To wash or cleanse the body, originally for religious ritual.
A strong, unpleasant, bitter smell or taste.
Witty term for water, in terms of it being the only available drink for Adam in the garden of Eden.
A brightly coloured variety of quartz.
Plumes used for a headress or similar decoration, originally from the French word for egret (a white heron).
The protective fluid that surrounds a foetus in the womb.
Secret or mystery; the collective name for the cards of the Tarot.
Italian for 'air'; generally a solo piece sung by one singer with musical accompaniment, especially in opera.
Where all the notes in a musical chord are played rapidly in sequence, rather than simultaneously.
From side to side; to thwart or oppose.
Portuguese for 'Act of Faith'. Originally a public ceremony where the Spanish/Portuguese Inquisitions would pronounce sentence on heretics; can also refer to the burning at the stake of heretics.
A truth that is self evident and requires no proof.
Menacing, evil, threatening harm.
Pleasant smelling products made from plant oils.
Relating to, or suitable for, a Baron.
Ornate artistic and architectural style from the 16th - 18th Centuries.
A sailing ship which has three or more masts.
To dress or adorn in a gaudy manner.
Being in a state of mental darkness.
French for 'short/sweet note', meaning a love letter.
Characteristic of the social middle class; conformity.
Traditionally a pattern in animal coats; denotes light brown or grey with darker streaks or marks of colour.
Heavy fabric (traditionally silk) with an elaborate, raised design.
Italian for 'cadence'; a musical term for an elaborate flourish performed by soloists, sometimes improvised.
The outermost group of sepals on a flower.
Hymns taken from the Bible, excluding the Book of Psalms.
A glass or bottle used for serving wine or water.
The hard bony or chitinous covering that protects an animal's back, e.g. Turtles or armadillos.
A musical instrument made of at least 23 bells, which is housed in a belfry or a bell tower.
A form of fortune telling using a pack of cards.
Styled with battlements or turrets as in the style of a castle; grooves or slots.
French word for 'cent'; small unit of currency.
The protection offered by the chaperone of a young, unmarried woman.
A woman (usually the wife) who has control or ownership over a large house; also the chain used to carry a large number of keys.
Italian for ‘How Beautiful’.
French term for a common type of bun hairstyle.
French term relating to Chinese artistic influences in European cultural styles.
Relating to spirits of the Underworld, especially within Classical Greek culture; on, in, or under the earth.
Realting to cilia; tiny, hairlike.
The action of walking around a sacred object, usually in a clockwise direction.
The strongest part of a city's fortresses.
Words or gestures intended to placate or overcome negative sentiments in another.
Coup de grâce
A final blow intending to cause death, usually merciful.
Relating to matters of defence in the practice of law.
One of the oldest forms of written expression, originating in Sumer (modern day Iraq) around 3,000 BC.
Varieties of conifer shrubs and trees originating from northern temperate regions.
To disappear as if by melting.
Damage; the act of attack or plunder.
Spanish for ‘Naked’.
"Musical term describing the major or minor scales, consisting of 5 tones and 2 semitones without modulation by accidentals.
Insincere, sly, deceptive or misleading.
Expressing sorrow or grief.
Gold coins used as trade currency in Europe up until the early 20th Century.
A Spanish term denoting an older female chaperone or governess to a young, unmarried woman.
Currents of water or air which move in the opposite direction to the main current, usually around an obstacle.
Eerie; suggesting the presence of supernatural forces.
French term describing partial or careless dressing.
Leaf vegetable from the daisy family, which can be cooked or eaten raw.
French word for 'Hell'.
To cause a feeling, or to beget offspring.
French for 'Enter'.
Relating to horses, from the Latin word 'Equus'.
Aviolent storm occurring around the time of an equinox.
A small writing or secretary desk.
Light, insubstantial; airlike.
From the French word for 'study': a challenging musical composition designed for practising a particular skill or technique.
A vase shaped pitcher with a flaring spout.
Expressing strong disapproval or disagreement.
The nest of an eagle.
A high pitched singing voice, usually male.
French word for 'false' or 'fake'.
Rotting; becoming septic.
Created by the imagination, as in 'fiction'.
Spanish term for 'festivals'.
The colour of pale yellow.
The removal of skin from the body; sometimes as a form of torture or execution.
A series of shots fired, or missiles thrown, simultaneously or in rapid succession.
French term for the building or agency of the national police force.
The action of bending a knee to the ground, as a gesture of respect to a superior. Similar to a bow or a curtsey.
Past tense of 'gibber', which means to speak rapidly and with little coherence due to shock or excitement.
An individual who greatly enjoys their food.
Graceful and slender.
French for 'Great Lord', connoting an aristocratic man.
Parallel of metal bars for cooking fish or meat over a fire.
Describes a flickering or unsteady flame.
Excessive body hair on a man or a woman.
An awkward, gawky adolescent boy.
Describes sitting in a crouched or squatting position.
The impossibility of being limited; unable to impose a boundary.
To sacrifice by setting on fire; cremation.
Belongings which impede or obstruct, e.g. clothing, luggage.
Egotistical, overbearing or domineering.
Something which cannot be prevented or stopped.
