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  • gnome

    a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man

    dithyramb

    a wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing; can also be a choral song in devotion of Dionysus

    Dionysus

    (Greek mythology) god of wine and fertility and drama

    Tragic Hero

    A literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy

    Tragedy

    A serious form of drama dealing with the downfall of a heroic or noble character

    Ineffable

    incapable of being expressed in words

    Piety

    righteousness by virtue of being pious

    Allusion

    a reference to another work of literature, person, or event

    Exposition

    introduces the characters, setting, and basic situation

    Pariah

    a person who is rejected (from society or home)

    Extant

    (of something written or painted) still in existence

    Anathema

    a cursed, detested person

    Catharsis

    a clensing or purging that releases emotions

    Hubris

    overbearing pride or presumption

    Hamartia

    the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall

    Compunction

    a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)

    Apocryphal

    of questionable authenticity

    Supplication

    ask or beg for something earnestly or humbly

    Visceral

    instinctive; relating to the internal organs

    Pedantic

    An adjective that describes words, phrases, or general tone that is overly scholarly, academic, or bookish.

    Idyllic

    charming in a rustic way; naturally peaceful

    Bucolic

    used of idealized country life

    Obsequious

    Overly submissive and eager to please

    Sycophant

    a self-serving flatterer, a brownnoser

    Equanimity

    calmness of temperament; composure

    Fatalistic

    believing that all events in life are inevitable and determined by fate

    Purblind

    lacking in insight or discernment

    Persona

    a character in a novel or play; the outward character or role that a person assumes

    Prowess

    (n.) distinguished bravery; superior skill or ability

    Motif

    a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work

    Inculcate

    teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions

    Enmity

    hatred, ill-will

    Adamant

    not capable of being swayed or diverted from a course

    Esoteric

    intended for or understood by only a select few, private, secret

    Arcane

    requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

    Martinet

    a strict disciplinarian; a stickler for the rules

    Germane

    relevant, appropriate, pertinent

    Impious

    lacking piety or reverence for a god

    Pious

    having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity

    Discombobulate

    cause to be confused emotionally

    Angst

    an acute but unspecific feeling of anxiety

    Anachronism

    something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred

    Panacea

    cure-all; remedy for all diseases

    Glib

    ready and fluent in speech; thoughtless, insincere

    Ingenuous

    innocent and naive

    Acquiesce

    to comply passively; to accept; to assent; to agree

    Allegory

    story, play, or picture in which characters are used as symbols; fable

    Pontificate

    speak pompously, dogmatically

    Veracity

    filled with truth and accuracy

    Denouement

    an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot

    Gratuitous

    unnecessary and unwarranted

    Deft

    skillful in physical movements

    Ubiquitous

    being present everywhere at once

    Squalor

    filth; degradation; sordidness

    Reticent

    inclined to keep silent; reserved

    Laconic

    brief and to the point

    Ambiance

    the atmosphere of an environment

    Futile

    useless; hopeless; ineffectual

    Pyrrhic

    ruinous; gained at too great a cost

    Inane

    silly, empty of meaning or value

    Banal

    hackneyed, trite, commonplace

    Reprehensible

    bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure

    Callous

    emotionally hardened

    Impasse

    A problem or predicament with no obvious resolution

    Caliber

    a degree or grade of excellence or worth

    Arbiter

    someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue

    Restive

    restless, hard to manage, balky

    Brazen

    made of brass; shameless, impudent

    Lament

    a cry of sorrow and grief

    Epigraph

    a quotation at the beginning of some piece of writing

    Epitaph

    an inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried there

    Enjambment

    the continuation of a syntactic unit from one line of verse into the next line without a pause

    Narrative

    consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story

    Conceit

    vanity or self-love; too high opinion of one's own value; extravagant metaphor (in poetry)

