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a departure from what is proper, right, expected, or normal; a lapse from a sound mental state

ad hoc

for this specific purpose; improvised; with respect to this


the source or cause of fatal injury, death, destruction, or ruin; death or ruin itself; poison


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


ill-tempered, quarrelsome; difficult to get along or deal with


the determination of right and wrong in questions of conduct or conscience by the application of general ethical principles; specious argument

de facto

actually existing or in effect, although not legally required or sanctioned; in reality, actually


the act of preying upon or plundering


a sympathetic understanding of or identification with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of someone or something else


a forerunner, herald; to herald the approach of


the belief that the attainment of pleasure is life's chief aim; devotion to or pursuit of pleasure


lacking brilliance or vitality; dull


discontented with or in open defiance of prevailing conditions; such a person


flowing sweetly or smoothly; honeyed


undue favoritism to or excessive patronage of one's relatives


to cater to or provide satisfaction for the low tastes or vices of others; a person who does this


a minor sin or offense; a trifling fault or shortcoming

piece de resistance

the principal dish of a meal; the principal event, incident, or item; an outstanding accomplishment


to send or order back; in law, to send back to jail or to a lower court


a group of symptoms or signs that collectively characterize or indicate a disease, disorder, abnormality, etc.

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