August 3rd, 2009

Underground, Cuba


alacrity: eagerness; liveliness; enthusiasm; promptness; speed

benefice: position (as that of a priest) in a church that has a source of income attached to it

desuetude: a state of inactivity or disuse

escheat: a reversion to the state (as the ultimate owner of property) in the absence of legal heirs

salutary: good; tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health

timorous: fearful; timid by nature or revealing timidity

munificent: lavish; very generous

emolument: compensation received by virtue of holding an office or having employment (usually in the form of wages or fees)

propinquity: one of the main factors leading to interpersonal attraction. It refers to the physical or psychological proximity between people.

taille: a direct land tax on the French peasantry and non-nobles in Ancien Régime France.