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homeostasis
(noun) 1. (biology) maintenance of metabolic equilibrium; 2. maintenance of equilibrium in a social group
seigneur
(noun) a man of rank; a feudal lord
seigniorage
(noun) 1. something claimed by a superior as a prerogative; 2. revenue from the minting of coins
castellan
(noun) the governor of a castle
castellated
(adj) having turrets and battlements, like a castle
chaffer
(verb) 1. to bargin; 2. to chatter
rosette
(noun) a decoration resembling a rose
dossier
(noun) a collection of papers on a particular person or subject
senescent
(adj) growing old, aging
binnacle
(noun) the housing for a ship's compass
lettre de cachet
(noun) a warrant issued for the imprisonment of a person without trial, at the pleasure of the monarch
gelid
(adj) very cold, icy
seneschal
(noun) in a medieval noble household the steward in charge of servants and domestic arrangements
battlement
(noun) a parapet with alternating merlons and crenels
soi-disant
(adj) so-called
caudillo
(noun) a leader; esp, a military dictator
stultify
(verb) 1. to make useless; to cripple; 2. to cause to appear absurd or inconsistent
irradicate
(verb) to root deeply; to fix firmly
grandiloquence
(noun) pompous or bombastic expression
deracinate
(verb) to uproot