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The Westing Game Vocabulary Chapters 6-12

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alibi
(law) a defense by an accused person of having been elsewhere at the time an alleged offense/crime was committed
forfeit
something that is lost or surrendered as a penalty; sacrifice
indignant
angered at something unjust or wrong
shrewd
clever in practical matters; cunning
purported
claimed as true, but probably false; rumored
dignity
the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect; self-respect and worth
buttressed
supported or held up by braces (large beams of wood or metal)
inscrutable
difficult to understand
infirmity
Physical or mental weakness, defect, or ailment
pretentious
making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction
incriminating
to cause to appear guilty of a crime or fault
oblige
provide a service or favor for someone
wary
marked by keen caution and watchful prudence; openly distrustful
vindictiveness
a malevolent (hateful or menacing) desire for revenge
paraphernalia
personal belongings or miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation
impeccable
without fault or error
wheedled
to get what one wants with soft words or flattery; to coax or persuade
chiding
to scold mildly so as to correct or improve; reprimand
poise
great coolness and composure under strain
demeaning
causing someone to feel a lower self worth or social standing; degrading
contempt
open disrespect for a person or thing accompanied by an intense dislike
prattling
Chattering or talking meaninglessly
appalled
horrified, shocked
chisled
Made or shaped with or as if with a tool used to cut or shape stone, wood or metal.
petrified
so frightened as to be unable to move