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The unique vocabulary found in The Life of Christ, by Frederic William Farrar


Frederic William Farrar, in his epic tome entitled “The Life of Christ”, displayed his unparalleled command of the English language in choice of words and phrasing.  I have listed below many of the erudite words that Mr. Farrar used in his book, to the edification and enlightenment of all.  The definition is followed by two numbers, the first being the page number and the second being the line number where the word is used; for example votaries – a person, such as a monk or nun, who has made vows of dedication to a religious work or effort (ix,31)” means that the word ‘votaries’ is found on page ix, line 31 of the book.  


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  • abhorrence — a feeling of repulsion; disgusted loathing  (xiv, 27)
  • abject — relating to something bad experienced or present to the maximum degree  (28, 39)
  • abrogate — repeal or do away with (a law, right, or formal agreement; repudiate, revoke  (48, 33)
  • abstinence — the fact or practice of restraining oneself from indulging in something, typically alcohol  (59, 20)
  • absurd — ridiculous, nonsensical  (15, 41)
  • accretion — a thing formed or added by gradual growth or increase  (59, 37)
  • accursed — cursed, damned, doomed, condemned  (50, 27)
  • acquiescence — the reluctant acceptance of something without protest, concurrence  (45, 15)
  • actuate — cause someone or something to act in a particular way; motivate  (25, 36; 49, 15; 66, 24)
  • adder — a small venomous Eurasian snake that has a dark zigzag pattern on its back and bears live young  (55, 11)
  • adulterous — inconstant, untrue, unfaithful, disloyal  (51, 7)
  • adventitious — happening or carried on according to chance rather than design or inherent nature, unintentional  (37, 13)
  • affectation –behavior, speech, or writing that is artificial and designed to impress  (vi, 37)
  • agitate — make someone or something troubled, nervous, or disturbed  (4, 20)
  • alien — unfamiliar and disturbing or distasteful., unfamiliar, unknown, foreign  (40, 23)
  • allegorical — symbolic, representative, figurative  (59, 32)
  • allegory — a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one  (40, 38; 56, 21; 56, 31)
  • allude — suggest or call attention to indirectly; hint at; imply, touch on  (40, 30; 62, 36)
  • allurement — the quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating; attractive  (56, 18)
  • allusion — an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference  (41, 1; 41, 26; 41,31; 42, 23; 69, 18; 69, 21; 70, 41)
  • anecdote — a short amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person  (8, 2; 24, 37)
  • animosity — strong hostility or enmity  (4, 20)
  • antitype — a person or thing that represents the opposite of someone or something else  (51, 6)
  • antipathy — a deep-seated feeling of dislike; aversion: animus, hatred  (57, 39)
  • apocryphal — of a story or statement of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true  (5, 36; 8, 32; 16, 21; 17, 13; 33, 33)
  • Apollinarian — an adherent of the Christological doctrine that asserted that in Jesus Christ a perfect divine nature in the form of the divine Logos assumed an imperfect human body with the Logos taking the controlling place ordinarily held by the mind  (57, 24)
  • apologist — a person who offers an argument in defense of something controversial  (viii, 17)
  • apostasy — the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief  (51, 26)
  • appellation — a name or title, a designation  (24, 21)
  • appositely — appropriately, suitably  (58, 5)
  • apt — appropriate or suitable in the circumstances; befitting, relevant  (71, 5)
  • arbitrary — based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system  (61, 25)
  • arid — having little or no rain; too dry or barren to support vegetation  (55, 2)
  • aristocracy — the highest class in certain societies, especially those holding hereditary titles or offices  (37, 37)
  • arrogance — the trait of being haughty, conceited, and egotistical   (49, 22)
  • ascetic — engaging in severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons  (40, 28; 45, 20; 49, 5; 59, 16)
  • asceticism — severe self-discipline and avoidance of all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons  (49, 21; 49, 28)
  • asperity — harshness of tone or manner  (xiv, 8)
  • assemblage — a collection or gathering of things or people  (59, 21)
  • atheism — disbelief or lack of belief in the existence of God or gods  (48, 31)
  • atrocious — horrifyingly wicked  (18, 19)
  • atrocity — an extremely wicked or cruel act, typically one involving physical violence or injury  (20, 7; 21, 3)
  • augury — a sign of what will happen in the future; an omen  (67, 33)
  • august — respected and impressive, distinguished  (35, 33)
  • aureate — denoting, made of, or having the color of gold; ornamented, elaborate  (26, 37)
  • authenticity — legitimacy, validity, genuineness  (60, 4)
  • avenger — one who inflicts harm in return for an injury or wrong done to oneself or another  (64, 20)
  • avert — prevent or ward off an undesirable occurrence; stave off, ward off  (61, 39)
  • awful — awesome, awe-inspiring, impressive  (65, 32)

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  • barbarian — an uncultured or brutish person  (19, 35)
  • base — without moral principles; ignoble; sordid, improper, low  (68, 26)
  • basely — in a manner that is without moral principles; in an ignoble manner  (63, 20)
  • bearing — the way one behaves or conducts oneself  (53, 24)
  • beguile — charm or enchant someone, sometimes in a deceptive way  (33, 20)
  • behoove — it is a duty or responsibility for someone to do something; it is incumbent on  (66, 28)
  • beneficent — generous. doing or contributing to good; benevolent, altruistic  (44, 6)
  • betoken — be a sign of; indicate, to warn  (51, 4)
  • bewilderment — a state of confusion or being perplexed  (58, 6)
  • bier — a movable frame on which a coffin or a corpse is placed before burial or cremation or on which it is carried to the grave  (21, 25)
  • bituminous — of, containing, or of the nature of bitumen, which is a black coal that burns with much smoke  (55, 4)
  • blameless — innocent of wrongdoing, guiltless  (53, 12)
  • blaspheming — speaking irreverently about God or sacred things  (58, 4)
  • blasphemous — sacrilegious against God or sacred things; profane, vulgar  (27, 10)
  • brazen — bold and without shame, or made of brass  (28, 23)
  • brevity — concise and exact use of words in writing or speech  (xii, 6)
  • brigand — a member of a gang that ambushes and robs people in forests and mountains  (11, 20)
  • broider — to ornament with embroidery or cloth decorations  (23, 31)

