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Unit 1 of Vocabulary (from Prep.)

double entendre

n. an expression with two interpretations, one usually risque

Byzantine

adj. characterized by a devious or surreptitious manner; intricate

stigma

n. a mark of shame or discredit

pedestrian

adj. commonplace, unimaginative

self-effacing

making oneself modestly or shyly inconspicuous

roiling

adj. turbulent, agitated

deferential

adj. showing esteem or respect due a superior or elder

peripheral

adj. of secondary importance

acolyte

n. an attendant, assistant, follower

wane

v. to grow gradually less; to become less intense, bright, or strong

guile

n. craftiness; slyness and cunning in dealing with others

mortifying

adj. humiliating, shameful

chintzy

adj. cheap, stingy, petty; brightly colorful but gaudy and tasteless

guffaw

v. to laugh loudly and coarsely

placid

adj. calm, peaceful

discrete

adj. separate and distinct, discontinuous, unrelated

disinterested

adj. indifferent; unbiased or impartial

pathos

n. pity, sorrow, compassion, sympathy

glower

v. to stare with sullen anger, scowl

Machiavellian

adj. relating to Machiavelli and his principles of conduct marked by cunning, duplicity, or bad faith

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