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Dec 25, 2003
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Words to describe people

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sansculotte
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debonair
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debonair

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debonair (deb-uh-NARE) adjective

1. Suave; sophisticated.

2. Carefree; nonchalant.

[From Middle English, from Old French, from de bonne aire (of good lineage or disposition).]

"Sergio Vieira de Mello, the top UN envoy on Iraq who was killed by a bomb blast yesterday, was a tough but debonair Brazilian ..."
Envoy 'Veteran of Global Conflicts'; Gulf Daily News (Bahrain); Aug 19, 2003.

"But the real challenge will be to get the debonair (Richard) Quest to shed his ties completely while he's here."
Rainbow Nation is the Right Shade For Quest; Business Report (Johannesburg, South Africa); Jul 28, 2003.

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