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My Ántonia Vocabulary #2

Mr. Vandegrift
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fast
(adj/adv) firmly fixed or fastened; fixed firmly in place; secure
propitiate(ory)
(v/adj) to conciliate or please an offended power
indolence(t)
(n/adj) habitual laziness; sloth/lazy, slothful
quay
(n) a wharf or reinforced bank where ships are loaded or unloaded
euchre
(n) a card game
wane
(v) to decrease gradually in size, amount, intensity, or degree; decline
malcontent
(adj) dissatisfied with existing conditions
furtive
(adj) characterized by stealth; surreptitious
expressive of hidden motives or purposes; shifty
perfunctory
(adj) done routinely and wit little interest or care; showing little interest or care
usury
(n) the practice of lending money and charging the borrower interest, especially at an exorbitant or illegally high rate
rake
(n) an immoral or dissolute person; a libertine
poultice
(n) a soft, moist mass of bread, meal, or clay, heated, spread on cloth, and applied to warm, moisten, or stimulate an aching or inflamed part of the body
noblisse oblige
(n) benevolent, honorable behavior considered to be the responsibility of persons of high birth or rank
roughshod
(adj) shod with horseshoes having projecting nails or points to prevent slipping
marked by brutal force
dray
(n) a low, heavy cart without sides, used for haulage
affable
(adj) easy and pleasant to speak to; approachable
piquant
(adj) pleasantly pungent or tart in taste; spicy
(a) appealingly provocative;
inveterate
(adj) firmly and long established; deep-rooted; persisting in an ingrained habit; habitual
dissolute
(adj) lacking moral restraint; indulging in sensual pleasures or vices
schottische
(n) a round dance in 2/4 time
hector
(v) to intimidate or dominate in a blustering way; to behave like a bully; swagger