Link - S1. Vocab

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negligee

a loose dressing gown for women

samovar

a metal urn with a spigot at the base

nonplussed

puzzled, not knowing what to do, at a loss

skiff

any of various small boats propelled by oars or by sails or by a motor

dowager

a widow who holds a title from her husband, an elderly woman of society

portentous

Foreshadowing; ominous; causing amazement or wonder

hussar

a member of a European light cavalry unit

skirmish

a minor short-term fight

litigious

Concerned with lawsuits or litigation, inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits

conceit

concept

impediment

something that hinders or obstructs; hindrance; obstacle

masque

a party of guests wearing costumes and masks

betroth

to become engaged

cuckhold

a man whose wife is unfaithful

verst

a Russian unit of length (1.067 km)

pettifogging

quibbling over insignificant details

victuals

a source of materials to nourish the body

commend

express approval of

treatise

a methodically and thoroughly written discussion of a topic

covetous

avaricious; desirous of (someone else's possessions); V. covet: desire eagerly (someone else's possessions)

avarice

extreme greed for material wealth

befall

(v.) to happen, occur; to happen to

valiant

brave, courageous

titular

of or associated with or bearing a title signifying nobility

sartorial

of or relating to a tailor or to tailoring

calico

coarse cloth with a bright print

verge

edge or border

sanguine

confidently optimistic and cheerful

taciturn

habitually reserved and uncommunicative

coquette

a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men

rampart

an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes

boisterous

violently agitated and turbulent

enthrall

to captivate, charm, hold spellbound; to enslave; to imprison

ravish

to seize and take away by violence; to overcome with emotion; to rape, to plunder or rob

epitome

a standard or typical example

capricious

determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason

phoenix

a legendary Arabian bird said to periodically burn itself to death and emerge from the ashes as a new phoenix

Tempestuous

turbulent, stormy

baste

sew together loosely, with large stitches

inordinate

excessive

domicile

housing that someone is living in

rusticate

banish to the country; dwell in the country

importune

beg persistently and urgently

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