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bowdlerize: To remove those parts of a text considered offensive, vulgar, or otherwise unseemly.

coterie: An exclusive group of people, who associate closely for a common purpose; a clique.

idiosyncrasy: A language or behaviour that is particular to an individual or group.

Icarus: The son of Daedalus, who escaped from Crete using wings made by his father but was killed when he flew too near the sun and the wax attaching his wings melted

vociferous: Making or characterized by a noisy outcry; clamorous.

polemic: An argument or controversy.

denizen: An inhabitant of a place; one who dwells in.

parturition: The act of giving birth; childbirth.

micturition: urination

agenbite: remorse, ayenbite, used as a conscious archaism

officious: Offensively intrusive or interfering

credo: A belief system.

venereal: sexually transmitted.

carnal: relating to the physical and especially sexual appetites

inveterate: Old; long-established.

precept: A rule or principle, especially one governing personal conduct.

Henrik Ibsen: major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as "the father of realism" and is one of the founders of Modernism in the theatre.

innuendo: A derogatory hint or reference to a person or thing, especially a sexual one. An implication or insinuation.

efficacious: effective

catacomb: An underground system of tunnels and chambers with recesses for graves, used (in former times) as a cemetery; a subterranean tunnel system used for burying the dead, as in Paris or ancient Rome.

venial: pardonable; able to be forgiven

quotidian: common, ordinary, trivial.

penitent: Doing penance.

paltry: meager; worthless; pitiful; trifling

cretonne: A strong, heavy fabric of cotton, linen or rayon, used to make curtains and upholstery.

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