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adagio
slowly, in music.
andante
moderate in tempo
arpeggio
the playing of the tones of a chord in rapid succession rather than simultaneously
bravura
in music, a passage requiring great skill and spirit from the performer, a display of daring, beautiful performance
contralto
the lowest female voice or part. between soprano and tenor.
crescendo
gradually gets louder, gradual increase in volume or intensity
falsetto
male singing voice, the result of artificially produced tones in an upper register which goes beyond the voices normal range
fortissimo
a very loud passage, sound, or note
imbroglio
a confused or difficult situation, a confused heap or tangle.
intaglio
a figure or design cut beneath the surface of a hard metal or stone.
largo
in a slow, solemn manner, slow broad movement
libretto
the text of an opera or other dramatic musical work.
salvo
simultaneous discharge of firearms, a sudden outburst of cheers or the like.
staccato
music performed with a crisp, sharp attack. abrupt. distinct, emphatic parts or sounds
vendetta
blood feud, bitter hostility.
procrustean
designed to secure conformity, drastic
tawdry
cheap, gaudy, showy
sybarite
one who is fond of soft living or luxury
spoonerism
an unintentional exchange of sounds
bellicose
warlike, of a quarrelsome nature
acidulous
somewhat acid or sour
complaisant
willing to please, polite
churlish
boorish, surly
captious
critical, quick to find fault, quibbling
bumptious
arrogant, disagreeably conceited
blilous
bad-tempered, bitter
baleful
deadly, sinister
convivial
festive, sociable
contrite
crushed in spirit by a feeling of guilt
dyspeptic
grouchy, gloomy, a person who suffers from dyspepsia or indigestion
Pyrrhic victory
a victory which is exceptionally costly
quixotic
romantically idealistic, impractical
saturnine
sluggish, gloomy, grave
solecism
substandard use of words, violation of manners
lothario
rake, seducer, lover
jingoist
one who boasts about his patriotism and favors a warlike foreign policy
philanderer
one who makes love insincerely, one who engages in passing love affairs
philippic
bitter, verbal attack
protean
changeable, taking on different forms
maverick
one who acts indeoendently
nemisis
agent of retribution, just punishment
craven
cowardly
debonair
genial, couteous
lachrymose
sad, mournful, inclined to shed many tears
neurasthenic
having emotional conflicts which lead to weakness or depression
esprit de corpe
a sense of union and of common interests and responsibilities
caste
a distinct social class or system
hierarchy
a group of persons or things arranged in order, rank, grade. system of organization
liaison
the contact maintained between military or naval units in order to undertake concerted action
ecumenical
universal
elite
the best, most skilled group
free masonry
secret or tacit brotherhood. instinctive sympathy
genealogy
lineage, science of family decent
camaraderie
comradeship, good fellowship
cabal
a clique or small group joined in secret intrigue, a conspiracy
detente
relaxing or easing especially of international tension
rapproachment
a reestablishing of cordial relations. if there is to be an end to war, people and nations must learn to meet each other to approach on common grounds
echelon
a level of command or authority, rank, step like formation of troops
hob nob
to associate on friendly terms
cortege
a group of attendants. ceremonial procession.