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abstruse
(adj.) extremely difficult to understand
affront
(n.) an open or intentional insult; a slight; (v.) to insult to one's face; to face in defiance, confront
canard
(n.) a false rumor, fabricated story
captious
(adj.) excessively ready to find fault; given to petty criticism; intended to trap, confuse, or show up
cognizant
(adj.) aware, knowledgeable, informed; having jurisdiction
contrite
(adj.) regretful for some misdeed or sin; plagued by a sense of guilt; thoroughly penitent
cynosure
(n.) the center of attraction, attention, or interest; something that serves to guide or direct
decorous
(adj.) well-behaved, dignified, socially proper
deign
(v.) to think it appropriate or suitable to one's dignity to do something; to condescend
desiccated
(adj.,part.) thoroughly dried out; divested of spirit or vitality; arid and uninteresting
efficacy
(n.) the power to produce a desired result
engender
(v.) to bring into existence, give rise to, produce; to come into existence, assume form
ethereal
(adj.) light, airy, delicate; highly refined; suggesting what is heavenly (rather than earthbound)
facade
(n.) the front or face of a building; a surface appearance (as opposed to what may lie behind)
ghoulish
(adj.) revolting in an unnatural or morbid way; suggestive of someone who robs graves or otherwise preys on the dead
incongruous
(adj.) not in keeping, unsuitable, incompatible
machination
(n.) a crafty, scheming, or underhanded action designed to accomplish some (usually evil) end
mesmerize
(v.) to hypnotize, entrance; to fascinate, enthrall, bewitch
opprobrium
(n.) disgrace arising from shameful conduct; contempt, reproach
putative
(adj.) generally regarded as such; reputed; hypothesized, inferred
amenity
that which is pleasant or agreeable, attractive features, customs Antonyms, unpleasantness, disagreeableness
aperture
the opening, gap, hol, orifice Antonyms, closure blockage, occlusion
dissidence
a difference of opinion, discontent Synonyms: disagreement, dissent, disaffection Antonyms: agreement, harmony, concord
epicurean
devoted to the pursuit of pleasure: fond of good food, comfort, and ease, with discriminating tastes, a person with discriminating tastes Synonyms: hedonistic, sybaritic, discriminating Antonyms: ascetic, self-denying, abstemious
improvident
not thrifty, failing to plan ahead Synonyms: prodigal, spendthrift, extravagant Antonyms: thrifty, frugal, economical, cautious
iniquity
wickedness, sin, a grossly immoral act Synonyms: evil, crime Antonyms probity, rectitude, uprightness
inviolable
sacred, of such a character that it must not be broken, injured, or profaned Synonyms: sacrosanct, unassailable Antonyms: vulnerbale, assailable
mutable
open to or capable of change, fickle Synonyms: changeable, variable Antonyms: changeless, steadfast, constant
nascent
just beginning to exist or develop, having just come into existence Synonyms: budding, incipient, embryonic Antonyms: dying moribund, senescent
obeisance
a deep bow or other body movement indicating respect or submission, deference, homage Synonyms: respect, honor Antonyms: disrespect, irreverence, disregard
panegyric
formal or elaborate praise, a tribute Synonyms: encomium, testimonial Antonyms: diatribe, tirade, philippic
pillory
a device for publicly punishing offenders, a means for exposing one to public contempt or ridicule, Antonyms: praise, extol, laud, acclaim
pittance
a woefully meager allowance, wage or portion Synonyms: modicum, trifle Antonyms: fortune
presage
to foreshadow or point to a future event, to predict, a warning or indication of the future Synonyms: augur, portend, foretell
progeny
descendants, offspring, children, followers, disciples Synonyms: issue, posterity Antonyms: ancestors, forebears, antecedents
promulgate
to proclaim or issue officially, to make known far and wide Synonyms: announce Antonyms: withdraw, retract, abrogate, nullify
rectitude
uprightness, righteousness, correctness Synonyms: probity, integrity Antonyms iniquity, heinousness
restive
restless, hard to manage, balky Synonyms: uneasy, figety, recalcitrant Antonyms: serene, unruffled, docile
seraphic
angelic, heavenly, celestial Synonyms: cherubic Antonyms: devilish, impish
subsist
to have existence, to remain alive, manage to make a living or maintain life: to persist or continue Synonyms: last, survive, sustain
beatific
blissful; rendering or making blessed
behemoth
a creature of enormous size, power, or appearence
blandishment
anything designed to flatter or coax; sweet talk, apple-polishing
cacophonous
harsh-sounding, raucous, discordant, dissonant
chicanery
trickery, deceptive practices or tactics, double-dealing
consign
to give over to another's care, charge, or control; to entrust, deliver; to set apart for a special purpose
coup
a highly successful stroke, masterstroke, tour de force, act, plan, or stratagem; a sudden takeover of power or leadership
euphemism
a mild or inoffensive expression used in place of a harsh or unpleasant one; a substitute
febrile
feverish; pertaining to or marked by fever; frenetic
gainsay
to deny, contradict, controvert; to dispute, oppose
imminent
about to happen, threatening
innate
natural, inborn, inherent; built in
loath
unwilling, reluctant, disinclined
manifest
clear, evident to the eyes or mind; to show plainly, exhibit, evince; a list of cargo and/or passengers
minutiae
small or trivial details, trifling matters
moratorium
a suspension of activity; an official waiting period; an authorized period of delay
nostrum
an alleged cure-all; a remedy or scheme of questionable effectiveness
pariah
one who is rejected by a social group or organization
visionary
not practical, lacking in realism; having the nature of a fantasy or dream; one given to far-fetched ideas; a dreamer or seer characterized by vision or foresight
wizened
dry, shrunken, and wrinkled (often as the result of aging)