Dickens Dictionary

epoch

[ep-uh k] n.

definition: A point in history that can be identified by distinct events or features.

sentence: The French Revolution was an epoch of 18th century Europe.

zealous

[zeel] n.

definition: To be filled with enthusiastic diligence.

sentence: Madame Defarge was very zealous when it came to her knitting and the revolution.

overborne

[oh-ver-bawrn] v.

definition: To have been overwhelmed.

sentence: After an excruciatingly long week of finals, the student felt overborne by the hours of feverishly filling out scan-trons and essays.

ploughed

[plou] v.

definition: To plow.

sentence: The student looked up the definition for ploughed and was surprised to find that it just meant to plow.

expostulation

[ik-spos-chuh-ley-shuh n] n.

definition: A peaceful and honest protest.

sentence: What would have happened in France if instead of riots the people would have just had expostulations during the time of the French revolution?

garret

[gar-it] n.

definition: A small and dirty attic.

sentence: I would never dare to even set foot in the garret at my house.

personages

[pur-suh-nij] n.

definition: People that are important or possibly in a play.

sentence: Shakespeare had hired only male personages for even female roles.

sumptuous

[suhmp-choo-uh s] adj.

definition: beautiful, grand, luxurious, expensive

sentence: The sumptuous piano at the center of the room entertained and amazed everyone who heard it play.

discoursing

[dis-kawrs] v.

definition: To converse with others, mostly formal.

sentence: The people at the meeting are discoursing about business things and money.

imperturbable

[im-per-tur-buh-buh l] adj.

definition: Someone who isn't fazed by anything.

sentence: The cats are so imperturbable that I can't tell if they like the expensive fancy cat food I just bought.

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