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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


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


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


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


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

de facto

actually existing, in reality, in point of fact


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


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


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


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


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


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


undue favoritism to one's relatives


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


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


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


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


flowing sweetly or smoothly, honeyed, euphonious, musical

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