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1

transgress

v.
1. To go beyond or over (a limit or boundary); exceed or overstep; to go astray
2. To act in violation of (e.g. the law); to disobey; to commit a sin

2

ignominy

n.
1. Great personal dishonor or humiliation, shame
2. An instance or source of this: had suffered many ignominies because of his insensitivity.

3

lithe

adj.
1. Readily bent; supple: lithe birch branches.
2. Marked by effortless grace: a lithe ballet dancer.

4

omniscient

adj.
Having total knowledge; knowing everything: an omniscient deity; the omniscient narrator.

5

saccharin

adj.
falsely sweet

6

exceptionable

adj.
Open or liable to objection or disapproval

7

onerous

adj.
1. Troublesome or oppressive; burdensome; hard to undertake

8

altruism

n.
Unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness.

9

deplore

1. To feel or express strong disapproval of; condemn
2. To express sorrow or grief over.
3. To regret; bemoan.

10

exculpate

v.
To clear of guilt or blame; pardon; acquit

11

illusory

adj.
Produced by, based on, or having the nature of an illusion; deceptive

12

lobbyist

1. A hall, foyer, or waiting room at or near the entrance to a building, such as a hotel or theater.
2. A public room next to the assembly chamber of a legislative body.
3. A group of persons engaged in trying to influence legislators or other public officials in favor of a specific cause: the banking lobby; the labor lobby.

13

onus

n.
1. A difficult or disagreeable responsibility or necessity; a burden or obligation.
2. Responsibility for an error or fault; blame
3. The burden of proof

14

sagacious

adj.
Having or showing keen discernment, sound judgment, and farsightedness.

15

callow

adj.
Lacking adult maturity or experience; immature: a callow young man.

16

depravity

n.
1. Moral corruption or degradation.
2. A depraved act or condition.

17

execrable

adj.
1. Deserving of execration; hateful.
2. Extremely inferior; very bad: an execrable meal.

18

immoderate

adj.
Exceeding normal or appropriate bounds; inordinate: immoderate spending; immoderate laughter.

19

deprecate

v.
1. To express disapproval of; deplore; criticise.
2. To belittle; depreciate.

20

exegesis

n.
Critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text.

21

immutable

adj.
Not subject or susceptible to change.

22

opulent

adj.
1. Possessing or exhibiting great wealth; affluent.
2. Characterized by extravagance or rich abundance; lavish or luxuriant: an opulent costume; an opulent musical.

23

precept

n.
A rule or principle prescribing a particular course of action or conduct; guiding principle.

24

salacious

adj.
1. Appealing to or stimulating sexual desire: salacious reading material.
2. Characterized by or indicating sexual desire; lustful: a salacious wink.

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trite

adj.
Not evoking interest because of overuse or repetition; hackneyed; unoriginal; dull.