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20 terms

Unit 13

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abstruse
extremely difficult to understand, esoteric, arcane, recondite, occult
affront
an open or international insult, a slight, to insult to one's face, to face in defiance, confront, offense, offend
canard
a false rumor, fabricated story, hoax
captious
excessively ready to find fault, given to petty criticism, intended to trap, confuse, or show up, faultfinding, nit-picking, carping
cognizant
aware, knowledgeable, informed, having jurisdiction, conscious, acquainted
contrite
regretful for some misdeed or sin, plagued by a sense of guilt, thoroughly penitent, remorseful, rueful
cynosure
the center of attraction, attention, or interest, something that serves to guide or direct, focus
decorous
well behaved, dignified, socially proper
deign
to think it appropriate or suitable to one's dignity to do something, to condescend, deem, stoop
desiccated
thoroughly dried out, divested of spirit or vitality, arid and uninteresting, dehydrated, shriveled, parched
efficacy
the power to produce a desired result, effectiveness, potency, reliability
engender
to bring into existence, give rise to, produce, to come into existence, assume form, beget, generate, cause, form
ethereal
light, airy, delicate, highly refined, suggesting what is heavenly (rather than earthbound), heavenly, celestial, gossamer
facade
the front or face of a building, a surface appearance (as opposed to what may lie behind), exterior, surface, mask, pretense
ghoulish
revolting in an unnatural or morbid way, suggestive of someone who robs graves or otherwise preys on the dead, fiendish, barbarous, monstrous
incongruous
not in keeping, unsuitable, incompatible, discordant, jarring
machination
a crafty, scheming, or underhanded action designed to accomplish some (usually evil) end
mesmerize
to hypnotize, entrance, to fascinate, enthrall, bewitch
opprobrium
disgrace arising from shameful conduct, contempt, reproach, infamy, dishonor, odium, shame
putative
generally regarded as such, reputed, hypothesized, inferred, supposed, presumed