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leaven

a substance used to make dough rise; to lighten the mood; element that lightens are enlightens

mawkish

excessively and objectionably sentimental

gallivant

to roam about in search of pleasure or amusement; to play around amorously, to flirt

boondoggle

a trivial, useless, wasteful project or activity

ineluctable

not to be avoided or overcome; inevitable

piquant, piquancy

pleasantly pungent in taste or odor, spicy; pleasantly or appealingly provocative

quotidian

commonplace or everyday; occurring daily, used especially for attacks of malaria

lackadaisical

lacking spirit or languid

demarcate

to set the boundaries of, to delimit; to separate clearly as if by boundaries

vertigo, vertiginous

a dizzy sensation, a feeling that one's environment is whirling around; a confused, disoriented state of mind

duplicity

deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech; double-dealing; the state of being doubled or two-fold

dispossessed

evicted or ousted; without property or status, as wandering or displaced persons; rootless or disenfranchised; disaffiliated, alienated

hegemony, hegemonic

predominance, especially the influence of one's state over the other; the dominant beliefs or attitudes of the majority prevailing over the minority

zeitgeist

the spirit of the age/time; the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era

aegis

sponsorship or auspices; the shield or breast plate of Zeus; protection or support; "under the aegis of..."

primer

an elementary textbook or a book that covers the basics

hermeneutics

the art or science of interpretation, especially of Scriptures

lexicon

a workbook or dictionary especially of Latin, Greek, or Hebrew; the vocabulary of a particular language, field, social class, person, etc.; the total inventory of words or morphemes in a given language

estrange

to turn (a person) from affection to indifference, dislike, or hatred; to keep apart or to keep away

chary

very cautious or wary; shy, timid; not giving or expending freely

assignation

the act of assigning; an assignment; an appointment for a meeting or a rendezvous, often between lovers

risible

capable of laughing or inclined to laugh; pertaining to or used in laughter; apt to incite/excite laugher, ludicrous

filial

of or befitting a son of daughter

serendipity, serendipitous

the faculty of making fortunate and unexpected discoveries by accident

gaffe

clumsy, social error, mistake

eschatology

branch of theology concerned with ultimate or last things, such as death, judgment, heaven & hell, apocalypse

jejune

naïve, simplistic, and superficial; without interest; dull or insipid; lacking knowledge or experience; juvenile, immature, childish

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