The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Glossary

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Glossary

caveat

a warning or proviso of specific stipulations, conditions, or limitations

condescending

acting in a way that betrays a feeling of patronizing superiority

constable

a peace officer with limited policing authority, typically in a small town

despicable

deserving hatred and contempt

diabolical

belonging to or so evil as to recall the Devil

filthy

disgustingly dirty

frantic

wild or distraught with fear, anxiety, or other emotion

golliwog

a soft doll with bright clothes, a black face, and fuzzy hair

itinerary

a planned route or journey

nepotism

the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, esp. by giving them jobs

pernicious

having a harmful effect, esp. in a gradual or subtle way

premise

a previous statement or proposition from which another is inferred or follows as a conclusion

retaliate

make an attack or assault in return for a similar attack

scant

barely sufficient or adequate

scrupulous

diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to details

staunch

loyal and committed in attitude

stringent

strict, precise, and exacting

torrid

very hot and dry

villain

a person guilty or capable of a crime or wickedness

wheeze

breathe with a whistling or rattling sound in the chest, as a result of obstruction in the air passages

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