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For those of you who haven't seen this before...I have a bargain-bin thesaurus, a reprinting of a mid to late 1800's Roget's. It's delicious.


Adj. polish, gloss; lubricity, lubrication.

down, velvet, silk, satin; slide; glass, ice.

iron, flat-iron, tailor's goose, burnisher.

V. smooth, plane, file, shave; level; macadamize; polish, burnish, planish, levigate, glaze; iron, hot-press; lubricate.

Adj. smooth; polished; even; sleek, glossy; silken, silky; lanate, downy, velvety; glabrous, slippery, glassy, lubricous, oily, soft; unwrinkled; smooth as glass, smooth as ice, smooth as velvet, smooth as oil; slippery as an eel.
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From my awesome late 1800's thesaurus:

Concealment. (I was thinking of Occlumency, of course, which is what led to this.)

N. concealment; hiding; occultation, mystification.

seal of secrecy; screen; disguise; masquerade; masked battery; hiding place; cipher; palimpsest; freemasonry.

Read more... )

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From "Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases: Classic American Edition, first published in 1852.


phlogiston; fire, spark, scintillation, flash, flame, blaze; arc; bonfire; firework, pyrotechny; wild-fire; sheet of fire, lambent flame; devouring element; conflagration.

summer, dog-days, canicule; baking, white heat, tropical heat, Afric heat, Bengal heat, summer heat, bloodheat; heat wave, sirocco, simoon; broiling sun; isolation; warming.

v. be hot; glow, incandesce, flush, sweat, swelter, bask, smoke, reek, stew, simmer, seethe, boil, burn, singe, scorch, scald, grill, broil, blaze, flame; smoulder; parch, fume, pant.

adj.fiery; incandescent, incalescent; candent, ebullient, glowing, smoking; on fire; blazing; in flames; in a blze; alight, afire, ablaze; unquenched, unextinguished; smouldering; in a heat, in a glow, in a fever, in a perspiration, in a sweat; sudorific; sweltering, sweltered; blood-hot, blood-warm; warm as a toast, warm as wool; recalescent, thermogenic, pyrotechnic, feverish, febrile, inflamed.

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An excerpt from Good Cheer at Home: A Book to Delight, Entertain, Amuse and Instruct Both Young and Old. Especially Prepared for all Social and Home Occasions, 1910.

From the chapter entitled Book of Etiquette:

Care in the Use of Witticisms
If you have wit, or fancy you have, which is oftener the case, it is well to use it with caution and judgment, and particularly to avoid seeking butts for your wit among your associates. Read more... )
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From Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang Vol I.

dandy-trap n. a loose paving stone. 1842 Spirit of the times (Feb. 19): The immense number of "dandy traps" (loose flag stones) which, on the slightest pressure, will cover you with mud and water.
ear-biter n. [ref. to a story that one had chewed the ear off an opponent in a fight, ca1845] Post Office, a special agent of the U.S. Post Office Department. 1845 in DAE: How much the result of this first investigation, after the restoration of the "ear-biters" (as they were then sometimes facetiously called,) had to do with the radical change in opinion and action, may not be advisable to inquire.
dido n. [orig. unkn.] an antic; often in phr. cut [up] didoes to engage in mischievous or uncontrolled behavior. 1807 in OEDS: A jolly Irishman, who cut as many didos as I could for the life of me.
Odd definition for this one. fakus n. [FAK(E) + (DING)US] Und. a thingamabob, esp. if used for cheating
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From "Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases: Classic American Edition, first published in 1852.


fine gentleman; swell; dandy, dandiprat; exquisite, coxcomb, toff, baus, macaroni, blade, blood, buck, man about town, fast man; fribble, jemmy spark, popinjay, puppy, prig, petit maître; jackanapes, jackadandy; man milliner; Jemmy Jesamy, carpet-knight, masther, Dundreary, Johnnie, dude.

Carpet-knight made me laugh like an idiot.

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Care. [Vigilance.]

heedfulness...watchfulness; vigilance, surveillance, eyes of Argus, watch and ward, l'oeil du maître.

alertness; attention; prudence, circumspection (caution); forethought; precaution (preparation); accuracy (exactness); minuteness, attention to detail; meticullousness.

Be careful; reck; take care; pay attention to; keep a sharp eye upon; play gooseberry.

Look sharp; keep a sharp look-out; have all one's wits; have the eyes open.

Protect (render safe).

Do one's best; speak by the card, pick one's steps.


Guarded, on the alert, lynx-eyed.

I can see his glittering black eyes as I read these.
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noun: contempt, disdain, scorn, sovereign contempt; despisal, despiciency, vilipendency, contumely; slight, sneer spurn, by-word.
contemptuosness; socrnful eye; smile of contempt; derision.

verb: despise, contemn, scorn, disdain, feel contempt for, view with a scornful eye, disregard, slight, not mind; pass by
look down upon; hold cheap, hold in contempt, hold indisrespect; think nothing, think small beer of; make light of; underestimate; esteem slightly, esteem of small or no account; take no account of, care nothing for; set no store by; not care a straw; set at naught, laugh in one's sleeve, snap one's fingers at, pooh-pooh, damn with faint praise; sneeze at, whistle at, sneer at; curl up one's lip, toss the head, traiter de haut; laugh at.
point the figer of scorn, hold up to scorn, laugh to scorn; scout, hoot, flout, hiss, scoff at.
turn one's back, turn a cold shoulder upon; tread under foot, trample under foot, trmaple upon; spurn, kick; fling to the winds; send away with a flea in the ear.

a fig for; bah! never mind! away with! hang it! fiddle-de-dee!
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vengeance, avengement, sweet revenge, vendetta, death-feud, eye for an eye, blood for blood, a Roland for an Oliver, retaliation, day of reckoning.

rancor, vindictiveness, implacability, malevolence, ruthlessness.

avenger, vindicator, Nemesis, Eumenides.

revenge, avenge, take revente, have one's revenge, breathe revenge, breathe vengeance, wreak one's vengeance, wreak one's anger, give no quarter, have accounts to settle, have a crow to pluck, have a rod in pickle, pay off old scores.

keep the wound green, harbour revenge, harbour vindictive feeling, bear malice, rankle, rankle in the breast, have at one's mercy.

revenge, vengeful, vindictive, rancorous, pitiless, ruthless, rigorous, avenging, retaliative, unforgiving, unrelenting, inexorable, stony-hearted, implacable, relentless, remorseless.

rankling, immitigable.

revenge is sweet.

I so love this thesaurus. Who knew having a grudge to settle would be "having a crow to pluck"? So amazing.

Oh, and having a rod in pickle? I was thinking it might be referring to having a piece of metal in acid. Pickle is a light acid that eats away certain marks on metal, I believe, and what a potent image, keeping your weapon in acid, ready to deal your

I think I'm going to try to post a thesaurus entry every week.
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impressive, deep, profound, indelible, deep-felt, home-felt, heart-felt, swelling, soul-stirring, deep-mouthed, heart-expanding, electric, thrilling, rapturous, ecstatic.

I love my thesaurus. Yeah, it's from 1805, so what? Wanna make something of it?
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I am finishing up chapter 57, and was looking up different words for anger, when I came upon this portion of the entry...

burst, explosion, paroxysm, storm, rage, fury, desperation; violence; fire and fury; vials of wrath; gnashing of teeth, hot blood, high words.

So beautiful, this entry. I love my old copy of Roget's.

Honestly, there should be a little illustration of Severus next to it, preferably holding vials of wrath.


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