Lady Windermere's Fan Glossary

Lady Windermere's Fan Glossary

Astounding

Overwhelming with amazement, astonishment, or suprisingly impressed.

Console

To comfort someone or raise somebody's spirits.

Degraded

Ruined, reduced in status, treated with contempt, disrespect.

Entreaties

Requests.

Glides

To move smoothly in a quiet continuous motion.

Ignominy

Public shame or disgrace

Impertinent

Unnmanerly, impolite, inappropriate, disrespectful.

Indiscretion

Carelessness, lack of caution

Irony

Using launguage which expresses the opposite meaning as a means of sarcasm,

Which is also a technique originally used in Greek tradgedy, where a character is left in the unknown yet the audience or reader knows the outcome.

Optimism

Positive attitude towards a situation, hopefulness.

Puritan

Someone who censors self indulging and sexual activities. Puritans were originally English Protestants of 16th and 17th century who practiced extreme moral restriction.

Scoundrel

Dishonest and unprincipled person.

Speculation

assumption, rumoures

Wretched

Miserable or unfortunate state

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