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fecund
\FEE-kuhnd; FEK-uhnd\, adjective:
1. Capable of producing offspring or vegetation; fruitful; prolific.
2. Intellectually productive or inventive.
redound
\\rih-DOWND\\, intransitive verb:
1. To have a consequence or effect.
2. To return; to rebound; to reflect.
3. To become added or transferred; to accrue.
deeds that redound to one's discredit.
internecine
\in-tuhr-NES-een; -NEE-syn; -NEE-sin\, adjective:
1. Of or relating to conflict within a nation, an organization, or a group.
2. Mutually destructive; involving or accompanied by mutual slaughter.
3. Deadly; destructive; marked by slaughter.
nonpareil
\non-puh-REL\, adjective:
1. Having no equal; peerless.

noun:
1. Something of unequaled excellence; a peerless thing or person.
2. A flat disk of chocolate covered with beads of colored sugar.
vitiate
\VISH-ee-ayt\, transitive verb:
1. To make faulty or imperfect; to render defective; to impair; as, "exaggeration vitiates a style of writing."
2. To corrupt morally; to debase.
3. To render ineffective; as, "fraud vitiates a contract."
bon vivant
\bon-vee-VONT\, noun:
A person with refined and sociable tastes, especially one who enjoys fine food and drink.
polymath
\POL-ee-math\, noun:
A person of great or varied learning; one acquainted with various subjects of study.
celerity
\suh-LAIR-uh-tee\, noun:
Rapidity of motion or action; quickness; swiftness.
pastiche
\pas-TEESH; pahs-\, noun:
1. A work of art that imitates the style of some previous work.
2. A musical, literary, or artistic composition consisting of selections from various works.
3. A hodgepodge; an incongruous combination of different styles and ingredients.
arriviste
\a-ree-VEEST\, noun:
A person who has recently attained success, wealth, or high status but not general acceptance or respect; an upstart.
apostasy
Pronunciation[uh-pos-tuh-see]
–noun, plural -sies.
a total desertion of or departure from one's religion, principles, party, cause, etc.
palaver
[puh-lav-er, ‑lah-ver] pə-lāv'ər noun, verb, -ered, -er·ing.
–noun
1. a conference or discussion.
2. a long parley, esp. one between primitive natives and European traders, explorers, colonial officials, etc.
3. profuse and idle talk; chatter.
4. persuasive talk; flattery; cajolery.
–verb (used without object)
5. to talk profusely and idly.
6. to parley or confer.
–verb (used with object)
7. to cajole or persuade.
folderol
(fŏl'də-rŏl')
n.

1. Foolishness; nonsense.
2. A trifle; a gewgaw.
imprimatur
[im-pri-mah-ter, -mey-, -prahy-] (ĭm'prə-mä'tŏŏr, -mā'tər)
–noun
1. an official license to print or publish a book, pamphlet, etc., esp. a license issued by a censor of the Roman Catholic Church. Compare nihil obstat.
2. sanction or approval; support: Our plan has the company president's imprimatur.
enfamille
[ahn fa-mee-yuh]
French.
in or with the family; at home: to dine en famille.
propitious
\pruh-PISH-uhs\, adjective:
1. Presenting favorable circumstances or conditions.
2. Favorably inclined; gracious; benevolent
mordant
\MOR-d'nt\, adjective:
Biting; caustic; sarcastic.
bête noire
(bet nwär)
n.
One that is particularly disliked or that is to be avoided: "Tax shelters had long been the bête noire of reformers" Irwin Ross.
braggadocio
brag-uh-doh-shee-oh
n. pl. brag·ga·do·ci·os
1. A braggart.
2.
a. Empty or pretentious bragging.
b. A swaggering, cocky manner.
proforma
[proh fawr-muh]
–noun
1. according to form; as a matter of form; for the sake of form.
2. Commerce. provided in advance of shipment and merely showing the description and quantity of goods shipped without terms of payment: a pro forma invoice.
3. Accounting. indicating hypothetical financial figures based on previous business operations for estimate purposes: a pro forma balance sheet.
haut monde
oh mond
noun
high society.
supercilious
adj.
Feeling or showing haughty disdain.
anodyne
[an-uh-dahyn]
–noun
1. a medicine that relieves or allays pain.
2. anything that relieves distress or pain: The music was an anodyne to his grief.
–adjective
3. relieving pain.
4. soothing to the mind or feelings.
interlocutor
[in-ter-lok-yuh-ter]
–noun
1. a person who takes part in a conversation or dialogue.
2. the man in the middle of the line of performers in a minstrel troupe, who acts as the announcer and banters with the end men.
3. a person who questions; interrogator.
précis
prey-see
–noun
1. a concise summary.
–verb (used with object)
2. to make a précis of.
beatific
[bee-uh-tif-ik]
–adjective
1. bestowing bliss, blessings, happiness, or the like: beatific peace.
2. blissful; saintly: a beatific smile.
vertiginous
[ver-tij-uh-nuhs]
–adjective
1. whirling; spinning; rotary: vertiginous currents of air.
2. affected with vertigo; dizzy.
3. liable or threatening to cause vertigo: a vertiginous climb.
4. apt to change quickly; unstable: a vertiginous economy.
fractious
frak-shuhs
1. Inclined to make trouble; unruly.
2. Having a peevish nature; cranky
apotheosis
uh-poth-ee-oh-sis
1. Exaltation to divine rank or stature; deification.
2. Elevation to a preeminent or transcendent position; glorification: "Many observers have tried to attribute Warhol's current apotheosis to the subversive power of artistic vision" Michiko Kakutani.
3. An exalted or glorified example: Their leader was the apotheosis of courage.
soliloquy
[suh-lil-uh-kwee]
–noun, plural -quies.
1. an utterance or discourse by a person who is talking to himself or herself or is disregardful of or oblivious to any hearers present (often used as a device in drama to disclose a character's innermost thoughts): Hamlet's soliloquy begins with “To be or not to be.”
2. the act of talking while or as if alone.
unctuous
(ŭngk'chōō-əs)
adj.
1. Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness: "the unctuous, complacent court composer who is consumed with envy and self-loathing" (Rhoda Koenig).
2. Having the quality or characteristics of oil or ointment; slippery.
3. Containing or composed of oil or fat.
4. Abundant in organic materials; soft and rich: unctuous soil.
bellicose
bel-i-kohs
lackadaisical
lak-uh-dey-zi-kuhl
1. without interest, vigor, or determination; listless; lethargic: a lackadaisical attempt.
2. lazy; indolent: a lackadaisical fellow
mendacious
men-DAY-shuhs, adjective:
1. Given to deception or falsehood; lying; untruthful; as, a mendacious person.
2. False; untrue; as, a mendacious statement.