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  • cabalistic — relating to or associated with mystical interpretation or esoteric doctrine  (41, 13)
  • callosity — a hardening, a thickening; obstinacy  (49, 1)
  • callow —  inexperienced and immature; naïve, green  (43, 6)
  • candid — truthful and straightforward; frank  (vii, 31; 15, 33))
  • candor — the quality of being open and honest in expression; frankness  (viii, 16)
  • capital — excellent, important, wonderful  (53, 4)
  • capricious — given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior; fickle, unstable  (62, 34)
  • captious — tending to find fault or raise petty objections  (viii, 2)
  • captivate — attract and hold the interest and attention of; charm  (53, 21)
  • caravanserai — an inn with a central courtyard for travelers in the desert regions of Asia or North Africa  (5, 8)
  • cardinal — of the greatest importance; fundamental, essential  (52, 39)
  • catacomb — an underground cemetery consisting of a subterranean gallery with recesses for tombs, as constructed by the ancient Romans  (55, 32)
  • celestial — belonging or relating to heaven; saintly, divine  (68, 30)
  • celibacy — the state of abstaining from marriage and sexual relations  (48, 26)
  • chaff — worthless things; trash, waste, garbage  (52, 35)
  • chrysolite — a yellowish-green or brownish variety of olivine, used as a gemstone  (64, 21)
  • clad — clothed, dressed, attired  (57, 10)
  • cloven — split or divided in two  (54, 21)
  • cobalt — a deep blue pigment containing cobalt and aluminum oxides  (50, 26)
  • colossal — extremely large, massive, enormous  (47, 3; 64, 13)
  • conducive — making a certain situation or outcome likely or possible  (42, 41)
  • confirmation — verification, proof, endorsement  (7, 9)
  • congealed — having become semisolid, especially on cooling  (40, 39)
  • conjecture — an opinion or conclusion formed on the basis of incomplete information  (7, 10; 8, 8; 12, 34; 14, 12; 35, 17; 42, 25)
  • connote — imply or suggest an idea or feeling in addition to the literal or primary meaning  (66, 6)
  • consolation — the comfort received by a person after a loss or disappointment; sympathy, solace  (48, 21)
  • conspicuous — standing out so as to be clearly visible, attracting notice or attention  (47, 1)
  • contemplative — expressing or involving prolonged thought; pensive, reflective  (67,  41)
  • contemptuous — showing disdain and derision; scornful  (vii, 31; 13, 12; 48, 18)
  • contentious — given to arguing or provoking argument; argumentative, quarrelsome  (44, 41)
  • corroding — being destroyed or weakened gradually; falling apart  (49, 10)
  • courtier –a person who attends a royal court as a companion or adviser to the king or queen  (5, 1)
  • credulity — a tendency to be too ready to believe that something is real or true  (15, 34)
  • crimson — of a rich deep red color inclining to purple  (9, 1)
  • crude — in a natural or raw state; not yet processed or refined  (60, 6)
  • crypt — an underground room or vault beneath a church, used as a chapel or burial place  (2, 11)
  • cynic — a person who believes that people are motivated purely by self-interest rather than acting for honorable or unselfish reasons; a pessimist  (49, 22)

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  • dashed — struck or flung somewhere with great force, especially so as to have a destructive effect; hurled, flung  (62, 23)
  • daunt — make someone feel intimidated or apprehensive  (53, 29)
  • dauntless — showing fearlessness and determination  (51, 5)
  • decadent — characterized by or reflecting a state of moral or cultural decline  (vii, 19)
  • decimated — drastically reduced in the strength or effectiveness of something  (19, 8)
  • decipherable — able to be understood, interpreted, or identified  (38, 25)
  • declivity — a downward slope  (23, 1)
  • decrepit — worn out or ruined because of age or neglect; infirm  (ix, 12)
  • decrepitude — the state of being decrepit, infirm, frail, or weak  (11, 7)
  • deference — humble submission and respect  (4, 6)
  • defile — a steep-sided narrow gorge or passage; originally one requiring troops to march in single file  (51, 38)
  • degenerate — decline or deteriorate physically, mentally, or morally  (57, 30)
  • degradation — the condition or process of degrading or being degraded; humiliation, shame  (48, 32)
  • degraded — reduced in quality; inferior (48, 19)
  • degrading — causing a loss of self-respect; humiliating; shameful, mortifying  (68, 13)
  • deified — worshiped, regarded, or treated someone or something as a god; venerated  (63, 35)
  • delirium — an acutely disturbed state of mind that occurs in fever, intoxication, and other disorders and is characterized by restlessness, illusions, and incoherence of thought and speech  (21, 22)
  • demoniac — of, like, or characteristic of a demon or demons, fiendish, satanic  (17, 22)
  • denounce — publicly declare to be wrong or evil; criticize, condemn  (41, 8)
  • denunciation — public condemnation of someone or something  (ix, 7)
  • depositary — a person to whom something is lodged in trust  (4, 17)
  • deputation — appointment to an office or function  (65, 22)
  • derogatory — showing a critical or disrespectful attitude; belittling, disparaging  (67, 32)
  • despicable — deserving hatred and contempt, loathsome, hateful  (11, 25; 71, 2)
  • despot — a ruler or other person who holds absolute power, typically one who exercises it in a cruel or oppressive way  (18, 22)
  • deputation — a group of people appointed to undertake a mission or take part in a formal process on behalf of a larger group  (52, 23)
  • destined — certain to meet a particular fate, fated, predestined  (47, 35)
  • devoid — entirely lacking or free from  (4, 37)
  • diaphanous — relating to a low-pitched fog signal operated by compressed air, characterized by the “grunt” that ends each note  (47, 6)
  • dire — extremely serious or urgent; terrible, frightful  (58, 6)
  • dirge — a lament for the dead, especially one forming part of a funeral rite  (33, 6)
  • discontent — lack of contentment; dissatisfaction with one’s circumstances; dissatisfaction  (52, 7)
  • discontinuity — a sharp difference of characteristics between parts of something  (6, 25)
  • discrepancy — a lack of compatibility or similarity between two or more facts  (7, 31)
  • discriminate — recognize a distinction; differentiate  (58, 25)
  • disdain — the feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one’s consideration or respect; contempt, scorn  (24, 21)
  • disentangle — free (something or someone) from an entanglement or dilemma; extricate  (58, 7)
  • dislike — a feeling of distaste or hostility  (51, 13)
  • dispirited — having lost enthusiasm and hope; disheartened; discouraged  (49, 7)
  • disseminate — to spread something, especially information, widely; to distribute  (13, 23)
  • dissimulate — conceal or disguise one’s thoughts, feelings, or character  (11, 17)
  • distasteful — causing dislike or disgust; offensive; unpleasant  (4, 13)
  • divergence — the process or state of separating, going different directions; branching, forking, parting  (68, 15)
  • divinity — godliness, the state or quality of being divine or godlike  (58, 10)
  • dogmatic — inclined to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true; opinionated, highly assertive  (8, 35; 44, 40; 59, 30)
  • dotage — the period of life in which a person is old and weak; the declining years  (48, 30)
  • downright — utter; complete, total, absolute  (51, 36)
  • dross — something regarded as worthless; rubbish; detritus  (64, 12)

