Druid (n.) — a priest, magician, or soothsayer in the ancient Celtic religion

inveterate (adj.) — having a particular habit, activity, or interest that is long-established and unlikely to change

costive (adj.) — slow or reluctant in speech or action

hecatomb (n.) — an extensive loss of life for some cause

shamble (n.) — a slow, shuffling, awkward gait

lambent (adj.) — (of light or fire) glowing, gleaming, or flickering with a soft radiance

insufflate (v.) — blow or breathe on (someone) to symbolize spiritual influence

hoyden (n.) — a boisterous girl

handsel (n.) — a gift given for good luck at the beginning of the year or to mark an acquisition or the start of an enterprise; the first installment of a payment

invidious (adj.) — (of an action or situation) likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in others

quicksilver (n.) — the liquid metal mercury

mumchance (adj.) — silent, tongue-tied

concatenation (n.) — a series of interconnected things or events

mens rea (n.) — the intention or knowledge of wrongdoing that constitutes part of a crime, as opposed to the action or conduct of the accused

rictus (n.) — a fixed grimace or grin

viscid (adj.) — glutinous; sticky

mollycoddle (v.) — treat (someone) very indulgently or protectively

raconteur (n.) — a person who tells anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way

tremolo (n.) — a wavering effect in a musical tone


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