The Government Inspector Glossary

The Government Inspector Glossary

hitherto

until now or until the point in time under discussion

presentiment

an intuitive feeling about the future, esp. one of foreboding

perquisite

a thing regarded as a special right or privilege enjoyed as a result of one's position

incognito

having one's true identity concealed

pry

inquire too closely into a person's private affairs

surreptitious

kept secret, esp. because it would not be approved of

disaffection

a state or feeling of being dissatisfied with the people in authority and no longer willing to support them

treason

the crime of betraying one's country, esp. by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government

on one's own behalf

for oneself, of one's own invention

laudable

of an action deserving praise and commendation

reek

smell strongly and unpleasantly

distillery

a place where liquor is manufactured

peccadillo

a small, relatively unimportant offense or sin

sanctity

the state or quality of being holy, sacred, or saintly

juvenile

of, for, or relating to young people

blackmail

the action, treated as a criminal offense, of demanding money from a person in return for not revealing compromising or injurious information about that person

edifying

providing moral or intellectual instruction

denouncement

public condemnation of someone or something

compunction

a feeling of guilt or moral scruple that follows the doing of something bad

have one's heart in one's mouth

be greatly alarmed or apprehensive

flog

beat someone with a whip or stick as punishment or torture

gala

a social occasion with special entertainments or performances

ticklish

difficult to deal with; requiring careful handling

ferret out

find out

an old bird

an experienced person

droshky

a low four-wheeled open carriage of a kind formerly used in Russia

souse

soak in or drench with liquid

zeal

great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective

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