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Catechism (n.)

Ecclesiastical .
an elementary book containing a summary of the principles of the Christian religion, especially as maintained by a particular church, in the form of questions and answers.
the contents of such a book.
a similar book of instruction in other subjects.
a series of formal questions put, as to political candidates, to bring out their views.
catechetical instruction.


Beguile (v.)

to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.
to take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by of ): to be beguiled of money.
to charm or divert: a multitude of attractions to beguile the tourist.
to pass (time) pleasantly: beguiling the long afternoon with a good book.


Compendium (n.)

a brief treatment or account of a subject, especially an extensive subject; concise treatise: a compendium of medicine.
a summary, epitome, or abridgment.
a full list or inventory: a compendium of their complaints.


Cognate (adj.)

related by birth; of the same parentage, descent, etc.
Linguistics . descended from the same language or form: such cognate languages as French and Spanish.
allied or similar in nature or quality.


Bugaboo (n.)

something that causes fear or worry; bugbear; bogy.


Beholden (adj.)

obligated; indebted: a man beholden to no one.


Coquette (n.)

a woman who flirts lightheartedly with men to win their admiration and affection; flirt.


Crevice (n.)

a crack forming an opening; cleft; rift; fissure.


Defrock (v.)

to deprive (a monk, priest, minister, etc.) of ecclesiastical rank, authority, and function; depose.
to divest or strip of a frock.


Deposition (n.)

removal from an office or position.
the act or process of depositing: deposition of the documents with the Library of Congress.
the state of being deposited or precipitated: deposition of soil at the mouth of a river.
something that is deposited.
the giving of testimony under oath.
the testimony so given.
a statement under oath, taken down in writing, to be used in court in place of the spoken testimony of the witness.
Ecclesiastical .
the interment of the body of a saint.
the reinterment of the body or the relics of a saint.
(initial capital letter) a work of art depicting Christ being lowered from the Cross.


Crone (n.)

a withered, witchlike old woman.


Confluence (n.)

a flowing together of two or more streams, rivers, or the like: the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.
their place of junction: St. Louis is at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.
a body of water formed by the flowing together of two or more streams, rivers, or the like.
a coming together of people or things; concourse.
a crowd or throng; assemblage.


Cornice (n.)

any prominent, continuous, horizontally projecting feature surmounting a wall or other construction, or dividing it horizontally for compositional purposes.
the uppermost member of a classical entablature, consisting of a bed molding, a corona, and a cymatium, with rows of dentils, modillions, etc., often placed between the bed molding and the corona.


Disclaimer (n.)

the act of disclaiming; the renouncing, repudiating, or denying of a claim; disavowal.
a person who disclaims.
a statement, document, or assertion that disclaimsresponsibility, affiliation, etc.; disavowal; denial.


Crotchety (adj.)

given to odd notions, whims, grouchiness, etc.
of the nature of a crotchet.


Debonair (adj.)

courteous, gracious, and having a sophisticated charm: a debonair gentleman.
jaunty; carefree; sprightly.


Deprecate (v.)

to express earnest disapproval of.
to urge reasons against; protest against (a scheme, purpose, etc.).
to depreciate; belittle.
Archaic. to pray for deliverance from.


Diadem (n.)

a crown.
a cloth headband, sometimes adorned with jewels, formerly worn by Oriental kings.
royal dignity or authority.


Congenital (adj.)

of or pertaining to a condition present at birth, whether inherited or caused by the environment, especially the uterine environment.
having by nature a specified character: a congenital fool.


Decant (n.)

to pour (wine or other liquid) gently so as not to disturb the sediment.
to pour (a liquid) from one container to another.


Dictum (n.)

an authoritative pronouncement; judicial assertion.
a saying; maxim.