M. Butterfly Glossary

M. Butterfly Glossary

Expedient

Time saving, convenient

Inscrutable

Impossible to understand or interpret

Submissive

to obey without question

Dominate

to rule over others powerfully, usually by force

Revolt

when people rise up against an existing authority

Deranged

crazy and illogical

Conquer

to enforce one's rule or power on others

Saturate

to spread out deeply

bounder

A man of litte honor and fewer scruples.

proletariat

The working class.

swoon

A dizzy and lightheaded state that very often precedes fainting.

lampoon

To criticize a figure or subject or work through satire and parody.

treatise

A very long, formal and academic paper addressing systematically laying out an argument in support of its thesis.

bureaucrat

A worker employed within a rigidly defined hierarchical system dealing with procedural or managerial matters addressing a much larger external system.

seppuku

Ritualistic Japanese ceremony preceding suicide.

vindication

The state of ultimately being proven honest, true or right after a period of having those qualities doubted or officially questioned.

imperialism

The political strategy of expanding a nation's power and influence geographic and cultural domination outside the nation's borders.

lecherous

Creepily seductive with a propensity for unwanted sexual overtures.

clandestine

Secretive and furtive, usually within a context of doing something either illegal or immoral.

pretense

A false front or masquerade of the real truth.

espionage

Broad term covering a host of covert activities including secret surveillance, wiretapping, theft and undercover infitration.

Madame Butterfly

Puccini opera which inspired the dramatic structure of the real life story which inspired the plot.

civil servant

Term for a low-level government bureaucrat.

tranvestism

The practice of wearing clothes of the opposite sex, usually reserved for men wearing women's clothing.

prophetic

Believed capable of foretelling future events.

obsequious

Acting in a servile way; fawning over someone with constant flattery; sycophantic; being a brown-noser.

Oriental

Predecessor to the contemporary preference for the term "Asian" to describe all things associated with countries grouped within the continent of Asia.

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