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Adjunct

(noun)
something added to something else as helpful or useful but not essential; an assistant or helper; a valuable quality or characteristic
(adjective)
added or connected in a subordinate capacity; attached to a faculty or staff in an auxiliary capacity

2

Bellwether

(noun)
the male sheep that leads the flock to the slaughterhouse; a leader, as in a desperate or violent undertaking; an indicator of trends

3

Caterwaul

(verb)
to howl or screech like a cat; to quarrel
(noun)
a harsh or noisy cry; a racket

4

Chimerical

(adjective)
absurd; wildly fantastic; impossible

5

Effete

(adjective)
lacking in wholesome vigor or energy; worn-out or exhausted; sterile or unable to produce; out-of-date

6

Fait accompli

(noun)
an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed, fact, or action

7

Hidebound

(adjective)
narrow-minded and rigid, especially in opinions or prejudices; stubbornly and unthinkingly conservative

8

Hierarchy

(noun)
any system of things or people arranged or graded one above another in order of rank, wealth, class, etc.

9

Liturgy

(noun)
a religious service or rite; the form of a ritual or other act of public worship

10

Mirage

(noun)
something illusory, without substance or without a basis in reality; an illusion

11

Morass

(noun)
a patch of low, soft, wet ground; a swamp; a confusing situation in which one is entrapped, as in quicksand

12

Noisome

(adjective)
offensive or disgusting; foul-smelling; harmful or injurious

13

Oblivious

(adj.) forgetful; unaware

14

Poltroon

(n) a base coward

15

Proselyte

(n) a convert; disciple

16

Quasi

(adj.) resembling but not actually being; seemingly but not actually or completely

17

Raillery

(n) good-humored ridicule; teasing

18

Ribald

(adj.) irreverently mocking; coarse, vulgar or indecent in language

19

Supine

(adj.) lying flat on one's back; listless or lethargic; apathetic or passive

20

Vignette

(n) a short description or sketch; a picture of illustration with edges that gradually shade off; a decorative design on the title page of a book or at the beginning or end of a chapter