Matt's Dickens Dictionary
Following the shooting, the neighborhood was filled with moroseness and grief.
A forceful protest
His remonstrance fell on deaf ears and the referee would not reverse his call.
self-denial or self-sacrifice
Her self-abnegating interests influenced her to choose not to eat so that her children might.
disdainful or contemptuous look or person
She superciliously contemplated the menu before settling on the chicken.
very social, enjoys being in crowds
The gregarious young man made it his mission to talk to everybody at the party.
small purse or bag, generally made of silk or like fabric
She clutched her reticule as she ran for the door.
deserving guilt or blame
Even though he was found not guilty, an air of culpability still lingers.
extreme repugnance, disgust, loathing
She stared with complete abhorrence as her son's killer took the stand.
to repeatedly change one's attitude or feelings
Even though politicians have very strong opinions they express much tergiversation as public opinion changes.
silent, reluctant to join in conversation
As the conversation gradually shifted to her recent endeavors, Jessie's taciturn nature quickly became her enemy.