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crescendo - increase in the volume or intensity as in a musical passage; climax; CF. crescent
crypt - secret recess or vault usually used for burial; underground room (under a church)
ruse - trick to deceive; stratagem
hirsute - hairy; having a lot of hair
yeoman - man or farmer owning small estate; middle-class farmer
glossary - brief explanation of words used in the text
harangue - long, passionate, and vehement speech; V.
buccaneer - pirate
controvert - oppose with arguments; attempt to refute; contradict; ADJ. controversial; N. controversy
propitious - favorable; auspicious; advantageous; fortunate; Ex. propitious day/sign