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ancillary

(adj.) subordinate or supplementary

2

bowdlerize

(v.) to remove material considered offensive (from a book, play, film, etc.)
syn: censor, expurgate

3

condescend

(v.) to come down or stoop voluntarily to a lower level; to deal with people in a patronizing manner
syn: deign

4

cozen

(v.) to trick; to cheat or swindle

5

enclave

(n.) an enclosed district, region, or area inhabited by a particular group of people or having a special character

6

forte

(n.) a person's strong point; what a person does best

7

gratis

(adj.) free; (adv.) without charge

8

icon

(n.) a representation or image of a sacred personage, often considered sacred itself; an image or picture; a symbol; a graphic symbol on a computer monitor display; an object of blind devotion

9

interstice

(n.) a small, narrow space between things or parts of things
syn: lacuna

10

macrocosm

(n.) the universe considered as a whole; the entire complex structure of something
ant: microcosm

11

mountebank

(n.) a trickster or swindler; a charlatan
syn: charlatan

12

paean

(n.) a song of praise, joy, or triumph
ant: dirge, lament

13

persiflage

(n.) lighthearted joking, talk, or writing
syn: repartee, badinage, raillery

14

plethora

(n.) overfullness; superabundance; superfluity
syn: surfeit, glut
ant: paucity, dearth

15

pragmatic

(adj.) concerned with practical considerations or values; dealing with actions and results rather than with abstract theory; stiff in one's opinions

16

quizzical

(adj.) puzzled; mocking; odd; equivocal
syn: equivocal, ambivalent
ant: unequivocal

17

rapacity

(n.) inordinate greed; the disposition to obtain one's desires by force, extortion, or plunder
syn: avarice
ant: altruism

18

schism

(n.) a formal split within a religious organization; any division or separation of a group or organization into hostile factions

19

therapeutic

(adj.) having the power to heal or cure; beneficial
syn: salutary, salubrious
ant: deleterious

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virtuoso

(n.) a brilliant performer; a person with masterly skill or technique; (adj.) masterly or brilliant
ant: mediocre