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Brown Vocabulary Unit 1

Unit 1 of Vocabulary (from Prep.)
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double entendre
n. an expression with two interpretations, one usually risque
Byzantine
adj. characterized by a devious or surreptitious manner; intricate
stigma
n. a mark of shame or discredit
pedestrian
adj. commonplace, unimaginative
self-effacing
making oneself modestly or shyly inconspicuous
roiling
adj. turbulent, agitated
deferential
adj. showing esteem or respect due a superior or elder
peripheral
adj. of secondary importance
acolyte
n. an attendant, assistant, follower
wane
v. to grow gradually less; to become less intense, bright, or strong
guile
n. craftiness; slyness and cunning in dealing with others
mortifying
adj. humiliating, shameful
chintzy
adj. cheap, stingy, petty; brightly colorful but gaudy and tasteless
guffaw
v. to laugh loudly and coarsely
placid
adj. calm, peaceful
discrete
adj. separate and distinct, discontinuous, unrelated
disinterested
adj. indifferent; unbiased or impartial
pathos
n. pity, sorrow, compassion, sympathy
glower
v. to stare with sullen anger, scowl
Machiavellian
adj. relating to Machiavelli and his principles of conduct marked by cunning, duplicity, or bad faith