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Vocab list 7,8,9

abberation departing in the normal course
ad hoc concerned with a certain subject
bane a person or thing that ruins or spoils
bathos insincere or excessive pathos(emotional appeal)
cantankerous disagreeable to deal with; contentious; peevish
casuistry fallacious or dishonest application of general principles
de facto in fact; in reality
depredation the act of preying upon or plundering; robbery; ravage
empathy the imaginative ascribing to an object, as a natural object or work of art, feelings or attitudes present in oneself: By means of empathy, a great painting becomes a mirror of the self.
harbinger anything that foreshadows a future event; omen; sign
hedonism devotion to pleasure as a way of life
lackluster lacking brilliance or radiance; dull
malcontent not satisfied or content with currently prevailing conditions or circumstances.
mellifluous sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding
nepotism patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics
ponder to consider something deeply and thoroughly
peccadillo a very minor or slight sin or offense
piece de resistance the most noteworthy or prized feature, aspect, event, article, etc.
remand to send back
syndrome a predictable, characteristic pattern of behavior, action, etc., that tends to occur under certain circumstances
avatar an embodiment or personification, as of a principle, attitude, or view of life.
beatitude exalted happiness.
bete noire a person or thing especially disliked or dreaded; bane; bugbear
bode to announce beforehand; predict.
dank unpleasantly moist or humid; damp and, often, chilly
ecumenical general; universal.
fervid burning; glowing; intensely hot
fetid having an offensive odor; stinking
gargantuan gigantic; enormous; colossal
heyday the stage or period of greatest vigor, strength, success, etc.; prime
incubus something that weighs upon or oppresses one like a nightmare
infrastructure the basic, underlying framework or features of a system or organization
inveigle to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements
kudos honor; glory; acclaim
lagniappe a gratuity or tip
prolix extended to great, unnecessary, or tedious length; long and wordy
protege a person under the patronage, protection, or care of someone interested in his or her career or welfare.
sycophant a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite.
tautology needless repetition of an idea
truckle to submit or yield obsequiously or tamely (usually followed by to): Don't truckle to unreasonable demands.
abeyance temporary inactivity, suspension
ambivalent having mixed feelings, positive and negative
beleaguer surround with troubles
corteblanche blank document, a check with no money
cataclysm any violent upheaval
debauch to corrupt by seducing
eclat brilliance of success; elaborate display
fastidious excessively demanding; hard to please
gambol to skip about
imbue to inspire with feelings; moisture or color
inchoate not yet completed
lampoun a satire against individual or institution
malleable capable of being extended by pressure
nemesis something someone cannot conquer, opponent
opt to make a choice
philistine a person who lacks cultural values
picarsque adventure of a hero, usually with satire
queasy nauseas
refractory hard to manage; disobident
savoir-faire knowledge of what to do in any situation
Created by: H.Raja