Stave One - SchoolNotes

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Stave One



ironmongery

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a dealer in metal hardware, locks, etc.





unhallowed
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unholy; not religious



ramparts

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fortification; a mound of earth raised around a place



entreaty
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to ask urgently



trifle
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something of very little value



morose
-


gloomy



impropriety
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an improper act or r
emark



resolute
-


determined; firmly set opinion



homage
-


giving respect to; to hold in high regard



facetious
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joking
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often inappropriately



brazier

-


a metal receptacle for holding coals to heat a room



misanthropic
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a hater of humankind



garre
t

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an attic



congenial
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sympathetic; agreeable



irresolution
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uncertain how to act or proceed



balustrades

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a row of balusters (upright su
pports) topped by a rail



waistcoat

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similar to a man's vest



caustic
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corrosive; sharp



waggish
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mischievous; humorous



remorse
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a distress arising from a sense of guilt for past wrongs



benevolence
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charitable; an act of kindness



apparition
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a supernatural appearance; a ghost









Stave Two



opaque
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bloc
king the passage of light



preposterous
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contrary to nature or reason; absurd



perplexed

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filled with uncertainty; puzzled



endeavored
-


try; attempt



recumbent
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lying down; reclining



fluctuated
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to move up and down or back and forth; to waver



supplication
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to ask humbly; plead



vestige
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a trace or visible sign left by something lost or vanished



condescension
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to assume
an air of superiority



celestial
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of or relating to the sky; heavenly



terrestrial

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of or relating to the earth or its inhabitants



decanter
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an ornamental glass bottle for serving wine



chaise
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a two wheeled horse
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drawn carriage with a folding top



avarice
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excessive desire for wealth; greed



supposition
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something that is supposed; a hypothesis



tumultuous
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an uproar (a violent disturbance)



uproarious
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marked by uproar; could be: extremely funny



brigands
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a bandit



boisterous

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noisily turbulent or exuberant (unrestrained enthusiasm)



despoil
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to strip someone of their belongings, possessions, or valuables



irrepressible
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impossible to control



haggard
-


having a worn or emaciated (become very
thin) appearance











Stave Three



apprehensive
-


viewing the future with anxiety



spontaneous
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done freely or naturally; taking place without external force or cause



combustion
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an act of burning



consolation
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the so
othe or comfort



predicament
-


a difficult or trying situation



petrification

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to make stiff from fear



capacious
-


able to hold much of s
omething



artifice
-




trick or trickery



scabbard
-


a sheath for the blade of a weapon (such as a sword)



compulsion
-




an irresistible impulse to perform an act



diffuse
-


wordy; not concentrated



jovial
-



marked by good humor



parapets
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a protecting rampart; a low wall or railing (as at the edge of a bridge)



apoplectic
-


showing symptoms of a stroke



opulence

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wealth; abundance



demurely
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modest; reserved



conspicuous
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attracting attention; prominent



filberts
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a sweet thick
-
shelled nut



officious
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volunteering
one's services where they are neither asked for or needed



livid
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discolored by bruising; could be: very angry or enraged



heresy
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the rejection of the established beliefs of a religion



penitence

-


filling sorrow for sins or offenses



rebuke
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a reprimand ( to blame for )



odious
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deserving hatred or repugnance ( a strong dislike of )



pla
intive
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expressive of suffering or woe ( deep suffering from misfortune or grief )



scanty
-


barely sufficient



desolation
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deserted; abandoned; lonely



contortions
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to twist out of shape



credulity
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inclined to believe



execrable
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detestable; very bad



perversion
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turned away from what is right or good; corrupt









Stave Four



shroud
-


something that covers or screens; to screen from view



pendulous
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hanging loosely



excrescence
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an abnormal outgrowth ( as a wart )



latent
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present but not visible or active



slipshod
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careless



cesspools
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an underground pit or tank for receiving household sewage; a filthy or corrupt
sit
uation



offal
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a waste or byproduct of a process (animal organs)



repress
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to restrain; to exclude from consciousness



successor
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one that succeeds (into the throne, estate, or office)




Stave Five



illustrious
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out
standing; famous; great; prominent



array
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to dress splendidly; to arrange in order



feign
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to give a false appearance of; pretend



alteration
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to make or become different



malady
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a disease or disorder of the body
or mind