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fiat
1. An arbitrary or authoritative command or order.
2. Formal or official authorization or sanction.
derives from Latin, "let it be done," from fieri, "to be done."
salubrious
Favorable to health; promoting health; healthful.
from Latin, "healthful," from salus,
"health."
paean
1. A joyous song of praise, triumph, or thanksgiving.
2. An expression of praise or joy.
comes from Latin, "a hymn of thanksgiving, often addressed to god Apollo," from Greek, from Paia, a title
of Apollo.
mulct
fine or penalty.

1. To punish for an offense or misdemeanor by imposing a fine or demanding a forfeiture.
2. To obtain by fraud or deception.
3. To defraud; to swindle.
comes from Latin multa, "a fine."
blackguard
1. A rude or unscrupulous person; a scoundrel.
2. A person who uses foul or abusive language.
The term originally referred
to the lowest kitchen servants of a court or of a nobleman's household. They had charge of pots and pans and kitchen other utensils, and rode in wagons conveying these during journeys
from one residence to another. Being dirtied by this task, they were jocularly called the ???
eschew
To shun; to avoid (as something wrong or distasteful).
comes from Old French eschiver, ultimately of Germanic origin.
mellifluous
Flowing as with honey; flowing sweetly or smoothly; as, a ??? voice.
comes from Latin, from mel, "honey" + fluus, "flowing," from fluere, "to flow."
faineant
Doing nothing or given to doing nothing; idle; lazy.
A do-nothing; an idle fellow; a sluggard.
from French, from Middle French fait, "does" +
néant, "nothing."
perforce
By necessity; by force of circumstance.
from French par force, "by force."
cavalcade
1. A procession of riders or horse-drawn carriages.
2. Any procession.
3. A sequence; a series.
from Old Italian, from cavalcare, "to go on horseback," from Late Latin caballicare, from Latin
caballus, "horse."
gelid
Extremely cold; icy.
from Latin, from gelu, "frost, cold."
legerdemain
1. Sleight of hand.
2. A display of skill, trickery, or artful deception.
from Old French, literally "light of hand": leger, "light" + de, "of" + main, "hand."
perspicacity
Clearness of understanding or insight; penetration, discernment.
from Latin, "sharp-sighted," from perspicere, "to look through," from per,
"through" + specere, "to look."
fiduciary
Relating to the holding of something in trust for another.
from Latin, "trust,"
and is related to faith and fidelity.
polymath
A person of great or varied learning; one acquainted with various subjects of study.
from Greek, "having learned much," from poly-, "much" + manthanein, "to learn."
diffident
1. Lacking self-confidence; distrustful of one's own powers; timid; bashful.
2. Characterized by modest reserve; unassertive.
from Latin, "to mistrust, to have no confidence," from dis- + fidere, "to trust." Synonyms: shy, timid, modest, coy, demure.
inamorata
A woman whom one is in love with; a mistress.
from Italian, "to
inspire with love," from in- (from Latin) + amore, "love" (from Latin amor, from amare, "to love").
agitprop
Propaganda, especially pro-communist political propaganda disseminated through literature, drama, music, or art.
from Russian, "agitation" +
propaganda.
nefarious
Wicked in the extreme; iniquitous.
from Latin, from nefas, "that which is contrary to divine command; a crime, transgression, sin," from ne-, "not" + fas, "divine command or law."

celerity
Rapidity of motion or action; quickness; swiftness.
Celerity is from Latin celer, "swift." It is related to accelerate.
kvetch
To complain habitually.

noun:
1. A complaint.
2. A habitual complainer.
from Yiddish, "to squeeze, to complain,"
from Middle High German quetzen, quetschen, "to squeeze."
brio
Enthusiastic vigor; vivacity; liveliness; spirit.
from the Italian, ultimately of Celtic origin.
importunate
Troublesomely urgent; overly persistent in request or demand; unreasonably solicitous.
from Latin, "unsuitable,
troublesome,(of character)assertive, insolent, inconsiderate."
dishabille
1. The state of being carelessly or partially dressed.
2. Casual or lounging attire.
3. An intentionally careless or casual manner.
from French, "to undress," from dés-, "dis-" + habiller, "to clothe, to dress."
purblind
1. Having greatly reduced vision.
2. Lacking in insight or discernment.
from Middle English pur blind, "wholly blind," from pur, "pure" + blind.
asseverate
To affirm or declare positively or earnestly.
from Latin, "to assert seriously or earnestly," from ad- + severus, "severe, serious."
pukka, pucka
1. Authentic; genuine.
2. Good of its kind; first-class.
Hindi pakka, "cooked, ripe," from Sanskrit pakva-, from pacati, "he cooks."

