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for this specific purpose; improvised; with respect to this
ad hoc
the act of preying upon or plundering
depredation
a forerunner, herald; to herald the approach of
harbinger
actually existing or in effect, although not legally required or sanctioned; in reality, actually
de facto
a departure from what is proper, right, expected, or normal; a lapse from a sound mental state
aberration
a sympathetic understanding of or identification with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of someone or something else
empathy
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
bathos
the source or cause of fatal injury, death, destruction, or ruin; death or ruin itself; poison
bane
ill-tempered, quarrelsome; difficult to get along or deal with
cantankerous
the determination of right and wrong in questions of conduct or conscience by the application of general ethical principles; species argument
casuistry
a minor sin or offense; a trifling fault or shortcoming
peccadillo
a group of symptoms or signs that collectively characterize or indicate a disease, disorder, abnormality, etc.
syndrome
undue favoritism to or excessive patronage of one's relatives
nepotism
the belief that the attainment of pleasure is life's chief aim; devotion to or pursuit of pleasure
hedonism
the principal dish of a meal; the principal event, incident, or item; an outstanding accomplishment
piece de resistance
to send or order back; in law, to send back to jail or to a lower court
remand
to cater to or provide satisfaction for the low tastes or vices of others; a person who does this
pander
flowing sweetly or smoothly; honeyed
mellifluous
lacking brilliance or vitality; dull
lackluster
discontented with or in open defiance of prevailing conditions; (n)such a person
malcontent