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a departure from what is proper, right, expected, or normal; a lapse from a sound mental state
the intrusion of commonplace or trite material into a context whose tone is lofty or elevated; grossly insincere or exaggerated sentimentality; the lowest phase, nadir; an anticlimax, letdown
the determination of right and wrong in questions of conduct or conscience by the application of general ethical principles; specious argument
actually existing or in effect, although not legally required or sanctioned; in reality, actually
a sympathetic understanding of or identification with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of someone or something else
the belief that the attainment of pleasure is life's chief aim; devotion to or pursuit of pleasure
to cater to or provide satisfaction for the low tastes or vices of others; a person who does this
piece de resistance
the principal dish of a meal; the principal event, incident, or item; an outstanding accomplishment
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