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::: illusion - misleading vision or visual image; false idea or belief; CF. delusion
::: parlance - language; manner of speaking; idiom; Ex. in legal/common parlance
::: forge - counterfeit; reproduce fraudulently; form by heating in a forge and hammering into shape; move with a sudden increase of speed or power; Ex. forged ahead in the last two years; N: furnace where metals are heated
::: retroactive - taking effect before its enactment (as a law) or imposition (as a tax); (of a law) having effect on the past as well as the future
::: effete - having lost one's original power; barren; worn out; exhausted
::: ignoble - unworthy; not noble; dishonorable; Ex. ignoble deed
::: soliloquy - talking to oneself (esp. in a play); CF. monologue: soliloquy; long speech by one person (often monopolizing a conversation)
::: foray - raid; sudden raid or military advance; V.
::: patois - local or provincial dialect
::: parallel - similar; analogous; corresponding; N: parallel line; person or thing that is parallel (to another); similarity; Ex. know of no parallel to the case; Ex. without parallel; V: be similar to; make parallel; Ex. Your experience parallels mine; CF. unparalleled