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Quarter 3 Master

faux pas lit: false step; social blunder
sans without
passé out of date, unfashionable
nom de plume lit: pen name; pseudonym (of a writer)
RSVP, (réspondez s’il vous plaît) please respond
savoir faire social sophistication
finesse delicacy; adroit maneuvering
laissez faire lit: allow to do; gov. non-interference
a la carte lit: on the card; each item priced separately
a la mode in fashion
detênte relaxation esp. of strife between nations
vis-à-vis concerning, relating to
je ne sais quoi lit: I know not what; an indescribable something
carte blanche complete freedom, authority to act at will
gauche crude, lacking social grace
risqué verging on indecency, off-color
déjà vu seeming to have previously encountered a thing
esprit de corps enthusiasm, devotion to the group
clique exclusive group
coup d’état violent change, overthrow of government
raison d’être reason for being; justification, purpose
pièce de résistance main dish of meal; the chief piece of a collection
avant garde ahead of one’s time, in the forefront
tête-à-tête adv. face to face; n. private conversation
garland a wreath of flowers and leaves, worn on the head or hung as a decoration
dormant having normal physical functions suspended or slowed down for a period of time; in or as if in a deep sleep
ecstasy an overwhelming feeling of great happiness
hardy robust; capable of enduring difficult conditions.
folly a foolish act, idea, or practice
skitter move lightly and quickly or hurriedly
instigate bring about or initiate (an action or event)
invoke call earnestly for
lackadaisical lacking enthusiasm and determination; carelessly lazy
laggard a person who makes slow progress and falls behind others
listless lacking energy or enthusiasm
lull calm or send to sleep, typically with soothing sounds or movements
pacify quell the anger, agitation, or excitement of
raucous making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise
rouse bring out of sleep; awaken
unruly disorderly and disruptive
amiable having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner.
congenial pleasant because of a personality, qualities, or interests that are similar to one's own
acquainted make someone aware of or familiar with
enthrall capture the fascinated attention of
aspire direct one's hopes or ambitions toward achieving something
gaunt lean and haggard, especially because of suffering, hunger, or age
morass an area of muddy or boggy ground
compliant inclined to agree with others or obey rules
dauntless showing fearlessness and determination
debacle a sudden and ignominious failure; a fiasco
denizen an inhabitant or occupant of a particular place
debunk expose the falseness or hollowness of (a myth, idea, or belief)
deference humble submission and respect
deterrent a thing that discourages or is intended to discourage someone from doing something
conscientious wishing to do what is right, especially to do one's work or duty well
discern perceive or recognize (something
oblige make (someone) legally or morally bound to an action or course of action
resolve settle or find a solution to (a problem, dispute, or contentious matter)
fastidious very attentive to and concerned about accuracy and detail.
flummox perplex (someone) greatly; bewilder
chastise rebuke or reprimand severely
foolhardy recklessly bold or rash
inept having or showing no skill; clumsy
commotion a state of confused and noisy disturbance
contempt the feeling that a person or a thing is beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving scorn
precocious having developed certain abilities at an earlier age than usual
procession a number of people or vehicles moving forward in an orderly fashion
sage a profoundly wise man
shrewd having or showing sharp powers of judgment
slipshod characterized by a lack of care, thought, or organization
stupefy astonish and shock
credible able to be believed; convincing
susceptible likely or liable to be influenced or harmed by a particular thing
uncanny strange or mysterious, especially in an unsettling way
Created by: cgeyer



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