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studious - given to diligent study
stygian - unpleasantly dark; gloomy; hellish; deathly; CF. Styx: the chief river in the subterranean land of the dead
appall - dismay; shock deeply
interstice - narrow space between things
paraphernalia - equipment; odds and ends used in a particular activity; personal belongings; Ex. photographic paraphernalia; CF. married woman's property exclusive of her dowry
deference - courteous regard for another's wish; courteous yielding to another's wish or opinion (showing respect); ADJ. deferential; OP. effrontery
detraction - slandering; aspersion; detracting; CF. detractor
intellect - higher mental powers; person of great intellectual ability
grotesque - fantastic; comically hideous; strange and unnatural (causing fear or amusement)
bequeath - leave to someone by means of a will; hand down in his will; N. bequest