The Woman in White Glossary

The Woman in White Glossary

Wits

A person's intelligence or cleverness

Engages

To participate in something

Consistent

Acting the same way over a long period of time

Saunter

To walk slowly

Steel his heart

Resist his feelings of love

Resolution

Mental strength and perserverence

Conspiracy

A secret plan to break the law

Rash

Impatient and impulsive

Kindred

Closely connected, due to shared values or experiences

Reform

To change traditional rules and practices

Fond

To have strong feelings of affection towards a person or activity

Exasperated

Feeling angry and irritated

Squalor

Living in dirty, filthy conditions

out of spirits

sad; discouraged

impromptu

done without being planned, organized, or rehearsed

pliable

easily bent, flexible, easily influenced

scatter

throw in various random directions

on the instant

immediately, at once

obscurity

the state of being unknown, inconspicuous, or unimportant

audacious

showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks

count for nothing

have no value or effect; be useless

fugitive

a person who has escaped from a place or is in hiding

serene

calm, peaceful, and untroubled; tranquil

blemish

a small mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something

to take share in smth

to take part in smth, to participate

annihilation

destruction , extermination

grandeur

splendor and impressiveness of appearance or style

ottoman

a low upholstered seat, or footstool, without a back or arms that typically serves also as a box, with the seat hinged to form a lid

raillery

good-humored teasing

seclusion

the state of being private and away from other people

avowal

acknowledgement , declaration

forbearance

formal patient self-control; restraint and tolerance

ominous

giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen; threatening

unscathed

without suffering any injury, damage, or harm

harangue

a lengthy and aggressive speech

exorcise

drive out or attempt to drive out (an evil spirit) from a person or place

heed

pay attention to; take notice of

fret

be constantly or visibly worried or anxious

profane

relating or devoted to that which is not sacred or biblical; secular rather than religious

benefactress

a female benefactor

reiterate

repeat , say again

of its own accord

without outside intervention

florid

having a red or flushed complexion

bygone

belonging to an earlier time

entreat

ask someone earnestly or anxiously to do something

downright

complete

sanction

a threatened penalty for disobeying a law or rule

revert to

return to a previous state, condition

rejoice

feel or show great joy or delight

with regard to

as concerns; with respect to

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