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Vocabulary Set #3

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ancillary
(adj.) subordinate or supplementary
bowdlerize
(v.) to remove material considered offensive (from a book, play, film, etc.)
condescend
(v.) to come down or stoop voluntarily to a lower level; to deal with people in a patronizing manner
cozen
(v.) to trick; to cheat or swindle
enclave
(n.) an enclosed district, region, or area inhabited by a particular group of people or having a special character
forte
(n.) a person's strong point; what a person does best
gratis
(adj.) free; (adv.) without charge
icon
(n.) a representation or image of a sacred personage, often considered sacred itself; an image or picture; a symbol; a graphic symbol on a computer monitor display; an object of blind devotion
interstice
(n.) a small, narrow space between things or parts of things
macrocosm
(n.) the universe considered as a whole; the entire complex structure of something
mountebank
(n.) a trickster or swindler; a charlatan
paean
(n.) a song of praise, joy, or triumph
persiflage
(n.) lighthearted joking, talk, or writing
plethora
9n.) overfullness; superabundance; superfluity
pragmatic
(adj.) concerned with practical considerations or values; dealing with actions and results rather than with abstract theory; stiff in one's opinions
quizzical
(adj.) puzzled; mocking; odd; equivocal
rapacity
(n.) inordinate greed; the disposition to obtain one's desired by force, extortion, or plunder
schism
(n.) a formal split within a religious organization; any division or separation of a group or organization into hostile factions
therapeutic
(adj.) having the power to heal or curse; beneficial
virtuoso
(n.) a brilliant performer; a person with masterly skill or technique; (adj.) masterly or brilliant