Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday, September 23rd

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These wondrous words are from The Queen's Lady by Barbara Kyle.

"Clap the murderer in the pillory." p. 29
pil⋅lo⋅ry   –noun a wooden framework erected on a post, with holes for securing the head and hands, formerly used to expose an offender to public derision.

"The Vicar pivoted in the oriel window..." p. 35
o⋅ri⋅el   –noun (in medieval architecture) a large bay window of a hall or chamber.

"...he was hounding Tyrell for another benefice with tithes and glebe lands.."p. 104
glebe –noun glebe land. Chiefly British. the cultivable land owned by a parish church or ecclesiastical benefice

"Some ladies find such an experience lends piquancy to their past." p. 212
pi⋅quant  agreeably stimulating, interesting, or attractive: a piquant glance.
of an interestingly provocative or lively character: a piquant wit.

"I recall a kiss that augured well endough." p. 212
au·gured, au·gur·ing, au·gurs verb. To predict, especially from signs or omens; foretell.

"..King Henry...did not care what admission he was making of the Pope's right to set up this legatine court in his kingdom" p. 214
leg·a·tine adj. Of, directed by, or authorized by a legate. (leg⋅ate   
–noun 1. an ecclesiastic delegated by the pope as his representative. )

"The judges had declared the Queen contumacious ...."p. 217
con⋅tu⋅ma⋅cious   –adjective stubbornly perverse or rebellious; willfully and obstinately disobedient.

"I long for sanctuary from the moil of men, the grasping for gold, the lusting, and the vile desires." p. 503
moil noun 4. hard work or drudgery.
5. confusion, turmoil, or trouble.

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

Well, in my ignorance, I've always referred to pillories as stockades. I like moil and might be able to remember it because it rhymes with toil. Thanks for participating!