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addenda
a list of additions (Latin)
ad hoc
for a particular purpose (Latin)
agent provocateur
one who incites another person or an organization (French)
alfresco
outdoors (Italian)
alter ego
a second self; a trusted friend (Latin)
amour-propre
self-esteem (French)
au courant
informed of the latest (French)
bête 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 (Latin)
causus belli
a pretext or reason that justifies or allegedly justifies an attack of war (Latin)
caveat emptor
let the buyer beware (Latin)
chef d'oeuvre
chief work; masterpiece (French)
comme il faut
as it ought to be; proper (French)
contretemps
an inopportune or wmbarrassing situation (French)
corpus delicti
the evidence necessary to prove that a crime has been commetted (Latin)
coup de grâce
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)
déshabillé
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)
idée fixe
an idea that dominates one's mind, especially for a long time (French)
in extenso
at full length (Latin)
in extremi
near death (Latin)
ingenue
the stage role of an ingenuous girl; a naïve girl (French)
in loco parentis
in the place of a parent; acting as a guarding (Latin)
in re
in reference to (Latin)
insouciance
indifference; lack of concern (French)
in vacuo
in a vacuum (Latin)
junta
group (usually military) that assumes leadership after after a coup or overthrow of a government (Spanish)
laissez-faire
a policy of free trade or noninterference (French)
mélange
a mixture or medley, often of incongruous elements (French)
ménage
a household (French)
mirabilis dictu
wonderful to relate (Latin)
modus operandi
a method of procedure, working, orperating (Latin)
ne plus ultra
the highest point that can be attained; the acme (Latin)
noblesse oblige
nobility obligates; the behavior and graciousness of the nobility (French)
nolo contendere
no contest; legally, not contesting a charge against one, but without pleading guilty (Latin)
nom de plume
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)
pièce 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 a matter of form (Latin)
pro rata
proportionally according o a factor (Latin)
pro tempore (pro tem)
for the time being; temporarily (Latin)
punctilio
a fine point; a minute detail of conduct (Italian)
quid pro quo
something given or received for something else; substitute (Latin)
raison d'être
reason for being (French)
rapprochement
establishing a cordial relationship; developing mutual understanding (French)
rara avis
an unusual specimen (Latin)
rendezvous
an appointment for two or more people to meet at a particular place (French)
reposte
a retort; a retaliatory verbal sally (French)
safari
a trip or journey (Swahili)
salaam
peace (as a 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
indispensable (Latin)
soupçon
suspicionl a little bit or trace, as in a 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-à-vis
face to face with; in relation to; as compared with (French)
zeitgeist
the spirit of the times (German)