Terminology Chapter 4 A

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carte blanche

full authority, freedom to do as one feels is right, a "white paper"

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coup d' etat

sudden overthrow of government, usually by force

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de rigueur

required absolutely by custom, etiquette, or fashion

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detente

easing of tensions between countries

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double entendre

expression or word that can be interpreted with two meanings, one usually with risque meaning

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en masse

as a group all together

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faux pas

a slipup in manners, actions, or speech; literally a "false step"

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cliches

trite expression that has become meaningless from overuse

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debacle

complete disaster, sudden collapse

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facade

the outer side of a building, the side facing the street; the general outward apperance

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gauche

awkward, lacking in grace

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malaise

vague bodily discomfort; disturbed, disoriented condition

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hors d' oeuvres

an appetizer served before the main meal and often before diners have been seated at the table