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51. litany any long and tedious address or recital

52. lurid glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism

53. Machiavellian of or relating to amoral or conniving political principles

54. malaise a general feeling of discomfort, uneasiness, or depression

55. malinger avoid responsibilities and duties

56. mantra literally a `sacred utterance' in Vedism

57. maudlin effusively or insincerely emotional

58. mercenary a person hired to fight for another country than their own

59. minimalist a conservative advocating only minor reforms in government

60. misnomer an incorrect or unsuitable name

61. narcissist someone who is excessively self-centered

62. nirvana the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation

63. non sequitur a reply that has no relevance to what preceded it

64. nouveau-riche characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position

65. oblivion the state of being disregarded or forgotten

66. ogle look at with amorous intentions

67. ostentatious intended to attract notice and impress others

68. ostracize expel from a community or group

69. panacea hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases

70. paradox a statement that contradicts itself

71. peevish easily irritated or annoyed

72. perfunctory hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

73. philistine a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits

74. precocious characterized by exceptionally early development

75. propriety correct behavior

76. quid pro quo something for something

77. quintessential representing the perfect example of a class or quality

78. red herring diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue

79. revel take delight in

80. rhetoric study of the technique for using language effectively

81. scintillating having brief brilliant points or flashes of light

82. spartan unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment

83. stigma a symbol of disgrace or infamy

84. stoic seeming unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive

85. suave having a sophisticated charm

86. Svengali someone (usually maleficent) who tries to persuade or force another person to do his bidding

87. sycophant a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage

88. teetotaler a total abstainer

89. tete-a-tete a private conversation between two people

90. tirade a speech of violent denunciation

91. tryst a secret rendezvous, especially between lovers

92. ubiquitous being present everywhere at once

93. unrequited not returned in kind

94. untenable incapable of being defended or justified

95. vicarious experienced at secondhand

96. vile morally reprehensible

97. waft a long flag; often tapering

98. white elephant a valuable possession whose upkeep is excessively expensive

99. zealous marked by active interest and enthusiasm

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