Abated
Decreased
Abhorrent
Repugnant, detestable
Abortive
Unsuccessful
Abstracted
Extracted, removed
Acquiesced
Agreed, complied
Acquitted
Declared innocent
Admiralty
Authority reponsible for the command of the Royal Navy
Adolescent
Teen-age
Adroitly
Skillfully
Adroitness
Skill
Alibi
Proof of location other than where a crime was committed
Alternative
Other
Ampoule
Small sealed container
Amyl nitrite
Chemical compound inhaled to treat heart disease
Anesthetic
Painkiller
Angularities
Sharpness
Appareled
Clothed
Ardent
Enthusiastic
Arsenal
Collection of weapons
Arsenic
Poisonous chemical element
Ascertained
Proved
Asphyxiation
Choking, suffocation
Assenting
Agreeing
Audible
Able to be heard
Aura
Intangible quality; a distinctive air
Automaton
Robot or machine
Autopsy
Dissection of a body to determine cause of death
Aversion
Distaste, dislike
Babel
Confusion caused by multiple voices speaking at once
Balmy
Crazy
Bar
Court of law
Barbiturates
Drugs that depress the central nervous system and can cause death
Barricaded
Secured or blocked in
Bedouin
Nomadic Arabic people group living in the desert
Bench
Judge’s seat in a courtroom
Bestial
Animal-like, inhuman
Bewildered
Confused
Bewilderment
Confusion
Bicarbonate of soda
Antacid
Bizarre
Strange, weird
Bleary
Groggy, unfocused
Bloody
Insulting epithet used as an adjective (British English)
Brazen
Bold in the face of danger
Bromide
Drug used as a sedative
Brooch
Decorative pin worn on a woman’s dress, blouse, or scarf
Brusquely
Abruptly, harshly
Bunkum
Nonsense
C. I. D.
Acronym for Criminal Investigation Department, made up of police detectives
Cairngorm
Type of smoky quartz
Callousness
Insensitivity, heartlessness
Canon
Priest in the Roman Catholic or Anglican Church
Capricious
Impulsive, unpredictable
Cardiac
Of or relating to the heart
Carriage
Posture, deportment
Cascara
Natural laxative derived from the bark of the cascara buckthorn plant
Catering
Preparation and supplying of food
Caustic
Acidic, biting
Chancery
A high court of equity in England and Wales
Chaotic
Wildly confused
Chastisement
Punishment
Cheque
Written form of payment; American spelling: check
Christian name
British term for a person’s first name
Chromium
Metallic element used in alloys and electroplating
Cisterns
Storage tanks, usually for water
Clambered
Climbed, crawled
Clammy
Cold and sweaty
Clichés
Frequently repeated truisms, e.g., “as old as the hills,” “raining cats and dogs”
Clutch
Gear-shifting device on a manual transmission
Colonials
People who live in a colony
Colossal
Huge, immense
Competent
Capable, assured
Complicity
Involvement in a crime
Concealments
Hiding places
Conclave
Meeting, council
Condone
Approve
Congealed
Solidified
Conjuring trick
Magic trick
Conscientiously
Thoroughly, diligently
Consequence
Importance
Conspired
Worked together, collaborated
Contadini
Italian for “peasants”
Contradictions
Conflicts, paradoxes
Convicted
Found guilty in a court of law
Convulsed
Muscular twisting as though resulting from a stroke
Coping stone
Capstone; stone that forms the top of a building
Cordial
Friendly
Coroner
Officer who determines cause of death
Corroborate
Verify
Cosh
Blunt weapon used to knock someone out
Countenance
Facial expression
Credentials
Legal proofs of position
Crimson
Bright red
Cronies
Friends, buddies
Cross-examination
Questioning of the defendant by the lawyer for the prosecution
Cumbrous
Cumbersome, difficult
Cunning
Sly, scheming, crafty
Cutlery
Flatware or silverware
Deferential
Respectful
Demeanor
Bearing, conduct
Deportment
One's behavior as demonstrated by one's physical bearing
Desultory
Random or casual
Detained
Unable to attend
Deuced
Minced oath for “damned”
Devoid
Empty, barren
Diagnosis
Medical analysis
Dictates
Commands, instructions
Diminishment
Lessening, decline
Dint
Indention
Discomfiture
Discomfort, awkwardness
Discourse
Dialogue, discussion
Dismay
Shock, strong disappointment
Dispassionately
Unemotionally
Dissentient
Disagreeing with the majority
Dividends
Payments, bills
Dogged
Persistent, unrelenting
Doggerel
Poorly written or trivial poetry
Dollop
Small amount; spoonful or drop
Domestic
Of our related to the household or housekeeping
Double pneumonia
Inflammation and congestion caused by infection that affects both lungs
Draught
Drink (British English)
Drawing-room
Formal reception room
Ebonite
Hard rubber
Ejaculations
Vocal outbursts
Eloquent
Expressive
Embroidery
Decorative needlework
Enticing
Tempting
Epistolary
Of or related to letter-writing
Ether
Compound formerly used in surgery; induces sleep when inhaled
Evasive
Shifty, ambiguous
Eventuality
Possibility, consequence
Exonerated
Acquitted, declared innocent
Exquisite
Wonderful, superb
Faith-healing
Belief in being restored to health by faith and prayer alone
Farce
Humorous play involving ridiculous situations
Fender
Metal guard in front of a fireplace
Ferret out
Search out, figure out
Festooned
Draped
Flex
Electric cord (British English)
