CIRCUMSCRIBING: restricting something within limits.
PARADOX: a seemingly absurd statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.
FELICITATIONS: good wishes, best regards.
MATRICULATION: admission to study at a college or university.
DECREPITUDE: state of being wasted and weakened by the infirmities of old age.
CLOISTERS: place or position of seclusion, especially referring to a monastery or convent.
CLANDESTINE: held in or conducted in secrecy.
ABYSMALLY: extremely bad.
HISTRIONICS: insincere, exaggerated, theatrical behavior.
COMMEMORATING: recalling or showing respect for, especially in a ceremony.
APROPOS: relevant, significant.
ELIDED: omitted or suppressed when speaking.
SPECTRE: something that haunts, a spirit.
ELASTOPLAST: elastic adhesive bandage for covering cuts or wounds.
ACQUIESCENT: acceptant or compliant.
DIFFIDENCE: modesty or shyness.
IMPINGES: has an effect upon something else.
INCORRIGIBLE: incapable of being corrected.
PHILANTHROPY: active effort to promote human welfare.
APATHETIC: having little or no interest or concern.
REREDORTER: a latrine or toilet behind monastery dormitories.
CREDULOUS: gullible, ready to believe on uncertain evidence.
VENERATE: regard with great respect or revere.
CATECHISM: summary or religious doctrine often in the form of questions and answers.
SUPINE: mentally or morally slack.
PREDILECTION: an established preference for something.
DECORUM: propriety, good taste in conduct and behavior.
DON: university head, fellow or teacher.
SOD: a worthless person, a rascal.
TROLLOP: a vulgar or disreputable woman.
A-LEVELS: standardized British examination used as qualification for university entrance.
PENCE: unit (coin) of British currency, under the new system, 100 pence equal a pound.
POUNDS: unit of British currency.
SNOGGED: kissed or embraced.
VICAR: a member of the clergy.