ague
a fever or fit of shivering
amanuensis
one who is employed to take dictation or to copy manuscript
animadversions
criticism or censure
arras
a tapestry or wall hanging
avocation
activity that one engages in as a hobby outside one's main occupation
beaumonde
the world of fashionable society
bombast and fustian
a variety of heavy woven cloth, often used as padding. The term also refers to pompous, inflated or pretentious writing or speech
bumtrap
bailiff
calumnies
making of false and defamatory statements in order to damage someone's reputation; slander
cambric
thin, plain cotton or linen fabric of fine close weave, usually white
castigation
criticize or reprimand severely, punish in order to correct
celerity
speed, swiftness
chevalier
class of membership in a French or Belgian Order of Chivalry or order of merit
choleric
quickly and vehemently excited by any and every influence
coeval
having the same age or date of origin; contemporary
compellation
act of directing oneself directly to another
compunction
feeling of guilt or moral scruple that follows the doing of something bad, twinge of conscience
concomitancy
happening at the same time, because one is related to the other
Corporeal
Of or relating to a person's body, as opposed to their spirit
coxcomb
a conceited and foolish person, a dandy or fop
curmudgeon
ill-tempered, often old, person full of stubborn ideas or opinions; in archaic use, a miser
demirep
woman of doubtful reputation or suspected character; an adventuress
descanting
talking tediously or at length
distich
a couplet, a two line stanza making complete sense
durance
duration; or endurance; or imprisonment/forced confinement
ebullience
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
eleemosynary
charitable, philanthropic
emolument
salary, fee, or profit from employment or office
encomiums
warmly enthusiastic praises
epicure
person with refined taste, especially in food and wine
erudition
deep, extensive learning
escritoire
writing desk with a hinged door that provides the writing surface
facetious
treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humour, flippant
febrile
full of nervous energy.
felicitate
congratulate
felicity
intense happiness, or ability to find appropriate expression for one's thoughts
felo de se
Latin for 'felon of himself' meaning one who commits suicide
ferine
beastly, animalistic, feral
habiliment
clothes, especially clothing appropriate for someone's job, status, or to an occasion; equipment
halberd
hand weapon consisting of a long pole fitted with a metal head; the head consists of a blade similar to an axe and usually a spike or hook
i-fackins
trivial oath amounting to 'in faith', 'by my faith'
importunity
an insistent or pressing demand
imputation
act of imputing or charging; attribution
inditing
to write, especially a literary or artistic work; to compose
inexorable
impossible to stop or prevent, inevitable; or relentless
in specie
‘in its actual form’, used to indicate the distribution of an asset will be in its actual form, rather than transferring it into cash/ another form
interlarding
embellishing with often minor and extraneous details at regular intervals, i.e. 'adding fat'
inveteracy
frmly and long established; deep-rooted; ingrained
invidious
calculated to create ill will or resentment or give offense, or offensively or unfairly discriminating, injurious
irascible
hot tempered, easily provoked to anger
julap
a 'medicinal'drink
levant
to abscond or run away, especially to avoid paying money or debts
loquacity
talkativeness
magnanimity
being great of mind and heart
malapert
impudently bold in speech or manner, saucy
mal a propos
out of place; inappropriate
meum and tuum
what is mine, and what is thine
mittimus
a court order directing a sheriff or other police officer to escort a convict to a prison
myrmidon
soldier or a subordinate civil officer who executes orders of a superior without protest or pity
nostrum
a medicine, especially an ineffective one, prepared by an unqualified person; or a pet scheme, usually to bring about some social or political reform or improvement
obloquy
strong public criticism or verbal abuse, public disgrace, slander
opprobrious
disgraceful, shameful, abusive
ostler
person employed at an inn, hostelry, or stable to look after horses; a groom
palliate
mitigate, soothe, alleviate
panegyric
a formal public speech delivering high praise of a person of thing
paragon
person of preeminent qualities, who acts as a pattern or model of some given (especially positive) quality
parricide
the act of murdering one's father (patricide) or mother (matricide) or other close relative; or the act of murdering a person such as the ruler of one's country, who stands in a relationship resembling that of a father
parsimony
great reluctance to spend money unnecessarily; spending minimal resources to solve a problem
pedagogue
a teacher, esp. a strict or pedantic one
pedant
person who is overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning; archaic term for teacher
perdition
hell; eternal damnation; absolute ruin
peremptorily
putting an end to all debate or action; not allowing contradiction or refusal; imperative
perfidy
treachery, treason, betrayal, disloyalty
pertinaciously
holding tenaciously to a purpose, belief, or course of action; stubbornly or perversely persistent
petty-fogger
someone who quibbles over trivia, and raises petty, annoying objections; or unscrupulous or unethical lawyer, especially one of lesser skill
phlebotomy
opening of a vein, either to withdraw blood or for letting blood
physiognomy
general appearance; also used to mean the art and science of discovering the predominant temper, and other characteristic qualities of the mind, by the outward appearance, especially by the features of the face
plenipo
with full powers, as in 'a plenipotentiary diplomat'
preceptor
teacher, instructor, expert or specialist who gives practical training
prefatory
introductory, preliminary, serving as a prelude or preface.
procuress
a female procurer, who procures customers for prostitutes
profligacy
wild extravagance, recklessly wasteful
prolegomenous
introductory; functioning as a preface
prolix
tediously lengthy; or tending to use large or obscure words, which few understand
prolixity
long-windedness, an excess of words
pruritus
severe itching, especially of undamaged skin; caused by allergy, infection, etc
puerility
state, quality, or condition of being childish
rhodomontade
boastful talk or behavior, bragging
sack-whey
alcoholic drink of sherry with whey (weak milk) and sugar
saturnine
gloomy, depressed, dull; or sardonic, bitter, disdainful
scrutore
see escritoire
scurrilous
use of vulgar, coarse, or abusive language, foul-mouthed
sexton
church official who looks after a church and its graveyard and may act as a gravedigger and bell-ringer
sloe
blackthorn berries, small fruit relative of the plum
soforific
tending to induce drowsiness or sleep
sophistry
plausible but misleading argument, false reasoning
syntaxis
style in writing or in rhetoric that favors complex syntax, rather than simple sentence structures
timorsome
easily frightened
tinctured
pigmented or dyed
trover
taking possession of personal property which has been found; also a legal action brought to recover such property by their original owner
vertu
valour, honour, goodness, virtue
viva voce
living voice, usually meaning 'by word of mouth'
votary
person, such as a monk or nun, who lives a religious life according to vows they have made; or someone who is devoted to a particular pursuit
vulnus
wound or injury