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Diffidence (noun)
modesty or shyness resulting from a lack of self-confidence
“‘What do you want?’ I asked with awkward diffidence.”
Benefactress (noun)
a female benefactor
“‘What a shocking conduct, Miss Eyre, to strike a young gentleman, your benefactress’s son!'”
Homily (noun)
a religious discourse that is intended primarily for spiritual edification rather than doctrinal instruction; a sermon
“Bessie supplied the hiatus by a homily of an hours length…”
Tumult (noun)
a loud, confused noise, especially one caused by a large mass of people
“A great tumult succeeded for some minutes…”
Penurious (noun)
extremely poor; poverty-stricken
“…the allowance of cold meat and bread, in the same penurious proportion observed in our ordinary meals…”
Pastille (noun)
a small pellet of aromatic paste burned as a perfume or deodorizer
“The drug and the pastille striving vainly to overcome the effluvia of mortality, that bright May shone unclouded over the bold hills and beautiful woodland out of doors.”
Effluvia (noun)
an unpleasant or harmful odor, secretion, or discharge
“The drug and the pastille striving vainly to overcome the effluvia of mortality, that bright May shone unclouded over the bold hills and beautiful woodland out of doors.”
Soporific (adj)
tending to induce drowsiness or sleep
“The heavy supper she had eaten produced a soporific effect…”
Diminutive (adj)
extremely or unusually small
“By taking a long voyage, see with my own eyes the little fields, houses, and trees, the diminutive people…”
Insuperable (adj)
(of a difficulty or obstacle) impossible to overcome
“‘I have called it insuperable, and I speak advisedly'”
Advisedly (adverb)
deliberately and after consideration
“‘I have called it insuperable, and I speak advisedly'”
Hasten (verb)
be quick to do something
“‘Hasten! Hasten! Be with him while you may…'”
Vicinage (noun)
the area near or surrounding a particular place
“…but to steal into the vicinage of your home along with twilight, just as if you were a dream or a shade.'”
Monotonous (adj)
dull, tedious, and repetitious; lacking in variety and interest
“‘And do you like that monotonous theme?'”
Quibble (noun)
a slight objection or criticism
“‘A most ingenious quibble!'”
Enumeration (noun)
the action of mentioning a number of things one by one
“‘Spare us the enumeration!'”
Peternatural (adj)
beyond what is normal or natural
“…in a position of almost preternatural erectness.”
Trepidation (noun)
a feeling of fear or agitation about something that may happen
“It was some trepidation that I perceived the hour approach when I was on repair with my charge to the drawing-room…”
“Est-ce que je ne puis pas prendre une seule de ces fleurs magnifiques, mademoiselle? Seulement pour completer ma toilette.”
“Can not I take one of these beautiful flowers, mademoiselle, only to complete my toilet?”
Contumacy (noun)
stubborn refusal to obey or comply with authority, especially a court order or summons.
“‘I shall come and fetch her in case of contumacy.'”
Victualage (noun)
food or provisions, typically as prepared for consumption.
‘”… and running the risk of being surprised with my cargo of victualage…'”
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