Forage
Search for food
Forte
Strength
Fraternizing
Socializing
Fraught
Loaded, filled
French windows
Large windows that extend to the floor and serve as a doorway
Frenzied
Frantic, overexcited
Freshening
Becoming fresh
G. P.
General practitioner; doctor whose practice is not limited to a specialty
Gaga
Crazy
Gain-said
Contradicted, refuted
Gambit
Ploy, scheme
Gastric
Of or related to the stomach
Geezer
Disparaging term for an elderly person
Giddy
Dizzy, lightheaded
Gimlet
Tool for boring holes
Gingerbeer
Carbonated soft drink flavored with ginger; similar to ginger ale
Glycerine
Topical liquid used for softening skin
Gramophone
Phonograph; old-fashioned record player
Grandfather chair
Wingback chair
Gravity
Seriousness
Guinea
Former type of money; equal to 21 shillings (British)
Hampered
Held back
Hearsay
Rumor, gossip
Heliographing
Using sunlight and a mirror to signal to a distant location
High water mark
Highest reach of water during high tide
Homicidal
Capable of murder
Houseparty
Guests
Hussy
Immoral woman
Hypochondriac
Person excessively concerned about his health
Hypocrisy
Act of pretending to be something you are not
Hypocrite
Person who pretends to be something he is not
Hypodermic syringe
Needle for injecting medicine into the skin
Hysteria
Panic
Idiosyncrasy
Quirk, peculiarity
Illegible
Unreadable
Immorality
Sin, wickedness; often associated with sexual sin
Immortal
Undying, eternal
Impassive
Unemotional
Implicated
Involved, mixed up in
Impromptu
Unrehearsed, spontaneous
Incoherent
Unclear, illogical, senseless
Incomprehensible
Not capable of being understood
Inconceivable
Unimaginable, unthinkable
Incongruous
Inconsistent, out of place, strange
Incredulously
Unbelievingly
Indictments
Accusations, charges
Indignant
Angry
Inert
Not moving, lifeless
Inevitability
Certainty, unavoidability
Inhuman
Heartless, unfeeling
Iniquitous
Sinful; full of iniquity
Inlet
Bay or cove
Innate
Inborn, instinctive
Innocuous
Harmless, innocent
Inquest
A legal inquiry into the cause of death
Instantaneous
Immediate
Intent
Focused on, concentrating on
Intimacy
Friendship
Jetty
Dock, boat landing
Jove
Another name for Jupiter, king of the Roman gods; used as a mild expletive (“By Jove!”)
Juncture
Moment, point in time
K. C.
King’s Counsel
Laconically
Characterized by a minimal use of words
Larder
Pantry
Lassitude
Lethargy, laziness
Lavender water
Lightly scented perfume
Lax
Lacking in strictness
Legacy
Inheritance
Loony
Crazy person
Lunacy
Insanity
Lunatic
Insane person
Luxuriate
Enjoy, indulge
Mackintosh
Raincoat
Malevolence
Hatred, malice
Malicious
Hateful, spiteful
Marmalade
Fruit preserve made from citrus
Marooned
Stranded, isolated
Maudlin
Weepy, over-emotional
Mem sa-hib
Literally, “ma’am friend”; term of respect for a married European woman. Sahib is Arabic for “friend,” and Britons appended “ma’am” to the word to denote a female sahib. This devolved into memsahib.
