The following word comes from The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen
" That was how it had been ever since the diagnosis: a pretense of animosity had grown between them, a kind of ongoing, low-level dyspepsia."
: deranged or impaired digestion; indigestion
" At times her appearance provided a not unpleasant diversion or even comic relief, but right now, coupled with her desire to express bathetic condolences, it was the last thing John wanted to deal with.
: insincere pathos; sentimentality; mawkishness
: triteness or triviality in style
" He leaned in ostentatiously to eye the meniscus of John's glass, then rose from the bar stool. "
: the curved surface at the top of a column of liquid
These next few words are from Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
" Although not far, the distance was too great for Hukam Singh to cover on foot, for he had been wounded in the leg while serving as a sepoy in a British regiment. "
: (formerly, in India) a native soldier, usually an infantryman, in the service of Europeans, especially of the British.
" At the factory's ghat on the Ganga, a one-masted pateli barge could be seen, flying the pennant of the English East India Company. "
: a wide set of steps descending to a river, especially a river used for bathing.
" Once his meal had been wrapped and packed, she broke off to pay a quick visit to her shrine room: later, after she's bathed and changed, Deeti would do a proper puja with flowers and offerings; now, being clothed still in her night-time sari, she merely stopped at the door, to join he hands in a brief genuflection. "
6. Puja (Hinduism)
:the worship of a particular god.