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ribald - marked by vulgar lewd humor; wanton; profane; N. ribaldry: ribald language or joke
pejorative - (of a word or phrase) suggesting that someone is of little value; negative in connotation; having a belittling effect; Ex. Many women now considers ``housewife'' a pejorative expression, because it patronized them.
Epicurean - believing that pleasure is good and suffering is bad and should be avoided; N.
seamy - sordid; base; filthy; unwholesome; Ex. seamy side of city life
cornucopia - horn (or horn-shaped container) overflowing with fruit and grain; symbol of abundance; horn of plenty
fester - rankle; produce irritation or resentment; (of a cut or wound) generate pus or rot; Ex. His insult festered in my mind for days.
prolong - lengthen; extend; draw out
disjunction - act or state of separation; disunity; CF. disjunctive: expressing a choice between two ideas; CF. conjunction; CF. conjunctive
repulsion - distaste; disgust; act of driving back; ADJ. repulsive: causing disgust; tending to drive away; V. repel (not `repulse')
context - writings preceding and following the passage quoted; circumstance in which an event occurs