Dickens Dictionary

Approbation (n.)

Meaning: Approval or praise

Example Sentence: Approbation is highly sought after.

Billet (n.)

A temporary lodging for soldiers, usually in a civilian's house or another nonmilitary facility.

Example Sentence: The soldiers stayed at the billet for a short time.

Brevity (n.)

Meaning: Shortness of time or duration.

Example Sentence: The brevity of human life is put into perspective when one thinks about the life span of the earth.

Florid (adj.)

Having a red or flushed complexion.

Example Sentence: He had a florid face.

Maniacal (adj.)

Meaning: Affected with or suggestive of madness.

Example Sentence: His maniacal laughter frightened his parents.

Pilotage (n.)

Meaning: the act, occupation, or skill of piloting.

Example sentence: Some people use pilotage when doing activities such as hiking.

Profligates (pl. n.)

Meaning: Utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute.

Example Sentence: Leading a profligate lifestyle can lead one to a life in jail.

Vindicate (v.)

Meaning: to clear (someone) of blame or suspicion.

Example Sentence: He was relieved when his uncle provided evidence that vindicated him.

Sabres (pl. noun of saber)

Meaning: A heavy cavalry sword with a curved blade and a single cutting edge.

Example sentence: The sabres lay in a line prepared for battle.

Scaffold (n.)

A raised wooden platform used formerly for the public execution of criminals.

Example Sentence: She was brought up on the scaffold when her turn arrived to be executed.

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