English IV Final

  1. RSVP
    respondez sill vous plait (please reply)
  2. Deja Vu
    the illusion of having already experienced something actually being experienced for the first time
  3. Faux Pas
    A social blunder
  4. Du Jour
    prepared for a given day; current or most recent
  5. Bon Voyage
    used to express farewell & good wishes to a departing traveler
  6. Alma Mater
    anthem of an institution of higher learning; college; high school; university
  7. cum laude
    with honor; used in diplomas
  8. femme fatale
    a woman of great seductive charm who leads men into compromising or dangerous situations
  9. Alpha & Omega
    the beginning & the end
  10. Tabula Rasa
    a mind not yet affected by experiences, impressions, etc.
  11. esprit de corps
    a sense of unity and of common interests and responsibilities, as developed among a group of persons closely associated in a task
  12. Verbatim
    in exactly the same words; word for word
  13. E Pluribus Unum (money)
    out of many, one (motto of the U.S.)
  14. Prima Dona
    A temperamental, conceited person
  15. Avant Garde
    the advance group in any field, esp. in the visual, literary, or musical arts
  16. Status Quo
    the existing condition or state of affairs
  17. Voi de vivre (joy)
    hearty or carefree enjoyment of life
  18. carte blanche
    unrestricted power to act at one's own discretion; unconditional authority
  19. caveat emptar (Buyer Beware)
    let the buyer beware: the principle that the seller of a product cannot be held responsible for its quality unless it is guaranteed in a warranty.
  20. Hoi Polloi
    the masses (common people)
  21. Ad Nauseam
    to make sick
  22. Carpe Diem
    seize the day
  23. Tempus Fugit
    time flies
  24. c'est la vie
    that's life
  25. Bona fide
    authentic, genuine
  26. savoir faire
    ability to do right or graceful thing
  27. non sequitur
    a statement that does not follow logically from what preceded it
  28. Id est
    I.E., that is
  29. enfant terrible
    an incorrigible child, terrible child
  30. terra firma
    firm or sold earth, dry land
  31. vox popul
    voice of the people; popular opinion
  32. ad hoc
    specific purpose or situation at hand
  33. cause celebre
    any controversy that attracts great public attention, like a celebrated legal case
  34. magnum opus
    a great work, chief work of a writer or artist
  35. Persona non grata
    a person who is not welcome
  36. quid pro quo
    one thing in return for another
  37. je ne sais quois
    an indefinable, elusive quality (pleasing)
  38. Modus Operandi
    mode of operating or working
  39. nom de plume
    pen name
  40. haute couture
    high fashion; the most fashionable and influential dressmaking and designing.
  41. mea culpa
    an acknowledgement of a personal error or fault
  42. raison d'etre
    reason or justification for existing
  43. laissez faire
    believing that government should intervene as little as possible in the direction of economic affairs
  44. bete noire
    a person or thing especially disliked or dreaded
  45. en masse
    in a mass
  46. in absentia
    in absence
  47. sub rosa
    confidentially; secretly; privately
  48. schadenfreude
    satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune
  49. noblesse oblige
    the moral obligation of those of high birth, social position, to act with honor, kindliness, generosity
  50. sine qua non
    an indispensable condition, element, or factor; something essential
  51. deus ex machina
    any artificial or improbable device resolving difficulties of a plot
  52. doppelganger
    ghostly double or counterpart of a living person
  53. coup d'etat
    a sudden and decisive action in politics, one resulting in a change of government illegally or by force
  54. bon mot
    a witty remark or comment; clever
  55. denouement
    the final resolution of a plot, as of a drama or novel
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