The Ghost Bride Glossary

The Ghost Bride Glossary

amah

a nursemaid or maid in the Far East or India

bereft

deprived of or lacking something

betrothal

engagement, marriage contract

dotage

the period of life in which a person is old and weak

effigy

a sculpture or model of a person

gregarious

sociable

haggard

looking exhausted and unwell, esp. from fatigue, worry, or suffering

lassitude

lack of energy

lucid

easy to understand

lurid

very vivid in color, esp. so as to create an unpleasantly harsh or unnatural effect

modest

unassuming or moderate in the estimation of one's abilities or achievements

morbid

characterized by or appealing to an abnormal and unhealthy interest in disturbing and unpleasant subjects, esp. death and disease

obscure

not discovered or known about

ominous

giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen

recess

a break between school classes

scourge

a whip used as an instrument of punishment

scrutiny

critical observation or examination

sustenance

food and drink regarded as a source of strength

treatise

a written work dealing formally and systematically with a subject

trepidation

a feeling of fear or agitation about something that may happen

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