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Vocab 4 - Haut

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cachet
an official seal, as on a letter or document
a distinguishing mark or feature, stamp
a sign or expression of approval, esp. from a person who has a great deal of prestige
caduceus
the staff carried by Mercury as a messenger of the gods
a representation of this staff used as an emblem of the medical profession and as the insignia of the U.S. ARmy Medical Corps
canard
a false or baseless, usually derogatory story, report, or rumor
captious
apt to notice and make much or trivial faults or defects; faultfinding; difficult to please
celerity
swiftness; speed
chary
cautious or careful; wary
shy; timid
Charybdis
a whirlpool in the Strait of Mesina off the NE coast of Sicily. Modern name Galofalo
chattel
any article of tangible property other than land, buildings, and other things annexed to land; a slave
chiaroscuro
the distribution of light ad shade in a picture
a woodcut print in which the colors are produced by the use of different blocks with different colors
chthonic
of or pertaining to the deities, spirits, and other beings dwelling under the earth
cincture
a belt or girdle
something that surrounds or encompasses as a girdle does; a surrounding border
circadian
noting or pertaining to rhythmic biological cycles recurring at approximately 24-hour intervals
codicil
a supplement to a will, containing an addition, explanation, modification, etc., of something in the will
coeval
of the same age, date, or duration; equally old; coincident
cognoscente
persons who have superior knowledge ad understand of a particular field, especially in the fine arts, literature, and world of fashion
mea culpa
through my fault; my fault (used as an acknowledgement of one's responsibility)
nolo contendere
(in a criminal case) a defendant's pleading that does not admit guilt but subjects him or her to punishment as though a guilty plea had been entered, the determination of guilt remaining open in other proceedings
non sequitur
an inference or a conclusion that does not follow from the premises
a statement containing an illogical conclusion
outré
passing the bounds of what is usual of considered proper; unconventional; bizarre
quid pro quo
one thing in return for another
something that is given or taken in return for something else; substitute