    Castigate

    to punish severely; to criticize severely

    Courtliness

    polite, refined, or elegant

    Apostrophe

    address to an absent or imaginary person

    Avarice

    greed; desire for wealth

    Disdain

    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

    Cherubim

    celestial being: angel

    Duress

    compulsion by threat; forcible confinement

    Carbuncles

    deep-seated boils

    Choler

    an irritable petulant feeling

    Chivalry

    a code that knights adopted in the late Middle Ages; requiring them to be brave, loyal and true to their word; they had to fight fairly in battle

    Frugal

    avoiding waste

    Pestilence

    a rapidly spreading and usually fatal disease

    Lanyard

    a cord worn around the neck to hold a knife or whistle

    Secular

    worldly; not pertaining to church matters or religion; temporal

    Gentry

    aristocratic or well-bred people

    Accrue

    come into the possession of

    Satire

    form of literature in which irony, sarcasm, and ridicule are employed to attack human vice and folly

    Soliloquy

    in drama, a character speaks alone on stage to allow his/her thoughts and ideas to be conveyed to the audience

    Pun

    a humorous play on words

    Dramatic Irony

    (theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play

    FOIL

    anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's qualities

    Irony

    incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs

    Bequeath

    leave to someone by means of a will; hand down in his will; N. bequest

    Temporal

    concerned with secular rather than sacred matters

    Protagonist

    the principal character in a work of fiction

    Maim

    injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation

    Tribulations

    distress or suffering resulting from a cruel or unjust threatment or misfortune, a trying experience.

    Abominable

    exceptionally bad or displeasing

    Contempt

    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

    Concede

    acknowledge defeat

    Cosset

    to treat with excessive indulgence; to pamper.

    Crone

    hag; ugly old woman

    Fen

    low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation

    Mirth

    gladness and merriment usually accompanied by laughter

    Mote

    small particle, speck

    Parley

    discussion, usually between enemies

    Portent

    indication of something important or calamitous about to occur; omen

    Precept

    (n.) a rule of conduct or action

    Requite

    make repayment for or return something

    Visage

    a face, especially one that expresses feelings

    Quintessence

    the purest and most concentrated essence of something

    Assail

    launch an attack or assault on

    Auspicious

    tending to favor or bring good luck

    Beguile

    to deceive, to mislead, to persuade with charm

    Beseech

    ask for or request earnestly

    Besmirch

    charge falsely or with malicious intent

    Calumny

    an abusive attack on a person's character or good name

    Calumnious

    falsely and maliciously accusing; defamatory; slanderous

    Chaste

    morally pure; virginal; abstaining from illicit sexual acts; modest; simple (of a style of writing); not highly decorated; austere

    Countenance

    the appearance conveyed by a person's face

    Dirge

    a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person

    Enmity

    absolute hatred

    Entreaty

    earnest or urgent request

    Harbinger

    an omen or sign

    Importune

    beg persistently and urgently

    Jocund

    full of or showing high-spirited merriment

    Libertine

    one who leads an immoral life

    Sardonic

    disdainfully or ironically humorous

    Nihilism

    complete denial of all established authority and institutions

    Histrionic

    characteristic of acting or a stage performance

    Purloin

    v. to steal, oft. In violation of a trust

    Synecdoche

    symbolism; the part signifies the whole, or the whole the part (all hands on board)

    Metonymy

    substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in 'they counted heads')

    Juxtaposition

    the act of positioning close together (or side by side)

    Truculent

    fierce and cruel; aggressive; deadly, destructive; scathingly harsh

    Insuperable

    Incapable of being overcome or defeated

    Derision

    scoffing at, mockery, ridicule

    Craven

    cowardly; a coward

    Satire

    witty language used to convey insults or scorn

    Inchoate

    in an initial stage; not fully formed

    Iconoclast

    one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions

    Sloth

    apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)

    Quixotic

    very idealistic; impractical; caught up in romantic notions

    Reverberate

    to throw or bend back or reflect (from a surface)

    Magnanimous

    generous and understanding and tolerant

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