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Martin Chuzzlewit | Glossary


abrogate: (v) to repeal or revoke, e.g., a law

antediluvian: (n) time before the biblical flood involving Noah and his ark

counterpane: (n) thick blanket, such as a comforter or duvet

encomiums: (n, pl) types of praise or tribute

garrulity: (n) excess chattiness

Gorgons: (n) three fearsome characters in Greek mythology; Medusa, who could turn onlookers to stone, is the most famous

jocosely: (adv) doing something in a joking or playful manner

lodestar: (n) star used for navigation, especially nautical

splenetic: (adj) spiteful or petulant

supernumerary: (adj) extra or excessive in number

Thermopylae: (n) place in Greece known for its hot springs. In Greek mythology it was the gateway to the underworld

tumulus: (n) mound of dirt, usually over a grave

vauntingly: (adv) to boast emptily

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