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  • eclectic — deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources  (40, 13)
  • edification — the instruction or improvement of a person morally or intellectually  (50, 39; 57, 4)
  • effeminate — relating to a man who has or shows characteristics regarded as typical of a woman; unmanly, effete, unmanly  (38, 4)
  • effete — no longer capable of effective action, weak, feeble  (13, 1)
  • efflorescence —  the state of losing moisture and turning to a fine powder on exposure to air  (50, 28)
  • electric — having or producing a sudden sense of thrilling excitement; exciting, dramatic  (69, 37)
  • eloquence — fluent or persuasive speaking or writing, expressiveness  (25, 13)
  • emaciated — abnormally thin or weak, especially because of illness or a lack of food  (49, 28)
  • emancipate — set free, especially from legal, social, or political restrictions  (31, 9)
  • embalm — preserve a corpse from decay, originally with spices and now usually by arterial injection of a preservative  (40, 3)
  • eminence — fame or recognized superiority, especially within a particular sphere or profession; also, a piece of elevated ground  (51, 16)
  • eminent — famous and respected within a particular sphere or profession  (60, 8)
  • eminently — to a notable degree; very; extremely  (42, 41)
  • emir — a title of various Muslim, mainly Arab, rulers  (70, 36)
  • emphatic — showing or giving emphasis; expressing something forcibly and clearly  (53, 16; 65, 25)
  • empyrean — heaven, in particular the highest part of heaven  (57, 24)
  • encroachment — intrusion on a person’s territory or rights; an intrusion  (64, 14)
  • encumbered — restricted or burdened in such a way that free action or movement is difficult; hampered, impeded  (50, 5)
  • endowment — a quality or ability possessed or inherited by someone  (58, 10)
  • enigma — a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand  (ix, 33)
  • enjoin — prescribe an action or attitude to be performed or adopted  (59, 17)
  • ensample — an example; a pattern or model worthy of imitation  (57, 36; 58, 41)
  • enshrined — preserved (a right, tradition, or idea) in a form that ensures it will be protected and respected  (57, 24; 69, 14)
  • ensued — happened or occured afterward or as a result  (65, 8)
  • ephemerid — a table or data file giving the calculated positions of a celestial object at regular intervals throughout a period  (38, 36)
  • ephod — a sleeveless garment worn by Jewish priests  (42, 37)
  • epicurean — devoted to sensual enjoyment, especially that derived from fine food and drink; hedonistic  (40, 24; 49, 23))
  • epiphany — a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being; a moment of sudden revelation or insight; the manifestation of Christ on earth  (10, 32)
  • epitaph — a phrase or form of words written in memory of a person who has died, especially as an inscription on a tombstone  (42, 4)
  • epoch — a period of time in history or a person’s life, typically one marked by notable events or particular characteristics  (18, 26; 48, 23)
  • eremite — a Christian hermit or recluse; a recluse  (50, 14; 55, 27)
  • erudite — having or showing great knowledge or learning  (vi, 39)
  • erudition — the quality of having or showing great knowledge or learning; scholarship  (40, 10)
  • esteem — respect and admire; to hold in high regard  (63, 20)
  • euphemism — a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt  (52, 5)
  • evanescent — soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing  (13, 33)
  • evangelic — of or according to the teaching of the gospel or the Christian religion  (26, 25)
  • evidential — of or providing evidence  (ix, 26)
  • ewer — a large jug with a wide mouth, formerly used for carrying water for someone to wash in  (28, 23)
  • exaggerated — regarded or represented as larger, better, or worse than in reality  (37, 21)
  • excruciating — intensely painful, mentally distressing  (19, 6)
  • exegesis — critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially of scripture  (14, 9; 56, 34)
  • expedient — convenient and practical although possibly improper or immoral  (60, 36)
  • expositor — a person or thing that explains complicated ideas or theories  (56, 28)
  • extant — still in existence; surviving, remaining, abiding  (29, 21)
  • extortions — the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats  (51, 24; 52, 6)

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  • fabled — well known for being of great quality or rarity; famous; celebrated  (64, 19)
  • fabulist — a person who composes or relates fables, a storyteller  (26, 13)
  • facile —  appearing neat and comprehensive only by ignoring the true complexities of an issue; superficial, simplistic  (51, 26)
  • fain — pleased or willing under the circumstances (49, 24)
  • falsity — the fact of being untrue, incorrect, or insincere  (52, 9)
  • fanatic —  person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal, especially for an extreme religious or political cause; a zealot, an extremist  (49, 25; 51, 25)
  • fancy — as a verb, to feel a desire or liking for  (8, 35)
  • fawning — displaying exaggerated flattery or affection; obsequious  (19, 20)
  • ferocity — the state of being barbarous, violent, cruel, or savage  (19, 33; 55, 17)
  • fervid — intensely enthusiastic or passionate, especially to an excessive degree  (67, 41)
  • fidelity — faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support  (48, 21)
  • flattery — excessive and insincere praise, given especially to further one’s own interest  (51, 14)
  • flinty — very hard and unyielding; hardened  (52, 3)
  • flitting — moving swiftly and lightly; darting, dancing  (58, 14)
  • floweret — one of the small flowers making up a composite flower head; a floret of cauliflower or broccoli  (37, 1)
  • foil — prevent something considered wrong or undesirable from succeeding; thwart, frustrate  (61, 18)
  • foiled — having one’s plans or desires thwarted  (59, 7; 63, 6)
  • folly — lack of good sense; foolishness; stupidity, idiocy  (62, 30)
  • fords — shallow places in a river or stream allowing one to walk or drive across  (65, 2)
  • forerunner — a sign or warning of something to come; an advance messenger  (53, 16; 54, 9)
  • formidable — inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable  (vii, 38)
  • fragmentary — consisting of small parts that are disconnected or incomplete  (7, 5)
  • frenzy — a state or period of uncontrolled excitement or wild behavior  (21, 15)
  • fretting — be constantly or visibly worried or anxious; troubled  (49, 10)
  • frivolous — not having any serious purpose or value; flippant, glib  (41, 7)

