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::: mountebank - charlatan; boastful pretender
::: ennui - boredom; listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; CF. annoy
::: galvanize - stimulate or shock by an electric current; stimulate by shock; shock into action; stir up; coat with rust-resistant zinc by using electricity
::: litotes - understatement for emphasis; Ex. ``not bad(=pretty good)''
::: gentry - people of standing(rank or position); people of good family or high social position; class of people just below nobility
::: camaraderie - good-fellowship; CF. comrade
::: curator - superintendent; manager (in charge of a museum or a library)
::: perpetrate - commit an offense; do (something wrong)
::: visceral - felt in one's inner organs; N. viscera: internal body organs; CF. eviscerate
::: egoism - excessive interest in one's self; belief that one should be interested in one's self rather than in others; selfishness; ADJ. egoistic, egoistical