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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 pretty criticism; intended to trap, confuse, or show up
Cognizant
(adj) aware, knowledge, informed; having jurisdiction
Contrite
(adj) regretful for some misdeed 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 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 ride to, produce; to come into existence, assume form
Ethereal
(adj) light, airy, delicate; highly refined; suggesting what is heavenly (rather than earthbound)
Façade
(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
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
beatific
(adj) blissful; rendering or making blessed
behemoth
(n) a creature of enormous size, power, or appearance
blandishment
(n, often pl) anything designed to flatter or coax; sweet talk, apple-polishing
cacophonous
(adj) harsh-sounding, raucous, discordant, dissonant
chicanery
(n) trickery, deceptive practices or tactics, double-dealing
consign
(v) to give over to another’s care, charge, or control; to entrust, deliver; to set apart for a special use
coup
(n) a highly successful stroke, masterstroke, tour de force, act, plan, or stratagem; a sudden takeover or power or leadership
euphemism
(n) a mild or inoffensive expression used in place of a harsh or unpleasant one; a substitute
febrile
(adj) feverish; pertaining to or marked by fever; frenetic
gainsay
(v) to deny, contradict, controvert; to dispute, oppose
imminent
(adj) about to happen, threatening
innate
(adj) natural, inborn, inherent; built-in
loath
(adj) unwilling, reluctant, disinclined
manifest
(adj) clear, evident to the eyes or mind; (v) to show plainly, exhibit, evince; (n) a list of cargo and/or passengers
minutiae
(pl. n.) small or trivial details, trifling matters
moratorium
(n) a suspension of activity; an official waiting period; an authorized period of delay
nostrum
(n) an alleged cure-all; a remedy or scheme of questionable effectiveness
pariah
(n) one who is rejected by a social group or organization
visionary
(adj) not practical, lacking in realism; having the nature of a fantasy or dream; (n) one given to far-fetched ideas; a dreamer or seer characterized by vision or foresight
wizened
(adj, part) dry, shrunken, and wrinkled (often as a result of aging)