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Flashcards in Vocabulary Twenty-two Deck (20):
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billet-doux

a love letter

2

canard

false rumor, hoax

3

repartee

skill of replying quickly, cleverly, and humorously; witty reply

4

riposte

quick retort or repartee

5

impasse

deadlock; predicament affording no escape

6

avant-garde

experimentalists or innovators in any art

7

milieu

environment or setting

8

pince nez

eyeglasses clipped to the nose by a spring

9

vis-à-vis

face to face; opposite; when compared or confronted with

10

imbroglio

difficult situation, complicated disagreement

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peccadillo

slight offense

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Adonis

a handsome young man

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chimerical

fantastic, unreal, absurd

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egress

a going or way out; exit

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perfidy

violation of a trust; treachery

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tortuous

full of twists or curves; winding; tricky; crooked

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anarchy

total absence of rule or government; confusion; disorder

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oligarchy

form of government in which a few people have the power

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hyperbole

extravagant exaggeration

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malaise

vague feeling of bodily discomfort or illness