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edification
n. intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvements; enlightenment
irascible
adj. irritable; marked by hot temper and easily provoked anger
sine qua non
sĭn'ĭ kwä nŏn

n. something indespensible or essential
waif
/weɪf/

n.
1. a homeless and helpless person, esp. an abandoned child.

2. an ownerless object or animal
incredulous
adj. skeptical; expressing disbelief
felicitous
adj.
1. Well-chosen; apt.
2. Pleasant, delightful
exhort
v.
To urge, advise, or warn earnestly
ig-zort
affront
v.
1. To insult
2. To confront
bellicose
adj. warlike, aggressive, quarrelsome
bene-
good
bell-
war
goody-goody
n. a smug (excessively self-satisfied) or obstrusively (undesirably noticable) virtuous person
goody-two-shoes
n. a smug or obtrusively virtuous person
smug: excessively self-satisfied

obtrusive: undesirably noticable
despise
v. to look down on as inferior, worthless or contemptible
despicable
adj. morally contemptible; vile (morally base, abominably bad)
apt
adj.
1. Well-adapted; suitable
2. Likely
3. Quick to learn
disdain
n. contempt, scorn, derision
pac-
peace
agree
peas-
peace
agree
vilify
v. defame; speak evil of
repugnance
n.
1. dislike (antipathy, aversion)
2. inconsistency or incompatibility of ideas, statements, etc.
vile
adj.
1. morally base, depraved, shameful
2. abominably bad
insipid
adj
1. not tasty
2. dull, flat
pusillanimous
adj. cowardly
disapprobation
n. moral condemnation
accoutrement
n.
1. an accessory item
2. trappings; an identifying (symbolic) characteristic
suave
adj. smooth, sophisticated
urbane
adj. polished; refined
fastidious
adj.

overly difficult to please; showing a meticulous or demanding attitude
somber
adj.
1. dark, gloomy
2. grave, melancholic
contempt
n.
1. The feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless; scorn.

2. The state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace.

3. Open disrespect or willful disobedience of the authority of a court of law or legislative body.
derision
n.
1.a. Jeering () laughter; ridicule.

1.b. A state of being mocked or ridiculed

2. An object of ridicule; a laughingstock
1.a. jeer: to mock; to abuse vocally; taunt

1.b. The proposal was held in derision by members of the board.
defame
v.
To damage the reputation, character, or good name of by slander (spoken) or libel (published); malign.
base
adj.
1. deserving of contempt because of the absence of higher values.

2. Mean- spirited, selfish [Having or showing a contemptible, mean-spirited, or selfish lack of human decency; mean; morally low; vile; shameful]

3. Inferior (in value or quality)
- stresses the ignoble and may suggest cruelty, treachery, greed, or grossness <base motives>

1. a base, degrading way of life.
scorn
n.
1 : open dislike, disrespect, contempt or derision often mixed with indignation (!)

2. an object of extreme disdain, contempt, or derision : something contemptible
indignation: Anger aroused by something unjust, mean, or unworthy