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Sadlier-Oxford: Level G; Unit 13 Vocabulary

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Abstruse
(ADJECTIVE) Extremely difficult to understand.

SYN: arcane, recondite, occult, pre-calculus
Affront
(NOUN) An open or intentional insult; a slight
(VERB) to insult to one's face; to face in defiance, confront.

SYN: offense, offend
Canard
(NOUN) A false rumor, fabricated story.

SYN: hoax
Captious
(ADJECTIVE) Excessively ready to find fault; given to petty criticism; intended to trap, confuse, or show up.

SYN: faultfinding, carping
Cognizant
(ADJECTIVE) Aware, knowledgeable, informed; having jurisdiction.

SYN: acquainted
Contrite
(ADJECTIVE) Regretful for some misdeed or sin; plagued by a sense of guilt; thoroughly penitent.

SYN: remorseful, rueful
Cynosure
(NOUN) The center of attraction, attention, or interest; something that serves to guide or direct.

SYN: focus
Decorous
(ADJECTIVE) Well behaved, dignified, socially proper.

SYN: seemly, becoming, tasteful
Deign
(VERB) To think it appropriate or suitable to one's dignity to do something; to condescend.

SYN: deem
Desiccated
(ADJECTIVE) Thoroughly dried out; divested of spirit or vitality; arid and uninteresting.

SYN: dehydrated, shriveled
Efficacy
(NOUN) The power to produce a desired result.

SYN: effectiveness, potency, reliability
Engender
(VERB) To bring into existence, give rise to, produce; to come into existence, assume form.

SYN: generate, cause, form
Ethereal
(ADJECTIVE) Light, airy, delicate; highly refined; suggesting what is heavenly.

SYN: heavenly, celestial, gossamer
Facade
(NOUN) The front or face of a building; a surface appearance (as opposed to what may lie behind.)

SYN: exterior, surface, mask
Ghoulish
(ADJECTIVE) Revolting in an unnatural or morbid way; suggestive of someone who robs graves or otherwise preys on the dead.

SYN: barbarous, monstrous
Incongruous
(ADJECTIVE) Not in keeping, unsuitable, incompatible.

SYN: discordant
Machination
(NOUN) A crafty, scheming, or underhanded action designed to accomplish some (usually evil) end.

SYN: plot, maneuver
Mesmerize
(VERB) To hypnotize, entrance; to fascinate, enthrall, bewitch.
Opprobrium
(NOUN) Disgrace arising from shameful conduct; contempt, reproach.

SYN: infamy, dishonor, odium
Putative
(ADJECTIVE) Generally regarded as such; reputed; hypothesized, inferred.

SYN: supposed, presumed

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