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Buffon
Somebody who amuses others by clowning, joking, or by ridiculous behaivior
Cacophonous
Sounding loud, jarring, and unpleasant
Capricious
Tending to make sudden and unpredictable changes
Careen
To move forward at high speed, swaying, lurching, or swerving from one side to another
Caucus
A closed meeting of people from one political party, especially a local meeting to select delegates or candidates
Chagrin
A feeling of vexation or humiliation due to disappointment about something
Circumspect
Showing inwillingness to act without first weighing the risks of consequences
Coalesce
To merge or cause things to merge into a single body or group
Compendium
a comprehensive but brief account of a subject, especially in book form
Condone
To regard something that is considered immoral or wrong in a tolerant way, without criticizing it or feeling strongly about it
Cursory
done in a quick or superficial way
Daunt
To make somebody feel anxious, intimidated, or discouraged
Debilitate
To sap strength of somebody or something
Decorum
Dignity or correctness that is socially expected
Defunct
No longer operative, valid, or functional
Deign
To do something in a way that shows that you consider it a great favor and almost beneath your dignity to do it
Demagogue
A political leader who gains power by appealing to people's emotions and prejudices rather than their rationality
Denouement
A final part in which everything is made clear and no questions or surprises remain
Desultory
Aimlessly passing from one thing to another
Détente
A relaxation of tension or hostility between nations
Dichotomy
A seperation into two divisions that differ widely from, or contradict each other
Discreet
Careful to avoid embarrassing or upsetting others
Disactic
Containing a political or moral message
Disfranchise
To deprive (a person) of a right or citizenship, as or the right to vote
Diurnal
Happening during the day as opposed to at night