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privy - secret; hidden; not public; made a participant in something secret; Ex. privy chamber government; Ex. be privy to a discussion; CF. private
parry - ward off a blow; deflect; Ex. He parried the unwelcome question very skillfully; N. CF.
peripatetic - walking about from place to place (to work); moving; Ex. peripatetic school of philosophy
panache - flair; manner of doing things without any difficulty (causing admiration); flamboyance; bunch of feathers (on a helmet); Ex. with great panache; CF.
fresco - painting on wet plaster (usually fresh)
cede - yield (title or territory) to (esp. after losing a war); surrender formally; N. cession
marred - damaged; disfigured; V. mar: spoil; disfigure
distill - refine (a liquid by evaporating and subsequent condensation); concentrate; separate the most important parts from; Ex. distill fresh water from sea water; CF. brew
jocund - merry
formality - ceremonious quality; ceremonious adherence to rules; something done just for form's sake; Ex. mere formality