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abeyance
(n)a state of being temporarily inactive, suspended, or set aside
ambivalent
(adj)having opposite and conflicting feelings about someone or something
beleaguer
(v)to set upon from all sides; to surround with an army; to trouble, harass
carte blanche
(n)full freedom or authority to act at one's own discretion
cataclysm
(n)a sudden, violent, or devastating upheaval; a surging flood, deluge
debauch
(v)to corrupt morally, suduce; to indulge in dissipation;

(n)an act or occasion of dissipation or vice
eclat
(n)dazzling or conspicuous success or acclaim; great brilliance
fastidious
(adj)overly demanding or hard to please; excessively careful in regard to details; easily disgusted
gambol
(v)to jump or skip about playfully
imbue
(v)to soak or stain thoroughly; to fill the mind
inchoate
(adj)just beginning; not fully shaped or formed
lampoon
(n)a malicious satire

(v)to satirize, ridicule
malleable
(adj)capable of being formed into different shapes; capable of being altered, adapted or influenced
nemesis
(n)an agent or force inflicting vengeance or punishment; retribution itself; an unbeatable rival
opt
(v)to make a choice or decision
philistine
(adj)lacking in, hostile to, or smugly indifferent to cultural and artistic values or refinements;

(n)such a person
picaresque
(adj)involving or characteristic of clever rouges or adventurers
queasy
(adj)nauseated or uneasy; causing nausea or uneasiness; troubled
refractory
(adj)stubborn; hard or difficult to manage; not responsive to treatment or cure
savoir-faire
(n)the ability to say and do the right thing in any situation; social competence