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  • garland — a wreath of flowers and leaves, worn on the head or hung as a decoration  (32, 11)
  • germane — relevant to a subject under consideration
  • giddy — disorienting and alarming, but exciting  (62, 39)
  • gilded — covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint, or gifted and privileged  (33, 2; 37, 30)
  • gluttonous — excessively greedy  (59, 22)
  • gluttony — habitual greed or excess in eating  (37, 31)
  • groat — any of various medieval European coins, in particular an English silver coin worth four old pence  (63, 28)
  • guise — an external form, appearance, or manner of presentation, typically concealing the true nature of something  (57, 19)

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  • habitually — done or doing constantly or as a habit; continually  (42, 24)
  • hack — cut with rough or heavy blows; chop, hew  (57, 11)
  • Hagiographa — the books of the Bible comprising the last of the three major divisions of the Hebrew scriptures, other than the Law and the Prophets. The books of the Hagiographa are: Ruth, Psalms, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Lamentations, Daniel, Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles  (41, 32)
  • hallowed — greatly revered and honored, consecrated  (27, 32)
  • hardy — robust; capable of enduring difficult conditions  (49, 18)
  • harmonize — make consistent or compatible  (2, 15)
  • haughty — arrogantly superior and disdainful; conceited, snobbish  (62, 33)
  • headship — the position of leader or chief  (45, 8)
  • herald — an official messenger bringing news  (54, 10)
  • hereditary — determined by genetic factors and therefore able to be passed on from parents to their offspring or descendants  (55, 21)
  • heresy — belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious, especially Christian, doctrine  (57, 29)
  • heretical — holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted, especially regarding religious beliefs  (34, 34)
  • heroical — having the characteristics of a hero or heroine; very brave; courageous  (63, 19)
  • hoarse — sounding rough and harsh, typically as the result of a sore throat or of shouting; throaty, croaking in nature  (43, 5)
  • homage — special honor or respect shown publicly; recognition, adulation  (63, 13)
  • hypocrite — a person who indulges in stating one thing and then acting in a manner contrary to what he stated; a whited sepulcher  (52, 41)

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  • idiom — a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words  (58, 11)
  • idyll —  an extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque episode or scene, typically an idealized or unsustainable one  (1, 5)
  • idyllic — relating to a time or place or situation that is extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque  (7, 3)
  • ignoble — not honorable in character or purpose  (v, 28; 68, 28)
  • ignominious — deserving or causing public disgrace or shame, humiliating, shameful  (24, 20)
  • illiterate — unable to read or write  (40, 1)
  • illuminate — make something visible or bright by shining light on it; light up  (49, 35)
  • illusion — a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses; a deceptive appearance  (58, 12)
  • illusory — based on illusion; not real, imagined, imaginary  (21, 28)
  • immanent — existing or operating within; inherent; intrinsic  (58, 10)
  • immaterial — spiritual, rather than physical; unimportant under the circumstances; irrelevant  (59, 28)
  • impeccability — of behavior, performance, or appearance in accordance with the highest standards of propriety; faultless  (56, 41)
  • impetuous — acting or done quickly and without thought or care  (67, 41)
  • impetuosity — the tendency to act or respond quickly and without thought or care; impulsiveness  (45, 33; 49, 37)
  • impotence — a state of being unable to take effective action; a state of helplessness or powerlessness  (62, 38)
  • impotent — unable to take effective action; helpless or powerless; powerless, ineffective  (41, 7)
  • impugn — dispute the truth, validity, or honesty of a statement or motive; call into question  (vii, 32)
  • inarticulate — unable to speak distinctly or express oneself clearly  (54, 23)
  • inauguration — the beginning or introduction of a system, policy, or period  (54, 12)
  • incessant — continuing without pause or interruption  (vi, 9; 35, 36)
  • inconceivable — not capable of being imagined or grasped mentally; unbelievable  (18, 19)
  • indelibly — not able to be forgotten or removed  (65, 21)
  • indifference — lack of interest, concern, or sympathy  (2, 3)
  • indignant — feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment  (41, 37)
  • indignation — anger or annoyance provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment  (11, 17; 39, 12; 51, 2; 53, 23)
  • indisputable — unable to be challenged or denied  (11, 5; 42, 23; 59, 33)
  • indolent — wanting to avoid activity or exertion; lazy; slothful, idle  (22, 26)
  • indubitably — impossible to doubt; unquestionably; indisputably  (70, 21)
  • ineffable — too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words, beyond description  (25, 24)
  • inestimable — too great to calculate  (ix, 33; 24, 37)
  • inevitably — as is certain to happen; unavoidably; of necessity  (61, 1)
  • infamous — well known for some bad quality or deed, wicked, abominable  (20, 7)
  • infamy — the state of being well known for some bad quality or deed; disrepute, notoriety  (51, 23: 64, 4)
  • infanticide — the practice or crime, either by a society or by a person, of killing unwanted children soon after birth  (18, 22)
  • infer — deduce or conclude information from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements  (39, 5)
  • inference — a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning; deduction, conclusion  (68, 33)
  • infinitely — limitless or endless in space, extent, or size; impossible to measure or calculate  (57, 35)
  • infirmity — physical or mental weakness; illness  (63, 7)
  • infringement — the action of breaking the terms of a law, agreement, or arrangement; a violation  (4, 7)
  • injunction — an authoritative warning or order  (31, 7)
  • irreverent — showing a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously  (56, 23; 62, 34)
  • insidious – proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects  (56, 18)
  • insinuate — suggest or hint something bad or reprehensible in an indirect and unpleasant way; intimate  (40, 13)
  • insolence — rude and disrespectful behavior; impertinence  (51, 24)
  • insolent — showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect  (19, 24; 39, 41)
  • insouciance — the trait of showing a casual lack of concern; indifference  (40, 24)
  • insuperable — impossible to overcome  (viii, 1)
  • insurrection — a violent uprising against an authority or government  (4, 8)
  • intelligible — able to be understood; comprehensible; comprehensible, accessible  (42, 5)
  • intemperate — having or showing a lack of self-control; immoderate; unreasonable  (57, 6)
  • intercourse — communication or dealings between individuals or groups; verbal interchange  (70, 2)
  • intimation — an indication or hint  (9, 38)
  • intrude — put oneself deliberately into a place or situation where one is unwelcome or uninvited  (8, 35)
  • intrusion — to put oneself deliberately into a place or situation where one is unwelcome or uninvited  (3, 8)
  • intuitively — without conscious reasoning; instinctively  (67, 23)
  • irreconcilable — of ideas or facts representing points of view that are so different from each other that they cannot be made compatible  (7, 30; 40, 23)
  • irrefragable — not able to be refuted or disproved; indisputable  (xiv, 16)
  • irrelevant — not connected with or relevant to something  (7, 13)
  • irresistible — too attractive and tempting to be resisted; attractive, alluring  (71, 14)
  • islet — a very small island  (63, 41)

