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fiance
man engaged to be married
amatuer
nonprofessional
hors d' oeuvre
appetizer
idee fixe
fixed idea
en masse
all togeter, in mass
aprops
appropriate, to the point
faux pas
false step
je ne sais quoi
i dont know what
par excellece
best of all
piquant
sharp, strong, provocative
savoir faire
know how to do
potpourri
mixture
patois
local dilect
outre
outrageous, extravageant
noblesse oblige
rank imposes responsibilities
tour de force
feat of strength
piece de resistance
main dish at a meal
post mortem
after death
memorabilia
collection of memoreis
non sequitor
it does not follow; illogical conclusion
quid pro quo
something for something; tit for tat
sub rosa
confidential
proviso
condition or provision of an agreement
status quo
state in which; present condition
caveat emptor
let the buyer beware
quasi
almost; halfway
sotto voce
in an undertone
prima donna
leading lady
la dolce vita
the sweet life
a cappella
w/o accompanlment
ambiance
surrounding atmosphere
grandeur
state or quality of being majestic
leviathan
a huge sea monster
misogamist
one who hates marriage
vis a vis
in regard to
tete a tete
head to head; intimate conversation
soiree
evening party
macabre
suggersting the horror assocaited with death
bourgeoise
belonging to the middle class
evanescent
tending to fade or pass away
blase
uninterested due to exposure or indulgence
passe
no longer in style
nuance
slight or delicate shade of tone
dolce far niente
carefree idlennes; pleasant idlennes
vignette
brief description
divertimento
amusement
al dente
not cooked pasta
cognoscenti
experts
dilettante
amateur in the arts
fiasco
failure
imbroglio
mix up; mess
vendetta
revenge
poltergeist
a noise ghost
auslander
foreigner
gemutlich
good natured
gestalt
configuaration
nicht wahr
is it not so; right
schuss
long stright run at full speed on skis
zeitergeist
spirit of the time; social climate of the age
verboten
forbidden
de facto
existing in reality with or w/o right
kaput
defeated
achlemiel
defeated
scho
foolish or naive
kosher
in accordance with jewsih ceremonies
ipso facto
by that very fact
kibitzer
spectator at a card game
blitz
to subject or overwhelm by a powerfull force
pension
boarding house in france
hacienda
a country house or rance
joie de vivre
keen enjoyment of life
legerdeman
slieght of hand; trickery
naive
lacking knowledge
poppycock
utterly foolish
chablis
dry white wine
bona fide
in good faith
repartee
exchange of quick witty remarks
ompresario
one who organizes or manages live entertainment
echelon
formation
heebie jeebies
fit of nervousness
lebensraum
additional terriotry
hoity toity
snobbish
equestrain
realating to horsemen
pro bono publico
for the publci good
sophomore
wise fool
trousseau
all the item brought by a bride to her new house
beau monde
the fashionable worlds
a la mode
with ice cream
magna cum lade
with high honors
cabaret
nightclub
risque
indecency
epitaph
inscription on a tomb or grave
esprit de corps
common spirit existing in the members of a group and inspiring enthusiasm
guru
religious teacher in hindu
abecedarian
one leaing the fundamentals of something
esoteric
relating to knowledge that is restricted to a small group
masticate
to chew
lampoon
harsh satire
anthropic
realting to human being
pathos
sympathetic pity
extirpate
to uproot
colossal
huge; gigantic
seraphim
celetial being
debonair
suave
visage
the face
de rigueur
proper; fashionable
raison d' etre
reason for being
quintessential
most typical example
penchant
strong leaning towards to something
hubris
excessive pride
catharsis
mental cleas\nsing of emotional tension through art
agape
perfect love
eros
sensual love
ethos
guiding beliefs of a group or culture
danse macabre
dance of death
antithesis
contrast of ideas by means of // arrangements of words
coup de grace
deathblow
bodacious
remarkable
chicanery
deception
emoirical
relying on observation
forte
stong point
blithe
lighthearted
nemesis
gree goodess
zenith
highest point in the sky
nadir
lowest point
plebeain
common people
protege
inder care of another
sortie
sudden attack by troops in a beseiged position upon the beseigers
doggerel
poor and trashing writing
syllogism
form of argument consisting of a major premise
premise
statement accepted as true w/o proof
caio
goodbye
rendezvous
appointment to meet at a fixed place or time
condidant
someone you trust
coup d etat
sudden seuzure