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Unit 8 lvl H

Bane the source/cause of fatal injury/death/destruction/ ruin; death or ruin itself; poison spoiler, bête noire blessing, comfort, solace, balm
Bathos the intrusion of commonplace or trite material into a context whose tone is lofty/elevated; grossly insincere or exaggerated sentimentality; the lowest phase, nadir; an anticlimax, comedown mawkishness, mush, schmaltz
Cantankerous ill-tempered, quarrelsome; difficult to get along/deal with crank, testy, peevish, irascible, ornery good-natured, sweet-tempered, genial
Casuistry the determination of right & wrong in questions of conduct/conscience by the application of general ethnical principles; specious argument sophistry, quibbling
De facto (adj)actually existing or in effect, although not legally required or sanctioned; (adv) in reality, actually in actuality, in point of fact de jure, by right
Depredation the act of preying upon or plundering looting, pillage, outrage
Empathy a sympathetic understanding or or identification w/ the feelings/thoughts/attitudes of someone/thing else sympathy, compassion insensitivity, callousness, detachment
Harbinger (n) a forerunner; herald; (v) to herald the approach of (n) precursor; (v) presage (n) aftermath, sequel, epilogue
Hedonism the belief that the attainment of pleasure is life’s chief aim; devotion to or pursuit of pleasure pleasure seeking, sensuality, sybaritism asceticism, puritanism, self-denial
Lackluster lacking brilliance/vitality; dull vapid, insipid, drab, flat brilliant, radiant, dazzling
Malcontent (adj) discontented w/ or in open defiance of prevailing conditions; (n) such a person (adj) dissatisfied, disgruntled; (n) grumbler (adj) satisfied, contented, complacent, smug
Mellifluous Flowing sweetly/smoothly; honeyed euphonious, musical shrill, strident, harsh, grating
Nepotism undue favoritism to or excessive patronage of one’s relatives
Pander (v) to cater to or provide satisfaction for the low tastes/vices of others; (n) a person who does that
Peccadillo a minor sin/offense; a trifling fault/shortcoming indiscretion felony, mortal sin, enormity, atrocity
Pièce de résistance the principal dish of a meal; the principal event/incident/item; an outstanding accomplishment centerpiece, chef d’oeuvre preliminary, hors d’oeuvre
Remand to send or order back; in law, to send back to jail/lower court remit, return forward to, send on, release
Syndrome a group of symptoms/signs that collectively characterize or indicate a disease/disorder/abnormally/ ect complex, pattern
Aberration a departure from what is proper/right/expected/ normal; a lapse from a sound mental state deviation, anomaly, irregularity
Ad hoc (adj)for this specific purpose; improvised; (adv) w/ respect to this (adj) makeshift (adj) permanent, long-standing
Created by: et19