Level H: Unit 8 Definitions

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  1. aberration
    (n.) a departure from what is proper, right, expected, or normal; a lapse from a sound mental state
  2. ad hoc
    • (adj.) for this specific purpose; improvised
    • (adv.) with respect to this
  3. bane
    (n.) the source or cause of fatal injury, death, destruction, or ruin; death or ruin itself; poison
  4. 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; an anticlimax, comedown
  5. cantankerous
    (adj.) ill-tempered, quarrelsome; difficult to get along or deal with
  6. casuistry
    (n.) the determination of right and wrong in questions of conduct or conscience by the application of general ethical principles; specious argument
  7. de facto
    • (adj.) actually existing or in effect, although not legally required or sanctioned
    • (adv.) in reality, actually
  8. depredation
    (n.) the act of preying upon or plundering
  9. empathy
    (n.) a sympathetic understanding of or identification with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of someone or something else
  10. harbinger
    • (n.) a forerunner, herald
    • (v.) to herald the approach of
  11. hedonism
    (n.) the belief that the attainment of pleasure is life's chief aim; devotion to or pursuit of pleasure
  12. lackluster
    (adj.) lacking brillance or vitality; dull
  13. malcontent
    • (adj.) discontented with or in open definace of prevailing conditions
    • (n.) such a person
  14. mellifluous
    (adj.) flowing sweetly or smoothly; honeyed
  15. nepotism
    (n.) undue favoritism to or excessive patronage of one's relatives
  16. pander
    • (v.) to cater to or provide satisfaction for the low tastes or vices of others
    • (n.) a person who does this
  17. peccadillo
    (n.) a minor sin or offense; a trifling fault or shortcoming
  18. piece de resistance
    (n.) the pricipal dish of a meal; the principal event incident, or item; an outstanding accomplishment
  19. remand
    (v.) to send or order back; in law, to send back to jail or to a lower court
  20. syndrome
    (n.) a group of symptoms or signs that collectively characterize or indicate a disease, disorder, abnormality, etc.
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Level H: Unit 8 Definitions
2015-01-06 21:40:00
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