COALESCE Verb (co-a-lesce) To come together for a single purpose. A group of young reformers COALESCED into a political movement.
PASTICHE Noun (Pa-steech) A dramatic, artistic, literary or musical piece openly imitating the previous works of other artists. Her research paper was essentially a PASTICHE made up of passages from different sources.
PENULTIMATE Adjective (pen-ul-ti-mate) Next to the last He was the PENULTIMATE person in line.
AIGRETTE Noun (ey-gret) A plume of feathers, arranged as a head ornament. A jeweled ornament, usually worn in the hair or on a hat. She was dressed in an amber silk dress with a matching feather AIGRETTE in her hair.
PORTE-COCHERE Noun (Port-ko-shere) A roofed structure covering a driveway at the entrance of a building to provide shelter while entering or leaving a vehicle. Many hotels have a PORTE-COCHERE at their entrance.
OBSEQUIOUS Adjective (ob-se-qui-ous) To eager to help or obey someone important. The mayor’s campaign manager was OBSEQUIOUS around the mayor, but did not seem sincere when the mayor wasn’t in the room.
COPACETIC Adjective (koo-pe set ik) Very satisfactory or acceptable; fine. When he came through the door, his smile said that everything was COPACETIC
PROLETARIAT Noun (proh-li-tair-ee-uh-t) The class of wage earners, especially those who earn their living by manual labor or who are dependent for support on daily or casual employment. The Bolsheviks believed that Russia’s discontented PROLETARIAT made that nation ripe for revolution.
MENDACIOUS Adjective (men-dey-shuh s) Telling lies, especially habitually; dishonest, lying, untruthful He ran his campaign in a MENDACIOUS manner.
EPERGNE Noun (Ih-purn) A large table centerpiece consisting of a frame with extended arms or branches supporting holders, as for flowers or fruit. The oversized and crystal EPERGNE extended almost to the ends of the table.