The Wife of His Youth Glossary

The Wife of His Youth Glossary

affinity

A kinship between two or more or an expression of empathy toward another.

assail

An attack against a person or an idea.

daguerrotype

The image produced by one of the earliest for developing photographs.

disposition

The carriage of a person's general personality characteristics presented to the world within social settings.

furlough

A finite leave of absence, typically used within the context of the military.

laxity

A demonstration of laziness or an exhibtion of leniency and permissiveness.

malice

A deep-seated, psychologically aberrant desire to inflict harm on others.

mulatto

The outdated and now-somewhat offensive term give the offspring of one parent who is white and one parent who is black.

millstone

A metaphorical description for any burdensome responsibility.

patronage

The sponsorship of someone in need, often done anonymoush.

pretentious

An affected and pompous display intended to impress others with one's intellectual or creative superiority.

renunciation

The act of renoucing previously held views or beliefs or public statements expressing those views.

servile

In a submission manner not far remove from acting like a slave.

vivacity

Characteristic of a lively and bubbly spirit.

felicity

Exuberantly joyous and utterly contented with one's fortunate circumstances.

teetotaler

Someone who refrains from drinking liquor.

countenance

The expression on a face; the emotions that one interprets from looking at the expression on another's face.

antebellum

Referencing the history of slave-owning states in the southern United States before the aboition of slavery.

quaint

Old-fashioned, but in a charming way.

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