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banquette
–noun
1. a long bench with an upholstered seat, esp. one along a wall, as in a restaurant.

2. an embankment for buttressing the base of a levee and forming a berm.
roman à clef
(rō-mäɴ' ä klā')

a novel that represents historical events and characters under the guise of fiction.
boon
noun
1. something to be thankful for; blessing; benefit.

2. something that is asked; a favor sought
phalanx
noun
1. (in ancient Greece) a group of heavily armed infantry formed in ranks and files close and deep, with shields joined and long spears overlapping.

2. a number of individuals, esp. persons united for a common purpose.

3. a compact or closely massed body of persons, animals, or things., esp. troops
odalisque
noun

a female slave or concubine in a harem, esp. in that of the sultan of Turkey.
beard
noun

One who serves to divert suspicion or attention from another.
sublime
–adjective
1. elevated or lofty in thought, language, etc.: Paradise Lost is sublime poetry.

2. impressing the mind with a sense of grandeur or power; inspiring awe, veneration, etc.: Switzerland has sublime scenery.

3. supreme or outstanding: a sublime dinner.

4. complete; absolute; utter: sublime stupidity.
snit
noun
an agitated or irritated state.
ire
–noun
intense anger; wrath.
obtuse
noun
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1. Lacking quickness of perception or intellect.

2. Characterized by a lack of intelligence or sensitivity: an obtuse remark.

3. Not distinctly felt: an obtuse pain.

4. Not sharp, pointed, or acute in form; blunt.

5. Having an obtuse angle: an obtuse triangle.

6. Botany. Having a blunt or rounded tip: an obtuse leaf.


Synonyms 1. unfeeling, tactless, insensitive; blind, imperceptive, unobservant; gauche, boorish; slow, dim.
cynosure
noun
1. something that strongly attracts attention by its brilliance, interest, etc.: the cynosure of all eyes.

2. something serving for guidance or direction.
marmoreal
–adjective
of or like marble: skin of marmoreal smoothness.
saturnine
adj.

1. Having the temperament of one born under the supposed astrological influence of Saturn.

2.A Melancholy or sullen.

2.B. Having or marked by a tendency to be bitter or sardonic: a saturnine expression on his face.

3. Produced by absorption of lead.
grizzled
adj

grey
rapacious
adj

1. Taking by force; plundering.

2. Greedy; ravenous; voracious.

3. Subsisting on live prey.
tableau
noun

A vivid or graphic description:
The movie was a tableau of a soldier's life.