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apparition

an unusual or unexpected sight; a ghostly figure

conscientious

meticulous, careful

affectation

the act of taking on or displaying an attitude or behavior not natural to oneself or not genuinely felt

subterfuge

an artifice or stratagem used to conceal, escape, or evade

insolent

insultingly contemptuous in speech or conduct

cardinal

of basic importance, primary

punctilious

marked by precise exact accordance with the details of codes or conventions

elicit

to draw or bring out (something latent or potential)

notoriety

the condition or state of being widely and unfavorably known, usually for something scandalous or for some negative quality or trait

meretricious

based on pretense or insincerity; cheaply ornamental, deceptively attractive

ingratiate

to make oneself agreeable to someone, often insincerely

incredulous

unwilling to admit or accept what is related as true; disbelieving

precipitately

suddenly; hastily, rashly

scrutiny

a searching study or inquiry; close inspection

commensurate

equal in measure or extent; equivalent

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