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appurtenant
belonging; pertinent
agog
In eager desire
maladroit
ineffective or bungling; clumsy.
tantamount
equivalent, as in value, force, effect, or signification: His angry speech was tantamount to a declaration of war.
trenchant
vigorous or incisive in expression or style
insouciant
free from concern, worry, or anxiety
nonpareil
Something of unequaled excellence
recherché
rare, exotic, or obscure
tendentious
having or showing a definite tendency, bias, or purpose
guileless
Free from sly or cunning intelligence; innocent and without deception.
faute de mieux
for lack of something better
perforce
used to express necessity or inevitability
coterie
a group of people who associate closely.
efflorescence
the state or a period of flowering.
loge
a private box or enclosure in a theater
buttress
something that supports or strengthens
accoutrements
additional items of dress or equipment, or other items carried or worn by a person or used for a particular activity.
belletristic
literature regarded as a fine art, especially as having a purely aesthetic function.
calque
a loan word coined by translating the components of a compound foreign word into the target language.
coup de grace
1. A final blow or shot given to kill a wounded person or animal 2. An action that finishes something
dalliance
1. playful flirtation; amorous play 2. a waste of time 3. an illicit sexual relationship
denouement
the final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel.
contretemps
an inopportune occurrence; an embarrassing mischance
malaise
a condition of general bodily weakness or discomfort, often marking the onset of a disease.
bête noire
a person or thing that is particularly disliked, dreaded, or avoided
legerdemain
skillful sleight of hand when performing conjuring tricks.
sobriquet
a nickname.
voir dire
a preliminary examination of a witness or a juror by a judge or counsel.
double entendre
A phrase that has two meanings, especially where one is innocent and literal, the other risqué, bawdy, or ironic
éminence grise
a person who exercises power or influence in a certain sphere without holding an official position.
mot juste
the exact, appropriate word.
noblesse oblige
the inferred responsibility of privileged people to act with generosity and nobility toward those less privileged
accoutre
To furnish with dress, or equipments, esp. those for military service
beguile
to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.
deracinate
to uproot; eradicate.
efface
to wipe out; do away with; expunge
trounce
to beat severely; thrash.
malinger
to exaggerate or feign illness in order to escape duty or work.
cause celebre
a controversial issue that attracts a great deal of public attention.
umbrageous
(figuratively) apt to take offense or become irritated; providing shade
arrearage
an item or money that is overdue for payment; being in arrears
cuckold
the husband of an unfaithful wife; to make someone as such
abattoir
a slaughterhouse