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euphemism
n. cushioning the blow

the subsitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt
incendiary
adj. firey

tending to inflame the senses
debase(ment)
v. to make degenerate

to reduce in quality or value
commensurate
adj. in proportion to

corresponding in amount, magnitute, or degree
ineffable
adj. beyong expression

incapable of being expressed or described in words
propriety
n. conforming to proper behavior

conforming to established standards of good or proper behavior or manners
archaic
adj. marked by the characteristics of an earlier period, anitique
shirk
v. to evade (work, duty, responsibilty, etc)
(un)scrupulous
adj. having or showing strict regard for what one considers right
bourgeoisie
n. of the bourgeois class (middle class)
nonchalant
adj. cooly unconcerned or unexcited, casual
ramshackle
adj. loosely made or held together; rickety; shaky
artifice
n. a clever trick or stratagem; a cunning, crafty device or expedient; wile
vicar
n. parish priest
trappings
n. articles of equipment or dress, esp. of an ornamental character
deus ex machina
n. something that is miraculous and unrealistic that saves a seemingly hopeless situation: a contrived plot device in a play or novel
sine qua non
n. essential
satire
n. the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc
idiosyncrasy
n. a characteristic, habit, mannerism, or the like, that is peculiar to an individual
liable
adj. prone to do, likely to
boisterous
adj. loud, noisy, and unrestrained
gumption
n. boldness of enterprise, initiative, "spunk"
incredulous
adj. indicating or showing disbelief
mnemonic
adj. assisting or intended to assist the memory
insinutate
v. to suggest or hint slyly
ostentatiously
adj. characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others
stolid
adj. emotionally unaffected; placid; calm
projection
n. or v. tending to project ones own faults or attributes onto others
pugnacious
adj. prone to be confrontational, agressive
affront
v. or n. an action or remark that causes outrage of offense
sashay
v. to strut of floucne