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  1. apocalyptic
    predicting or presaging imminent disaster and total or universal destruction; fateful
  2. ascetic
    a person who dedicates his or her life to a pursuit of contemplative ideals and practices extreme self-denial or self-mortification for religious reasons; a person who leads an austerely simple life, esp. one who abstains from the normal pleasures of life or denies himself or herself material satisfaction.; a monk, hermit
  3. athwart
    from side to side; also in nautical sense
  4. auspicious
    promising success; favored by fortune
  5. contingent
    dependent for existence, occurrence, character, etc., on something not yet certain; conditiona
  6. conundrum
    a riddle, the answer to which involves a pun or play on words
  7. deftly
    dexterous; nimble; skillful; clever
  8. diadem
    a crown
  9. didactic
    intended for instruction; instructive; inclined to teach or lecture others too much
  10. dissemble
    to give a false or misleading appearance to; conceal the truth or real nature of
  11. dissuade
    to deter by advice or persuasion; persuade not to do something
  12. efface
    to wipe out; do away with; expunge
  13. elude
    to avoid or escape by speed, cleverness, trickery, etc.; evade
  14. enigma
    a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation
  15. firmament
    a vault of heaven; sky
  16. hanker
    yearn, desire
  17. harbinger
    a person who goes ahead and makes known the approach of another; herald
  18. haughty
    disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant
  19. ignoble
    of low character; of low grade or quality
  20. insolence
    contemptuously rude or impertinent behavior or speech
  21. juxtapose
    to place close together or side by side, esp. for comparison or contrast
  22. limpid
    clear, transparent, or pellucid, as water, crystal, or air
  23. liturgy
    a form of public worship; ritual
  24. malicious
    malevolent, spiteful
  25. myriad
    a very great or indefinitely great number of persons or things
  26. oblation
    the act of making an offering, in the form of worship
  27. obscure
    not clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, or uncertain: an obscure sentence in the contract.
  28. obstinate
    firmly or stubbornly adhering to one's purpose, opinion, etc.; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty.
  29. pertinent
    pertaining or relating directly and significantly to the matter at hand; relevant
  30. plausible
    having an appearance of truth or reason; seemingly worthy of approval or acceptance; credible; believable
  31. progeny
    a descendant or offspring, as a child, plant, or animal
  32. punctilious
    extremely attentive to punctilios; strict or exact in the observance of the formalities or amenities of conduct or actions
  33. pyre
    a pile or heap of wood or other combustible materia
  34. scrupulously
    having or showing a strict regard for what one considers right; principled
  35. seer
    a person who prophesies future events; prophet
  36. sinuous
    having many curves, bends, or turns; winding
  37. spurious
    not genuine, authentic, or true; counterfeit
  38. sumptuous
    entailing great expense, as from choice materials, fine work, etc.; costly
  39. sunder
    to separate; part; divide; sever
  40. tempest
    a violent commotion, disturbance, or tumult.
  41. terrestrial
    pertaining to, consisting of, or representing the earth as distinct from other planets
  42. transgress
    to violate a law, command, moral code, etc.; offend; sin
  43. travail
    painfully difficult or burdensome work; toil
  44. tumultuous
    full of tumult or riotousness; marked by disturbance and uproar
  45. umbrage
    offense; annoyance; displeasure
  46. vernacular
    native or indigenous; expressed or written in the native language of a place, as literary works
  47. visage
    the face, usually with reference to shape, features, expression
  48. vouchsafe
    to grant or give, as by favor, graciousness, or condescension
  49. wraith
    an apparition of a living person supposed to portend his or her death; a visible spirit
  50. wrought
    produced or shaped by beating with a hammer, as iron or silver articles
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