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adjunct
(n.)something added to something else; assistant or helper; associate; accessory (adj.)added or connected
bellwether
male sheep that leads the flock; ringleader; a leader; indicator of trends
caterwaul
(v.)to howl or screech; to quarrel (n.)a harsh or noisy cry; a racket
chimerical
absurd; wildly fantastic; impossible
effete
weak; work-out out or exhausted
fait accompli
an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed, fact, or action
hidebound
narrow-minded
hierarchy
system to classify in order of rank, wealth, class, etc.
liturgy
religious service or rite
mirage
optical illusion; something without substance
morass
patch of low, soft, wet ground; a swamp; a confusing situation
noisome
offensive or disgusting
oblivious
forgetful; unaware
poltroon
a base coward; craven; dastard; "chicken"
proselyte
a convert; a disciple
quasi
kind of; semi-; as if
raillery
good-humored ridicule; teasing
ribald
irreverently mocking; coarse, vulgar; risque
supine
laying flat on one's back
vignette
thumbnail sketch; anecdote
aegis
protection; patronage; sponsorship
apprise
to make aware of; to inform
bibulous
fond of or inclined to drink
claque
group of people hired to applaud
deracinate
to pull up by the roots; uproot
eleemosynary
charitable; philanthropic
indigenous
originating in the area where found; native
lachrymose
given to tears or weeping
lexicon
a dictionary of a language
melee
a confused struggle; brawl; scuffle
microcosm
miniature world or universe; epitome
minuscule
very small; tiny
obfuscate
to darken or obscure; confuse or bewilder
paternalism
farthliness; treating in a fatherly manner
polarize
concertrating around two conflicting or contrasting positions
purview
the range, extent, or scope of something
sanguine
flushed; rosy; cheerful
solecism
a substandard or ungrammatical usage
vassal
(n.)a person under the protection of a feudal lord to whom he or she owes allegiance; (adj.)subservient
verisimilitude
apprearing to be true, real, likely
ancillary
supplementary; subsidiary
bowdlerize
to remove material considered offensive (from a book, play, etc.)
condescend
to stoop voluntarily to a lower level; to deal with in a patronizing manner
cozen
to trick; to cheat or swindle
enclave
an enclosed district, region, or area inhabited by a group of people with special character
forte
a person's strong point
gratis
free; without charge
icon
emblem; idol; a symbol
interstice
a small, narrow space between things or parts of things
macrocosm
the universe considered as a whole
mountebank
a trickster or swindler
paean
a song of praise, joy, or triumph
persiflage
lighthearted joking, talk, or writing
plethora
overfullness; excess
pragmatic
concerned with practical considerations or values; actions and results, not abstract
quizzical
puzzled; mocking; odd; equivocal
rapacity
avarice; inordinate greed
schism
a formal split within a religious organization; any division or separation of a group into hostile factions
therapeutic
having the power to heal or cute
virtuoso
(n.)a brilliant performer; person with masterly skill (adj.)masterly or brilliant