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Glossary of Billy Budd Vocab

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An object that serves as a focal point of attention and admiration. Something that serves to guide.
cynosure
the vault of heaven; the sky
welkin
incapable of being overcome, subdued, or vanquished; unconquerable
indomitable
to voice opposition, object
demur
inspiring pity or compassion; causing, feeling, or expressing sorrow or regret
rueful
swiftness of action or speed; swiftness
celerity
vicissitude
variation; mutability
obscurity in conduct or verbal expression
obliquity
a new convert to a doctrine or religion
proselyte
presumptuous and insulting in manner or speech; arrogant
insolent
combative in nature; belligerent
pugnacious
impossible to satiate or satisfy
insatiable
injurious or harmful in effect; adverse
inimical
to pick out from others; select
culled
cheerful willingness; eagerness
alacrity
having great wisdom and discernment
sapience
being both pertinent and fitting
germane
deep-seated, often mutual hatred
enmity
bitterly abusive feeling or expression
vitriol
to state as an opinion
opine

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