Wondrous Words Wednesday is a fabulous weekly meme hosted by Bermuda Onion, where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our weekly reading.
Whilst I didn't love The Prisoner of Zenda when I read it recently, I did appreciate the vocabulary. Lots of wonderful words like physiognomy, capacious and roisterers (one of my previous Wondrous Words). There were also some new words for me of course.
1. Morganatic (Adjective)
It was quite possible that she, as George put it, was flying as high as a personage who was everything he could be, short of enjoying strictly royal rank: for the duke was the son of the late King of Ruritania by a second and morganatic marriage, and half-brother to the new king.
Of or being a legal marriage between a person of royal or noble birth and a partner of lower rank, in which it is agreed that no titles or estates of the royal or noble partner are to be shared by the partner of inferior rank nor by any of the offspring of the marriage.
2. Archiepiscopal (Adjective)
I saw nothing of the brilliant throng that filled it, I hardly distinguished the stately figure of the Cardinal as he rose from the archiepiscopal throne to greet me.
Of or associated with an archbishop.
3. Pikestaff (Noun)
It's as plain as a pikestaff.
i) The shaft of a pike.
ii) A waking stick tipped with a metal spike.
It is rising ground, and in the centre of the demesne, on top of the hill, stands a fine modern chateau, the property of a distant kinsman of Fritz's, the Count Stanislas von Tarlenheim.
i) Law. Possession and use of one's own land.
i) Manorial land retained for the private use of a feudal lord.
iii) The grounds belonging to a mansion or country house.
iv) An extensive piece of landed property; an estate.
v) A district; a territory.
vi) A realm; a domain
I don't think I could describe my backyard, whilst large by suburban standards, as a demesne.
But Johann, swept with the rest to the rescue of the duke, did not open it; nay, he took a part against Rupert, putting himself forward more bravely than any in his anxiety to avert suspicion; and he had received a wound, in the embrasure of the window.
i) An opening in a thick wall for a door or window, especially one with sides angled so that the opening is larger on the inside of the wall than on the outside.ii) A flared opening for a gun in a wall or parapet.
All definitions from thefreedictionary.com