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coup d'etat
the sudden overthrow of a government by a usually small group of persons in or previously in positions of authority
détente
a relaxing or easing, as of tension between rivals
laissez-faire
opposes governmental regulation of or interference in commerce beyond the minimum necessary for a free-enterprise system to operate
rapproachement
a reestablishing of cordial relations, as between two countries
regime
a form of government
avante-garde
a group active in the invention and application of new techniques in a given field, especially in the arts
baton
a slender rod with which a leader directs a band or orchestra
denouement
the outcome of a sequence of events; the end result
encore
a demand by an audience for an additional performance
genre
category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content
palette
A board which an artist can hold while painting and on which colors are mixed
repertoire
the stock of songs, plays, operas, readings, or other pieces that a player or company is prepared to perform
vignette
a decorative design placed at the beginning or end of a book or chapter of a book or along the border of a page
a la carte
with a separate price for each item on the menu
aperitif
an alcoholic drink taken as an appetizer before a meal
entrée
the main dish of a meal
filet
a lace with a square mesh and geometric designs
hors d'oeuvres
an appetizer served before a meal
bouffant
being puffed out; used of hair style or clothing
chemise
A loosely fitting dress that hangs straight; a shift
coiffure
the arrangement of the hair
flamboyant
marked by or given to strikingly elaborate or colorful display or behavior
coup de grace
a deathblow delivered to end the misery of a mortally wounded victim
facade
a false, superficial, or artificial appearance or effect
foyer
a large entrance or reception room or area
milieu
an environment or a setting
silhouette
an outline that appears dark against a light background
sobriquet
an affectionate or humorous nickname
tour de force
a feat of strength, skill, or ingenuity
vis-a-vis
face to face with; opposite to
basso
A bass singer, especially an operatic bass.
baritone
A male singer or voice with a range higher than a bass and lower than a tenor OR A valved brass instrument similar to but larger than the euphonium.
tenor
The highest natural adult male voice
alto
A low female singing voice; a contralto.
contralto
The lowest female voice or voice part, intermediate in range between soprano and tenor.
soprano
The highest singing voice of a woman or young boy.
adagio
A slow passage, movement, or work, especially one using adagio as the direction.
grave
In a slow and solemn manner.
allegro
In a quick, lively tempo, usually considered to be faster than allegretto but slower than presto.
presto
In a very fast tempo, usually considered to be faster than allegro but slower than prestissimo.
crescendo
A gradual increase, especially in the volume or intensity of sound in a passage.
dolce
In a gentle and sweet manner.
forte
In a loud, forceful manner.
fortissimo
In a very loud manner.
a cappella
Without instrumental accompaniment.
staccato
Cut short crisply; detached
vibrato
A tremulous or pulsating effect produced in an instrumental or vocal tone by minute and rapid variations in pitch.
aria
A solo vocal piece with instrumental accompaniment, as in an opera.
concerto
A composition for an orchestra and one or more solo instruments, typically in three movements.
duet
A composition for two voices or two instruments.
intermezzo
A short movement separating the major sections of a lengthy composition or work.
opera
A creative work, especially a musical composition numbered to designate the order of a composer's works.
solo
A composition or passage for an individual voice or instrument, with or without accompaniment.
cameo
A gem or shell carved in relief, especially one in which the raised design and the background consist of layers of contrasting colors. OR A brief appearance of a prominent actor, as in a single scene of a motion picture
chiaroscuro
The technique of using light and shade in pictorial representation.
cupola
A cylindrical shaft type of blast furnace used for remelting metals, usually iron, before casting OR A vaulted roof or ceiling.
fresco
The art of painting on fresh, moist plaster with pigments dissolved in water.
intaglio
A figure or design carved into or beneath the surface of hard metal or stone.
cameo
A gem or shell carved in relief, especially one in which the raised design and the background consist of layers of contrasting colors. OR A brief appearance of a prominent actor, as in a single scene of a motion picture