discursive
1. Passing from one topic to another; ranging over a wide field; digressive; rambling.
2. Utilizing, marked by, or based on analytical reasoning -- contrasted with intuitive.
from Latin, "to run in different directions, to run about, to run to and fro," from dis-, "apart, in different directions" + currere, "to run."
ukase
1. In imperial Russia, a published proclamation or order having the force of law.
2. Any order or decree issued by an authority; an edict.
from Russian, "decree," from Old Church Slavonic ukazu, "a showing, proof," from u-, "at, to" + kazati, "to point out, to show."
circumambient
Surrounding; being on all sides; encompassing.
from Latin circum, "around, round about, on all sides" + ambire, "to go around, to surround," from amb-, "on both sides, around" + ire, "to go."
lachrymose
1. Given to shedding tears; suffused with tears; tearful.
2. Causing or tending to cause tears.
from Latin, from lacrima, "tear."
gourmand
1. One who eats to excess.
2. A lover of good food.
from French, "greedy."

A gourmet is one who has discriminating taste in food and wine. A ??? is one who enjoys food of fine quality, and also one who enjoys food in great quantities.
Glutton signifies one who simply eats to excess, without
reference to the quality of the fare consumed.
ambuscade
An ambush.
transitive verb:
To attack by surprise from a concealed place; to ambush.
from Middle French, from Old Italian imboscata, from past participle of imboscare, "to ambush,"
from in, (from Latin) + bosco, "forest," of Germanic origin.
fey
1. Possessing or displaying a strange and otherworldly aspect or quality; magical or fairylike; elfin.
2. Having power to see into the future; visionary; clairvoyant.
3. Appearing slightly crazy, as if under a spell; touched.
4. (Scots.) Fated to die; doomed.
5. (Scots.) Marked by a sense of approaching death.
from Middle English, from Old English fæge, "fated to die."
billet
1. Lodging for soldiers.
2. An official order directing that a soldier be provided with lodging.
3. A position of employment; a job.
from Medieval French, from Old French bullette, diminutive of bulle, "a document," from Medieval
Latin bulla, "a document."
perdurable
Very durable; lasting; continuing long.
from Late Latin, from
Latin perdurare, to last a long time, to endure, from per-, throughout + durare, to last.
extirpate
1. To pull up by the stem or root.
2. To destroy completely.
3. To remove by surgery.
from Latin, "to tear up by the root, hence to root out," from ex-, "from" +
stirps, "the stalk or stem or a tree or other plant, with the roots."
stasis
1. A state of balance, equilibrium, or stagnation.
2. Stoppage of the normal flow of a bodily fluid or semifluid.
from Greek, "a standing still," from histasthai, "to stand."

bete noire
Something or someone particularly detested or avoided; a bugbear.
French for "black beast."
moiety
1. One of two equal parts; a half.
2. An indefinite part; a small portion or share.
3. One of two basic tribal subdivisions.
from Old French meitiet, from Late Latin medietas, from Latin medius, "middle."
turpitude
1. Inherent baseness or vileness of principle, words, or actions; depravity.
2. A base act.
from Latin, from turpis, "foul,base."
coruscate
1. To give off or reflect bright beams or flashes of light; to sparkle.
2. To exhibit brilliant, sparkling technique or style.
from Latin, "to move quickly, to tremble, to flutter, to twinkle or flash." Also the adjective, "glittering in flashes; flashing."
seriatim
In a series; one after another.
from the Latin, meaning "row, chain," and is formed on the same model as verbatim ("word for word")
and literatim ("letter for letter").
evince
To show in a clear manner; to manifest; to make evident; to bring to light.
from Latin, "to conquer entirely, to prevail over, to prove irresistibly," from e- (here used intensively) + vincere, "to conquer."
forlorn
1. Sad and lonely because deserted, abandoned, or lost.
2. Bereft; forsaken.
3. Wretched or pitiful in appearance or condition.
4. Almost hopeless; desperate.
from Old English forleosan, "to abandon," from for- + leosan, "to lose."
omnipresent
Present in all places at the same time; ubiquitous.
from Medieval Latin, from Latin omni-, "all" + praesens, present participle of praeesse, "to be before, to be present," from prae-, "before" + esse, "to be."
perfunctory
1. Done merely to carry out a duty; performed mechanically or routinely.
2. Lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; indifferent.
from Late Latin, from Latin
perfungi, "to perform fully, to get done with," from per-, "through" + fungi, "to perform."

bibulous
1. Of, pertaining to, marked by, or given to the consumption of alcoholic drink.
2. Readily absorbing fluids or moisture.
from Latin, from bibere, "to drink."
voluble
1. Characterized by a ready flow of speech.
2. Easily rolling or turning; rotating.
3. (Botany) Having the power or habit of turning or twining.
from Latin, "revolving, rolling, fluent," from volvere, "to roll."
apogee
1. The point in the orbit of the moon or of an artificial satellite that is at the greatest distance from the center of the earth.
2. The farthest or highest point; culmination.
from Greek apogaion, from apogaios, "situated (far) away from the earth," from apo-, "away from" + gaia, "earth."