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accolade

n. sound of praise, public recognition, knighting, curved molding

acrimony

n. bitterness

angst

n. existentialist dread, anxiety

anomaly

n. irregularity, peculiarity, angle in planet's orbit

antidote

n. substance that counteracts poison

avant-garde

n. artists with new ideas and methods

baroque

n. flamboyant style of architecture and art, highly ornamented 17C music

bona fide

a. authentic, sincere and honest

boondoggle

n. wasteful pursuit, politically motivated government project

bourgeois

a. conventional, capitalist, affluent middle-class people

bravado

n. boldness or courage, audacity, daring, bluster, boasting

brogue

n. regional accent

brusque

a. abrupt, blunt, or curt in manner or speech

byzantine

a. of Byzantium, of eastern Roman Empire, of Byzantine art of architecture

cacophony

n. unpleasant noise, use of jarring sounds

camaraderie

n. friendship, amity, companionship, solidarity, company, comradeship

capricious

a. given to sudden change

carte blanche

n. freedom to act, free rein, complete freedom/discretion, full authority

catch-22

n. absurd situation or its cause

caustic

a. sarcastic, corrosive n. substance that corrodes, curve formed by reflections

charisma

n. personal magnetism, divine gift, charm, personality, appeal, allure

cloying

v. weary with excess

déjà vu

n. feeling of reliving something, boredom

dichotomy

n. separation of different or contradictory things, branching of plants

dilettante

n. dabbler in art or knowledge, art lover

disheveled

a. with messed-up hair or clothes, untidy

élan

n. vigor and enthusiasm, flamboyance, flair, style, confidence, elegance

ennui

n. boredom from lack of interest, languor, tedium, world-weariness

epitome

n. typical example, summary of a written work

equanimity

n. calm temperament

equivocate

v. be deliberately unclear, to speak vaguely or ambiguously in order to mislead

esoteric

a. restricted to initiates, abstruse, secret

euphemism

n. less offensive synonym, use of inoffensive words

fait accompli

n. something already cone

fastidious

a. demanding, delicate

faux pas

n. social blunder -> an embarrassing mistake that breaks a social convention

fiasco

n. humiliating failure, straw-covered wine bottle

finagle

v. get something by trickery, to trick, cheat, or manipulate somebody

Freudian slip

n. psychologically significant slip of tongue

glib

a. slick, superficial, casual and relaxed

gregarious

a. friendly, living communally, growing together

harbinger

n. somebody or something that foreshadows or anticipates a future event

hedonist

n. seeking of pleasure, philosophy of pleasure

heresy

n. unorthodox religious opinion, holding of unorthodox religious belief/opinion

idiosyncratic

n. quirk, unusual response to something

idyllic

a. serenely beautiful and happy

indelicate

a. tactless or offensive, physically unrefined

infinitesimal

a. tiny, close to zero

insidious

a. gradual and harmful, slowly and subtly harmful or destructive

junket

n. expense-paid trip, entertainment, set milk dessert

kitsch

n. artistic vulgarity(sentimentality, tastelessness, or ostentation in any of the art

litany

n. long repetitious list, prayers during worship

lurid

a. horrifying or shocking, unattractively bright, glowing unnaturally, pallid

Machiavellian

a. cunning and unscrupulous, relating to Machi..

malaise

n. feeling of illness, general feeling of discontent

malinger

v. feign illness (pretend to be ill in order to avoid work), shirt, truant, play hooky

mantra

n. holy word in meditation, often repeated expression or idea

maudlin

a. sentimental, overly or tearfully sentimental esp. because of affected by alcohol

mercenary

n. fighting for money, somebody interested only in profit, motivated on by money

minimalist

n. advocate of smaller role for government, practitioner of artistic minimalism

misnomer

n. unsuitable name, calling something by wrong name

narcissist

n. self-admiration, personality disorder

nirvana

n. spiritual enlightenment, completely enjoyable experience

non sequitur

n. incongruous(unrelated to next) statement, unwarranted conclusion

nouveau riche

n. somebody with newly acquired wealth who likes to display it

oblivion

n. state of being forgotten, overlooking of past offenses

ogle

v. stare at somebody desirously for sexual enjoyment or showing sex interest

ostentatious

a. rich and showy, marked by vulgar display of wealth and success to impress

ostracize

v. exclude from society or a group in/formal, banish by a popular vote

panacea

n. supposed cure-all for all diseases or problems

paradox

n. something absurd or contradictory, self-contradictory statement

peevish

a. irritable, bad-tempered, or tending to complain

perfunctory

a. done routinely/hastily/superficially without thought, attention or genuine feeling

philistine

n. somebody from ancient Philistia, indifferent to intellectual matters

precocious

a. mentally advanced for age, blossoming or ripening early

propriety

n. quality of being socially appropriate, socially correct or appropriate behavior

quid pro quo

n. something done in exchange, returning a favor

quintessential

n. embodiment, extract, fifth element (after earth, air, fire, water)

red herring

n. misleading clue, smoked herring, preliminary business prospectus

revel

v. take pleasure, enjoy party for good time in company of others

rhetoric

n. persuasive speech or writing, pretentious words, empty talk, skill w/ language

scintillating

a. possessing/displaying a dazzling impressive liveliness, cleverness, or wit

spartan

n. marked by stern discipline, austerity, frugality, simplicity, or courage

stigma

n. sign of social unacceptability, spot on butterflies

stoic

n. impassive who is unemotional, showing patience & endurance during adversity

suave

a. charming, pleasingly dressed, well groomed, polite

Svengali

n. evil manipulator controls and manipulates somebody else for evil purposes

sycophant

n. a servile or obsequious person flatters somebody powerful for personal gain

teetotaler

a. resolved to abstain from alcoholic beverages, total (complete and absolute)

tête-à-tête

n. intimate conversation for two, type of sofa

tirade

n. long angry speech of criticism or denunciation, outburst, rant, harangue

tryst

n. arrangement to meet, secret meeting between lovers

ubiquitous

a. existing everywhere at once, or seeming to be

unrequited

a. not reciprocated, or not returned in the same way/degree, unavenged

untenable

a. not defendable (lacking sound reasoning to make defense possible)

vicarious

a. experienced thru another by imagining, delegated, endured for somebody else

vile

a. disgusting, abhorrence, wicked, very unpleasant, worthless

waft

v. float gently, something carried through air, waving motion, light breeze

white elephant

n. something costly to maintain, possession of questionable value

zealous

a. full of zeal (actively and unreservedly enthusiastic)

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