The Mark on the Wall Glossary

The Mark on the Wall Glossary

annihilation

Total and utter devastation and destruction.

asphodel

A spiky lily-like plant with long slender leaves and flowers.

asunder

Ripped or torn into pieces.

attrition

The slow and inexorable loss of power through the loss of sustenance by gradual wear and tear.

bagatelle

A game played on a board with small balls that are hit into holes.

barrow

A large pile of earth built over a burial place in ancient times.

coal-scuttle

A container for coal situated by the fireplace for efficient access.

crimson

A deep, dark shade of red.

dim

Not particularly bright.

haphazardly

Without a plan of action; utterly random in execution.

mahogany

A very hard reddish-brown wood.

mantelpiece

The shelf above a fireplace.

omnibus

A large transport vehicle.

upheaval

A tumult of change and transformation usually sudden and overwhelming in nature.

queer

Strange and offbeat.

quiescent

Calm, serene and motionless.

tassel

A bunch of threads tied at one end and hanging from something as a decorative attachment.

The Tube

British slang for the London subway.

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