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harbinger

person or thing that signals what will follow

opportune

timely, suitable, favorable

skeptical

doubting, questioning

cardinal

fundamental, chief, of basic importance

trivial

of little importance

meretricious

insincere; vulgarly, showily, or cheaply attractive

lampoon

ridiculous or humorous attack on a person, group, or institution

fetish

object of obsessive concern or unreasoning devotion

zenith

point in the sky directly overhead; highest point

nadir

point directly opposite the zenith and directly below the observer; lowest point

elude

escape, avoid, slip away

delude

mislead, fool, deceive

allude

refer indirectly, mention casually

prelude

introductory act, event, performance, or musical piece; introduction

interlude

something that comes between two events

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