Money order
Prepaid payment order for a specific amount of money, similar to a check/cheque
Monotonous
Dull, droning
Moonshine
Untruthfulness, nonsense; a made-up story told as true
Mortal
Human
Muslin
Type of loosely-woven cotton fabric
Natal
Of or relating to birth
Negation
Denial, contradiction
Noncommittal
Evasive, vague
Nursery governess
Woman hired to care for and educate a child or children
Obliquely
At an angle
Oblivion
Unconsciousness, unawareness
Oilsilk
Silk cloth treated with oil to make it waterproof
Pacifically
Peacefully
Pall
Dark covering
Palpably
Obviously
Parquet
Patterned wooden flooring
Penal servitude
Prison sentence requiring physical labor as a portion of the punishment
Penetrating
Piercing
Peritonitis
Inflammation of the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity, usually resulting from infection
Perjury
Lying under oath
Perplexedly
In a confused manner
Petrified
Terrified; “scared stiff”
Petrol
Gasoline (British English)
Physique
Physical build
Pious
Religious to the point of self-righteousness
Placidly
Peacefully
Plate
Serving dishes made of silver or stainless steel
Plight
Predicament
Pluckily
Bravely
Port
Type of wine made in Portugal
Porters
People hired to carry objects
Porter’s chair
Large chair placed near the entryway of a large estate for use by the servant who answered the door
Potassium cyanide
Highly poisonous chemical compound dissolvable in liquids, sometimes used for killing insects
Pound
Official currency in the United Kingdom, equal to one hundred pence
Predatory
Greedy, preying
Preoccupation
Concern
Preposterous
Outrageous, unbelievable
Primus
Portable cooking stove
Probationer
Nurse in training
Proxy
Substitute or stand-in
Pukka sahib
Hindi for “absolute master”; complimentary term meaning “first-class gentleman” (British English)
Puritan
Literally, a group of conservative English Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries; figuratively, someone who is overly religious and self-righteous
Purport
Claim, allege
Quaint
Old-fashioned; appealing
Queer
Odd, strange
Quietus
Final rest, death
Rancour
Bitterness, spite
Reconnaissance
Scouting or survey mission
Recrimination
Accusation, blame
Recumbent
Reclining
Red herring
Decoy or trick
Remorseless
Pitiless, cruel
Rendezvous
Planned meeting, appointment
Repressed
Suppressed, kept from expressing one’s true feelings
Reproach
Condemn, criticize
Reptilian
Similar to a reptile
Rheumatic, rheumaticky
Related to rheumatism, a disease characterized by inflammation of the joints and pain
Rind
Outer layer, skin
Rucked
Type of material characterized by folds or creases
Ruminate
Ponder, think over
Sang-froid
Self-confidence, composure
Scalpel
Surgical knife
Scrupulous
Meticulously careful
Scrutinize
Carefully analyze
Sedative
Medication that induces calmness and sleep
Self-possessed
Confident, poised
Semitic
Of or relating to the Jewish people
Shrewd
Perceptive
Sine qua non
Something that is absolutely essential; Latin for “without which not”
Sinister
Evil, ominous
Siphon
Tube used to convey liquid
Skein
Loosely coiled length of yarn
Slander
A false and malicious spoken statement
Sleeping draught
Liquid medication to induce sleep
Slur
Insult, disgrace
Smoking-room
A room set aside for smoking tobacco products
Soldered
Welded
Solicitude
Care, kindness
Southeasterly
Wind or storm coming from the southeast
Spasmodically
Twitching involuntarily, as from a spasm
Specimen
A representative of a larger group used as a sample for scientific study
Speculatively
Thoughtfully
Spinster
Older, unmarried childless woman; often used disparagingly
Spirits
Alcoholic beverages made from distilled liquor
Squall
Storm
Stiletto
Short knife or dagger with a slender blade
Stimulant
Something that improves the mood, refreshes, or awakens
Strenuous
Difficult, tiring
Suave
Smooth, polite
Subsiding
Collapsing
Sulphonal
Drug that induces sleep
Supremacy
Dominance, preeminence
Surreptitious
Secret, stealthy
Swell
Formation of long waves on the ocean
Swine
Pig; used as an insult
Syringe
See hypodermic syringe.
Tabooed
Forbidden
Tabulating
Adding up
Tacit
Silent, unspoken
Tartar
Someone characterized by anger (British English)
Teetotal
Abstaining completely from alcoholic beverages
Tenacious
Stubborn, determined
Testy
Irritable
Tinge
Hint or suggestion
Tinned
Canned (British English)
Togged up
Dressed up
Torch
Also “electric torch”; a flashlight (British English)
Treacherous
Deceitful, unpredictable
Trional
Sleep-inducing medication
Trumpet
Cone-shaped device that provides amplification for a gramophone
Truncheon
Short stick carried by a police officer as a weapon; billy club
Tumult
Uproar or commotion
Tunic
Military coat
Untenanted
Without occupant
Vamoosed
Disappeared quickly
Vehement
Passionate, intense
Verisimilitude
Appearance of reality
Veronal
Sleep-inducing drug
Vindictive
Spiteful, vengeful
Wangle
Manipulate, usually fraudulently
Wash-house
Building in which laundry is done
Waxed
Increased, grew
Wire
Telegram
Witness box
Location in a courtroom from which the witnesses give testimony