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adjunct
n- something added to something else as helpful or useful but not essential; an assistant or helper; a valuable quality or characteristic; adj- added or connected in a subordinated capacity; attached to a faculty or staff in an auxiliary capacity
bellwether
n- the male sheep that leads the flock to the slaughterhouse; a leader, as in a desperate or violent undertaking; an indicator of trends
caterwaul
v- to howl or screech like a cat; to quarrel; n- a aharsh or noisy cry; a racket
chimerical
adj- absurd; wildly fantastic; impossible
effete
adj- lacking in wholesome vigor or energy; worn-out or exhausted; sterile or unable to produce; out of date
fait accompli
n- an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed, fact, or action
hidebound
adj- narow-minded and rigid, especially in opinions or prejudices; stubbornly and unthinkingly conservative
hierarchy
n- any system of things or people arranged or graded one above another in order of rank, wealth, class, etc.
liturgy
n- a religious service or rite; the form of a ritual or other act of public worship
mirage
n- something illusory, without substance, or without a basis in reality; an illusion
morass
n- a patch of low, soft. wet grouind; a swamp; a confusing situation in which one is entrapped, as in quicksand
noisome
adj- offensive or disgusting; foul-smelling; harmful or injurious
oblivious
adj- forgetful; unaware
poltroon
n- a base coward
proselyte
n- a convert; a disciple
quasi
adj- resembling but not actually being; seemingly but actually or completely
raillery
n- good-humored ridicule; teasing
ribald
adj- irreverently mocking; coarse, vulgar, or indecent in language
supine
adj- lying flat on one's back; listless or lethargic; apathetic or passive
vignette
n- a short description or sketch; a picture or illustration with edgest that gradually shade off; a decorative design on the title page of a book or at the beginning or end of a chapter