absolve
to free from guilt or blame or their consequences
addenda
an addition, an appendix to a book
atrophied
wasted; withered
banshees
a spirit in the form of a wailing woman who appears to or is heard by members of a family as a sign that one of them is about to die
bedraggled
limp, untidy, or dirty, as with rain or mud
benediction
an utterance of good wishes; a blessing pronounced by an officiating minister
boondoggles
a product of simple manual skill, as a plaited leather cord for the neck or a knife sheath, madde typically by a camper or a scout
bovine
having qualities like a cow; dull or sluggish
cajoled
to persuade by flattery or promises
calabash
a tropical African tree of the bignonia family; also, its large hard-shelled globular fruit
cataracts
a descent of water over a steep surface
cessation
temporary stopping
commercants
(French:) Industries of French companies
confederated
to make an alliance with another person or group; to conspire with others.
conniption
a display of bad temper
consorting
to agree or go along with
contagion
the communication of disease by direct or indirect contact
contingency
something that might happen
coy
making a pretense of shyness or modesty
deleterious
injurious to health
diabolical
having qualities of the devil; wicked
disconsolate
cheerless, gloomy
egregious
extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant
elocution
a person's manner of speaking
embroidery hoop
Frames used to keep fabric taught while working on embroidery or other forms of needlework
emissaries
representatives
enrapture
delight beyond measure
epicenter
a point, directly above the true center of disturbance, from which the shock waves of an earthquake apparently radiate.
fetishes
An object such as a stone, a tooth, or a carving, suupposedly possessing magical power that can protect one from harm, or cure disease.
flabbergasted
speechless, dumbfounded
frangipani
a tropical American tree or shrub
gallimaufry
jumble or hodgepodge mix
gallivanting
to go about usually ostentatiously or indiscreetly with members of the opposite sex
hearsay
unverified, unofficial information gained or acquired from another and not part of one's direct knowledge.
hemiplegia
half of your body is paralyzed due to brain damage
hibiscus
any of numerous other plants, shrubs, or trees of the genus
hunkered
squat: sit on one's heels
imbecile
A person whose mental acumen is well below par.
impudence
Marked by casual disrespect, improperly forward or bold.
jaded
dulled or satisfied through excesiveness
kamikaze
suicidal
kapok
name of the large tropical tree which produces silk-cotton fibers.
latrine
a toilet or something used as a toilet
listless
lacking energy or enthusiasm
litany
a ceremonial or liturgical form of prayer
mercenary
working or acting merely for money or other reward.
milieu
surroundings, particularly culture
mohair
the coat or fleece of an angora goat
mongoloid
resembling the mongols
mongoose
a slender, ferret like carnivore, of India, that feeds on rodents, birds, and eggs, noted especially for its ability to kill cobras and other venomous snakes.
monogrammed
a motif of two or more letters
motif
an idea that is elaborated on and repeated in artwork
ornery
ugly and unpleasant in disposition or temper
pageantry
a rich and spectacular display, an empty display
pandemony
chaos
paroxysm
a sudden violent emotion or action
payola
a secret or private payment in return for the promotion of a product, service, etc. through the abuse of one's position, influence, or facilities
piety
reverence for god or devout fulfillment of religious obligations
pirogues
a native boat, usually dug out
plantain
a tropical fruit plant in the banana family; a staple food in many tropical cultures.
prodigious
extraordinary in size, amount, extent, degree, or force
purveyor
person who provides supplies
putative
generally considered or reputed to be
quinine
a bitter alkaloid extracted from chinchona bark; used in malaria therapy
rectified
to set right; remedy; correct
regaled
to entertain lavishly or agreeably
scant
small; meager
shantytown
a section, as of a city or town, characterized by shanties and crudely built houses.
shirtwaist dress
A dress with a top formed like a man's shirt, with buttons and a turnover collar down the front.
sigoggling
skewed to the side; out of balance
suppleméntaire
(French:) additional wages; supplementary payment
swelter
to be uncomfortably hot
swoon
to faint; lose consciousness
traipsing
walking
trousseau
the personal outfit of a bride
unfettered
free; unrestrained
vamoosed
left quickly and hurriedly
Waterloo
A term used to mean meeting with an utter and devastating defeat, referencing the battle where Napolean was finally defeated in 1815.