The Queen of Spades Glossary

The Queen of Spades Glossary

Barren

land that is too low in quality to produce much or any vegetation.

premier

Usually the first person/head of government

avarice

extreme greed for wealth or material gain.

mercenary

primarily concerned with making money at the expense of ethics.

conceive

to form or devise a plan or idea in one's mind.

vexatious

causing or tending to cause annoyance, frustration, or worry.

dominate

to have power and influence over others

abominable

Unnatural in a repugnant and revolting way.

bier

A platform or frame for supporting the coffin prior to the process of being buried.

cessation

Bringing something to an end; a stopping.

coquette

A flirt transmitting the promise and lure of romantic or sexual intrigue without any intention to follow through.

conciliate

To smooth over, pacify, sooth or appease a situation of antagonism between parties.

gild

Literally to cover over with a thin layer of gold, can be used metaphorically to describe an attractive layer someone places over their less attractive actual personality.

missive

A written letter that usualy conveys a sense of formality within the context of being sent to an esteemed recipient.

rebuff

A harshly formed rejection or refusal; to snub.

rouse

To awaken or disturb into a sense awareness a person or situation.

squander

Thoughtless waste; lavish overconsumption of limited resources.

superfluity

An excessive oversupply.

totter

Precarious instability containing an ever-present threat of falling over.

wither

Losing vibrancy and youthful vigor and energy.

portly

Bulky and overweight; stout and stocky.

jostle

Forward motion toward a destination marked by inconsiderate but harmless physical contact with others in an effort to move past them.

daunt

The loss of nerve resulting from intimidating or a weakening of the will.

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