The School for Scandal Glossary

The School for Scandal Glossary

calumny

the making of false and defamatory statements in order to damage someone's reputation

candour

whiteness, brilliance

cascade

a small waterfall, typically one of several that fall in stages down a steep rocky slope

cherub

a winged angelic being described in biblical tradition as attending on God

chivalry

the medieval knightly system with its religious, moral, and social code

cowardice

lack of bravery

culpable

deserving blame

discernment

the ability to judge well

impertinent

not showing proper respect, rude

innuendo

allusive or oblique remark or hint, typically a suggestive or disparaging one

insinuation

an unpleasant hint or suggestion of something bad

irresolution

doubt, indecision

malicious

intending to do harm

misrepresentation

a false or misleading statement

monody

an ode sung by a single actor in a Greek tragedy

notoriety

bad fame and reputation

odious

extremely unpleasant

pretension

to a claim or the assertion of a claim to something

rival

a person or thing competing with another for the same objective or for superiority in the same field of activity

traduce

speak badly of or tell lies about someone so as to damage their reputation

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