A.D.
abbreviation for "anno domini," "in the year of our Lord" (Latin)
abstinence
completely refraining from sexual activity
amalgamated
mixed, combined
anaesthetic, anaesthetics
medication that induces loss of sensation and, usually, loss of consciousness; American spelling: anesthetic, anesthetics
Apostles
twelve original followers of Christ specially chosen to proclaim the gospel
archangel
chief or principal angel
aristocratic
pertaining to nobility; high class
asinine
foolish
atonement
the reconciliation of humans to God brought about by the death of Christ; from Middle English "at one-ment"
atrocities
appalling actions characterized by intense cruelty
automata
robots; singular, "automaton"
bogy
similar to "bogeyman"; an imaginary creature used as a threat
bridgehead
an advanced position in hostile territory in wartime
busybodies
people who meddle in others' affairs; nosy gossips
chastity
abstaining from sexual activity outside of marriage
cheek
impertinence
cheques
British spelling of "checks"
chilblains
inflammation affecting the feet or hands as a result of exposure to cold
chit
impudent young girl
contraceptives
devices or medications intended to prevent pregnancy
devout
devoted to the fulfillment of religious obligations
dipsomania
craving for an alcoholic drink
dogmas
authoritative religious tenets
electron
an elementary particle that has a negative charge of electricity and travels around the nucleus of an atom
ell
a measure of length (app. 45 inches)
emancipated
freed from slavery (real or symbolic)
extenuating
to make an offense seem less serious or more forgivable
facetious
joking, not serious
fatuity
stupidity
fidelity
faithfulness
fluke
random occurrence; accident
foetus
variant spelling of "fetus"; an unborn child
fornication
sexual immorality in general, esp. sexual relations between people who are not married to each other
Gestapo
secret state police in Nazi Germany, known for their brutality; from the German phrase for "secret state police," "Geheime Staatspolizei"
Gospels
the first four books of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
illicit
unsanctioned by custom or law; improper
impotence
powerlessness
inferiority complex
psychiatric term for extreme feelings of inadequacy, which can exhibit themselves in unusual reticence or aggressiveness delete
inorganic
literally, not organic; not living, not produced by something living
Irish bull
illogical and therefore ludicrous statement
jibbed
balked
Leftist
pertaining to the political left; tending toward liberalism rather than conservatism
maundering
talking pointlessly
megalomania
obsession with one's own power
Mohammedanism
term formerly used for Islam; now considered offensive
molecule
two or more atoms that make up the smallest particle of a substance that retains the chemical and physical properties of the substance
moonshine
nonsense; foolish talk
N.C.O.
abbreviation for noncommissioned officer in the military, usu. a corporal or a sergeant
neurotics
people suffering from mental or emotional disorders; no longer in scientific use
obstinacy
stubbornness
pacifist
one who refuses to participate in military action because of opposition to war
parasite
living thing that obtains benefits from another living thing that it injures
patent
simplified, obvious
patronage
kindness done in a condescending way
patronise
to treat another in a condescending manner
pedantic
narrow, stodgy
perverted
corrupt, turned away from what is normal; often used in a sexual context
petrol
gasoline (British English)
pig headed
stubborn
pious
reverent
premeditated
planned ahead of time
prig
excessively proper, arrogant person
propaganda
material intended to sway public opinion toward or away from a certain position
provocation
an action likely to result in retaliation
psychoanalysis
method of studying the mind and its disorders developed by Sigmund Freud
quisling
traitor
R.A.F.
abbreviation for Royal Air Force
rabble
pejorative term for a mob; disorderly crowd of low-class people
retrogression
deteriorating or declining; returning to a more primitive stage
sociological
of or related to the behavior of human beings in organized groups
stone
British unit of weight equal to fourteen pounds
subconscious
the unconscious part of the mind; the part of the mind existing below the level of awareness
titillation
exciting or arousing someone; usually used in a sexual context
usury
lending money at interest
vermin
plural word referring to small animals or insects that are injurious to health and destructive
Victorian
relating to standards of propriety that were characteristic of English society during the reign of Queen Victoria
vindictiveness
desire for retaliation or revenge
wireless set
British term for a radio