expository: intended to explain or describe something.
composition: the act of combining parts or elements to form a whole.
assuage: make something unpleasant less intense.
decadence: moral or cultural decline.
hackneyed: lacking significance through having been overused.
coalition: an alliance for combined action.
transcend: to rise above or go beyond the limits of something.
meritorious: deserving reward or praise.
lurid: causing horror or revulsion.
retulant: rude in speech or behavior.