The person or force that opposes the protagonist
The central character and the one who the reader is generally meant to sympathize with
The "word pictures" that appeal to the senses and bring the written word to life
Favorable, indicating good fortune
Respect and honor due to another
My grandmother complains that kids today do not show any deference.
Determined to go against what is reasonable, expected, or desired; contrary
My dad tells me I am perverse when I say that I want to go winter camping.
To free from blame
The DNA results will absolve the suspect.
To be superior in power or influence; to succeed
Cunning will often prevail over brute force.
To spoil the purity of; to make dirty or unclean
His horrible crime defiled his reputation forever.