Adroit
Skillful
Aestheticism
Doctrine that beauty is the highest ideal or most basic standard
Anodyne
Soothing, removing pain, agreeable, unlikely to cause conflict
Anon
Shortened form of the word ‘anonymous,’ used to mean author’s name unknown
Antiphonies
Responsive singing or chanting by a choir split into two halves
Aposiopesis
Abrupt breaking-off in speech
Apposite
Appropriate, relevant
Aquiline
Pertaining to eagles or characteristic of eagles
Archipelago
Group of islands or anything scattered around
Asymmetry
Want of symmetry, disproportion between the parts of something
Austerity
Severity, harshness
Baccarat
Card game somewhat similar to blackjack
Barley-water
A soft drink produced by boiling pearl barley with water and adding other tastes and sugar
Basilisk
Mythical snake-like dragon, venomous lizard whose gaze was thought deadly
Bathos
Abrupt change, anticlimax, triviality, overly sentimental, exaggerated pathos
Billets-doux
Love letters
Catechism
Basic manual, question and answer book, often refers to a summary of Christian principles
Catkins
Type of flower clusters, each consisting of a slender axis with many seeming buds along its sides
Cavernous
Vast, resembling a cavern
Cavil
To criticize for petty or frivolous reasons
Cheval
Horse
Cheval-glass
Mirror mounted on a swivel frame, allowing it to be tilted
Chevelure
Hair
Chiffonier
Tall chest of draws, usually with a mirror attached
Chintz
Painted calico known for its brightly colored designs
Clangour
Repetitive clanging sound, loud racket or din
Cloisters
Covered walkways
Compeers
Equals or peers
Cosmic
Pertaining to the cosmos or universe, meaning vastness or infinity
Cully
Gullible, easily tricked
Cynosure
Object of attention, a focal point of attraction and admiration
Daedal
Skilful, ingenious, cunning
Descried
Past tense and past participle of descry, meaning to detect or notice carefully
Dimity
Light strong fabric with woven strips or squares
Disingenuous
Not noble, unbecoming to honor, unworthy, not open, deceptive
Dullard
Fool or simpleton, unintelligent
Ebon
Ebony or made of ebony
Effigy
Dummy or crude likeness of a person
Eld
Old age
Ennui
Depression, gripping listlessness or melancholia caused by boredom
Ere
Before or sooner than
Exeat
License or permit for absence from a college
Expiating
Present participle of expiate, meaning to atone, make reparation or amends
Fatuously
Smug stupidity, silliness
Festooned
Past tense of festoon, meaning hanging ornamentation or decoration
Florin
Pre-decimal British coin worth two shillings or ten new pence
Gait
Manner of walking
Gallimaufry
Any absurd medley
Garrulous
Excessively or tediously talkative, overly wordy, rambling
Guerdon
Reward or prize
Impugning
Assault, attack
Incongruity
Dissimilar, mismatched, out of place
Insignia
Object indicating rank or membership in an organization, symbol of status or office
Jacobean
Of the period of years when James I reigned as king of England
Japanned
Lacquered, hard black enamel varnish containing asphalt
Landau
Type of lightweight, four-wheeled carriage
Legerdemain
Trickery, deceitful ability
Lexicon
Dictionary of lexemes or the Classics, vocabulary of a certain subject or individual
Lissom
Variant spelling of lissome, meaning quick and graceful in movement
Lithe
Mild, calm
Lucre
Riches, profit, gain of money or goods
Magnanimous
Generous, understanding, tolerant
Malachite
Color named for the green mineral of the same name
Manumission
Freedom, release from slavery
Meiosis
Figure of speech whereby something is made to seem smaller or less important
Mien
Facial expression or attitude
Mirum Mirorum
Wonderful, marvelous, amazing
Monody
Ode, mournful poem, monotonous
Nihil
Absence of something, nothing
Nimbus
Circle of light, halo
Nymph
Young girl who specifically inspires lustful feelings
Octogenarian
Any individual aged eighty to eighty-nine
Omnibus
Vehicle for carrying many people
Paean
Song of triumph, loud and joyous song, enthusiastic praise
Patrician
Person of high birth, nobleman
Pedant
Person who emphasizes knowledge through use of vocabulary, overly interested in formal rules and trivial points of learning
Penury
Poverty
Petto
Chest or breast
Phantasmagoria
Dreamlike state where the real and the imagined are blurred as one
Plexus
Network or interwoven mass
Postprandially
After a meal, particularly after dinner
Precisian
Religious purist, strict observer of the rules
Presage
Omen, warning of coming event
Ribands
Ribbons
Sachets
Sealed packets containing a quantity of a given item or material
Salient
Prominent, noteworthy
Sardonic
Scornful mocking, disdainful
Sconces
Type of light fixtures
Sedulous
Diligent, constant, steady
Seignorial
Related to or befitting of a nobleman
Sent Down
Suspension or expulsion of a student of the University of Oxford
Serried
Crowded together in rows
Sheathed
Past tense of sheath, meaning a tight-fitting
Spinet
Musical instrument resembling the harpsichord of piano
Stupri
From stuprare, meaning to rape
Supercilious
Arrogant superiority, show of contemptuous indifference
Supine
Sloping, reclined, lethargic, indifferent, passive, or peaceful
Surcease
Discontinuance of something
Susurrus
Murmur, rustling sound, whisper
Tapers
Thin candles used for lighting other candles
Toque
Type of hat with no brim
Vouchsafe
Condescendingly grant a right or benefit, deign to acknowledge