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Anna of Byzantium

Vocabulary Definitions

TermDefinition
refectory a dining hall in a religious house
droning to make a dull, continued, monotonous sound, a monotonous speaker
betrothal act or ceremony of betrothing, engagement
scriptorium a room in a monastery set apart for the writing or copying of manuscripts
illuminate to decorate with color, gold, or the like
novice one who has been received into a religious order or congregation for a period of probation before taking vows
chronicles record of events in the order of time; a history
immortality immortal condition or quality; unending life
embellished to adorn or beautify by ornamentation, to decorate
humiliate to lower the pride or self-respect of; cause a painful loss of dignity
modest to conform to propriety and decorum, having or showing proper behavior
ferocity savage fierceness; intensity
degeneracy degenerate state or character, deterioration
indulgent one who yields to the wishes or whims of another, overly tolerant
infidel an unbeliever, one who does not accept a particular faith
pursuits any occupation, pastime, or the like, regularly or customarily pursued
interrogation examining by a series of questions
queried questioned, inquired
discreetly without drawing attention
pretense pretending or feigning, make believe
supplicant a humble petitioner
reverie a day dream; the condition of being lost in thought
conscious an awareness of ourselves and our environment
disarray disorder, confusion
courtiers attendants at the court of a nobleman
tedious tiresome; dull and fatiguing
acquit to conduct or behave oneself
impassively not feeling or showing emotion
rummaged to look through and poke around, search
apprehensive fearful or anxious, especially about the future
sullenly in a gloomy, silent, surly way
ruefully in a mournful or regretful way
diplomacy the practice of carrying on formal relationships with governments or other countries
coronation the ceremony of crowning a queen or king
penitent regretful for one's sins or mistakes, one who is sorry for wrong doing
submissively in a humble and obedient manner
disconcerted to be disturbed, perturbed, or confused
impertinence unmannerly intrusion or presumption; insolence, disrespect
chalice a cup for the wine of the Eucharist or Mass, used for serving communion
resolute bold, determined; firm
statesmanship wisdom and skill in the management of public affairs
reprimand to scold or rebuke
deft quick and skillful
recourse resort or application to a thing for help
rebuke to reprove or reprimand
acquitted to conduct or behave oneself
valiant brave, courageous, or stout-hearted
savory agreeable in taste and smell
din continued loud or tumultuous sound; noisy clamor
imploringly to beg urgently or piteously, as for aid or mercy; beseech; entreat
feign to give the appearance of; to imitate or pretend
provoking to stir up anger, cause annoyance
booty spoil taken from an enemy in war
inquiries a seeking or request for truth, information, or knowledge
haggard having a gaunt, wasted, or exhausted appearance
advocate to be in favor of, to support or highly recommend
imperial pertaining to an empire
allegiance loyalty or devotion
prostrating to cast oneself face down on the ground in humility, submission, or adoration
oppressive causing discomfort by being excessive, intense
penitent expressing sorrow for sin or wrongdoing, repentant
irked irritated or annoyed; exasperated
emboldened to hearten or encourage
affianced betrothed or engaged
consolation the state of being comforted, taking solace
composure self-controlled state of mind, calmness
regent a person who exercises the ruling power in a kingdom during the absence of the sovereign
interrogated questioned
curtly rudely brief, abrupt in manner
notoriously publicly or generally known, as for a particular trait
retorted to return an accusation, to reply in a sharp way
venomously spiteful; malignantly
repose to lay to rest
conspiracy an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons
beseeched to make and urgent appeal
ostentatious actions intended to attract notice
indignity disgrace
tutelage instruction; teaching; guidance
impulsively involuntarily being prompted to action
divested to strip or deprive; to rid of