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unit 8 vocab english 11

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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