Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wondrous Words Wednesday


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From Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

1. p.138 "...so haughty a reliance, on the power of other qualities, intrinsic or adventitious, to atone for the lack of..."

Not inherent but added extrinsically.
ORIGIN: From Latin adventīcius, foreign, from adventus, arrival

2. p.140 "I have plenty of faults of my own: I know it, and I don't wish to palliate them.

To relieve or lessen without curing; mitigate; alleviate.
ORIGIN: 1540–50; from Latin palliātus cloaked, covered.

3. p.142 "Now, when any vicious simpleton excites my disgust by his paltry ribaldry..."

Vulgar, lewdly humorous language or joking or an instance of it.
ORIGIN: 1300–50; From Middle English ribaudrie from Old French.

1 comment:

  1. WOW...all these words are from Jane Eyre? I better get my dictionary before reading it.

    P.S. I like your bookshelf sitting at the top of your blog.

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