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fait accompli
n.
something undertaken and already concluded. french for "accomplished fact"

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fallacious
adj.
false; containing a logical error or serious misapprehension

"the argument that i have black hair is fallacious"
fastidious
adj.
attentive to detail; hard to please; meticulous; demanding; particular.

"the fastidious man was very picky about what he would eat"
fatuous
adj.
stupid or foolish

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faux pas (foe paw)
n.
a social error. french for "false step"

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fealty
n.
loyalty

"the man had so much fealty towards the company that he worked there for 20 years"
febrile
adj.
feverish

"because of the girl's febrile condition, she stayed in bed all day
feckless
adj.
ineffective, feeble, incompetant.

"i made a feckless attempt at finishing my math homework; i couldn't get any of the problems done"
felicity
n.
bliss; extreme happiness

"when summer started, the student was in a state of felicity"
feral
adj.
wild and uncontrolled (especially of animals who were once domesticated)

"the feral dog had become more like a wolf after it ran away from its owner"
fervent
adj.
enthusiastic; passionate

"the girl was so fervent about the subject that she gave a 2 hr speech."
fetid
adj.
smelly; has an unpleasant odor

"i plugged my nose when i smelled the fetid year-old milk"
galvanize
v.
to stimulate, arouse or summon to action
gamut
n.
the entire scale or range, the full extent
gargantuan (gar-GAN-choo-un)
adj.
enormous
garner
v.
to gather or accumulate
garrulity
n.
talkativeness
gauche (gohsh)
adj.
socially inappropriate; awkward; crude; tactless

"their really good manners made me feel gauche, because my manners were not as good"
gaudy
adj.
showy; tasteless

"the big fake diamond rings were gaudy"
gauntlet
n.
a challenge
genial
adj.
pleasant, cordial, friendly, polite

"the genial host made sure all the people at his party were having a good time"
genteel
adj.
refined; polite; elegant; stylish
gentry
n.
upper class or wellborn; well-bred
gestation
n.
creation, the period of development

"the period of gestation for butterflies occurs in the coccoon"