Monday, September 24, 2012

Vocab #7

Aberration: A departure from what is normal, usual, or expected, typically one that is unwelcome
Ad hoc: Formed, arranged, or done for a particular purpose only
Bane: A cause of great distress or annoyance
Bathos: An abrupt, unintended transition in style from the exalted to the commonplace, producing a ludicrous effect
Cantankerous: Bad-tempered, argumentative, and uncooperative
Casuistry: the use of clever but unsound reasoning, especially in relation to moral questions
De facto: Denoting someone or something that is such in fact
Depredation: An act of attacking or plundering
Empathy: The ability to understand and share the feelings of others
Harbinger: A person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another
Hedonism: The pursuit of pleasure
Lackluster: Not shining; dull
Malcontent: A person who is dissatisfied and rebellious
Mellifluous: Sweet or musical; pleasant to hear
Nepotism: The practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends by giving them jobs
Pander: Gratify or indulge
Peccadillo: A small, relatively unimportant offense or sin
Piece de resistance: The outstanding item in a collection
Remand: A committal to custody
Syndrome: A group of symptoms that consistently occur together or a condition characterized by a set of associated symptoms

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