in Doctor Thorne

Chapter 07 – The Doctor’s Garden


From Latin plebeius, pertaining to the plebs, the commoners of Rome.  Taken out of Classical usage it comes to mean “lacking noble birth or status, common” often with a disparaging connotation.  Trollope here speaks of a couple forming their engagement, and states that they are of a higher social class (and hence not plebeian).  [JM 2005]


by Jove

An interjection used commonly in Victorian England.  Jove is another name for Jupiter, the greatest of the Roman gods; his name was used as an interjection or part of one in classical Latin as well.  [JM 2005]

Sources:  OED.