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Flashcards in Vocab 941 - 960 Deck (20):
1

Quidnunc

-- noun

1) a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip or a busybody.

2

Vassal

-- noun

1) a person or country in a subordinate position to another: a much stronger nation can also turn a weaker one into a vassal state.

3

Paucity

-- noun

1) smallness of quantity: a country with a paucity of resources.

4

Propriety

-- noun

1) conformity to established standards of good/proper behavior/manners: Abandoning any thought of propriety, she ran down the path to meet him.

5

Modus Vivendi

-- noun

1) an arrangement or agreement allowing conflicting parties to coexist peacefully indefinitely or until a final settlement is reached.

6

Paean

-- noun

1) any song of praise, joy, or triumph.

7

Disabuse

-- verb

1) to free (a person) from deception or error: You'd be surprised how often my fellow British Jews are required to disabuse U.S. friends of such delusions.

-- Related forms
disabusal, noun

8

Oxter

-- noun

1) the armpit.

9

Obtuse

-- adjective

1) dull. not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect.

10

Cudgel

-- noun

1) a short, thick stick used as a weapon; club.

11

Détente

-- noun

1) a relaxing of tension, especially between nations, as by negotiations or agreements.

12

Ecumenical

-- adjective

1) including or containing a mixture of diverse elements or styles; mixed: an ecumenical meal of German, Italian, and Chinese dishes.

-- Related forms
ecumenically, adverb
nonecumenic, adjective
nonecumenical, adjective

13

Nexus

-- noun

1) a connection or series of connections linking two or more things: the nexus between industry and political power. a nexus of ideas.

14

Diktat

-- noun

1) an order or decree imposed by someone in power without popular consent: a diktat from the Bundestag.

15

Reprieve

-- noun

1) any respite or temporary relief.

16

Soliloquy

-- noun

1) an utterance or discourse by a person who is talking to one's self or is disregardful/oblivious to any hearers present: Hamlet's soliloquy begins with “To be or not to be.”

17

High-handed

-- adjective

1) condescending or presumptuous: He has a highhanded manner.

18

Ipso facto

-- adverb

1) by the very nature of the deed: to be condemned ipso facto.

19

Acrid

-- adjective

1) sharp or biting to the taste or smell; bitterly pungent or irritating to the eyes, nose, etc.: acrid smoke from burning

20

Démarche

-- noun,

1) a procedure or step; move; maneuver.

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