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30 terms

vocab 11

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braggadocio
empty boasting; bragging; a boasting person; a braggart
peccadillo
a petty sin; a trifling fault; a small sin
avant garde
1. a group active in the invention and application of new tecniques in a given field, especially in the arts. 2. unorthodox or daring; radical
bete noire
one that is particularly disliked or that is to be avoided; a person or thing especially disliked or dreaded; bugbear; bane
bon mot
a clever saying; a witticism; witty remark or comment
irenic
tending to promote peace or reconciliation; peaceful or conciliatory
demoiselle
a young woman
ingenue
t1. he part of an artless, unworldly girl or young woman, especially as reprsented on stage. 2. An actress who plays such a part or specializes in playing such parts; a naive, innocent girl
panache
a grand or flamboyant manner; verve; style; flair. 2. An ornamental plume of feathers, tassles, or the like, especially one worn on a helmet or cap.
persona non grata
a person who is not welcome; a diplomatic representative unacceptable to an accrediting government
effete
depleted of vitality, force, or effectiveness; exhausted 2. marked by self-indulgence 3. Weak, ineffectual or as a result of over-refinement 4. no longer productive; infertile (plants or animals)
nom de plume
pen name' an author's pseudonym
non compos mentis
not of sound mind and hence not legally responsible; mentally incompetent and thus unable to manage one's affairs
bagatelle
1. an unimportant or insignificant thing; a trifle 2. A short light piece of verse or music
impuissant
lacking strength; feeble; weak
rapprochement
an establishment or reestablishment of harmonious relations; a resumption of friendly relations, especially between two nations
chimera
1. A mythological, fire-breathing monster with a lion's head, goat's body, and serpent's tail. 2. A horrible or unreal creature of the imagination; a fanciful mental illustion or fabrication. 3. An organism consisting of two or more tissues of different genetic composition, produced as a result of organ transplant, grafting, or genetic engineering
ursine
of or pertaining to a bear or bears; bearlike
porcine
of or resembling swine or a pig; hoggish; gross
per se
of, in, or by itself or oneself; intrinsically
animus
1. a feeling of animosity; ill will; strong dislike or enmity; animosity 2. Purpose; intention; animating spirit 3. In Junglan psychology, the masculine inner personality as present in a woman
mendacity
a lie; a falsehood; untruthfulness; an instance of lying; a tendency to be untruthful
epicure
1. A person dedicated to sensual enjoyment 2. A person who cultivates a refined taste, especially in food and wine; a person who develops a discriminating palate for the enjoyment of good fod and drink; a gourmet
philistine
1. A person is lacking in, hostile to, or smugly indifferent to cultural values, intellectual pursuits, aesthetic refinement, ect or who is contentedly commonplace in ideas or taste 2. A native or inhabitant of ancient Philistia 3. Lacking in or hostile to culture 4. Smugly commonplace or conventional
harum-scarum
1. Reckless, rash; irresponsible 2. Disorganized; uncontrolled 3. Unpredictable behavior or action 4. Recklessly; wildly
perfidy
Deliberate breach of faith or trust; faithlessness; treachery
equanimity
Mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or pressure; Calmness of mind or temper; equilibrium
spurious
1. Not genuine, authentic or true; not from the claimed, pretended, or proper source; counterfeit 2. Of illegitimate birth; bastard 3. (biology) of two or more plants, having a similar appearance but different structure
machinations
1. Crafty schemes; plots; intrigues; strategem 2. The act of devising plots or schemes
tractable
2. easily managed or controlled; docile; yielding 2. Easily worked, shaped or handled; malleable