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Ad Hoc
   means   
For the End or the Purpose at Hand; Impromptu
Latin
Ad Hominem
   means   
Emotional Rather Than Intellectual; in a Dispute, Using Slander to Obscure Issues
Latin
Al Fresco
   means   
Outdoors
Italian
Antebellum
   means   
Pre-war
Latin
Apercu(s)
   means   
First Perception or Insight; Outline
French
Auf Wiedersehen
   means   
Good-bye
German
Belles Lettres
   means   
Writing Aspiring to Artistic Merit
French
Bijou
   means   
Gem, Jewel
French
Bodega
   means   
Grocery Store
Spanish
Bonhomie
   means   
Friendliness
French
Bon Vivant
   means   
A Person With Refined Tastes, Especially for Food and Drink
French
Bourgeois
   means   
Middle-class, Conventional, Materialistic
French
Carte Blanche
   means   
Full Discretionary Power
French
Casus Belli
   means   
Reason for Going to War
Latin
Cause Celebre
   means   
A Notorious Incident
French
Cognoscenti
   means   
Experts; Connoissuers
Italian
De Facto
   means   
In Fact, if Not by Law
Latin
De Jure
   means   
In Accordance With Right or Law; Officially
Latin
Deo Gratias
   means   
Thanks Be to God
Latin
Detente
   means   
An Easing of Strained Relations
French
Deus Ex Machina
   means   
A Contrived Solution to a Storyline
Latin
Dictum
   means   
A Formal Pronouncement
Latin
Ersatz
   means   
Artificial; Being a (usually Inferior)substitute
German
Eureka
   means   
I Have Found It
Greek
Ex Post Facto
   means   
Retroactively
Latin
Fatwa
   means   
In Islam, a Legal or Religious Decree
Arabic
Habeas Corpus
   means   
An Order for an Accused Person to Be Brought to Court
Latin
Hoi Polloi
   means   
The Masses
Greek
Impresario
   means   
Manager, Promoter or Sponsor of a Musical or Theatrical Program or Company
Italian
Mea Culpa
   means   
My Fault
Latin
Mensch
   means   
An Upright, Noble, Admirable Person
Yiddish
Modus Operandi
   means   
Method of Operation
Latin
Mujahadeen
   means   
Islamic Holy Fighters
Arabic
Non Compos Mentis
   means   
Not of Sound Mind
Latin
Parvenu
   means   
Upstart
French
Que Sera Sera
   means   
What Will Be Will Be
Spanish
Quid Pro Quo
   means   
Something Given or Received for Something else
Latin
Sans Souci
   means   
Without Worry
French
Schlemiel
   means   
An Unlucky, Bungling Person
Yiddish
Schlepp
   means   
Move Slowly, Tediously, Drag Oneself Along
Yiddish
Semper Fidelis
   means   
Always Faithful
Latin
Sobriquet
   means   
Nickname
French
Terra Firma
   means   
Solid Ground
Latin
Wadi
   means   
A Stream Bed or Valley That Fills With Water Only During Seasonal Rains; Gully
Arabic


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