quondam (adj.) — that once was; former

peradventure (adv.) — perhaps

rantipole (adj.) — characterized by a wild unruly manner or attitude; rakish

expatiate (v.) — speak or write at length or in detail

loo (n.) — a bathroom or toilet

solecism (n.) — a grammatical mistake in speech or writing

cochineal (n.) — a scarlet dye used chiefly for coloring food

polder (n.) — a piece of low-lying land reclaimed from the sea or a river and protected by dikes, especially in the Netherlands

perorate (v.) — speak at length

Bolshy (n.) — a Bolshevik or socialist

majordomo (n.) — the chief steward of a large household

coy (adj.) — reluctant to give details, especially about something regarded as sensitive

supercilious (adj.) — behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others

maudlin (adj.) — self-pitying or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness

enmity (n.) — the state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something


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