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fiat
1. An arbitrary or authoritative command or order.
2. Formal or official authorization or sanction.
salubrious
Favorable to health; promoting health; healthful.
paean
1. A joyous song of praise, triumph, or thanksgiving.
2. An expression of praise or joy.
mulct
fine or penalty.

1. To punish for an offense or misdemeanor by imposing a fine or demanding a forfeiture.
2. To obtain by fraud or deception.
3. To defraud; to swindle.
blackguard
1. A rude or unscrupulous person; a scoundrel.
2. A person who uses foul or abusive language.
eschew
To shun; to avoid (as something wrong or distasteful).
mellifluous
Flowing as with honey; flowing sweetly or smoothly; as, a ??? voice.
faineant
Doing nothing or given to doing nothing; idle; lazy.
A do-nothing; an idle fellow; a sluggard.
perforce
By necessity; by force of circumstance.
cavalcade
1. A procession of riders or horse-drawn carriages.
2. Any procession.
3. A sequence; a series.
gelid
Extremely cold; icy.
legerdemain
1. Sleight of hand.
2. A display of skill, trickery, or artful deception.
perspicacity
Clearness of understanding or insight; penetration, discernment.
fiduciary
Relating to the holding of something in trust for another.
polymath
A person of great or varied learning; one acquainted with various subjects of study.
diffident
1. Lacking self-confidence; distrustful of one's own powers; timid; bashful.
2. Characterized by modest reserve; unassertive.
inamorata
A woman whom one is in love with; a mistress.
agitprop
Propaganda, especially pro-communist political propaganda disseminated through literature, drama, music, or art.
nefarious
Wicked in the extreme; iniquitous.
celerity
Rapidity of motion or action; quickness; swiftness.
kvetch
To complain habitually.

noun:
1. A complaint.
2. A habitual complainer.
brio
Enthusiastic vigor; vivacity; liveliness; spirit.
importunate
Troublesomely urgent; overly persistent in request or demand; unreasonably solicitous.
dishabille
1. The state of being carelessly or partially dressed.
2. Casual or lounging attire.
3. An intentionally careless or casual manner.
purblind
1. Having greatly reduced vision.
2. Lacking in insight or discernment.
asseverate
To affirm or declare positively or earnestly.
pukka, pucka
1. Authentic; genuine.
2. Good of its kind; first-class.
discursive
1. Passing from one topic to another; ranging over a wide field; digressive; rambling.
2. Utilizing, marked by, or based on analytical reasoning -- contrasted with intuitive.
ukase
1. In imperial Russia, a published proclamation or order having the force of law.
2. Any order or decree issued by an authority; an edict.
circumambient
Surrounding; being on all sides; encompassing.
lachrymose
1. Given to shedding tears; suffused with tears; tearful.
2. Causing or tending to cause tears.
gourmand
1. One who eats to excess.
2. A lover of good food.
ambuscade
An ambush.
transitive verb:
To attack by surprise from a concealed place; to ambush.
fey
1. Possessing or displaying a strange and otherworldly aspect or quality; magical or fairylike; elfin.
2. Having power to see into the future; visionary; clairvoyant.
3. Appearing slightly crazy, as if under a spell; touched.
4. (Scots.) Fated to die; doomed.
5. (Scots.) Marked by a sense of approaching death.
billet
1. Lodging for soldiers.
2. An official order directing that a soldier be provided with lodging.
3. A position of employment; a job.
perdurable
Very durable; lasting; continuing long.
extirpate
1. To pull up by the stem or root.
2. To destroy completely.
3. To remove by surgery.
stasis
1. A state of balance, equilibrium, or stagnation.
2. Stoppage of the normal flow of a bodily fluid or semifluid.
bete noire
Something or someone particularly detested or avoided; a bugbear.
moiety
1. One of two equal parts; a half.
2. An indefinite part; a small portion or share.
3. One of two basic tribal subdivisions.
turpitude
1. Inherent baseness or vileness of principle, words, or actions; depravity.
2. A base act.
coruscate
1. To give off or reflect bright beams or flashes of light; to sparkle.
2. To exhibit brilliant, sparkling technique or style.
seriatim
In a series; one after another.
evince
To show in a clear manner; to manifest; to make evident; to bring to light.
forlorn
1. Sad and lonely because deserted, abandoned, or lost.
2. Bereft; forsaken.
3. Wretched or pitiful in appearance or condition.
4. Almost hopeless; desperate.
omnipresent
Present in all places at the same time; ubiquitous.
perfunctory
1. Done merely to carry out a duty; performed mechanically or routinely.
2. Lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; indifferent.
bibulous
1. Of, pertaining to, marked by, or given to the consumption of alcoholic drink.
2. Readily absorbing fluids or moisture.
voluble
1. Characterized by a ready flow of speech.
2. Easily rolling or turning; rotating.
3. (Botany) Having the power or habit of turning or twining.
apogee
1. The point in the orbit of the moon or of an artificial satellite that is at the greatest distance from the center of the earth.
2. The farthest or highest point; culmination.

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