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bete noire
(n)someone or something that one especially dislikes, dreads, or avoids
bode
(v)to be an omen of; to indicate by signs
dank
(adj)unpleasantly damp or wet
ecumenical
(adj)worldwide or universal in influence or application
fervid
(adj)burning with enthusiasm or zeal; extremely heated
fetid
(adj)having an unpleasant or offensive odor
gargantuan
(adj)of immense size, volume, or capacity; enormous, prodigious
heyday
(n)the period of greatest power, vigor, success, or influence; the prime years
incubus
(n)a demon or evil spirit supposed to haunt human beings in their bedrooms at night; anything that oppresses or weighs upon one, like a nightmare
infrastructure
(n)a basic foundation or framework; a system of public works; the resources and facilities required for an activity; permanent military installations
inveigle
(v)to entice, lure, or snare by flattery or artful inducements; to obtain or aquire by artifice
kudos
(n)the acclaim, prestige, or renown that comes as a result of some action or achievement
lagniappe
(n)an extra or unexpected gift or gratuity
prolix
(adj)long-winded and wordy; tending to speak or write in such a way
protege
(n)someone whose welfare, training or career is under the patronage of an influential person; someone under the jurisdiction of a foreign country or government
prototype
(n)an original pattern or model; a primitive or ancestral form
sycophant
(n)someone who attempts to win favors or advance him-or herself by flattery or servile behavior; a slanderer, defamer
tautology
(n)needless repetition of an idea by using different but equivalent words; a redundancy
truckle
(v)to yield or submit tamely or submissively
beatitude
(n)a state of perfect happiness or blessedness; a blessing