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bellwether
the male sheep that leads the flock to the slaughterhouse, a leader, an indicator of trends
noisome
offensive or disgusting, foul smelling, harmful or injurous
proselyte
a convert, a diciple
poltroon
a base coward
vignette
a short description or sketch; illustration in which the edges gradually shade off
lachrymose
given to tears or weeping
claque
a group of people hired to applaud a performer or performance
lexicon
a dictionary of a language, the special vocabulary of a person or group
vassal
a person under the protection of a feudal lord to whom he or she owes allegiance
bowdlerize
to remove material considered offensive (censor)
condescend
to deal with people in a patronizing manner
gratis
free
mountebank
a trickster or swindler
plethura
overfullness, superabundance
pragmatic
practical
schism
a formal split with a relgious organization
persiflage
lighthearted joking/talking
ribald
irrevently mocking, coarse, vulgar language
bilious
sickeningly unpleasent
quid pro quo
something given in exchange for something else
vitiate
to weaken, debase, corrupt
diaphanous
very sheer and light, almost transparent
panache
a confident and stylish manner, dash
phillipic
a bitter verbal attack
aficionado
an enthusiastic and usually expert follower or fan
sacrocanct
very sacred or holy
internecine
mutually destructive, characterised by great bloodshed
ensconce
to put or hide in a safe place
salubrious
conducive to health or well being
portentious
foreshadowing an event to come