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abeyance

(n.) a state of being temporarily inactive, suspended, or set aside

ambivalent

(adj.) having opposite and conflicting feelings about someone or something

beleaguer

(v.) to set upon from all sides; to surround with an army; to trouble, harass

carte blanche

(n.) full freedom or authority to act at one's own discretion

cataclysm

(n.) a sudden, violent, or devastating upheaval; a surging flood, deluge

debauch

(v.) to corrupt morally, seduce; to indulge in dissipation; (n.) an act or occasion of dissipation or vice

éclat

(n.) dazzling or conspicuous success or acclaim; great brilliance (of performing achievement)

fastidious

(adj.) overly demanding or hard to please; excessively careful in regard to details; easily disgusted

gambol

(v.) to jump or skip about playfully

imbue

(v.) to soak or stain thoroughly; to fill the mind

inchoate

(adj.) just beginning; not fully shaped or formed

lampoon

(n.) a malicious satire; (v.) to satirize, ridicule

malleable

(adj.) capable of being formed into different shapes; capable of being altered, adapted, or influenced

nemesis

(n.) an agent or force inflicting vengeance or punishment; retribution itself; an unbeatable rival

opt

(v.) to make a choice or decision

philistine

(adj.) lacking in, hostile to, or smugly indifferent to cultural and artistic values or refinements; (n.) such a person

picaresque

(adj.) involving or characteristic of clever rogues or adventurers

queasy

(adj.) nauseated or uneasy; causing nausea or uneasiness; troubled

refractory

(adj.) stubborn; hard or difficult to manage; not responsive to treatment or cure

savoir-faire

(n.) the ability to say and do the right thing in any situation; social competence

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