From the Latin term 'In flagrante delicto' meaning 'in blazing offence'; means being caught in a forbidden or illegal act whilst it is still taking place. Most commonly used in relation to sexual intercourse, which may or may not be illicit.
An innocent and naive young woman or girl; most commonly used in relation to characters depicted in literature, cinema, the theatre etc.
Unworldly, unsuspecting, innocent, guileless.
A natural outer protective covering such as skin or the cuticle on the fingernail.
A person who imposes themselves upon a situation where they are not welcome.
A small or narrow space between objects.
Hard to control; stubborn.
Unwillingness to change views or opinions.
To vary in colour according to the angle of the light.
Something that is irreparable or cannot be remedied.
Je vous attendais
French for 'I was waiting for you'.
Lack of energy; a dreamy or lazy mood.
Relating to lions; lion-like.
Immoral or lawless behaviour, especially in sexual matters.
A variety of cotton with a smooth finish.
A form of prayer use din church services; usually spoken by the clergy and repeated by the congregation.
One of the animals born within a litter.
To be particularly talkative.
Angry or sullen; dark and threatening.
Scottish word for ear.
To look or sound sad and gloomy.
Relating to wolves, from the Latin 'lupus' (wolf).
A werewolf; a human in wolf's form.
A chestnut candied in syrup and glazed.
Another term for the action of chewing food.
Self-pitying or excessively sentimental.
A colour between violet and purple.
A woman's monthly flow of blood from the uterus.
Relating to dramatic or significant transformation.
The book which contains all the instructions and text necessary for celebrating Mass throughout the year.
A pouting expression demonstrating annoyance.
Charlaton; con artist; quack.
Resembling mother of pearl.
French word; another term for 'naive'.
A person who has sexual intercourse with corpses.
A usually ineffective remedy or medicine.
Italian for 'obligatory'; a musical term for a line of music that is essential within the piece.
Fawning; displaying excessive servility.
French word for 'occupied' or 'busy'.
Describes the format of a book by folding a large sheet of paper eight times to make sixteen pages.
Long twigs from a willow tree which are used to make baskets.
From 'paille', the French word for 'straw'. An uncomfortable straw mattress.
Paleness of the skin.
A sudden outburst of emotion or activity; the sudden recurance of the symptoms of an illness.
Coordinating sets of matching jewellery.
Relates to the pasture of animals.
A tarnish which forms on the surface of certain metals.
The weakest piece in a game of chess; suggests subservient individuals with a powerful master.
Something that can be penetrated; in terms of objects, usually by liquid.
To have keen understanding, perception or vision.
Childishly sulky or grumpy.
The bones that form the fingers or toes.
Similar to fluorescence, except light is absorbed and released more slowly; characteristic of 'glow in the dark' products.
To be excessively sensitive to light, whether from the sun or artificial means.
A loud, reverberating sound, often denoting sadness or melancholy.
French for 'post remaining'; the service whereby the post office holds onto mail until the recipient goes in to collect it.
To have contempt for, or abuse, items or beliefs held to be sacred.
To be utterly immoral or dissolute.
A song or poem which celebrates a marriage.
A person at, or approaching, the age of puberty.
To be very precise and attentive to small details.
Suggestive of being rich and heavy.
A set of 24 or 25 sheets of paper (of the same size); one twentieth of a ream.
Dashing, slightly disreputable.
Aggressively greedy and predatory.
A small drawstrong handback, used by a lady.
Light sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye.
A ghost, vampire or animated corpse which returns to terrify the living.
A coating of ice.
An ornate late 18th Century decorative style which evolved from Baroque.
Shoes carved from single blocks of wood.
An idea or belief which is regarded and sacred and invioble.
Involving, causing or desiring bloodshed.
Lustful and drunken woodland gods in the Ancient Greek culture; a man with a high sexual appetite.
A doctor, particularly a surgeon.
The servant assigned the most lowly kitchen tasks.
The entire sequence of ecological communities successively occupying an area from the initial stage to the climax.
Relating to monkeys.
An image or representation of a person, object or idea, often disappointing.
Someone who sleepwalks.
Relating to sleep or drowsiness.
A scale used to rank speech sounds according to their amplitude.
Deep and full; often relates to sound or weight.
Relating to Landowners, especially those of high social class and influence.
Breathing in a noisy and laboured way.
French for 'Follow me'.
A higher number than is expected.
A soft whisper or rustling sound; a murmer.
A hunting cry used to encourage a horse to gallop.
A military term. Describes the drumming used for exercises or to summon soldiers to duty.
A poem or song expressing lament or mourning.
A ringing or tinkiling sound.
French for - 'Always discreet'.
A metal stand, usually with three feet, used to support a hot plate when cooking or serving food.
French for ‘trick of the eye’; a term used within the visual arts to describe such fine detail that an object in a painting appears to be real.
To howl or wail.
An ointment or salve used for healing.
A wanderer, nomad or drifter. Someone without a fixed abode who moves from pace to place.
A gentleman’s manservant.
A fine white parchment, usually made from calfskin, used in book binding.
Relating to vermin.
The internal organs of the body, especially around the stomach area.
Something given in the hope that a wish or prayer will be fulfilled.
Vous serez ma proie
French for - 'You will be my prey'.
Wooden paneling that covers the lower part of the walls of a room.
To have a pale face.