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Stave Three

  • apprehensive -       viewing the future with anxiety
  • spontaneous -        done freely or naturally; taking place without external force or cause
  • combustion -          an act of burning
  • consolation -          the soothe or comfort
  • predicament -        a difficult or trying situation
  • petrification -          to make stiff from fear
  • capacious -            able to hold much of something
  • 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 -              a protecting rampart; a low wall or railing (as at the edge of a bridge)
  • apoplectic -           showing symptoms of a stroke
  • opulence -             wealth; abundance
  • demurely -             modest; reserved
  • conspicuous -       attracting attention; prominent
  • filberts -                 a sweet thick-shelled nut
  • officious -              volunteering one's services where they are neither asked for or needed
  • livid -                      discolored by bruising; could be: very angry or enraged
  • heresy -                 the rejection of the established beliefs of a religion
  • penitence -            filling sorrow for sins or offenses
  • rebuke -                 a reprimand ( to blame for )
  • odious -                 deserving hatred or repugnance ( a strong dislike of )
  • plaintive -              expressive of suffering or woe ( deep suffering from misfortune or grief )
  • scanty -                  barely sufficient
  • desolation -           deserted; abandoned; lonely
  • contortions -          to twist out of shape
  • credulity -               inclined to believe
  • execrable -            detestable; very bad
  • perversion -           turned away from what is right or good; corrupt
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