A Christmas Carol 116 words

a work in progress. You'll forgive me if this list is too simple, or too broad.
Stave 1: complete
Stave 2: complete
Stave 3: in progress
  1. abode
    any address at which you dwell more than temporarily
  2. agitate
    move or cause to move back and forth
  3. alderman
    a member of a municipal legislative body (as a city council)
  4. apparition
    a ghostly appearing figure
  5. balustrade
    a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling
  6. basin
    a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids
  7. benevolent
    showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity
  8. bestow
    give as a gift
  9. brazier
    large metal container in which coal or charcoal is burned; warms people who must stay outside for long times
  10. capacious
    large in capacity
  11. charitable
    relating to or characterized by charity
  12. charity
    an institution set up to provide help to the needy
    paraphrasing Paul the Apostle.
  13. chink
    a narrow opening as e.g. between planks in a wall
  14. coil
    a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
  15. condescension
    the trait of displaying arrogance by patronizing those considered inferior
  16. congealed
    congealed into jelly; solidified by cooling
  17. congenial
    suitable to your needs
  18. countinghouse
    office used by the accountants of a business
  19. covetous
    immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
  20. cravat
    neckwear worn in a slipknot with long ends overlapping vertically in front
  21. cupola
    a roof in the form of a dome
  22. decanter
    a bottle with a stopper; for serving wine or water
  23. deference
    courteous regard for people's feelings
  24. deftly
    in a deft manner
  25. derived
    formed or developed from something else; not original
  26. destitute
    poor enough to need help from others
  27. deuce
    the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number
    a word used in exclamations of confusion
  28. disjointed
    taken apart at the joints
  29. ecstasy
    a state of elated bliss
  30. endeavour
    a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness)
  31. entreaty
    earnest or urgent request
  32. facetious
    cleverly amusing in tone
  33. fain
    having made preparations
  34. fancy
    not plain; decorative or ornamented
  35. ferocious
    marked by extreme and violent energy
  36. ferret
    domesticated albino variety of the European polecat bred for hunting rats and rabbits
  37. forbear
    a person from whom you are descended
  38. gainsay
    take exception to
  39. garret
    floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage
  40. grate
    reduce to small shreds or pulverize by rubbing against a rough or sharp perforated surface
  41. gruel
    a thin porridge (usually oatmeal or cornmeal)
  42. hoarfrost
    ice crystals forming a white deposit (especially on objects outside)
  43. humility
    a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
  44. impropriety
    the condition of being improper
  45. incessant
    uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing
  46. incoherent
    without logical or meaningful connection
  47. incredulous
    not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving
  48. indict
    accuse formally of a crime
  49. inexplicable
    incapable of being explained or accounted for
  50. infernal
    characteristic of or resembling Hell
  51. intermediate
    lying between two extremes in time or space or state
  52. intimation
    a slight suggestion or vague understanding
  53. ironmongery
    the merchandise that is sold in an ironmonger's shop
  54. irresolution
    the trait of being irresolute; lacking firmness of purpose
  55. jocund
    full of or showing high-spirited merriment
  56. lamentation
    the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief
  57. latent
    potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
  58. lath
    a narrow thin strip of wood used as backing for plaster or to make latticework
  59. legatee
    someone to whom a legacy is bequeathed
  60. legion
    a large military unit
  61. liberality
    the trait of being generous in behavior and temperament
  62. livery
    uniform worn by some menservants and chauffeurs
  63. livid
    furiously angry
  64. loth
    (usually followed by `to') strongly opposed
  65. lumber room
    a storeroom in a house where odds and ends can be stored (especially furniture)
  66. lusty
    vigorously passionate
  67. melancholy
    a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
  68. misanthropic
    hating mankind in general
  69. negus
    wine and hot water with sugar and lemon juice and nutmeg
  70. ominous
    threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
  71. opaque
    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
  72. pageant
    an elaborate representation of scenes from history etc; usually involves a parade with rich costumes
  73. palpable
    capable of being perceived; especially capable of being handled or touched or felt
  74. penance
    voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing
  75. phenomenon
    any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning
  76. ponderous
    having great mass and weight and unwieldiness
  77. poplar
    any of numerous trees of north temperate regions having light soft wood and flowers borne in catkins
  78. porter
    a person employed to carry luggage and supplies
  79. portly
    euphemisms for `fat'
  80. preposterous
    incongruous;inviting ridicule
  81. procure
    get by special effort
  82. prodigious
    so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe
  83. provision
    the activity of supplying or providing something
  84. quarrel
    an angry dispute
  85. rampart
    an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes
  86. rapidity
    a rate that is rapid
  87. rapture
    a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion
  88. recollect
    recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection
  89. recumbent
    lying down; in a position of comfort or rest
  90. remonstrate
    argue in protest or opposition
  91. repose
    freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)
  92. resolute
    firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination
  93. sally out
    set out in a sudden, energetic or violent manner
  94. savour
    the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
  95. situation
    physical position in relation to the surroundings
  96. spectre
    a ghostly appearing figure
  97. supplication
    the act of communicating with a deity (especially as a petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving)
  98. susceptible
    (often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of
  99. tremulous
    (of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fear
  100. trifle
    a detail that is considered insignificant
  101. unhallowed
    not hallowed or consecrated
  102. veneration
    a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
  103. vestige
    an indication that something has been present
  104. vigour
    forceful exertion
  105. waggish
    witty or joking
  106. waistcoat
    a man's sleeveless garment worn underneath a coat
  107. workhouse
    a poorhouse where able-bodied poor are compelled to labor
  108. plume
    the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
  109. hearth
    an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built
  110. artifice
    a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)
  111. genial
    diffusing warmth and friendliness
  112. scabbard
    a sheath for a sword or dagger or bayonet
  113. parapet
    a low wall along the edge of a roof or balcony
  114. apoplexy
    a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain
  115. demure
    affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way
  116. gratis
    costing nothing