20 terms

Southern Literature Vocab Unit 13

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Abstruse
Adjective
Extremely difficult to understand
Affront
Noun
An open or intentional insult; a slight

Verb
To insult to one's face; to face defiance, confront
Canard
Noun
A false rumor, fabricated story
Captious
Adjective
Excessively ready to find fault; given to petty criticism; intended to trap, confuse or show up
Cognizant
Adjective
Aware, knowledgeable, informed; having jurisdiction
Contrite
Adjective
Regretful for some misdeed or sin; plagued by a sense of guilt; thoroughly penitent
Cynosure
Noun
The center of attraction, attention, or interest; something that serves to guide or direct
Decorous
Adjective
Well behaved, dignified, socially proper
Deign
Verb
To think it appropriate or suitable to one's dignity to do something, to condescend
Desiccated
Adjective
Thoroughly dried out; divested of spirit or vitality; arid and uninteresting
Efficacy
Noun
The power to produce a desired result
Engender
Verb
To bring into existence, give rise to, produce; to come into existence, assume form
Ethereal
Adjective
Light, airy, delicate; highly refined; suggesting what is heavenly (rather than earthbound)
Facade
Noun
The front or face of a building; a surface appearance (as opposed to what may lie behind)
Ghoulish
Adjective
Revolting in an unnatural or morbid way; suggestive of someone who robs graves or otherwise preys on the dead
Incongruous
Adjective
Not in keeping, unsuitable, incompatible
Machination
Noun
A crafty, scheming or underhanded action designed to accomplish some (usually evil) end
Mesmerize
Verb
To hypnotize, entrance; to fascinate, enthrall, bewitch
Opprobrium
Noun
Disgrace arising from shameful conduct; contempt, reproach
Putative
Adjective
Generally regarded as such; reputed; hypothesized, inferred