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(n.) a departure from what is proper, right, expected, or normal; a lapse from a sound mental state
(n.) the source or cause of fatal injury, death, destruction, or ruin; death or ruin itself; poison
(n.) 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, comedown
(n.) the determination of right and wrong in questions of conduct or conscience by the application of general ethical principles; specious argument
(adj.) actually existing or in effect, although not legally required or sanctioned; (adv.) in reality, actually
(n.) a sympathetic understanding of or identification with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of someone or something else
(n) the belief that the attainment of pleasure is life's chief aim; devotion to or pursuit of pleasure
(adj.) discontented with or in open defiance of prevailing conditions; (n.) such a person
(v.) to cater to or provide satisfaction for the low tastes or vices of others; (n.) a person who does this
pièce de résistance
(n) the principal dish of a meal; the principal event, incident, or item; an outstanding accomplishment
(n.) a group of symptoms or signs that collectively characterize or indicate a disease, disorder, abnormality, etc.
(v.) to corrupt morally, seduce; to indulge in dissipation; (n.) an act or occasion of dissipation or vice
(n.) dazzling or conspicuous success or acclaim; great brilliance (of performance or achievement)
(adj.) overly demanding or hard to please; excessively careful in regard to details; easily disgusted.
(adj.) capable of being formed into different shapes; capable of being altered, adapted, or influenced
(n.) an agent or force inflicting vengeance or punishment; retribution itself; an unbeatable rival
(adj.) lacking in, hostile to, or smugly indifferent to cultural and artistic values or refinements; such a person
(adj) failing to accomplish an intended aim or purpose; only partially or imperfectly developed
(adj) attacking or seeking to overthrow popular or traditional beliefs, ideas, or institutions
(adj) foreshadowing an event to come; causing wonder or awe; self consciously weighty, pompous
(adj) so shocking to the emotions as to cause lasting and substantial psychological damage
(adj.) equal in size, extent, duration, or importance; proportionate; measurable by the same standards
(n.) a quick raid, especially for plunder; a venture into some field of endeavor; (v.) to make such a raid
(n.) a type, class, or variety, especially a distinctive category of literary composition; a style of painting in which everyday scenes are realistically depicted
(adj.) intended to promote a particular point of view, doctrine, or cause; biased or partisan
(n.) a change, variation, or alteration; (pl.) successive or changing phases or conditions
(adj.) closely related in origin, essential nature, or function; (n.) such a person or thing
(n.) a proposition that follows from one already proven; a natural consequence or result; (adj.) resultant or consequent
(n.) a blind alley or dead-end street; any situation in which further process is impossible; an impasse
(n.) valor or heroism; daring deeds or exploits (often used to poke fun at false heroics)
(n.) a potion once thought capable of curing all ills and maintaining life indefinitely; a panacea; a sweet liquid used as a vehicle in medicines
(n.) a public abuse indicating strong disapproval or censure; the disgrace resulting from such treatment
(n.) a determining or characteristic element; a factor that shapes the total outcome; a limit, boundary
(v.) to come down or stoop voluntarily to a lower level; to deal with people in a patronizing manner
(n.) an enclosed district, region, or area inhabited by a particular group of people or having a special character
(n.) a representation or image of a sacred personage, often considered sacred itself; an image or picture; a symbol; a graphic symbol on a computer monitor display; an object of blind devotion
(adj.) concerned with practical considerations or values; dealing with actions and results rather than with abstract theory; stiff in one's opinions
(n.) inordinate greed; the disposition to obtain one's desires by force, extortion, or plunder
(n.) a formal split with a religious organization; any division or separation of a group or organization into hostile factions
(n.) a brilliant performer; a person with masterly skill or technique; (adj.) masterly or brilliant
(n.) a group of people hired to applaud a performer or performance; enthusiastic or fawning admirers; an opera hat
(v.) to pull up by the roots; to root out, uproot, or dislocate; to eliminate all traces of
(adj.) charitable; dependent upon or supported by charity; derived from or provided by charity
(n.) a dictionary of a language; the special vocabulary of a person, group, or subject; a compendium
(n.) a miniature world or universe; a group or system viewed as the model of a larger group or system.
(n.) the policy or practice of treating or governing people in the manner of a father dealing with his children
(v.) to cause or concentrate around two conflicting or contrasting positions; to cause light to vibrate in a pattern.
(n.) the range, extent, or scope of something; in law, the scope or limit of what is provided in a statute
(adj.) having a ruddy complexion; of a naturally cheerful, confident, or optimistic outlook
(n.) a substandard or ungrammatical usage; a breach of etiquette; any impropriety or mistake
(n.) a person under the protection of a feudal lord to whom he or she owes allegiance; a subordinate or dependent; a servant; (adj.) subservient
(n.) something added to something else as helpful or useful but not essential; an assistant or helper; a valuable quality or characteristic. (adj.) added or connected in a subordinate capacity; attached to a faculty or staff in an auxiliary capacity
(n.) the male sheep that leads the flock to the slaughterhouse; a leader, as in desperate or violent undertaking; an indicator of trends.
(adj.) lacking in wholesome vigor or energy; worn-out or exhausted; sterile or unable to produce; out of date
(adj.) narrow-minded and rigid, especially in opinions or prejudices; stubbornly and unthinkingly conservative
(n.) any system of things or people arranged or graded one above another in order of rank, wealth, class, etc.
(n.) a patch of low, soft, wet ground; a swamp; a confusing situation in which one is entrapped, as in quicksand
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