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Vocab #2 (Damon)

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aberration
diverging from a moral standard or expected course
beleaguered
embattled; constantly confronted with obstacles
cavalier
unconcerned with what is considered important; nonchalantly unengaged, especially with regard to serious matters
convivial
amiable; given to feasting, drinking and socializing
dissipate
to dispel by means of dispersal
encomium
warm or glowing praise; formal (usually public) tribute
fallacious
false; containing a logical error or serious misapprehension
feckless
ineffective or feeble
gauche
tactless; lacking in social refinement
holistic
emphasizing wholeness and/or the cooperation of the constituent members of a thing
ludicrous
absurd to the point of being laughable
myopia
inability to see close things clearly
neophyte
a recent convert
proverbial
calling to mind (a familiar) proverb
quixotic
hopelessly and impractically idealistic
reprobate
an unprincipled person
sundry
various
tenuous
not solid (in terms of logical connection); insubstantial
vindicate
prove correct or innocent despite previous indications to the contrary
yahoo
a bumpkin