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adjunct
(n) something added to something else as helpful or useful but not essential
bellwether
(n) the male sheep that leads the flock to the slaughterhouse
caterwaul
(v) to howl or screech like a cat
chimerical
(adj) absurd, impossible
effete
(adj) lacking in wholesome vigor or energy
fait accompli
(n) an accomplished and presumably irreversale deed, fact or action
hidebound
(adj) narrow-minded and rigid
hierarchy
(n) any system of things of people arranged or graded one above another in order of rank
liturgy
(n) a religous service or rite
mirage
(n) something illusory, without substance
morass
(n) a patch of low, soft, wet ground
noisome
(adj) offensive or disgusting
oblivious
(adj) forgetful, unaware
poltroon
(n) coward
proselyte
(n) disciple
quasi
(adj) resembling but not actually being
raillery
(n) good-humored ridicule
ribald
(adj) irreverently mocking, indecent in language
supine
(adj) laying flat on one's back
vignette
(n) a short description or sketch
aegis
(n) protection
apprise
(v) to inform of
bibulous
(adj) fond of or inclined to drink
claque
(n) a group of ppl hired to applaud a performer or performance
deracinate
(v) to pull up by the roots
eleemosynary
(adj) charitable
indigenous
(adj) native to
lachrymose
(adj) given to tears or weeping
lexicon
(n) a dictionary of a language
melee
(n) a confused struggle
microcosm
(n) a miniature world or universe
minuscule
(adj) very small
obfuscate
(v) to darken or obscure
paternalism
(n) the policy or practice of treating or governing people in the manner of a father dealing with children
polarize
(v) concentrate around two conflicting or contrasting positions
purview
(n) the range, extent, or scope of something
sanguine
(adj) having a ruddy complexion
solecism
(n) a substandard or ungrammatical usage
vassal
(n) a person under the protection of a feudal lord to whom he owes allegiance
versimilitude
(n) quality of appearing to be true, or probable
ancillary
(adj)subordinate or supplementary
bowdlerize
(v) to remove material considered offensive
condescend
(v) to come down or stoop voluntarily to a lower level
cozen
(v) to trick, cheat, or swindle
enclave
(n) an enclosed district, region, or area inhabited by a particular group of ppl
forte
(n) a person's strong point
gratis
(adj) free (adv) without charge
icon
(n) a representation or image
interstice
(n) a small, narrow space between things or parts of things
macrocosm
(n) the universe considered as a whole
mounteback
(n) a trickster or swindler
paean
(n) a song of praise
persiflage
(n) lighthearted joking, talk, or writing
plethora
(n) overfullness
pragmatic
(adj) concerned with practical considerations or values
quizzical
(adj) puzzled
rapacity
(n) inordinate greed
schism
(n) a formal split within a religous organization
therapeutic
(adj) having the power to heal or cure
virtuoso
(n) a brilliant performer
affinity
(n) a natural attraction to a person, thing, or activity
bilious
(adj)peevish or irritable
cognate
(adj)closely related in origin
corollary
(n) a proposition that follows from one already proven
cul-de-sac
(n) a blind alley or dead-end street
derring-do
(n) valor or heroism
divination
(n) the art or act of predicting the future or discovering hidden knowledge
elixir
(n) a potion once thought capable of curing all ills and maintaining life indefinitely
folderol
(n) foolish talk
gamut
(n) an entire range or series
hoi polloi
(n) the common ppl
ineffable
(adj) not expressible in words
lucubration
(n) laborious study or thought, esp at night
mnemonic
(adj) relating to or designed to assist the memory
obloquy
(n) public abuse indicating strong disapproval
parameter
(n) a determining or characteristic element
pundit
(n) a learned person
risible
(adj) pertaining to laughter
symptomatic
(adj) typical or characteristic
volte-face
(n) an about-face
aficionado
(n) an enthusiastic and usually expert follower or fan
browbeat
(v) to intimidate by a stern or overbearing manner
commensurate
(adj)equal in size, extent, duration, or importance
diaphanous
(adj) very sheer and light
emolument
(n) profit derived from an office or position or from employment
foray
(n) a quick raid esp for plunder
genre
(n) a type, class, or variety
homity
(n) a sermon stressing moral principles
immure
(v) to enclose or confine within walls
insouciant
(adj)carefree, happy-go-lucky
matrix
(n) a mold
obsequies
(n) funeral rites or ceremonies
panache
(n) a confident and stylish manner
persona
(n) a character in a novel or play
