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ordain - decree or command; grant holy orders; predestine; install as a minister, priest, or rabbi; N. ordainment; CF. ordination
execute - put into effect; carry out; kill as a lawful punishment; N. execution
schism - division into factions (esp. within a religious body); split
mutinous - unruly; rebellious; Ex. mutinous teenagers; N. mutiny: open rebellion; CF. mutineer
perjury - false testimony while under oath; V. perjure oneself: testify falsely under oath
desolate - (of a place) deserted; unpopulated; (of a person) lonely; forlorn; joyless
hoary - white with age
pharisee - Pharisee: member of an ancient Jewish group that emphasized strict observance of the Mosaic law (considering themselves very holy); hypocritical self-righteous person
disfigure - mar the appearance of; spoil
gild - cover with a thin layer of gold