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opportunist - individual who sacrifices principles for expediency by taking advantage of circumstances; N. opportunism
compilation - listing of information in tabular or book form; compiling
obstinate - stubborn; hard to control or treat; Ex. obstinate cough; N. obstinacy
retain - keep; maintain possession of; employ (esp. a lawyer or advisor); N. retainer: servant; fee paid to retain an advisor
impromptu - without previous preparation; off the cuff(end of a sleeve); on the spur of the moment
dissuade - persuade not to do; discourage; N. dissuasion
exact - demand and obtain by force; Ex. exact a promise from him; N. exaction
impuissance - powerlessness; feebleness
wince - move back suddenly; shrink back; flinch; Ex. She winced as she touched the cold body.
litotes - understatement for emphasis; Ex. ``not bad(=pretty good)''