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dross - waste matter; worthless impurities
detached - emotionally removed; free from emotional involvement; calm and objective; physically separate; N. detachment; CF. attachment
calamity - disaster; misery
embellish - adorn; ornament; enhance as a story (by adding fictitious details)
derogatory - expressing a low opinion; disparaging; V. derogate: detract; disparage
metaphysical - pertaining to speculative philosophy; of metaphysics; N. metaphysics: branch of philosophy that examines the nature of reality
accrue - come to one as a gain; accumulate over time; come about by addition; Ex. benefits that accrue from scientific research; Ex. interest accruing in a bank account; N. accrual
antidote - remedy to counteract a poison or disease; Ex. antidote to the economic troubles
contravene - contradict; oppose; violate (a rule, law, or custom); N. contravention
aesthetic - artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful (of a person or building); CF. aesthete; CF. aesthetics