propitious

[pruh-PISH-uhs]

adjective

Presenting favorable circumstances or conditions.

Apple’s new music based social network Ping looks propitious enough to work…

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atelier

[at-l-YAY]

noun

A workshop; a studio.

Last night I met a handsome artist who brought me upstairs to his atelier where he fed me Ecstasy and gave me a foot massage.

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palliate

[PAL-ee-ayt]

trans

verb. To make less severe or intense; mitigate.

I don’t care what anyone says; a two or three night drug binge can palliate just about any emotional pain.

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distrait

[dis-TRAY]

adjective

Divided or withdrawn in attention, especially because of anxiety.

I almost missed my drink order because I was so distrait with fear of being seated next to a man with a bomb strapped to his genitals.

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detente

[dey-TAHNT]

noun

A relaxing of tension.

The ladyfriend and I reached a detente before tonight’s sex, which made it less wild and forgettable.

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consanguineous

[kon-san(g)-GWIN-ee-us]

adjective

Of the same blood; related by birth.

Had I known about our consanguineous relation, I’d probably have opted not to impregnate her.

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truckle

/ˈtrʌk əl/

verb

1 to yield or bend obsequiously to the will of another…

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