The Westing Game Vocabulary Chapters 6-12

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alibi

(law) a defense by an accused person of having been elsewhere at the time an alleged offense/crime was committed

forfeit

something that is lost or surrendered as a penalty; sacrifice

indignant

angered at something unjust or wrong

shrewd

clever in practical matters; cunning

purported

claimed as true, but probably false; rumored

dignity

the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect; self-respect and worth

buttressed

supported or held up by braces (large beams of wood or metal)

inscrutable

difficult to understand

infirmity

Physical or mental weakness, defect, or ailment

pretentious

making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction

incriminating

to cause to appear guilty of a crime or fault

oblige

provide a service or favor for someone

wary

marked by keen caution and watchful prudence; openly distrustful

vindictiveness

a malevolent (hateful or menacing) desire for revenge

paraphernalia

personal belongings or miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation

impeccable

without fault or error

wheedled

to get what one wants with soft words or flattery; to coax or persuade

chiding

to scold mildly so as to correct or improve; reprimand

poise

great coolness and composure under strain

demeaning

causing someone to feel a lower self worth or social standing; degrading

contempt

open disrespect for a person or thing accompanied by an intense dislike

prattling

Chattering or talking meaninglessly

appalled

horrified, shocked

chisled

Made or shaped with or as if with a tool used to cut or shape stone, wood or metal.

petrified

so frightened as to be unable to move

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