21 terms

Vocab French 2016-2017, German Vocab 2016-2017

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faux pas
an embarrassing social/clothing mistake or blunder that shows a lack of knowledge of good manners
raconteur
an excellent storyteller, especially oral stories
sabotage
to deliberately destroy property because you're angry at its owner
chivalrous - ladies
polite, especially to women
chivalrous - soldier
brave, courageous
adroit
physically or mentally clever, skilled, resourceful
feign
to fake, pretend, mislead
coup de grâce
the act of killing a person/animal who is already wounded and dying slowly; the act of putting someone out of their misery
nonchalant
totally unworried, carefree, indifferent
pique
to grab one's interest, attention
sojourn
to spend some time on vacation somewhere
balk
to be reluctant to do something or to refuse to do something
blather
to speak endlessly and foolishly and without a point
blitz
to attack from the sky
don
to put on clothing
ersatz
inferior and not as good but used because the preferred product is totally unavailable; poor substitute
fraught
full of something usually negative or unpleasant
knuckle under
to admit defeat
thwart
to stop something from happening; to prevent someone from doing something
upbraid
to scold someone severely and critically
wield
to use a thing or an idea as a weapon (sword, pen, power, intelligence, etc.)