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beatitude

(n.) a state of perfect happiness or blessedness; a blessing

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bête noire

(n.) someone or something that one especially dislikes, dreads, or avoids

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bode

(v.) to be an omen of, to indicate by signs

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dank

(adj.) unpleasantly damp or wet

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ecumenical

(adj.) worldwide or universal in influence or application

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fervid

(adj.) burning with enthusiasm or zeal; extremely heated

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fetid

(adj.) having an unpleasant or offensive odor

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gargantuan

(adj.) of immense size, volume, or capacity; enormous, prodigious
syn: colossal

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heyday

(n.) the period of greatest power, vigor, success, or influence; the prime years

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incubus

(n.) a demon or evil spirit supposed to haunt human beings in their bedrooms at night; anything that oppresses or weighs upon one, like a nightmare

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infrastructure

(n.) a basic foundation or framework; a system of public works; the resources and facilities required for an activity; permanent military installations

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inveigle

(v.) to entice, lure, or snare by flattery or artful inducements; to obtain or acquire by artifice

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kudos

(n.) the acclaim, prestige, or renown that comes as a result of some action or achievement

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lagniappe

(n.) an extra or unexpected gift or gratuity

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prolix

(adj.) long-winded and wordy; tending to speak or write in such a way
ant: terse, laconic

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protégé

(n.) someone whose welfare, training, or career is under the patronage of an influential person; someone under the jurisdiction of a foreign country or government

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prototype

(n.) an original pattern or model; a primitive or ancestral form

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sycophant

(n.) someone who attempts to win favors or advance him-or herself by flattery or servile behavior

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tautology

(n.) needless repetition of an idea by using different but equal words; a redundancy
syn: pleonasm

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truckle

(v.) to yield or submit tamely or submissively
syn: kowtow, grovel