altercation
a heated argument
ambience
atmosphere of a place
ambiguous
several possible meanings or interpretations
anterior
pertaining to or toward the front plane of the body
anteromedial
located in front and towards the middle
areola
small circular area such as the coloured ring around the human nipple
arrhythmic
without rhythm
assizes
a trial session, civil or criminal, held periodically in specific locations in england
avuncular
friendly, helpful and caring towards someone younger
baraka
means blessing in Hebrew, Arabic and Arabic-influenced laguages
beau
boyfriend or admirer
borscht
various eastern european soups made with beets, cabbage, potatoes or other vegetables
boschian
reminiscent of bosch, an artist well known for his use of fantastic imagery illustrating religious and moral themes
bounced
a bouncer, a doorman, a security guard at a club or pub
bufotenin
this is found in the skin of some toads and has been used as a street drug as it contains psychedelic properties
cajoling
persuade by flattery or promises
calloused
a hardened or thickened part of the skin
caracoled
half turn performed by a horse and rider
cigarillo
a small thin cigar
cirrus
high wispy cloud
clemency
kind or lenient treatment
commuted
to change a prison sentence to a less severe one
contraband
an item you are not allowed to possess
convulsively
to shake or agitate violently
correspondences
similarities
couture
high fashion
craggy
rugged, harsh, rough
crystallize
make or become definite
deltoid
a large triangular muscle covering the joint of the shoulder
diorama
a scene, often in miniature
discourse
formal discussion of a subject in speech or writing
dispassionate
devoid of personal feeling, detatched, calm
disposition
state of mind regarding something, inclination
dispossessed
evicted, as from a dwelling, land etc, ousted, wandering, displaced
drawl
to speak in a slow manner
dualistic
pertaining to dualism, consisting of two parts
elided
omit (a vowel or syllable) from a spoken word
endearing
cause to be liked
endearments
affectionate word or phrase
engorged
clot with blood
enmities
a feeling or condition of hostility, hatred, ill will
enunciating
to utter or pronounce words, especially in an articulate or particular manner
expansive
unrestrained, open
expound
explain in detail
extroversion
lively and outgoing
filched
to steal
firmament
sky or the heavens
fluxes
dysentery, an inflammatory disorder of the intestine
folly
lack of understanding, the state of being foolish
formaldehyde
a colorless gas used in fertilizers, embalming fluids and dyes
fractal art
fractals are very irregular curves or shapes
gallows humor
humor arising from a stressful or life threatening situation, similar to Black Comedy
galoot
clumsy, awkward or foolish person
garret
a room at the top of a building, under a pitched or gabled roof
geometrically
pertaining to ornamentation of predominantly geometric characteristics
greenbacks
paper money issued by the United States during the American Civil War
grift
a con, a group of methods for obtaining money falsely, through the use of swindles, frauds, dishonest gambling etc
grifter
a confidence trickster, a con man
gurney
a flat padded table with legs and wheels
hectoring
to bully
heebie-jeebies
an american-english idiom used to describe anxiety
hustling
the act of disguising your own ability at a game or sport, in order to persuade someone with lesser skill to join in
illimitable
impossible to limit or circumscribe
immanent
present within and throughout something, indwelling the universe
incongruously
inappropriate or out of place
incumbent
it is the duty of...
indentured servant
young unskilled person, contracted to work for an employer for a fixed period of time
inferior
lower in place or position
insectile
pertaining to or having the nature of insects
insidious
stealthily treacherous or deceitful
intercostal
pertaining to muscles, parts or intervals between the ribs
irascible
easily provoked to anger
jell-o
a brand name for a number of gelatin desserts it has also become a generic term for all gelatin desserts
jitters
a feeling of anxiety or nerves
klunker
old worn out vehicle or machine especially a car
labia
four liplike folds of skin forming part of the female genitals
lacerations
a rough jagged tear
lamenting
an expression of grief or sorrow
larcenous
commiting theft
legacy
anything handed down from the past
ludicrous
ridiculous, laughable
manifestly
easily noticed, obvious
matrilineal
tracing descent through the female line
maudlin
foolishly sentimental
mauve
a pale lavender / lilac colour
medial
situated in or pertaining to the middle
mellifluous
sweet sounding, smoothly flowing voice
meme
used to describe a concept that spreads via the internet
moue
a pouting expression, conveying annoyance or distaste
multifaceted
having many aspects or phases
mundane
ordinary, unimaginative
nacreous
mother of pearl
natal
of or pertaining to one's birth
oblique
indirect
omerta
a popular attitude and 'code of honour' in places like Italy. Associated with organisations like the Mafia
opiates
any sedative, soporific or narcotic
oubliettes
a dungeon only accessible from a hatch in a high ceiling
panorama
wide angled view
paradigm
an example or model
parapet
low wall or railing along the edge of a balcony or roof
paraphernalia
personal belongings or bits of equipment
patois
regional form of language, differing from the standard literary form of the language
pericardium
the membranous sac enclosing the heart
perspicacity
quick mental insight
pointillist
painting technique
pox
slang for smallpox or syphilis
precipitous
done too quickly and without thought
prestigitation
skillful quickness with the hands, conjuring
profusion
abundant quantity
promissory notes
a written promise to pay a specified sum of money to the bearer of the note
pseudo
false, having the appearance of...
punctiliously
paying great attention to correctness in etiquette, careful about small details
recidivism
habitual relapse into crime
reconfigured
to change the shape or formation on, remodel
regale
to entertain with food or drink
retribution
punishment or vengeance for evil deeds
reverentially
a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe
rickety
feeble in the joints
rogue
a dishonest person, a scoundrel
Rom
slang for Romani, gypsy
sanctum sanctorum
latin phrase meaning 'holy of holies.' Commonly used to mean any reserved or private space.
scullery
small room where washing up and other kitchen work is done
sequestered
kept seperate, secluded
shingle
a pebble beach
shoddy
of poor quality or inferior workmanship
shuck
to remove the shucks from, shucks are husks or pods
skraeling
norse name for the native people they came across in america
Slav
one of a group of peoples in eastern, southeastern and central europe
smidgens
a very small amount
solar plexus
network of nerves at the pit of the stomach
spic
an american racial slur for a person of hispanic descent
spurious
not genuine
sumptuously
luxury
susurrus
whispering
tableau
silent motionless group arranged to represent some scene
tectonic plates
the study of the earth's crust and the forces which affect it
temperamentally
the combination of mental, physical and emotional traits of a person
tetchy
cross and irritable
the clap
slang for gonorrhea
toxicology
the science dealing with the effects, the antidotes and the detection of poisons
transcendent
going beyond ordinary limits, transcending the universe
transience
for a short time, to pass over
transmuted
to change from one nature, form or condition, into another
tumbril
one of the carts used during the french revolution, to convey victims to the guillotine
twitched purses
pick pocket, steals from the pockets of people
vicariously
felt indirectly by imagining what another person experiences
vicissitudes
changes in fortune
vigil
night time period of staying awake to watch over a sick person or watching over a deceased until burial
vulva
woman's external genitals
wake
a watch or vigil by the body of a dead person before burial
widows weeds
The black ensemble a Victorian woman was supposed to wear for her mourning period
wraith
a visible spirit, an apparition of a living person, a portent of their death
wreckers
person who lured ships onto the rocks in order to plunder them
zenith
a highest point or state, culmination