J-J-J-J-J-J-J-J

  • jocund — cheerful, lighthearted
  • juggernaut — a huge, powerful, and overwhelming force or institution

K-K-K-K-K-K-K-K

  • kaleidoscope — a constantly changing pattern or sequence of objects or elements
  • khan –in the Middle East, an inn for travelers, built around a central courtyard; a caravanserai  (2, 23)

L-L-L-L-L-L-L-L

  • labyrinth — a complicated irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze  (58, 29)
  • lacerating — severely critical or hurtful; painfully penetrating  (64, 22)
  • lambent — glowing, gleaming, or flickering with a soft radiance  (54, 22)
  • lamentation — the passionate expression of grief or sorrow; weeping  (18, 17)
  • languor — the state or feeling of being tired, listless, or tranquil  (4, 23; 38, 4)
  • laver — in biblical use, a large brass bowl for the ritual ablutions of Jewish priests  (54, 18)
  • legate— a general or governor of an ancient Roman province, or their deputy  (4, 5)
  • legionaries — soldiers in a Roman legion  (53, 29)
  • liable — responsible by law; legally answerable  (57, 33; 57, 34)
  • libration — an apparent or real oscillation of the moon, by which parts near the edge of the disc that are often not visible from the earth sometimes come into view  (30, 21)
  • lichen — a simple slow-growing plant that typically forms a low crusty, leaflike, or branching growth on rocks, walls, and trees  (38, 23)
  • limpid — unclouded, transparent, clear  (55, 5)
  • lofty — proud, aloof, or self-important  (53, 24)
  • lore — a body of traditions and knowledge on a subject or held by a particular group, typically passed from person to person by word of mouth  (41, 12; 50, 21)
  • luxurious — extremely comfortable, elegant, or enjoyable, especially in a way that involves great expense; opulent, sumptuous  (50, 38)

M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M

  • mail — armor made of metal rings or plates joined together flexibly  (53, 32)
  • mainstay — a person or thing on which something else is based or depends  (61, 11)
  • malediction — a magical word or phrase uttered with the intention of bringing about evil or destruction; a curse  (55, 2)
  • malignant — spiteful, hostile, malicious  (17, 38)
  • malignity — malevolence, harshness, rudeness  (49, 13)
  • mandate — to give someone authority to act in a certain way; to require something to be done; to make mandatory  (18, 3)
  • maxim — a short, pithy statement expressing a general truth or rule of conduct  (41, 2)
  • mean — lowly, humble  (5, 10)
  • meanness — unkindness, spitefulness, or unfairness: also, lack of quality or attractiveness; shabbiness  (37, 24; 70, 32)
  • mediatorial — of, relating to, or appropriate to a mediator, or someone who intervenes   (66, 2)
  • mercenary — relating to a person or their behavior who is primarily concerned with making money at the expense of ethics  (5, 4)
  • midrash — an ancient commentary on part of the Hebrew scriptures, attached to the biblical text  (50, 40)
  • minaret — a tall slender tower, typically part of a mosque, with a balcony from which a muezzin calls Muslims to prayer  (24, 8)
  • minstrelsy — the art or occupation of a medieval minstrel, including shows, songs, dances, and comedy routines  (1, 14)
  • minute — extremely small, minimal, trifling  (65, 20)
  • minutiae — the small, precise, or trivial details of something  (viii, 3)
  • mirth — amusement, especially as expressed in laughter, merriment  (33, 20)
  • missal — a book containing the texts used in the Catholic Mass throughout the year  (68, 12)
  • mortification — the action of subduing one’s bodily desires  (49, 17)
  • mummified — preserve by embalming and wrapping in cloth, usually referring to a body  (40, 3)
  • musing — a period of reflection or thought  (46, 7; 50, 13; 52, 25)
  • myriad — a countless or extremely great number, a plethora  (38, 19)
  • mystic — spiritually allegorical or symbolic; transcending human understanding  (67, 36)

N-N-N-N-N-N-N-N

  • nebulous — in the form of a cloud or haze; hazy, vague, indefinite  (14, 23)
  • nemesis — a long-standing rival; an archenemy, a rival, a foe  (64, 17)
  • neophyte — a person who is new to a subject, skill, or belief; beginner, novice, new-comer  (70, 16)

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  • obdurate — stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or course of action, unbending, stubborn
  • obliteration — eradication, destruction, total erasure, annihilation  (49, 39)
  • oblivious – not aware of or not concerned about what is happening around one   (56, 12)
  • obscurity — the state of being unknown, inconspicuous, or unimportant  (18, 10; 48, 4)
  • obstinacy — the quality or condition of being obstinate; stubbornness; inflexibility  (45, 29)
  • obviate — to remove a need or difficulty  (18, 29; 54, 13)
  • oracular — prophetic, predictive, prescient, prognostic in nature  (67, 35)
  • orthodox — conforming to what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true; established and approved  (26, 13; 56, 33)
  • orthodoxy — authorized or generally accepted theory, doctrine, or practice  (57, 19; 57, 27)
  • overawe — impress someone so much that they become silent or inhibited  (53, 21)
  • overstrained — subject to an excessive demand on strength, resources, or abilities  (56, 14)

