Abysmal
hopelessly bad
Altruism
unselfish concern for others
Ambiguity
uncertainty
Anodyne
something that relieves distress or pain
Antithesis
the exact opposite
Asceticism
the belief that someone can attain righteousness through self-denial and abstinence
Asphyxiating
suffocating or smothering
Attrition
using pressure or harassment to wear down and weaken
Austerity
severity, sternness
Avarice
insatiable greed, a desire for wealth and riches
Axiom
a widely accepted truth
Bestir
to call to action, stir up
Blasphemy
act of cursing, insulting or profaning God
Communicant
a person who takes communion at church
Communist
a member of the political far left
Congruity
a state of harmony, agreement
Connoisseur
a person with expert knowledge or taste
Contentious
argumentative
Continence
self-restraint
Corporeal
the material or physical world
Coterie
an exclusive group
Debauch
to corrupt or pervert
Devotional
a short religious service or teaching
Doctrine
a particular position or policy
Expurgate
to censor or cleanse by removing offensive or objectionable material
Faction
a group or clique within a larger group, usually characterised by dissent and dissatisfaction
Fascist
a member of the political far right
Flippancy
disrespect, sauciness, insolence
Glubose
a demon tempter
Ignoble
inferior, of low character
Immemorial
going back beyond memory or knowledge
Inculcating
causing or reinforcing an idea through repetitive and persistent teaching
Innocuous
harmless
Insipid
bland, ordinary
Insoluble
unable to be solved or explained
Inveterate
firmly established, deep-rooted
Irredeemably
hopelessly beyond redemption
Jargon
language that is used by a particular group, but meaningless to the average person
Jocular
characterised by joking and jesting
Lascivious
lustful, lewd or wanton
Liturgy
a particular arrangement or ritual for church services
Malice
an evil desire to inflict harm or injury to another person
Materialism
an interest in the physical or material world as opposed to spiritual or cultural values
Meritorious
deserving of praise or esteem
Milksop
a weak, powerless person
Obtuse
dull, unobservant
Opaque
not transparent, difficult to understand
Panacea
a remedy for all problems and difficulties
Paradoxical
seemingly self-contradictory, but nevertheless true
Parochial
limited in scope or outlook, unsophisticated
Pedantic
overly concerned with small details or rules
Pernicious
evil, wicked, deadly or fatal
Pestilent
troublesome or malicious
Platitude
a remark that lacks orginality
Propaganda
information that is spread deliberately to harm a person, organisation or movement
Puerile
childish, foolish or trivial
Rapacious
ravenous, insatiable
Reverence
deep respect, awe
Rheumatism
discomfort or disability in the tendons, joints, bones or nerves
Scabtree
a demon tempter
Screwtape
a senior demon tempter, Wormwood's uncle
Slubgob
the head of the demon Training College
Slumtrimpet
a demon tempter
Sublimity
awe-inspiring spirituality or morality
Supplication
an act of humble prayer
Temporal
temporary, transitory
Tete-a-tete
a private conversation or meeting
Toadpipe
Screwtape's secretary
Triptweeze
a demon tempter
Trumpery
worthless rubbish
Urbane
elegance or sophistication
Vainglory
excessive pride or vanity
Veritably
truly, very much so
Vices
an immoral or evil practice or habit
Virtue
behaviour that is morally excellent, righteous
Wormwood
Screwtape’s nephew, a novice demon tempter