hyperborean* - of or pertaining to the fabled Hyperboreans; of, pertaining to, or characterizing the extreme north of the earth.
quick - of ready apprehension or wit; prompt to learn, think, invent, etc.
quack - to talk pretentiously and ignorantly, like a quack
per accidens* - by accident, by virtue of some accessory or non-essential circumstance, contingently, indirectly.
secession - the action of seceding or formally withdrawing from an alliance, a federation, a political or religious organization, or the like succession
complementary - forming a complement, completing, perfecting
shudder - to tremble with horror or dread; esp. in colloq. phr. I shudder to think.
take on trust - to accept or give credit to without investigation or evidence.
thenk = think (obs.) God be thanked - Ejaculatory phrase.
flea - a small wingless insect, well known for its biting propensities and its agility in leaping; it feeds on the blood of man and of some other animals.
jake - fellow; Jack Jones - rhyming slang for 'alone'; usu. in phr. on one's Jack Jones: on one's own.
scabby - fig. Contemptible, mean, vile; stingy, 'shabby'
apert - open, manifest, public, plain; straightforward, direct apart
messmate - a companion at meals; one of a mess, esp. of a ship's mess; mess - In the Army and Navy: Each of the several parties into which a regiment or ship's company is systematically divided, the members of each party taking their meals together.
periculous* - perilous
Scotch - Of persons: Of, belonging to, or native to, Scotland
pottage - a dish composed of vegetables alone, or along with meat, boiled to softness in water, and appropriately seasoned; soup, esp. a thick soup.
middle ageing - becoming middle aged
baste - a variant of beast, of which it retains the former pronunciation, the spelling being altered to suit.
jolly - Used as an admiring intensive, deriving its meaning from the context: Admirably great, large, big, etc.
becomingly - in a becoming manner, befittingly, with graceful fitness.
craythur - creature
becoming - a coming to be, a passing into a state beginning
frere - obs. form of friar
Esau* - name of the elder of the twin sons of the patriarch Isaac, who sold his birthright to his brother Jacob for 'a mess of pottage' (Gen. xxv. 25 ff.), used symbolically for: one who prefers present advantage to permanent rights or interests.
empathy - the power of projecting one's personality into (and so fully comprehending) the object of contemplation.
mush - anything soft and pulpy; Radio. Interference or noise heard as a hissing or the sound.
God save the mark* - an exclamatory phrase, prob. originally serving as a formula to avert an evil omen and hence used by way of apology when something horrible, disgusting, indecent or profane has been mentioned. In mod. literary use (after some of the examples in Shaks.), an expression of impatient scorn appended to a quoted expression or to a statement of fact.
strict - Of inquiry, investigation, inspection, observation, calculation, and the like: Characterized by close and unrelaxing effort, so as to let nothing escape notice.
crossquestion* - a question put by way of cross-examination
nonsensical - having no sense, absurd
backword - withdrawal from a promise or from an accepted invitation; also dial. a contradiction, rude answer backwards
dark horse - (Racing slang), a horse about whose racing powers little is known; hence fig. a candidate or competitor of whom little is known or heard, but who unexpectedly comes to the front.
simpliciter - simply, absolutely, unconditionally; without any condition or consideration; simpliciter (l) - simple.
arduus (l) - exalted, sublime
ars (l) - art
thieving - the action of a thief, stealing