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satiric/satirical (adj)
/səˈtɪrɪk(ə)l/

Containing or using satire
Sarcastic, critical, and mocking another’s weaknesses

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satire (n)
/ˈsatʌɪə/

The use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues
A play, novel, film, or other work which uses satire
A genre of literature characterized by the use of satire

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buoyancy (n)
/ˈbɔɪənsi/

1. The ability or tendency of something to float in water or other fluid
The power of a liquid to keep something afloat
2. A cheerful and optimistic attitude or disposition
3. A high level of activity in an economy or stock market

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egotism/egoism (n)

The fact of being excessively conceited or absorbed in oneself

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wag (v)
/waɡ/

1. (v) (Especially with reference to an animal’s tail) move or cause to move rapidly to and fro
Move (an upwards-pointing finger) from side to side to signify disapproval
2. (n) A single rapid movement from side to side
3. (n) A person who makes jokes

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discreet (adj)
/dɪˈskriːt/

Careful and prudent in one’s speech or actions, especially in order to keep something confidential or to avoid embarrassment
Intentionally unobtrusive

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pillory
/ˈpɪləri/

1. (n) gông
2. (v) Put (someone) in a pillory.
3. (v) Attack or ridicule publicly

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detest (v)
/dɪˈtɛst/

Dislike intensely

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holocaust (n)
/ˈhɒləkɔːst/

Destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, especially caused by fire or nuclear war

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spectre/specter (n)
/ˈspɛktə/

A ghost
Something widely feared as a possible unpleasant or dangerous occurrence

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annihilation (n)
/ənʌɪɪˈleɪʃ(ə)n/

Complete destruction or obliteration
Total defeat

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bombshell (n)
/ˈbɒmʃɛl/

1. An unexpected and surprising event, especially an unpleasant one
2. A very attractive woman
3. An artillery shell

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bedlam (n)
/ˈbɛdləm/

1. A scene of uproar and confusion
2. An institution for the care of mentally ill people.

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be part and parcel of

Be an essential feature or element of

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apex
/ˈeɪpɛks/

1. (n) The top or highest part of something, especially one forming a point
2. (n) The highest point of achievement; a climax
3. (v) Reach a high point or climax

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irate (adj)
/ʌɪˈreɪt/

Feeling or characterized by great anger