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20 terms

Sadlier-Oxford Level H Unit 8

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aberration
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
bane
the source or cause of fatal injury, death, destruction, or ruin; death or ruin itself; poison
bathos
the intrusion of commonplace or trite material into a context whose tone is lofty or elevated; grossly insincere or exaturated sentimentality; the lowest phrase, nadir; and anticlimax, comedown
cantankerous
ill-tempered, quarrelsome; difficult to get along or deal with
casuistry
the determincation 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
depredation
the act of preying upon or plundering
empathy
a sympathetic understanding of or identification with feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of someone or something else
harbinger
a forerunner, herald
hedonism
the belief that the attainment of pleasure is life's chief aim
lackluster
lacking brilliance or vitality; dull
malcontent
discontented with or in open defiance of prevailing conditions
mellifluous
flowing sweetly or smoothly
nepotism
undue favoritism to one's relatives
pander
to cater to or provide satisfaction for the low tastes or vices of others
peccadillo
a minor sin or offense, a trifling fault or shortcoming
piece de resistance
the principal dish of a meal; an outstanding accomplishment
remand
to send or order back, in law to send back to jail or a lower court
syndrome
a group of symptoms or signs that collectively characterize a disease, disorder, abnormality, etc.