ambuscade
concealed in order to ambush a target
anathematized
declared to be evil, shunned
aspersion
disparaging remark
bark
a 3-masted sailing ship
belauded
praised
cabalistic
having hidden meaning
carousals
drunken revelry
caustic
harsh, corrosive
chimerical
extremely improbable, imaginary
coquetry
playful flirting
Cunctators
people who postpone work due to laziness or carelessness
debouching
marching out into open ground
diffident
reserved, lacking in self-confidence
dotard
old fool; person in their dotage
entr'acte
interval between two acts; short performance
expiation
atonement
extenuate
to lessen the seriousness of something; to excuse
furlough
temporary leave from military duty
incendiarism
arson
jocose
jokey, good humoured
lorgnette
eye glasses held to the eyes with a long handle
mantilla
a silk or lace shawl
mufti
civilian dress when worn by someone currently in the military
plenary
complete, fully attended
polyglot
composed of many languages
postulant
someone who makes a request or demand
preceptor
university teacher
procrastinator
someone who habitually postpones action
purloined
stolen
querulousness
whiny complaining
regicide
assassination of a monarch
reticule
a drawstring handbag
sabretache
a satchel worn by cavalry officers
saltpetre
an explosive
sanguinary
bloody
stentorian
loud, powerful (applies to the voice)
temerity
foolish daring
ukase
a public proclamation from the tsar or the government, the equivalent of an edict or decree
verdure
greenery