philippic
(n) a bitter verbal attack
prurient
(adj) having lustful desires or interests
sacrosanct
(adj) very sacred or holy
systemic
(adj) of or pertaining to the entire body
tendentious
(adj) intended to promote a particular point of view
vicissitude
(n) a change, variation, or alteration
abortive
(adj) failing to accomplish an intended aim or purpose
bruit
(v) to spread news, reports, or unsubstantiated rumors
contemelious
(adj) insolent or rude in speech or behavior
dictum
(n) a short saying
ensconce
(v) to settle comfortably
inconoclastic
(adj) attacking or seeking to overthrow popular or traditional beliefs, or ideas
in medias res
(adv) in or into the middle of a plot
internecine
(adj) mutually destructive
maladroit
(adj) lacking skill or dexterity
maudlin
(adj) excessively or effusively sentimental
modulate
(v) to change or vary the intensity or pitch
portentous
(adj) foreshadowing an event to come
prescience
(n) knowledge of events or actions before they happened
quid pro quo
something given in exchange or return for something else
salubrious
(adj) conducive to health or well-being
saturnalian
(adj) characterized by riotous or unrestrained revelry
touchstone
(n) a means of testing worth or genuineness
traumatic
(adj) so shocking to the emotions as to cause lasting and substantial psychological damage
vitiate
(v) to weaken, debase, or corrupt
waggish
(adj) fond of making jokes
abeyance
(n) a state of being temporarily inactive
ambivalent
(adj)having opposite and conflicting feelings about something or someone
beleaguer
(v) to set upon from all sides
carte blanche
(n) full freedom
cataclysm
(n) a sudden, violent, or devastating upheaval
debauch
(v) to corrupt morally, seduce
eclat
(n) dazzling or conspicous success or acclaim
fastidious
(adj)overly demanding or hard to please
gambol
(v) to jump or skip about playfully
imbue
(v) to soak or stain thoroughly
inchoate
(adj) just beginning
lampoon
(n) a malicious satire
malleable
(adj) capable of being formed into different shapes
nemesis
(n) an agent of force inflicting vengeance or punishment
opt
(v) to make a choice
philistine
(adj) lacking in, hostile to, or smugly indiferent to culture or artistic values
picaresque
(adj) involving or characteristic of clever rogues or adventurers
queasy
(adj) nauseated
refractory
(adj) stubborn
savoir-faire
(n) ability to say and do the right thing in any situation
aberration
(n) a departure from what is proper, normal
ad hoc
(adj)improvised
bane
(n)the source or cause of fatal injury
bathos
(n)an anticlimax
cantankerous
(adj) ill-tempered, quarrelsome
casuistry
(n) the determination of right and wrong in questions of conduct
de facto
(adj) actually existing or in effect
depredation
(n) the act of preying upon
empathy
(n) a sympathetic understanding of or identification with the feelings of someone else
harbinger
(n) forerunner
hedonism
(n) belief that attainment of pleasure is life's chief aim
lackluster
(adj) lacking brilliance
malcontent
(adj) discontented with or in open defiance of prevailing conditions
mellifluous
(adj) flowing sweetly or smoothly
nepotism
(n)undue favoritism to or excessive patronage of one's relatives
pander
(v) to cater to or provide satisfaction for the low tastes or vices of others
peccadillo
(n) a minor sin or offense
piece de resistance
(n) the principal dish of a meal
remand
(v) to send or order back
syndrome
(n) a group of symptoms or signs that collectively characterize or indicate a disease
beatitude
(n) a state of perfect happiness
bete noire
(n) someone or something that one esp. dislikes
bode
(v) to be an omen of
dank
(adj) unpleasantly damp or wet
ecumenical
(adj) worldwide or universal in influence or application
fervid
(adj) burning with enthusiasm or zeal
fetid
(adj) having an unpleasant or offensive odor
gargantuan
(adj) of immense size
heyday
(n) the period of greatest power, prime years
incubus
(n) a demon
infrastructure
(n) a basic foundation or framework
inveigle
(v) to entice, lure, or snare by flattery or artful inducements
kudos
(n) the acclaim, prestige, or renown that comes as a result of some action or achievement
lagniappe
(n) unexpected gift
prolix
(adj) long-winded and wordy
protege
(n)someone whose welfare, training, or career is under the patronage of an influential person
prototype
(n) beginning or original pattern or model
sycophant
(n) someone who attempts to win favors or advance themselves by flattery
tautology
(n) needless repetition of an idea by equivalent words
truckle
(v) to yeild or submit tamely