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  • palliate — to allay or moderate fears or suspicions; disguise the seriousness or gravity of an offense  (20, 15)
  • palpable — of a feeling or atmosphere so intense as to seem almost tangible  (viii, 37)
  • pang — a sudden sharp pain or painful emotion  (4, 24; 59, 16, 59, 40; 64, 23)
  • parhelion — a bright spot in the sky appearing on either side of the sun, formed by refraction of sunlight by ice crystals in the earth’s atmosphere  (6, 17)
  • pariah — an outcast, a stray, someone of low socioeconomic level  (3, 9)
  • paroxysm — a sudden attack or violent expression of a particular emotion or activity  (11, 10)
  • Paschal — relating to Easter or the Jewish Passover  (65, 29)
  • pathetic — arousing pity, especially through vulnerability or sadness  (55, 9; 68, 24)
  • pauper — a very poor and destitute person  (28, 38)
  • peccability — capable of sinning  (56, 41)
  • penitence — the action of feeling or showing sorrow and regret for having done wrong; repentance  (50, 3; 52, 17)
  • penitent — feeling or showing sorrow and regret for having done wrong; repentant  (53, 2; 54, 2)
  • perennial — lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring or continually recurring  (43, 3)
  • perilous — full of danger or risk, hazardous  (57, 24)
  • pernicious — having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way, harmful, destructive  (27, 14)
  • pervert — alter (something) from its original course, meaning, or state to a distortion or corruption of what was first intended; distort, corrupt  (62, 41)
  • petrified — relating to organic matter that has been changed into a stony substance; ossified; also frightened or terrified  (59, 40)
  • petty — of little importance; trivial  (51, 17)
  • petulant — childishly sulky or bad-tempered,  ill-tempered  (27, 1)
  • phalanx — a body of troops or police officers standing or moving in close formation  (47, 33)
  • phantasmagoria — a sequence of real or imaginary images like those seen in a dream  (57, 9)
  • phantom — a figment of the imagination; a ghost’ an apparition  (57, 24)
  • pharisaical — rigidly traditional, acting as would a Pharisee, a member of an ancient Jewish sect, distinguished by strict observance of the traditional and written law, and commonly held to have pretensions to superior sanctity  (57, 28)
  • phylactery — a small leather box containing Hebrew texts on vellum, worn by Jewish men at morning prayer as a reminder to keep the law  (50, 38)
  • picturesque — visually attractive, especially in a quaint or pretty style  (54, 29)
  • piety — the quality of being religious or reverent  (2, 7; 44, 10)
  • pinnacle — the most successful point; the culmination; a high, pointed piece of rock  (62, 23)
  • pious — devoutly religious; also, making a hypocritical display of virtue  (29, 5; 35, 31; 48, 15)
  • pitiless — showing no pity; cruel  (19, 31)
  • placid — not easily upset or excited; calm, tranquil  (50, 4)
  • plumage — a bird’s feathers collectively (33, 41; 53, 26)
  • plumes — a long, soft feather or arrangement of feathers used by a bird for display or worn by a person for ornament  (46, 33)
  • plunderer — one who steals goods from a place or person, typically using force and in a time of war or civil disorder  (11, 15)
  • polemic — a strong verbal or written attack on someone or something  (vii, 29)
  • portent — a sign or warning that something, especially something momentous or calamitous, is likely to happen  (13, 28)
  • portentous — done in a pompously or overly solemn manner so as to impress; also foreshadowing  (26, 14; 49, 3)
  • precipitated — caused to move suddenly and with force; hurled, catapulted  (62, 8)
  • precipitously — in a dangerously high or steep manner  (55, 2)
  • precocity — developing certain abilities or proclivities at an earlier age than usual, advanced, forward-looking, wise beyond one’s years  (31, 28)
  • prefigure — be an early indication or version of something; imagine beforehand  (54, 18)
  • pregnant — full of meaning; significant or suggestive; fraught, charged, teeming  (70, 13)
  • prejudice — preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience  (4, 7)
  • prerogative — a right or privilege exclusive to a particular individual or class; entitlement, advantage  (70, 19)
  • presumption — an idea that is taken to be true, and often used as the basis for other ideas, although it is not known for certain; a belief or thought  (62, 30)
  • pretension — a claim or assertion of a claim to something  (11, 20; 13, 29)
  • prima facie — based on the first impression; accepted as correct until proved otherwise  (45, 1)
  • proclivity — a tendency to choose or do something regularly; an inclination or predisposition toward a particular thing  (10, 20)
  • procurator — an agent representing others in a court of law in countries retaining Roman civil law  (34, 10; 48, 18)
  • prodigality — the inclination to spend money or resources freely and recklessly; the proclivity to be wastefully extravagant  (17, 23)
  • prodigious — remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree, huge, colossal  (15, 38)
  • proleptic — in a state of anticipating and answering possible objections in rhetorical speech  (49, 28)
  • profane — not respectful of orthodox religious practice; irreverent, vile  (33, 41)
  • profundity — deep insight; great depth of knowledge or thought; sagacity, intelligence  (61, 16)
  • proposition — a statement or assertion that expresses a judgment or opinion; a premise or postulation  (40, 22)
  • prostrate — lying stretched out on the ground with one’s face downward; overwhelmed, overpowered  (69, 34)
  • proverbial — well known, especially so as to be stereotypical; famous, time-honored  (70, 41)
  • provincial — concerning the regions outside the capital city of a country, especially when regarded as unsophisticated or narrow-minded  (37, 18)
  • proximity — nearness in space, time, or relationship  (57, 41)
  • prudence — sound judgement, sagacity, wisdom, cautiousness  (31, 25)
  • puerile — childishly silly and trivial  (27, 2; 41, 13)
  • puerilities — childish and silly activities or endeavors, foolish acts  (50, 40)

