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adjunct

(n.) something added to something else as helpful or useful but not essential; an assistant or helper
The test manual was an adjunct that came free.

2

bellwether

(n.) the male sheep that leads the flock to the slaughterhouse; a leader
The bellwether of the mob

3

caterwaul

(v.) to howl or screech like a cat; to quarrel
The caterwaul of the wolves.

4

chimerical

(adj.) absurd; wildly fantastic
They had chimerical ideas.

5

effete

(adj.) lacking in wholesome vigor or energy; worn-out or exhausted
After school the students were effete.

6

fait accompli

(n.) an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed, fact, or action
The fall of the rebel stronghold was fait accompli.

7

hidebound

(adj.) narrow-minded and rigid, especially in opinions or prejudices
The hidebound administration is against new ideas.

8

hierarchy

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

9

liturgy

(n.) a religious service or rite
The pilgrims attended a liturgy.

10

mirage

(n.) something illusory, without substance, or without a basis in reality; an illusion
A mirage in the desert.

11

morass

(n.) a patch of low, soft, wet ground; a swamp; a confusing situation in which one is entrapped
A morass of consciousness.

12

noisome

(adj.) offensive or disgusting
The noisome comments made by protestors.

13

oblivious

(adj.) forgetful; unaware
They were oblivious to the oncoming traffic.

14

potroon

(n.) a base coward
The poltroon deserted the military.

15

proselyte

(n.) a convert; a disciple
The early Christians were proselytes.

16

quasi

(adj.) resembling but not actually being
They formed a quasi partnership.

17

raillery

(n.) good-humored ridicule; teasing
The raillery of the teammates.

18

ribald

(adj.) irreverently mocking
His actions were ribald.

19

supine

(adj.) lying flat on one's back
After a long day he sat supine in his bed.

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vignette

(n.) a short description or sketch; a picture or illustration with edges that gradually shade off
All enjoyed the writer's vignette of country life.