tyrant* - a king or ruler who exercises his power in an oppressive, unjust, or cruel manner;                    correspondent - one who contributes letters to a newspaper or journal; spec. one employed by a journal to contribute news and other material to its columns from some particular place.


swank - one who swanks (to behave ostentatiously, to swagger)

Stuart - the name of the British royal family from 1603 to 1688, used attrib. to designate that period of history and applied esp. to artefacts, buildings, etc., of that date or style.

Tudor - belonging to the line of English sovereigns (from Henry VII to Elizabeth I) descended from Owen Tudor, who married Catherine, the widowed queen of Henry V.

keepsake - anything kept or given to be kept for the sake of, or in remembrance of, the giver; spec. the name given to certain literary annuals consisting of collections of verse, prose, and illustrations, common in the early part of the nineteenth century; so called as being designed for gifts.

cesarevich - the eldest son of the czar

handicapped* - of persons, esp. children, physically or mentally defective;         handy - easy to be manipulated, managed, or directed.

Halle - Applied attrib. to an orchestra, concerts, and other musical events which owe their inception to Charles HallÚ (orig. Carl Halle) (1819-1895)                                                                                                                                                             hall

foreroom* - the front room or parlour

buttery - a place for storing liquor

accommodate* - to adapt, fit, suit, or adjust (one thing or person to another) either actually or in idea.

M.P. - the usual abbreviation for 'Member of Parliament'

permeate - to pass, spread, or diffuse itself through; to penetrate, pervade, saturate; (Of things material or immaterial.)

D.P. - displaced person

brehon - an ancient Irish judge

B.P. - before present, i.e., counting backwards from a.d. 1800.

P.P. - parish priest

herald - an officer having the special duty of making royal or state proclamations, and of  bearing ceremonial messages between princes or sovereign powers, having the function of arranging public processions, funerals, and other state ceremonials, of regulating the use of armorial bearings. of settling questions of precedence in processions or at court, and, in process of time, of recording the names and pedigrees of those entitled to armorial bearings;            Heralds' College, or College of Arms: a royal corporation, founded 1483, consisting of the Earl Marshal, kings-of-arms, heralds, and pursuivants, exercising jurisdiction in matters armorial, and now recording proved pedigrees, and granting armorial bearings.

poursuivant = pursuivant - Formerly, A junior heraldic officer attendant on the heralds; also one attached to a particular nobleman; Now, an officer of the College of Arms, ranking below a Herald.

gemmy - abounding in, covered with, or set with gems, or something resembling gems;                        gemini (l) - twins

granddaughter* - the daughter of one's son or daughter

amok - fig. Wild or wildly, headlong or heedlessly

boon companion* - lit. 'good-fellow', used in a jovial bacchanalian sense, transferred to other phrases, and occas. predicatively: Jolly, convivial (fellow).

Punjab* - the name of an extensive region of the Indian sub-continent, so called from its five rivers, now divided between India and Pakistan.

ball of malt - a glass of (Irish) malt whiskey

ale* - an intoxicating liquor made from an infusion of malt by fermentation.

sop - to dip, soak, or steep (bread, etc.) in some liquid; to drench with moisture; to soak; also fig., to intoxicate.

kiln - a furnace or oven for burning, baking, or drying

knead - to work up (moistened flour or clay) into dough or a paste; to make (bread, pottery, etc.) by this process.

socialize - to be sociable, participate in social activities

deification - the rendering of any one a partaker of the divine nature; absorption in the divine nature.

nobble - to secure (a person, etc.) to one's own side or interest by bribery or other underhand methods; to get hold of, seize, catch.

salvage - to take (esp. euphem. by misappropriation) and make use of (unemployed or unattended property).

poohpooh - to express contempt or disdain for                                                                                                                 poor


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wrack - devastation, destruction                                                                                                                                         rex

busted - burst, broken; bankrupt or ruined;               dead to the world - unconscious or fast asleep; unaware of the external world.

at large - as a whole, as a body; in general; (taken) altogether; in a general way, in a general sense, without particularizing.

Table Round = Round Table - the table, celebrated in mediŠval legend, round which Arthur  and his chosen knights were supposed to have sat, and which was made round so that there might be no pre-eminence or rivalry.

tilly - in Ireland and places of Irish settlement, an additional article or amount unpaid for by the purchaser, as a gift from the vendor; abounding in, or of the nature of, till or tenacious clay.

tallow - tallow candle

circum - - 'around, round about'

foregift - a payment in advance;                         forgiveness* - the action of forgiving.


court dress - the costume worn by those who attend at Court, and on other state occasions.

hogo - an offensive taste or smell; a stench, stink

swathing - that with which something is swathed, a wrapping, a bandage, a swaddling-band.

Italian warehouse - a shop where Italian groceries, fruits, olive oil, etc. are sold.

Erica - the botanical name of the genus of plants called in Eng. heath.

cluster - to grow or be situated in a cluster or in clusters, to form a cluster.


bagpudding - a pudding boiled in a bag;             pod - to swell out like a pod;                podded - fig. Well-off, comfortable, snugly secure from harm.

bewept - drowned in tears; marked or disfigured by weeping

seraphim* - In Biblical use: The living creatures with six wings, hands and feet, and a (presumably) human voice, seen in Isaiah's vision as hovering above the throne of God.

venturous - Of persons, etc.: Disposed to venture upon or undertake something of a dangerous  or risky nature

drone - fig. A non-worker, a lazy idler, a sluggard

dominator - one who rules or dominates; a ruler, lord

auld = old

buttend - a buttock

exposit* - to reveal, exhibit, show clearly

referee - one to whom any matter or question in dispute is referred for decision.

bulgy - swollen, clumsily or unduly protuberant

bung - to throw (violently), to send, to put forcibly; to stop with a bung; fig. To stop, close, to shut up.