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adjunct
something added to something else as helpful or useful but not essential; an assistant or helper; a valuable quality or characteristic; added or connected in a subordinate capacity; attached to a faculty or staff in an auxiliary capacity
bellwether
the male sheep that leads the flock to the slaughterhouse; a leader, as in a desperate or violent undertaking; an indicator of trends
caterwaul
to howl or screech like a cat; to quarrel; a harsh or noisy cry; a racket
chimerical
absurd; wildly fantastic; impossible
effete
lacking in wholesome vigor or energy; worn-out or exhausted; sterile or unable to produce; out-of-date
fait accompli
an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed, fact, or action
hidebound
narrow-minded and rigid, especially in opinions or prejucdices; stubbornly and unthinkingly
hierarchy
any system of things or people arranged or graded one above another in order of rank, wealth, class, etc
liturgy
a religious service or rite; the form of a ritual or other act of public worship
mirage
something illusory, without substance, or without a basis in reality; an illusion
morass
a patch of low, soft, wet ground; a swamp; a confusing situation in which one is entrapped, as in quicksand
noisome
offensive or disgusting; foul-smelling; harmful or injurious
oblivious
forgetful; unaware
poltroon
a base coward
proselyte
a convert; a disciple
quasi-
resembling but not actually being; seemingly but not actually or completely OR partly, somewhat, or to some degree
raillery
good-humored ridicule; teasing
ribald
irreverently mocking; coarse, vulgar, or indecent in language
supine
lying flat on one's back; listless or lethargic; apathetic or passive
vignette
a short description or sketch; a picture or illustration with edges that gradually shade off; a decorative design on the title page of a book or at the beginning or end of a chapter