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2010-09-24 04:03:08

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  1. Adjunct
    (n)-something added to another thing but not essential to it

    (adj)- joined or associated
  2. Bellwether
    (n)-a leader or one who assumes leadership
  3. Caterwaul
    (v or n)- to utter long wailing cries
  4. Chimerical
    (adj)- unreal, imaginary
  5. Effete
    (adj)- lacking in wholesome vigor; degenerate
  6. Fait Accompli
    (n)- an accomplished act
  7. Hidebound
    (adj)- narrow in opinion, stubborn
  8. Hierarchy
    (n)- any system where one thing is ranked above another
  9. Liturgy
    (n)- a form of public worship
  10. Mirage
    (n)- an optical phenomenon
  11. Microcosm
    (n) a little world
  12. Minuscule
    • (adj) very small
    • (n) a small cursive script
  13. Obfuscate
    (v) to confuse, bewilder, or darken
  14. Paternalism
    (n) the system or practice of managing individuals, businesses, or nations in the manner of a father dealing benevolently with childre
  15. Polarize
    (v) to divide into sharply opposing factions
  16. Purview
    (n) the range of operation, authority, control, concern, etc
  17. Sanguine
    • (adj) confidently optimistic and cheerful
    • redish
  18. Solecism
    (n) a nonstandard or ungrammatical usage
  19. vassal
    (n) a person holding some similar relation to a superior; a subject, subordinate, follower, or retainer.
  20. Verisimilitude
    (n) the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability
  21. Morass
    • (n)-marshy ground, bog
    • (figurative)- in a confusing situation
  22. Noisome
    • (adj) offensive or disgusting
    • foul smelling
  23. Oblivious
    (adj)- unmindful; unconscience, unaware
  24. Poltroon
    • (n)-a wretchful coward
    • (adj)-marked by utter cowardice
  25. proselyte
    • (n)-a covert of some movement
    • (v)-changing opinion
  26. quasi
    (adj)-resembling; seeming; virtual; a quasi member
  27. Raillery
    (n)-good-humored ridicule; banter
  28. Ribald
    • (adj)-vulgar or indecent in speech, language
    • (n)- a ribald person
  29. Supine
    • (adj)-lying on the back, in active
    • (figurative)- one is allows to be walked on
  30. Vignette
    • (n)-a decorative design or small illustration
    • (v)- photography, to finish
  31. Aegis
    (n) Protection, support
  32. Apprise
    (v) to give notice to; inform
  33. Bibulous (adj)
    (adj) fond of or adicted to drinking

  34. claque
    (n) a group of persons hired to applaude an act or performer
  35. deracinate
    (v) uproot; to pull up by the root
  36. eleemosynary
    (adj) pertaining to alms, charity, or charitable donation
  37. indigenous
    (adj)- originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country
  38. lachrymose
    (adj) suggestive of or tending to cause tears; tearful
  39. lexicon
    (n) the vocabulary of a particular language
  40. melee
    (n) hand-to-hand fight or stuggle among several people
  41. ancillary
    (adj) subordinate, assisting
  42. bowdlerize
    to expurgate (to a written book) by remaining passages considered vulgar; to censure
  43. condescend
    (v) to put on down, to patronize
  44. cozen
    (v) to cheat, trick, swindle
  45. enclave
    (n) any small area or group enclosed within a larger one, that protects a group of people
  46. forte
    (n) a strong point, as a person
  47. gratis
    • (adv)- without charge, free
    • (adj)- free
  48. icon
    (n) a picture or other representation of something sacred
  49. interstice
    (n) an intervening space, a gap
  50. macrocosm
    (n) the great world or universe