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approbation
the expression of approval or favorable opinion, praise; official approval

commendation, sanction

disapproval, condemnation, censure
assuage
to make easier or milder, relieve, to quiet or calm, to put an end to, appease, satisfy, quench

mitigate, alleviate, slake, allay

intensify, aggravate, exacerbate
coalition
a combination, union, or merger for some specific purpose

alliance, league, federation, combine

splinter group
decadence
decline, decay, or deterioration, a condition or period of decline or decay; excessive self-indulgence

degeneration, corruption

rise, growth, development, maturation
elicit
to draw forth, bring out from some source (such as another person)

call forth, evoke, extract, educe

repress, quash, squelch, stifle
expostulate
to attempt to dissuade someone from some course or decision by earnest reasoning

protest, remonstrate, complain
hackneyed
used so often as to lack freshness or originality

banal, trite, commonplace, corny

new, fresh, novel, original
hiatus
a gap, opening, break (in the sense of having something missing)

pause, lacuna

continuity, continuation
innuendo
a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference ( often in a derogatory sense)

insinuation, intimation

direct statement
intercede
to plead on behalf of someone, to serve as a third party in a go-between or disagreement

intervene, mediate
jaded
wearied, worn-out, dulled (in the sense of being satiated by excessive indulgence) PERSON

sated, surfeited, cloyed

unspoiled, uncloyed
lurid
causing shock, horror, or revulsion; sensational; pale or sallow in color, terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraint

gruesome, gory, grisly, baleful, ghastly

pleasant, attractive, appealing, wholesome
meritorious
worthy, deserving recognition and praise

praiseworthy, laudable, commendable

blameworhty, reprehensible, discreditable
petulant
peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset

irritable, testy, waspish

even-tempered, placid, serene, amiable
prerogative
a special right or privilege, a special quality showing excellence

perquisite, perk
provincial
pertaining to an outlying area; local; narrow in mind or outlook; countrified in the sense of being limited and backward; of simple, plain design that originated in the countryside; a person with a narrow point of view; a person from an outlying area; a soldier from a province or colony

narrow-minded, parochial, insular, naive

cosmopolitan, catholic, broad-minded
simulate
to make a pretense of, imitate; to show outer signs of

feign, pretend, affect
transcend
to rise above or beyond, exceed

surpass, outstrip
umbrage
shade cast by trees; foliage giving shade; an overshadowing influence or power; offense; resentment; a vague suspicion

irritation, pique, annoyance

pleasure, delight, satisfaction
unctuous
excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to give an impression of earnestness, sincerity, or piety; fatty; oily; pliable

mealymouthed, servile, fawning, greasy

gruff, blunt