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aberration

departure from what is proper, right, expected, normal; lapse from mental state deviation, anomaly, irregularity

ad hoc

for a specific purpose; improvised; with respect to this, makeshift

bane

cause of fatal injury, death, destruction; death or ruin itself, poison, bete noire, spoiler

bathos

intrusion of commonplace material into context whos tone is lofty or elevated, nadir, anticlimax comedown, mawkishness, mush, schmaltz

cantankerous

illtempered, quarrelsome, difficult to get along with, cranky, testy, peevish, irascible, ornery

casuistry

determination between right and wrong in questions of conduct, specious argument, sophistry, quibbling

de facto

actually existing, in reality, in point of fact

depredation

act of preying upon or plundering, looting, pillage, outrage

empathy

sympathetic understanding of feeling/thoughts/actions of someone else, sympathy, compassion

harbinger

forerunner, herald, to herald the approach of, precursor, presage

hedonism

belief that attainment of pleasure is life's chief aim, pursuit of pleasure, pleasure seeking, sensuality, sybaritism

lackluster

lacking brilliance or vitality, dull, vapid, insipid, drab, flat

malcontent

in open defiance of prevailing conditions, such a person, dissatisfied, disgruntled, grumbler

nepotism

undue favoritism to one's relatives

pander

provide satisfaction for the low tastes or vices of others, a person who does this, indulge, pimp, procurer

peccadillo

minor sin or offense, trifling fault or shortcoming, indescretion

piece de resistance

principle dish of a meal, incident, item, outstanding accomplishment, centerpiece, chef d'oeuvre

remand

send or order back, send back to jail or to a lower court, remit, return

syndrome

group of symptoms or signs that collectively characterize or indicate disease, disorder, abnorality, complex, pattern

mellifluous

flowing sweetly or smoothly, honeyed, euphonious, musical

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