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Today, I have more words from Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
heliolatry: sun worship
His present aspect, coupled with the lack of all human forms in the scene, explained the old-time heliolatries in a moment.
stopt-diapason: This took some searching, and all I could find out is that it’s an organ term.
apotheosis: 1. elevation to divine status: deification; 2. the perfect example: quintessence
Then their sister, with much augmented confidence in the efficacy of this sacrament, poured forth from the bottom of her heart the thanksgiving that follows, uttering it boldly and triumphantly in the stopt-diapason note which her voice acquired when her heart was in her speech, and which will never be forgotten by those who knew her. The ecstasy of faith almost apotheosized her; it set upon her face a glowing irradiation, and brought a red spot into the middle of each cheek; while the miniature candle-flame inverted in her eye-pupils shown like a diamond.
I also have one word from Justice Hall by Laurie R. King.
anneal: strengthen, toughen
In a moment he would begin to sob, and humiliation would anneal itself to horror to make this day a burden for the rest of his life.