existence within the passage of time.

corporeal

Tangibly related to a bodily existence.

interdict

A ban or prohibition imposed by a legal authority.

panegyric

An especially complimentary eulogy.

scribe

A person charged with transcribing the original text of a written document into written copies.

countenance

The expression upon a face.

sagacity

Great wisdom acquired through long experience.

impunity

An exemption of discipine or punishment.

codex

An ancient manuscript usually stored unbound within a cyclinder.

austere

Stripped down to the barest necessary essentials.

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