The Lady or the Tiger?

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  1. adapt
    make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
    The arena of the king was built, not to give the people an opportunity of hearing the rhapsodies of dying gladiators, nor to enable them to view the inevitable conclusion of a conflict between religious opinions and hungry jaws, but for purposes far bette
  2. administer
    supervise or be in charge of
    This was the king's semi-barbaric method of administering justice.
  3. aesthetic
    characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste
    No matter how the affair turned out, the youth would be disposed of; and the king would take an aesthetic pleasure in watching the course of events, which would determine whether or not the young man had done wrong in allowing himself to love the p
  4. anguish
    extreme distress of body or mind
    Her decision had been indicated in an instant, but it had been made after days and nights of anguished deliberation.
  5. appoint
    assign a duty, responsibility, or obligation to
    When every member of his domestic and political systems moved smoothly in its appointed course, his nature was bland and genial; but whenever there was a little hitch, and some of his orbs got out of their orbits, he was blander and more genial sti
  6. ardor
    feelings of great warmth and intensity
    This royal maiden was well satisfied with her lover, for he was handsome and brave to a degree unsurpassed in all this kingdom; and she loved him with an ardor that had enough of barbarism in it to make it exceedingly warm and strong.
  7. aspire
    have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
    It was one of the fairest and loveliest of the damsels of the court who had been selected as the reward of the accused youth, should he be proved innocent of the crime of aspiring to one so far above him; and the princess hated her.
  8. assert
    declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
    But even here the exuberant and barbaric fancy asserted itself.
  9. attained
    achieved or reached
    This element of uncertainty lent an interest to the occasion which it could not otherwise have attained.
  10. bland
    lacking taste or flavor or tang
    When every member of his domestic and political systems moved smoothly in its appointed course, his nature was bland and genial; but whenever there was a little hitch, and some of his orbs got out of their orbits, he was blander and more genial sti
  11. chorister
    a singer in a singing group
    Another door opened beneath the king, and a priest, followed by a band of choristers' and dancing maidens blowing joyous airs on golden horns and treading a measure, advanced to where the pair stood side by side; and the wedding was promptly and ch
  12. commune
    share or interact intimately with
    He was greatly given to self- communing; and, when he and himself agreed upon any thing, the thing was done.
  13. crook
    a long staff with one end being hook shaped
    When every member of his domestic and political systems moved smoothly in its appointed course, his nature was bland and genial; but whenever there was a little hitch, and some of his orbs got out of their orbits, he was blander and more genial still, for
  14. cultured
    marked by refinement in taste and manners
    Among the borrowed notions by which his barbarism had become reified was that of the public arena, in which, by exhibitions of manly and beastly valor, the minds of his subjects were refined and cultured.
  15. decree
    a legally binding command or decision
    Or virtue rewarded, by the decrees of an impartial and incorruptible chance.
  16. determinate
    supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement
    The decisions of this tribunal were not only fair, they were positively determinate: the accused person was instantly punished if he found himself guilty; and, if innocent, he was rewarded on the spot, whether he liked it or not.
  17. devious
    turning away from a straight course
    It involves a study of the human heart which leads us through devious mazes of passion, out of which it is difficult to find our way.
  18. devour
    eat immoderately
    The criminal could not know out of which door would come the lady: he opened either he pleased, without having the slightest idea whether, in the next instant, he was to be devoured or married.
  19. dire
    fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless
    The moment that the case of the criminal was thus decided, doleful iron bells were clanged, great wails went up from the hired mourners posted on the outer rim of the arena, and the vast audience, with bowed heads and downcast hearts, wended slowly their
  20. doleful
    filled with or evoking sadness
    The moment that the case of the criminal was thus decided, doleful iron bells were clanged, great wails went up from the hired mourners posted on the outer rim of the arena, and the vast audience, with bowed heads and downcast hearts, wended slowly
  21. downcast
    filled with melancholy and despondency
    The moment that the case of the criminal was thus decided, doleful iron bells were clanged, great wails went up from the hired mourners posted on the outer rim of the arena, and the vast audience, with bowed heads and downcast hearts, wended slowly
  22. emanate
    give out, as breath or an odor
    When a subject was accused of a crime of sufficient importance to interest the king, public notice was given that on an appointed day the fate of the accused person would be decided in the king's arena,--a structure which well deserved its name; for, alth
  23. exuberant
    joyously unrestrained
    He was a man of exuberant fancy, and, withal, of an authority so irresistible that, at his will, he turned his varied fancies into facts.
  24. fancy
    not plain; decorative or ornamented
    He was a man of exuberant fancy, and, withal, of an authority so irresistible that, at his will, he turned his varied fancies into facts.
  25. fateful
    predetermined
    The king and his court were in their places, opposite the twin doors,--those fateful portals, so terrible in their similarity.
  26. fervent
    characterized by intense emotion
    This semi-barbaric king had a daughter as blooming as his most florid fancies, and with a soul as fervent and imperious as his own.
  27. fervid
    characterized by intense emotion
    Had it not been for the moiety of barbarism in her nature, it is probable that the lady would not have been there; but her intense and fervid soul would not allow her to be absent on an occasion in which she was so terribly interested.
