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pragmatist - practical person; N. pragmatism: pragmatic way of dealing with things
plume - feather, esp. large or showy one; something that rises into the air (like the shape of a feather); Ex. plume of smoke:
exhilarating - invigorating and refreshing; cheering; V. exhilarate: make cheerful and excited; Ex. exhilarated by the ride in the sports car
litany - supplicatory prayer; prayer in which the priest calls out and the people replies in the same words
Machiavellian - crafty; double-dealing; of the political doctrine of Machiavelli, which holds that craft and deceit are justified in pursuing political power
retribution - deserved punishment for wrongdoing; punishment for offenses; compensation; vengeance; CF. pay back
erode - eat away; wear away gradually by abrasion; Ex. The sea erodes the rocks.
insolence - impudent disrespect; haughtiness; ADJ. insolent; CF. haughty + rude
genteel - well-bred; elegant; striving to convey an appearance of refinement; Ex. genteel poverty
mendicant - beggar; ADJ: living as a beggar