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Sadlier Oxford H

WCHS Unit 8-H

WordDefinition
aberration (n) a departure from what is proper, right, expected or normal; a lapse from a sound mental state
adhoc (adj) for this specific purpose; improvished; (adv) with respect to this
bane (n) the source or cause of fatal injury, death, destruction, or ruin; death or ruin itself; poison
bathos (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; and anticlimax, comedown
cantankerous (adj) ill-tempered, quarrelsome; difficult to get along or deal with
casuistry (n) the determination of right and wrong in questions of conduct or conscience by the application of general ethical principles; specious argument
defacto (adj) actually existing or in effect, although not legally required or sanctioned; (adv) in reality, actually
depredation (n) the act of preying upon or plundering
empathy (n) a sympathetic understanding of or identification with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of someone or something else
harbinger (n) a forerunner, herald; (v) to herald the approach of
hedonism (n) the belief that the attainment of pleasure is life's chief aim; devotion to or pursuit of pleasure
lackluster (adj) lacking brilliance or vitality; dull
malcontent (adj) discontented with or in open defiance of prevailing conditions; (n) such a person
mellifluous (adj) flowing sweetly or smoothly; honeyed
nepotism (n) undue favoritism to or excessive patronage of one's relatives
pander (v) to cater to or provide satisfaction for the low tastes or vices of others; (n) a person who does this
peccadillo (n) aminor sin or offense; a trifling fault or shortcoming
piece de resistance (n) the principal dish of a meal; the principal event, inceicent, or item; an outstanding accomplishment
remand (v) to send or order back; in law to send back to jail or to a lower court
syndrome (n) a group of symptoms or signs that collectively characterize or indicate a disease, disorder, abnormality, etc.
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