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crux
the basic or essential feature of something
appellation
a name or title that distinguishes or identifies
diphthong
a speech sound that consists of either two vowels or a vowel and a semivowel (such as y) contained in a single syllable
eponym
a person for whom something is or is thought to be names
linguistics
the study of human speech esspecially it components structure and nature and how it changes
patois
a dialect other than the standard dialect of a languageespecially a regional or uneducated form of speech
neologism
a newly made-up word phrase or expression
parlance
a particular manner or kind of speech
polyglot
consisting of many groups speaking different languages
solecism
the ungrammatical usage of a word or construction of a sentence
vulgar
spoken by or using the language soken by common people rather than literary cultures or learned people
amulet
an object worn to bring luck or to protect against evil or injury
capricious
characterized by or subject to sudden unpredictable changes
fatalism
the belief that all events are dtermined in advance by fate and cannot be changed by human means
incantation
a set of words spoken as a magic charm or to casst a magic spell
propitious
presenting favorable circumstances providential
continuity
the condition of being without a stop or interruption
initiate
to begin; originate; cause to begin
converge
to approach teh same point from different directions; meet
pivotal
central or crucial to something; very important
sequel
something that follows; continuation
subordinate
one subject to the authority of another
tangential
only superficially relevant or related
terminate
to bring to an end; conclude
ultimate
last; coming at the end