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addenda
a list of additions (latin)
ad hoc
for a particular purpose (Latin)
alfresco
outdoors (Italian)
alter ego
a second self; a trusted friend (Latin)
amour-propre
self-esteem (French)
au courant
informed of the latest (French)
bete noire
a strongly detested person or thing (French)
bon vivant
an epicure; a lover of good living (French)
bravura
a display of spirit and dash (Italian)
causus belli
a pretext or reason that justifies or allegedly justifies an attack of war (Latin)
caveat emptor
let the buyer beward (Latin)
chef d'oeuvre
chief work; masterpiece (French)
comme il faut
as it ought to be; proper (French)
contretemps
an inopportune or embarrassing situation (French)
corpus delicti
the evidence necessary to prove that a crime has been committed (Latin)
coup de grace
a final, decisive blow or event (French)
cul-de-sac
a dead end (French)
de facto
actual (Latin)
de jure
technically (Latin)
de rigueur
necessary, obligatory (French)
dernier cri
the last word; the newest fashion (French)
deshabille
undressed or partially undressed (French)
enfant terrible
a bad child; one whose behavior is embarrassing (French)
errata
a list of errors (Latin)
ex cathedra
by virtue of one's position or office (Latin)
idee fixe
an idea that dominates ones's mind, especially for a long time (French)
in extenso
at full lenght (Latin)
in extremis
near death (latin)
ingenue
the stage role of an ingenuous girl; a naive girl (french)
in loco parentis
in the place of a parent; acting as a guardian (latin)
in re
in reference to (latin)
insouciance
indifference; lack of concern (french)
in vacuo
in a vacuum (latin)
junta
group (usually millitary) that assumes leadership after a coup or overthrow of a government (spanish)
laissex-faire
a policy of free trade or noninterence (french)
melange
a mixture or medley, often of incongruous elements (french)
menage
a household (french)
mirabilis dictu
wonderful to relate (latin)
modus operandi
a method or procedure, working or operating (latin)
ne plus ultra
the highest point that can be attained, the acme (latin)
noblesse oblige
nobility obligates; the behavior and the graciousness of the nobility (french)
nolo contendere
no contest; legally, not contesting a charge against one, but without pleading guilty (latin)
nom de plum
a pen name (french)
non sequitur
something that does not logically follow (latin)
nuance
a subtle distinction (french)
pax vobiscum
peace be with you; peace (latin)
persona non grata
an unacceptable or unwelcome person (latin)
piece de resistance
the main course or dish; the most valuable object (french)
presto
rapidly, quickly (italian)
prima facie
on the face of; at first view (latin)
pro bono publico
for the public good (latin)
pro forma
done as the matter of form (latin)
pro rata
proportionally according to a factor (latin)
pro tempore (pro tem)
for the time being; temporary (latin)
punctilio
a fine point; a minute detail of conduct(italian)
quid pro quo
something given or received for something else; substitute (latin)
raison detre
reason for being (french)
rapporchement
establishing a cordial relationship; developing mutual understanding (french)
rara avis
an unusual speciment (latin)
rendezvous
an appointment for two or more people to meet at a particular place (french)
riposte
a retort; a retaliatory verbal sally (french)
safari
a trip or journey (swahili)
salaam
peace (as salutation) (arabic)
sanctum sanctorum
the holy of holies; the office of an awesome person (latin)
sang froid
cold blood; self-possession; composure (French)
sine qua non
indesipensable (latin)
soupcon
suspicion; a little bit or trace, as in recipe (french)
sui genera
one of a kind (latin)
tour de force
a feat of strength, skill, or ingenuity (french)
vendetta
a blood feud (italian)
vis-a-vis
face to face with; in relation to; as compared with (french)
zeitgeist
the spirit of the times (german)