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.