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Vocabulary workshop Level H Unit 8

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Aberration
(n) a departure from what is proper;right, expected, or normal; a lapse froma sound mental state
Aberration
Syn-Deviation, anomaly, irregularity
Ad Hoc
(adj) for a specific purpose;improvment; (adv) with respect to this
Ad Hoc
Syn-makeshift
Ad Hoc
Ant-permanent, lond-standing
Bane
(adj)the source or cause of fatal injury, death, desruction, or ruin, death or ruin itself;poison
Bane
Syn-spoiler, bête noire
Bane
Ant-blessing, comfort, solace,balm
Bathos
the intrusion of commonplace or trite material into a context whose tone is lofty or elevated; grossly insincere or exaggerated sentmentality the lowest phase, nadir; an anticlimax, comedown
Bathos
Syn-mawkishness,mush,schmaltz
Cantankerous
(adj) ill-tempered, quarrelsome;difficult to get along or deal with
Cantankerous
Syn- cranky, testy, peevish, irascible, ornery
Cantankerous
Ant-good-natured, sweet-tempered, genial
Casuistry
(n) the determination of right or wrong in question of conduct of conscience by the application of general ethical prniciples; specious argument
Casuistry
Syn- sophisrtry, quibbling
De Facto
(adj) actually exsisting or in effect; although not legally required or sanctioned (adv) in reality, actually
De Facto
Syn- in actuality, in point of fact
De Facto
Ant- de jure, by right
Depredation
(n) the act of preying upon or plundering
Depredation
Syn- looting, pillage, outrage
Empathy
(n) sympatheic understanding of or identification with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of someone or something else
Empathy
Syn- sympathy, compassion
Empathy
Ant-insenstivity, callousness,detachment
Harbinger
(n) a forerunner;hearld; (v) to hearld the approach of
Harbinger
Syn-precursor, presage
Harbinger
Ant- aftermath,epilogue, sequel
Hedonism
(n) the belief that the attainment of pleasure is life's cheif aim; devotion to or pursuit of pleasure
Hedonism
Syn-pleasure seeking, sensuality, sybaritism
Hedonism
Ant-asceticism, puritanism, self-denial
Lackluster
(adj) lacking brilliance or vitality; dull
Lackluster
Syn- vapid, insipid, drab, flat
Lackluster
Ant- brillant, radiant, dazzling
Malcontent
(adj) discontented with or in open defiance of prevailing conditions; (n) such a person
Malcontent
Syn-dissatisfied, disgruntled, (n) grumbler
Malcontent
Ant-Satisfied, contented, complacent, smug
Mellifluous
(adj) flowing sweetly, or smoothly honeyed
Mellifluous
Syn- euphonious, musical
Mellifluous
Ant- shrill, strident, harsh, grating
Neoptism
(n) undue favortism to or excessive patronage of one's relatives
Pander
(v) to cater to or provide satisfaction for the low taste or vices of others;(n) a person who does this
Pander
Syn-indulge, pimp, procurer
Peccadillo
(n) a minor sin or offence; a trifling fault or shortcoming
Peccadillo
Syn-indiscretion
Peccadillo
Ant- felony, mortal sin, enormity, atrocity
Piece de resistance
(n) the principle dish of the meal; the principle event, incident, or item, an outstanding accomplishment
Piece de resistance
Syn-centerpiece, chef d'oeuvre
Piece de resistance
Ant-preliminary, hors d'oeuvre
Remand
(v) to send or order back; in law, to send back to jail or to a lower court.
Remand
Syn-remit,return
Remand
Ant-forward to, send on, release
Syndrom
(n) a group or signs that collectively characterize or indicate a disease, disorder, abnormality
Syndrom
Syn-complex, pattern