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an open or intentional insult; a slight; to insult to one's face; to face in defiance, confront
(syn:) offense, offend
excessively ready to find fault; given to petty criticism; intended to trap, confuse, or show up
(syn:) fault-finding, nit-picking, carping
regretful for some misdeed or sin; plagued by a sense of guilt; thoroughly penitent
(syn:) remorseful, rueful
the center of attraction, attention, or interest; something that serves to guide or direct
to think it appropriate or suitable to one's dignity to do something; to condescend
(syn:) deem, stoop
thoroughly dried out; divested of spirit or vitality; arid and uninteresting
(syn:) dehydrated, shriveled, parched
to bring into existence, give rise to, produce; to come into existence, assume form
(syn:) beget, generate, cause, form
light, airy, delicate; highly refined; suggesting what is heavenly (rather than earthbound)
(syn:) heavenly, celestial, gossamer
the front or face of a building; a surface appearance (as opposed to what may lie behind)
(syn:) exterior, surface, mask, pretense
revolting in an unnatural or morbid way; suggestive of someone who robs graves or otherwise preys on the dead
(syn:) fiendish, barbarous, monstrous
a crafty, scheming, or underhanded action designed to accomplish some (usually evil) end
(syn:) plot, scheme, maneuver
disgrace arising from shameful conduct; contempt, reproach
(syn:) infamy, dishonor, odium, shame
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