Wondrous Words #172
It’s Wednesday and time to take a look at the new words we found in our reading. I’m still working on the new words I found in My Antonia by Willa Cather.
1. frontispiece: We had files of those good old family magazines which used to publish coloured lithographs of popular paintings, and I was allowed to use some of these. I took ‘Napoleaon Announcing the Divorce to Josephine’ for my frontispiece.
Frontispiece is an illustration facing the title page of a book.
2. propitiatory: I loved the dim superstition, the propitiatory intent, that had put the grave there; and still more I loved the spirit that could not carry out the sentence–the error form the surveyed lines, the clemency of the soft earth roads along which the home-coming wagons rattled after sunset.
Propitiatory is a verb meaning to win or regain the favor of (a god, spirit, or person) by doing something that pleases them.
3. bole: Her neck came up strongly out of her shoulders, like the bole of a tree out of the turf.
Bole is the trunk of a tree.
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