Hey Everyone, it's time for your regularly scheduled dose of vocabulary! This time the words are courtesy of Jean Plaidy and The Merry Monarch's Wife. I knew ahead of time that Plaidy uses a lot of old fashioned words, and boy does she ever. I had to keep a running list as I went. So here they are, hopefully they are new to you too.
Augury – (n) the art, ability, or practice of divination
Alacrity - (n) cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness
Temerity – (n) reckless boldness
Felicitous – (adj) well-suited for the occasion, as an action, manner, or expression
Halcyon – (adj) happy, joyful, carefree
Saturnine – (adj) sluggish in temperament, gloomy
Tessellated – (adj) arranged in or having the appearance of a mosaic
Sylvan – (adj) of, pertaining to, or inhabiting the woods
Piquant – (adj) agreeably stimulating, interesting, or attractive
Chalybeate – (adj) containing or impregnated with salts of iron, as a mineral spring or medicine
Calash – (n) a light vehicle pulled by one or two horses, seating two to four passengers, and having two or four wheels, a seat for a driver on a splashboard, and sometimes a folding top
Abstemious – (adj) sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet
Calumny – (n) a false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something
Macula – (n) a spot or blotch, esp. on one’s skin
Insouciance – (n) lack of care or concern; indifferent
Seraglio – (n) the part of a house or palace in which the wives and concubines are secluded; harem
Curate – (n) a member of the clergy employed to assist a rector or vicar
Whew, that was a long one!
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