Q-Q-Q-Q-Q-Q-Q-Q

  • quixotic — exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical

R-R-R-R-R-R-R-R

  • rapture — a feeling of intense pleasure or joy  (1, 16)
  • ratifying — signing or giving formal consent to a treaty, contract, or agreement, making it officially valid  (53, 9)
  • reassert — to restate a fact or belief confidently and forcefully  (56, 14)
  • reckless — without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action; rash, careless  (51, 27)
  • reckon — consider or regard in a specified way  (59, 3)
  • recluse — a person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid other people  (49, 29)
  • redemption — the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil; absolution, saving  (48, 7)
  • reek — smell strongly and unpleasantly; stink  (58, 15)
  • refuge — something or somewhere providing shelter; protection  (49, 12)
  • regenerate — bring into renewed existence; generate again, revitalize, restore  (38, 11)
  • remediable — capable of being cured or rectified; treatable  (37, 27)
  • renunciation — the formal rejection of something, typically a belief, claim, or course of action  (64, 32)
  • reproach — address someone in such a way as to express disapproval or disappointment  (34, 4)
  • reprobate — an unprincipled person; a rogue or scoundrel  (40, 31)
  • repose — a state of rest, sleep, or tranquility; stillness  (69, 32)
  • repudiate — refuse to accept or be associated with; renounce, reject  (58, 22)
  • repugnant — extremely distasteful; unacceptable; revolting, disgusting  (40, 26; 69, 12)
  • repulsive — arousing intense distaste or disgust; revolting, abhorrent  (68, 13)
  • reticence — the trait of not revealing one’s thoughts or feelings readily  (7, 4; 7, 17; 25, 14)
  • rife — commonly occurring, widespread, full of  (18, 23)
  • rite — a religious or other solemn ceremony or act  (54, 8)
  • ritualism — the regular observance or practice of ritual, especially when excessive or without regard to its function  (41, 6)
  • riven — split or torn apart violently; severed  (57, 11)
  • ruddy —  having a healthy red or reddish color  (3, 35; 12, 18)
  • ruinous — disastrous or destructive; calamitous  (64, 28)

S-S-S-S-S-S-S-S

  • sacrament — a thing of mysterious and sacred significance; a religious symbol  (69, 15)
  • sacrilegious — profane, blasphemous, impious, irreverent  (11, 14)
  • sanctifying — making legitimate or binding by religious sanction; freeing from sin, purifying  (43, 31)
  • sanction — give official permission or approval for an action  (59, 18)
  • sanctions — threatened penalties for disobeying a law or rule  (37, 33)
  • sanguinary — involving or causing much bloodshed  (19, 17)
  • sarcophagus — a stone coffin, adorned with a sculpture or inscription, associated with the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Rome, and Greece  (33, 22)
  • satiety — the state of having a desire or appetite satisfied to the fullest  (49, 23)
  • satyr — one of a class of lustful, drunken woodland gods, often represented with horns and large ears  (55, 8)
  • scanty — small or insufficient in quantity or amount; meager, minimal  (45, 14; 49, 8)
  • scepter — an ornamented staff carried by rulers on ceremonial occasions as a symbol of sovereignty  (48, 17; 67, 14)
  • scholastic — of or concerning schools and education  (56, 40)
  • scorn — the feeling or belief that someone or something is worthless or despicable; contempt  (51, 2)
  • seclusion — the state of being private and away from other people, privacy  (53, 14)
  • seductive — tempting and attractive; enticing; alluring  (62, 33)
  • semblance — the outward appearance or apparent form of something, especially when the reality is different  (55, 15; 57, 16; 64, 27)
  • sensual — relating to or involving gratification of the senses and physical, especially sexual, pleasure  (68, 21)
  • sensuous — attractive or gratifying physically, especially sexually  (60, 14; 62, 18)
  • sententious — given to moralizing in a pompous or affected manner  (40, 6)
  • servile — having or showing an excessive willingness to serve or please others  (51, 14; 64, 7)
  • servitor — a person who serves or attends on a social superior  (11, 18)
  • Shechinah — a Hebrew word meaning “dwelling” or “settling” and denotes the dwelling or settling of the divine presence of God  (44, 17)
  • sheer — perpendicular or nearly so, especially of a cliff or wall; precipitous, abrupt  (62, 3)
  • shrouded — covered or enveloped so as to conceal from view  (60, 14)
  • sidereal — of or with respect to the distant star  (13, 19)
  • siliceous — containing or consisting of silica  (59, 37)
  • simple-minded — having or showing very little intelligence or judgment; uninformed  (70, 14)
  • simulacrum — an unsatisfactory imitation or substitute  (57, 16)
  • sloth — reluctance to work or make an effort; laziness  (40, 26)
  • slough — a situation characterized by lack of progress or activity; a swamp  (62, 21)
  • sluggish — lacking energy or alertness, inactive  (55, 3)
  • solitude — the state or situation of being alone; isolation  (51, 32)
  • sorcery — the use of magic, especially black magic  (44, 6)
  • sorer — more severe, more harsh, more painful  (57, 34)
  • specter — something widely feared as a possible unpleasant or dangerous occurrence; a ghost  (58, 14)
  • speculation — the forming of a theory or conjecture without firm evidence, conjecture  (49, 7)
  • spurious — not being what it purports to be; false or fake  (5, 39; 20, 21)
  • stagnant — showing no activity; dull and sluggish; lethargic  (58, 15)
  • starry — full of or lit by stars, brilliant, glowing  (69, 13; 69, 40)
  • steeped — surrounded by or filled with a quality or influence  (20, 36)
  • stern — serious and unrelenting, especially in the assertion of authority and exercise of discipline; severe, forbidding  (50, 1; 51, 31)
  • stigma — a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person  (38, 2)
  • stinted — restrict someone or something in the amount of something, especially money, given or permitted  (60, 41)
  • stupendous — extremely impressive  (ix, 26; 6, 4)
  • subjective — based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions; personal; emotional  (56, 29)
  • subservience — the quality of obeying others without questioning; servile, submissive  (52, 5)
  • subsistence — the action or fact of maintaining or supporting oneself at a minimum level; survival  (49, 8)
  • subtle — making use of clever and indirect methods to achieve something; toned down, subdued  (60, 14; 61, 26)
  • subtlety — the state of not being obvious or over-stated  (60, 5; 61, 36; 63, 9)
  • suckle — to feed a baby or young animal from the breast or teat  (18, 3)
  • sulphurous — containing or derived from sulphur; marked by bad temper, anger, or profanity  (50, 29)
  • supercilious — behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others, haughty, conceited  (30, 12; 40, 9; 50, 37)
  • superfluous — unnecessary, especially through being more than enough  (17, 23; 56, 22; 56, 23)
  • supersede — take the place of a person or thing previously in authority or use; supplant; replace  (56, 2)
  • supple — bending and moving easily and gracefully; flexible  (48, 20)
  • supposition — an uncertain belief  (12, 36; 57, 33; 70, 25)
  • sycophant — a person who acts obsequiously toward someone important in order to gain advantage;  a toady, a fawner  (20, 18)
  • Synoptical gospels — the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, which describe events from a similar point of view, as contrasted with that of John  (65, 4)