  28. florid
    elaborately or excessively ornamented
    In the very olden time, there lived a semi-barbaric king, whose ideas, though somewhat polished and sharpened by the progressiveness of distant Latin neighbors, were still large, florid, and untrammeled, as became the half of him which was barbaric
  29. genial
    diffusing warmth and friendliness
    When every member of his domestic and political systems moved smoothly in its appointed course, his nature was bland and genial...
  30. grievous
    causing or marked by grief or anguish
    How in her grievous reveries had she gnashed her teeth, and torn her hair, when she saw his start of rapturous delight as he opened the door of the lady!
  31. idealism
    belief that the best possible concepts should be pursued
    When a subject was accused of a crime of sufficient importance to interest the king, public notice was given that on an appointed day the fate of the accused person would be decided in the king's arena,--a structure which well deserved its name; for, alth
  32. impartial
    free from undue bias or preconceived opinions
    Or virtue rewarded, by the decrees of an impartial and incorruptible chance.
  33. imperious
    having or showing arrogant superiority
    This semi-barbaric king had a daughter as blooming as his most florid fancies, and with a soul as fervent and imperious as his own.
  34. kindle
    catch fire
    How her soul had burned in agony when she had seen him rush to meet that woman, with her flushing cheek and sparkling eye of triumph; when she had seen him lead her forth, his whole frame kindled with the joy of recovered life; when she had heard t
  35. moiety
    one of two approximately equal parts
    Had it not been for the moiety of barbarism in her nature, it is probable that the lady would not have been there; but her intense and fervid soul would not allow her to be absent on an occasion in which she was so terribly interested.
  36. novel
    an extended fictional work in prose
    In after-years such things became commonplace enough; but then they were, in no slight degree, novel and startling.
  37. parapet
    a low wall along the edge of a roof or balcony
    Her right arm lay on the cushioned parapet before her.
  38. portal
    a grand and imposing entrance
    The king and his court were in their places, opposite the twin doors,--those fateful portals, so terrible in their similarity.
  39. precede
    be earlier in time
    Then the gay brass bells rang forth their merry peals, the people shouted glad hurrahs, and the innocent man, preceded by children strewing flowers on his path, led his bride to his home.
  40. premise
    a statement that is held to be true
    He did not hesitate nor waver in regard to his duty in the premises.
  41. presume
    take to be the case or to be true
    The question of her decision is one not to be lightly considered, and it is not for me to presume to set myself up as the one person able to answer it.
  42. refine
    reduce to a pure state
    Among the borrowed notions by which his barbarism had become reified was that of the public arena, in which, by exhibitions of manly and beastly valor, the minds of his subjects were refined and cultured.
  43. retribution
    a justly deserved penalty
    It mattered not that he might already possess a wife and family, or that his affections might be engaged upon an object of his own selection: the king allowed no such subordinate arrangements to interfere with his great scheme of retribution and re
  44. rhapsody
    an epic poem adapted for recitation
    The arena of the king was built, not to give the people an opportunity of hearing the rhapsodies of dying gladiators, nor to enable them to view the inevitable conclusion of a conflict between religious opinions and hungry jaws, but for purposes fa
  45. scheme
    an elaborate and systematic plan of action
    It mattered not that he might already possess a wife and family, or that his affections might be engaged upon an object of his own selection: the king allowed no such subordinate arrangements to interfere with his great scheme of retribution and re
  46. solemnize
    observe or perform with dignity or gravity
    Another door opened beneath the king, and a priest, followed by a band of choristers' and dancing maidens blowing joyous airs on golden horns and treading a measure, advanced to where the pair stood side by side; and the wedding was promptly and cheerily
  47. strew
    spread by scattering
    Then the gay brass bells rang forth their merry peals, the people shouted glad hurrahs, and the innocent man, preceded by children strewing flowers on his path, led his bride to his home.
  48. trammel
    place limits on extent or access
    In the very olden time, there lived a semi-barbaric king, whose ideas, though somewhat polished and sharpened by the progressiveness of distant Latin neighbors, were still large, florid, and untrammeled, as became the half of him which was barbaric
  49. tribunal
    an assembly to conduct judicial business
    The decisions of this tribunal were not only fair, they were positively determinate: the accused person was instantly punished if he found himself guilty; and, if innocent, he was rewarded on the spot, whether he liked it or not.
  50. valor
    courage when facing danger
    Among the borrowed notions by which his barbarism had become reified was that of the public arena, in which, by exhibitions of manly and beastly valor, the minds of his subjects were refined and cultured.
  51. wail
    a cry of sorrow and grief
    The moment that the case of the criminal was thus decided, doleful iron bells were clanged, great wails went up from the hired mourners posted on the outer rim of the arena, and the vast audience, with bowed heads and downcast hearts, wended slowly
  52. wend
    direct one's course or way
    The moment that the case of the criminal was thus decided, doleful iron bells were clanged, great wails went up from the hired mourners posted on the outer rim of the arena, and the vast audience, with bowed heads and downcast hearts, wended slowly
Created on August 26, 2012 (updated August 26, 2012)

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