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