Matt's Dickens Dictionary

Moroseness

Gloomy expression

Following the shooting, the neighborhood was filled with moroseness and grief.

Remonstrance

A forceful protest

His remonstrance fell on deaf ears and the referee would not reverse his call.

Self-Abnegating

self-denial or self-sacrifice

Her self-abnegating interests influenced her to choose not to eat so that her children might.

Superciliously

disdainful or contemptuous look or person

She superciliously contemplated the menu before settling on the chicken.

Gregarious

very social, enjoys being in crowds

The gregarious young man made it his mission to talk to everybody at the party.

Reticule

small purse or bag, generally made of silk or like fabric

She clutched her reticule as she ran for the door.

Culpability

deserving guilt or blame

Even though he was found not guilty, an air of culpability still lingers.

Abhorrence

extreme repugnance, disgust, loathing

She stared with complete abhorrence as her son's killer took the stand.

Tergiversation

to repeatedly change one's attitude or feelings

Even though politicians have very strong opinions they express much tergiversation as public opinion changes.

Taciturn

silent, reluctant to join in conversation

As the conversation gradually shifted to her recent endeavors, Jessie's taciturn nature quickly became her enemy.

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