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A small waterfall; to fall or hang in large amounts. French “cascade” < Italian “cascata”=fall < Latin “cascare”=to fall + “-ata”=suffix forming nouns of action.

To fly up to a great height by floating on currents of air. French “essorer” < to fly up, rise < Latin “exaurare” < “ex-“=from, out of + “aura”=air, breeze.

A society, community, or group of people living together or having a common purpose; a commune. Blend of Latin “phalanx”=group (of soldiers) + French “monastère”=monastery.

To officially criticize someone or something very strongly and publicly. French “censure” < Latin “censura”=judgement, censorship < “censere”=to estimate, measure, judge.

A government, but especially one that is overly authoritarian or not elected fairly; a special plan of food or exercise intended to improve your health. French “régime” < Latin “regimen”=rule < “regere”=to rule or direct.

The sudden arrival of large numbers of people or large amounts of money, goods etc. French “influx”=inflow of liquid, gas, or light < Latin “influere”=to flow in < “in-“=into + “fluere”=to flow.

A criminal who continues to commit crimes even after being punished; an habitual offender. French “récidiviste” < “récidiver”=to fall back < Latin “recidere” < “re-“=back + “cadere”=to fall + “-ist”=suffix forming agent nouns (the person doing something).

The way someone’s hair is styled and cut. French “coiffer”=to dress the hair < Old French “coiffe” < Latin “cuffia”=a close-fitting cap covering the top, back, and sides of the head.

A barrier of continuous artillery fire concentrated in a given area to prevent the advance or retreat of enemy troops; a barrier. French “barrer”=to bar, block < Latin “barra”=a straight piece of wood or other rigid material + “-age”=noun-forming suffix.

Done in a sensible, well thought out manner; showing good judgement. French “judicieux” < Latin “judicium”=judgment < “jus”=law + “dicere”=to speak. say.

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