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Ennui
boredom; feeling of weariness and discontent
finesse
skill
legerdemain
slight of hand; artful trick
malaise
vague feeling of bodily discomfort or illness
rapport
relationship characterized by harmony, conformity or affinity
sangfroid
coolness of mind or composure in difficult circumstances
savoir faire
knowledge of just what to do; tact
billet-doux
love letter
bon mot
clever saying; witty remark
brochure
pamphlet; treatise
cliché
trite or worn out expression
mot juste
exactly the right word
précis
a summary
repartee
conversation; skill of replying quickly, cleverly, and humorously
résumé
a summary; brief account of personal work history as well as education
tête-à-tête
private conversation between two persons
carte blanch
full discretionary power; freedom to use one’s own judgment
debacle
collapse; overthrow; rout
mirage
optical illusion
fait accompli
thing already done
faux pas
social error; misstep or blunder in conduct, manners, speech
impasse
deadlock; predicament with no escape; impassable road
liaison
bond; linking up; coordination of activities
mélange
mixture; medley; potpourri
bête noire
object or person dreaded; bug bear; irritant