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amanuensis
(noun) an assistant who takes dictation or copies manuscript
noisome
(adj) 1. noxious; harmful; 2. having an extremely offensive smell
ameliorate
(verb) to make better, improve
hap
(noun) chance; luck; (verb) to befall; happen
haply
(adv) by chance or luck
riposte
(noun) 1. in fencing, a counter-thrust after a parry; 2. a retort; a verbal counterattack
asperity
(noun) 1. a harsh tone; harshness of manner 2. harsh conditions; something hard to endure
bellwether
(noun) 1. the lead wether (castrated ram) of a flock (wearing a bell); 2. anything which leads or serves as a leading indicator
mulatto
(noun) a person with one white and one black parent
quadroon
(noun) offspring of a mulatto and a white person
octoroon
(noun) offspring of a quadroon and a white person
mustee
(noun) (West Indies & India) an octoroon
mestee
(noun) another word for a mustee
mestizo
(noun) (S. America & Philippines) a person of mixed blood
pariah
(noun) 1. an outcast; 2 (cap.) a low caste in South India
basilisk
(noun) a fabled reptile with a fatal breath or look
baleful
(adj) 1. having a pernicious influence; 2. (archaic) woeful
sonorous
(adj) capable of producing full, deep, or ringing sound
celerity
(noun) swift movement
susurrus
(noun) a soft rustling sound; whispering; murmuring