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anomie
a state or condition of individuals or society characterized by a breakdown or absence of social norms and values, as in the case of uprooted people.
anon
1. in a short time; soon.
2. at another time.
3. Archaic: at once; immediately.

anonymous/anonymously
antediluvian
–adjective 1. of or belonging to the period before the Flood. Gen. 7, 8.
2. very old, old-fashioned, or out of date; antiquated; primitive:
–noun 3. a person who lived before the Flood.
4. a very old or old-fashioned person or thing.
aphasia
the loss of a previously held ability to speak or understand spoken or written language, due to disease or injury of the brain.
apogee
Astronomy: the point in the orbit of a heavenly body, esp. the moon, or of a man-made satellite at which it is farthest from the earth. Compare perigee.
2. the highest or most distant point; climax.
argot
1. a specialized idiomatic vocabulary peculiar to a particular class or group of people, esp. that of an underworld group, devised for private communication and identification
2. the special vocabulary and idiom of a particular profession or social group
atavism
1. Biology. a. the reappearance in an individual of characteristics of some remote ancestor that have been absent in intervening generations.
b. an individual embodying such a reversion.

2. reversion to an earlier type; throwback.
auto-da-fe
the public declaration of the judgment passed on persons tried in the courts of the the Spanish Inquisition, followed by the execution by the civil authorities of the sentences imposed, esp. the burning of condemned heretics at the stake.
avatar
1. Hindu Mythology. the descent of a deity to the earth in an incarnate form or some manifest shape; the incarnation of a god.
2. an embodiment or personification, as of a principle, attitude, or view of life.
3. Computers. a graphical image that represents a person, as on the Internet.
aver
1. to assert or affirm with confidence; declare in a positive or peremptory manner.
2. Law. to allege as a fact.
Babbitt
1. Irving, 1865–1933, U.S. educator and critic.
2. Milton Byron, born 1916, U.S. composer.
3. (italics) a novel (1922) by Sinclair Lewis.
4. (often lowercase) a self-satisfied person who conforms readily to conventional, middle-class ideas and ideals, esp. of business and material success; Philistine: from the main character in the novel by Sinclair Lewis.

any of various alloys of tin with smaller amounts of antimony and copper, used as an antifriction lining for bearings.
badinage
–noun 1. light, playful banter or raillery.
–verb (used with object) 2. to banter with or tease (someone) playfully.
bagatelle
1. something of little value or importance; a trifle.
2. a game played on a board having holes at one end into which balls are to be struck with a cue.
3. pinball.
4. a short and light musical composition, typically for the piano.
carte blanche
1. unconditional authority; full discretionary power.
2. a sheet of paper that is blank except for a signature and given by the signer to another person to write in what he or she pleases.
3. Cards. a hand having no face card but with a special scoring value, as in piquet.
de facto
1. in fact; in reality
2. actually existing, esp. when without lawful authority (distinguished from de jure).
3. Australian. a person who lives in an intimate relationship with but is not married to a person of the opposite sex; lover.
de rigueur
strictly required, as by etiquette, usage, or fashion.
deja vu
1. the illusion of having previously experienced something actually being encountered for the first time.
2. disagreeable familiarity or sameness:
fait accomptli
an accomplished fact; a thing already done
faux pas
a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion.
idee fixe
A fixed idea; an obsession.