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effigy - dummy; likeness of a person made of wood, paper, or stone; Ex. burn an effigy of the President
composure - mental calmness
horoscope - diagram of the positions of stars at a given moment (eg. of a person's birth) used by astrologers
fatalism - belief that events are determined by forces or fates beyond one's control; ADJ. fatalistic; CF. fatal: causing death
virtue - goodness; moral excellence; good quality; advantage; Ex. by virtue of; Ex. make a virtue of necessity
abhor - detest; hate
heckler - person who verbally harasses others; V. heckle: verbally harass as with gibes (by interrupting a speaker or speech)
brochure - pamphlet
spoonerism - accidental transposition of sounds in successive words; Ex. ``Let me sew you to your sheet'' for ``Let me show you to your seat''; CF. William Spooner
paraphernalia - equipment; odds and ends used in a particular activity; personal belongings; Ex. photographic paraphernalia; CF. married woman's property exclusive of her dowry