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beatitude

a state of perfect happiness or blessedness

bete noire

somone or something that one especially dislikes

bode

to be an omen of; indicate by signs

dank

unpleasantly damp or wet

ecumenical

worldwide or universal in influence or application

fervid

burning with enthusiasm or zeal

fetid

having an unpleasant or offensive odor

gargantuan

of immense size, volume, or capacity

heyday

the period of greatest power

incubus

a demon or evil spirit supposed to haunt human beings in their bedrooms at night

infrastructure

basic foundation or framework; a system of public works

inveigle

to entice, lure, or snare by flattery or artful inducements

kudos

the acclaim, prestige, or renown that comes as a result of some action or achievement

lagniappe

an extra or unexpected gift or gratuity

prolix

long-winded and wordy

protege

somone wose welfare, training, or career is under the patronage of an influential person

prototype

an original patter or model

sycophant

somone who attempts to win favors or advance him or herself by flattery or servile behavior

tautology

needless repetition of an idea by using different but equivalent words

truckle

to yield or submit tamely or submissively

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