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nemesis

agent of retribution, a just punishment

quixotic

Romantic and idealistic, but impractical

tawdry

gaudy, cheap, or showy

philippic

a bitter verbal attack

avaricious

excessively greedy

debonair

pleasant, courteous, lighthearted; smooth and polished in manner and appearance

lachrymose

sad; mournful; inclined to shed many tears

bilious

bad-tempered; bitter

baleful

deadly or sinister

clandestine

secret, concealed; underhanded

camaraderie

good will and warm feelings among friends

cabal

a clique; a small group joined in a secret intrigue; a conspiracy

detente

the easing of tensions or strained relations (especially between nations)

liason

(n) the contact or means of communication between groups; someone acting as such a contact; any close relationship; a thickening or binding agent used in cooking

charlatan

fraud; quack; con man

ornithologist

a zoologist who studies birds

entomologist

a scientist who studies insects

osteopath

one who treats ailments by placing pressure on bones and nerves.

adonis

very handsome young man

aegis

protection, sponsorship

narcissism

excessive love of one's body or oneself

herculean

very difficult; requiring the strength of Hercules

bacchanal

a drunken reveler

aberrant

Deviating from what is normal or expected

catharsis

the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, esp. through certain kinds of art, as tragedy or music.

subliminal

below the threshold of conscious perception

archetype

a prototype or original model

anachronism

something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred

antebellum

before the war

ephemeral

short-lived

augury

the art of prophecy; an omen

diurnal

daily

atavism

resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback; ADJ. atavistic

abut

border upon; adjoin

bane

something causes misery or death

knell

the solemn sound of a bell, often indicating a death

svelte

gracefully slender

thrall

slave; bondage

tryst

a secret meeting of lovers

phil

love of

vict

to conquer

arch

first, chief, ancient, ruler of government

dei

god

seq

to follow

bell

beautiful, war

ped

foot

flect

to bend; curve

ter

earth

rog

to ask

graph

write

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