Abeyance-(N.) A state of temporary disuse or suspension.
Ambivalent- (Adj.) Having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.
Beleaguer- (V.) Beset with difficulties
Carte blanche- (N.) Complete freedom to act as one wishes or thinks best.
Cataclysm- (N.) A sudden violent upheaval, esp. in a political or social context
Debauch- (V.) Destroy or debase the moral purity of; corrupt.
(N.) A bout of excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures, esp. eating and drinking
éclat- (N.) brilliant or conspicuous success
Fastidious- (Adj.) Very attentive to and concerned about accuracy and detail
Gambol- (V.) Run or jump about playfully
Imbue- (V.) Inspire or permeate with a feeling or quality: "imbued with deep piety".
Inchoate- (Adj.) Just begun and so not fully formed or developed
Lampoon- (V.) Publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule or sarcasm.
(N.) A speech or text criticizing someone or something in this way
Malleable- (Adj.) Easily influenced; pliable
Nemesis- (N.) The inescapable or implacable agent of someone's or something's downfall
Opt- (V.) Make a choice from a range of
Philistine- (N.) A person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts, or who has no understanding of them
Picaresque- (Adj.) Of or relating to an episodic style of fiction dealing with the adventures of a rough and dishonest but appealing hero
Queasy- (Adj.) Nauseated; feeling sick
Refractory- (Adj.) Stubborn or unmanageable
Savoir-faire- (N.) The ability to act or speak appropriately in social situations.