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Vocab. Lev H

Unit 8

aberration (n.) a departure from what is proper, right, expected, or normal; a lapse from a sound mental state
ad hoc (adj.) for this specific purpose; improvised; (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 incincere or exaggerated sentimentality; the lowest phase, nadir; an anticlimax
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
de facto (adj.) actually existing or ineffect, although not legally required or sacntioned; (adj.) 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 attainent 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.) a minor sin or offense; a trifling fault or shortcoming
pi├Ęce de resistance (n.) the principal dish of a meal; the principal event, incident, 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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