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  • taunt — a remark made in order to anger, wound, or provoke someone; a jeer, a jibe  (61, 9)
  • tedium — monotony, dullness, boredom  (33, 21)
  • teem — to be full of or swarming with  (32, 2)
  • temperament — a person’s or animal’s nature, especially as it permanently affects their behavior  (8, 2)
  • temperance — abstinence from alcoholic drink; abstinence, abstention  (59, 20)
  • tempter — a person or thing that entices or persuades, often to do something wrong or illegal  (56, 37; 59, 26))
  • terebinth — a small southern European tree of the cashew family that was formerly a source of turpentine  (47, 5; 67, 2)
  • tetrarch — in the Roman Empire, the governor of one of four divisions of a country or province  (48, 18)
  • theological — relating to the study of things religious or ecclesiastical  (56, 40)
  • theosophy — philosophies maintaining that a knowledge of God may be achieved through spiritual ecstasy, direct intuition, or individual relations  (40, 38)
  • throes — intense or violent pain and struggle, especially accompanying birth, death, or great change; agony, pain  (48, 28)
  • timbral — a tambourine or similar instrument  (33, 21)
  • timid — showing a lack of courage or confidence; easily frightened  (55, 14)
  • timidities — inclinations toward lack of courage or confidence; hesitancies  (51, 12)
  • tincture — a medicine made by dissolving a drug in alcohol, or a slight trace of something  (40, 8)
  • tinge — have a slight influence on; imbue slightly with a feeling or quality; to color slightly  (9, 1; 34, 41)
  • toilsome — involving hard or tedious work  (3, 36)
  • torpor — a state of physical or mental inactivity; lethargy  (18, 10)
  • transcendent — beyond or above the range of normal or merely physical human experience, exceptional, preeminent  (35, 34; 39, 19)
  • transcendental — relating to a spiritual or nonphysical realm  (58, 10)
  • transient — lasting only for a short time; impermanent  (20, 9)
  • transitory — not permanent; transient, temporary  (43, 4)
  • translucence — the quality of allowing light, but not detailed shapes, to pass through; semitransparent  (ix, 18)
  • transparent — easy to perceive or detect; obvious, clear, lucid  (61, 26)
  • travail — painful or laborious effort  (4, 24)
  • tresses — long locks or strands of a woman’s hair  (64, 18)
  • trigon — a triangular region or area  (14, 16)
  • trivial — of little value or importance  (7, 12)
  • truism — a statement that is obviously true and says nothing new or interesting  (58, 27)
  • tumult — confusion or disorder  (4, 8)
  • tyrannous — relating to cruel and oppressive government or rule  (44, 5)
  • tyrant — a cruel, unreasonable, and oppressive ruler  (11, 14)

U-U-U-U-U-U-U-U

  • umbrageous — annoying, offensive, irritating  (24, 9)
  • unalloyed — metal that is pure, or relating to emotions that are complete and unreserved  (41, 10)
  • unanimous — fully in agreement, united  (55, 25)
  • unapproachable — remote and inaccessible; beyond reach, remote  (71, 15)
  • unbounded — having or appearing to have no limits  (19, 6)
  • uncandid — not truthful, not straightforward, not frank  (44, 41)
  • uncompromising — showing an unwillingness to make concessions to others, especially by changing one’s ways or opinions  (53, 22)
  • unfathomable — incapable of being fully explored or understood; incomprehensible  (6, 28; 35, 41; 43, 33)
  • unilluminated — uninspired, commonplace  (6, 2)
  • unimpeachable — not able to be doubted, questioned, or criticized; entirely trustworthy  (7, 27)
  • universality — applicable to all cases or situations; all-encompassing  (60, 5)
  • unmask — expose the true character of or hidden truth about  (53, 23)
  • unpurged — not cleansed or cleared of impurities  (54, 23)
  • unquailing — feeling or showing absolutely no fear or apprehension  (51, 7)
  • unquenchable — not able to be extinguished or put out  (52, 35)
  • unreservedly — without hesitance or reservation; enthusiastically  (63, 38)
  • unruffled — not disordered or disarranged, calm, smooth, placid  (39, 11)
  • unscrupulous — having or showing no moral principles; not honest or fair; unprincipled, unfair  (22, 26)
  • unslaked — not quenched or satisfied  (21, 10)
  • untenanted — not occupied by a tenant or tenants, uninhabited  (51, 36)
  • usurp — to take a position of power or importance illegally or by force  (16, 9)
  • usurper — one who takes a position of power or importance illegally or by force  (11, 13)

V-V-V-V-V-V-V-V

  • vague — of uncertain, indefinite, or unclear character or meaning  (11, 36)
  • veneer — an attractive appearance that covers or disguises someone or something’s true nature or feelings  (19, 35)
  • verity — a true principle or belief  (13, 13)
  • viper — a venomous snake with large hinged fangs, typically having a broad head and stout body, with dark patterns on a lighter background  (52, 9)
  • voluptuous — relating to or characterized by luxury or sensual pleasure  (5, 2; 63, 38)
  • votary — a person, such as a monk or nun, who has made vows of dedication to a religious work or effort  (ix, 31)
  • vouchsafe — give or grant something to someone in a gracious or condescending manner  (50, 31; 64, 11; 71, 19)
  • vulgar — lacking sophistication or good taste; unrefined; gross, crass  (44, 5; 62, 17)

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  • wanton — deliberately cruel, violent and unprovoked  (55, 22)
  • wattled — made, enclosed, or filled up with material for making fences, walls, etc., consisting of rods or stakes interlaced with twigs or branches  (67, 1)
  • wayfarer — a person who travels on foot  (5, 1)
  • wiles — devious or cunning stratagems employed in manipulating or persuading someone to do what one wants  (59, 10)
  • wily — skilled at gaining an advantage, especially deceitfully  (48, 20)
  • winebibber — a habitual drinker of alcohol  (59, 23)
  • wretched — grim, despicable  (46, 19)

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  • zeal — great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective; passion  (45, 19; 57 6)

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