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The following words are from Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk :
She, Juliet, aged thirty-six, mother of two, a teacher at Arlington Park High School for Girls - a person regarded in her youth as somewhat exceptional, a scholarship student and at one time Head Girl - had been slightly obnoxious to their hosts, the Milfords: Matthew Milford, the vilely wealthy owner of an office supplies company in Cheltenham, and his horse-faced, attenuated, raddled wife, Louisa.
: weak; diminishing
: being in a state of confusion : lacking composure
: Broken down; worn
In they came, farouche in their ballet slippers.
3. Farouche: (adj.) (French)
: sullenly unsociable or shy; socially inept
These words are from The City & The City by China Miéville
It is a heavily crosshatched street - clutch by clutch of architecture broken by alterity, even in a few spots house by house.
: The state or quality of being other; a being otherwise.
The local buildings are taller by a floor or three than the others, so Besz juts up semi-regularly and the roofscape is almost a machicolation.
2. Machicolation (noun, Architecture)
: (esp in medieval castles) a projecting gallery or parapet supported on corbels having openings through which missiles could be dropped
: any such opening
The convenor, a wiry, pony-tailed man, who went by Zyet, “Bean“ would not give us their names.
: a person who convenes or chairs a meeting, committee, etc, especially one who is specifically elected to do so.