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oratorio - dramatic poem set to music; long musical work with singing but without acting; CF. cantata
unsullied - untarnished; CF. sully
premonitory - serving to warn
puissant - powerful; strong; potent; N. puissance: power
careen - lurch; sway from side to side; move with irregular swinging movement; stagger
shear - remove (fleece or hair) by cutting; remove the hair or fleece from; cut with or as if with shears; N: shears; pair of scissors
didactic - (of speech or writing) intended to teach a moral lesson; teaching; instructional; N. didacticism
torpor - lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy; ADJ. torpid: lethargic; lazy; inactive; (of an animal) dormant; hibernating
catalyst - agent which brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged; CF. catalysis
maim - mutilate; injure lastingly; disable; cripple; Ex. maimed for life