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adjunct
something added to something else as helpful or useful / an assistant or helper /// added or connected in a subordinate capacity
aegis
an ancient Greek shield, protection, patronage, sponsorship
ancillary
subordinate, auxiliary, supplementary
apprise
to inform of
bellwether
one that takes the lead or initiative, leader / an indicator of trends
bibulous
highly absorbent / fond of or inclined to drink
bowdlerize
to expurgate (as a book) by omitting or modifying parts considered vulgar / to modify by abridging, simplifying, or distorting in style or content
caterwaul
to howl or screech like a cat / to complain /// a harsh or noisy cry
chimerical
absurd, wildly fantastic to the point of improbability
claque
a group hired to applaud a performer
condescend
to descend to a less formal or dignified level / to assume an air of superiority
cozen
to deceive, win over, or induce to do something by artful coaxing and wheedling or shrewd trickery
deracinate
to uproot / to remove or separate from a native environment or culture, to remove the racial or ethnic characteristics or influences from
deter
to turn aside, discourage, or prevent from acting / to inhibit
effete
infertile / lacking in character, vitality, or strength / marked by decadence or delicateness / effeminate
eleemosynary
charitable, dependent upon charity
enclave
a distinct territorial, cultural, or social unit enclosed within foreign territory
fait accompli
an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed, fact or action
forte
the part of a sword that is the strongest part of the blade / one's strong point /// loud (as a musical direction) /// loudly (as a musical direction)
gratis
without charge or recompense, free
hidebound
with animals: having a dry skin lacking in pliancy and adhering closely to the underlying flesh / having an inflexible or ultraconservative character
hierarchy
division of angels / ruling body of clergy organized into orders or ranks / body of persons in authority / a system of things arranged in order
indigenous
originating in the region where found / innate, inborn
interstice
a space between things / a gap or break in something generally continuous / a short space of time between events
lachrymose
given to tears or weeping
lexicon
a dictionary of a language / the vocabulary of a language, individual speaker, or a subject / repertoire, inventory
liturgy
a religious rite or service / a customary repertoire of ideas, phrases, or observances
macrocosm
the great world, universe / a large-scale reproduction
melee
a confused struggle
microcosm
a miniature world / a community or other unity that is an epitome of a larger unity
minuscule
tiny /// a lowercase letter
mirage
something illusory
morass
a confusing or impeding situation, a swamp
mountebank
a person who sells quack medicines from a platform / a boastful unscrupulous pretender, charlatan /// to beguile or transform by trickery, to be a —
noisome
offensive or disgusting (especially in smell)
obfuscate
to darken, to obscure / to be evasive, unclear, or confusing
oblivious
unaware
paean
a joyous song or hymn of praise, tribute, thanksgiving, or triumph / a work that praises or honors its subject
paternalism
the policy of treating people in a fatherly way / a system under which an authority undertakes to supply needs or regulate conduct of those under its control in matters affecting them as individuals as well as in their relations to authority and to each other
persiflage
frivolous bantering talk, light raillery
plethora
a bodily condition characterized by an excess of blood and marked by turgescence and a florid complexion / an excess, superfluity, profusion
polarize
to cause (as light waves) to vibrate in a definite pattern / to break up into opposing factions or groupings / to concentrate (in intensity)
poltroon
a base coward /// cowardly, base
pragmatic
relating to matters of fact or practical affairs often to the exclusion of intellectual or artistic matters (practical as opposed to idealistic) / relating to philosophical pragmatism
proselyte
a new convert, a discipline /// to induce someone to convert to one's faith
purview
the limit, purpose, or scope of a statute / the range of authority, competence, responsibility, concern, or intention / range of vision, understanding, or cognizance
quasi-
resembling but not actually being
quizzical
comically quaint / mildly teasing or mocking / expressive of puzzlement, curiosity, or disbelief
raillery
good-humored ridicule, banter
rapacity
being excessively grasping or covetous / living on prey / ravenous
ribald
crude, offensive, irreverently mocking / vulgar in language /// one who is —
sanguine
blood red / relating to blood / having a ruddy complexion / sturdy, cheerful, confident, optimistic /// a moderate to strong red
schism
division, separation / discord, disharmony / formal division in or separation from a church or religious body
solecism
a minor grammatical blunder / something deviating from the proper, normal, or accepted order / a breach of etiquette or decorum
supine
lying on the back or with the face upward /listless or lethargic / indolent or apathetic, mentally or morally slack
therapeutic
relating to the treatment of disease or disorders by remedial agents or methods, curative, medicinal
vassal
one person under the feudal lord they pledge to /// subservient
verisimilitude
the quality of appearing to be true / depicting realism (as in art or literature)
vignette
a short descriptive literary sketch / a brief incident or scene (as in a play or movie) / a small decorative design or picture repeated throughout a novel / a picture (as an engraving or photograph) that shades off gradually into the surrounding paper /// to finish (as a photograph) like a vignette / to describe briefly
virtuoso
an experimenter or investigator especially in the arts and sciences, savant / one skilled in or having a taste for the fine arts / a person who has great skill at some endeavor