musette (n.) — a kind of small bagpipe played with bellows, common in the French court in the 17th and 18th centuries and in later folk music

tacitly (adv.) — in a way that is understood or implied without being directly stated

Rabelaisian (adj.) — displaying earthy humor, bawdy

klaxon (n.) — an electric horn or a similar loud warning device

quietus (n.) — death or something that causes death, regarded as a release from life

salient (adj.) — most noticeable or important

insouciance (n.) — casual lack of concern, indifference

martinet (n.) — a strict disciplinarian, especially in the armed forces

hove (v.) — past of heave

defilade (n.) — the protection of a position, vehicle, or troops against enemy observation or gunfire

cerulean (adj.) — deep blue in color like a clear sky

syrette (n.) — a disposable injection unit comprising a collapsible tube with an attached hypodermic needle and a single dose of a drug, commonly morphine

myopic (adj.) — lacking imagination, foresight, or intellectual insight

demurrer (n.) — an objection that an opponent’s point is irrelevant or invalid, while granting the factual basis of the point

enfilade (n.) — a volley of gunfire directed along a line from end to end

sinecure (n.) — a position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit

essay (v.) — attempt or try

chary (adj.) — cautiously or suspiciously reluctant to do something


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