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extremely difficult to understand
abstruse
an open or intentional insult, a slight; to insult to one's face; to face in defiance, confront
affront
a false rumor, fabricated story
canard
excessively ready to find fault; given to petty criticism; intended to trap, confuse, or show up
captious
aware, knowledgeable, informed, having jurisdiction
cognizant
regretful for some misdeed or sin, plagued by a sense of guilt, thoroughly penitent
contrite
the center of attraction, attention, or interest, something that serves to guide or direct
cynosure
well behaved, dignified, socially proper
decorous
to think it appropriate or suitable to one's dignity to do something, to condescend
deign
thoroughly dried out, divested of spirit or vitality, arid and uninteresting
desiccated
the power to produce a desired result
efficacy
to bring into existence, give rise, to produce, to come into existence, assume form
engender
light airy, delicate, highly refined, suggesting what is heavenly (rather than earthbound)
ethereal
the front or face of a building, a surface appearance (as opposed to what may lie behind)
facade
revolting in an unnatural or morbid way; suggestive of someone who robs graves or otherwise preys on the dead
ghoulish
not in keeping, unsuitable, incompatible
incongrous
machination
a crafty, scheming, or underhanded action designed to accomplish some (usually evil) end
to hypnotize, entrance, to fascinate, enthrall, bewitch
mesmerize
disgrace arising from shameful conduct, contempt, reproach
opprobrium
generally regarded as such, reputedhypothesized, inferred
putative
blissful; rendering or making blessed
beatific
a creature of enormous size, power, or appearance
behemoth
anything designed to flatter or coax; sweet talk, apple-polishing
blandishment
harsh-sounding, raucous discordant, dissonant
cacophonous
trickery , deceptive practices or tactics, double-dealing
chicanery
to give over to another's care, charge, or ocntrol, to entrust, deliver, to set apart for a special use
consign
a highly successful stroke, masterstroke, tour deforce, act, plan, or stratagem, a sudden takeover of power or leadership
coup
a mild or innofensive expression used in place of a harsh or unpleasant one, a substitute
euphemism
feverish, pertaining to or marked by fever; frenetic
febrile
to deny, contradict, controvert, to dispute, oppose
gainsay
about to happen, threatening
imminent
natural, inborn, inherent, built-in
innate
unwilling, reluctant, disinclined
loath
clear, evident to the eyes or mind...to show plainly, exhibit, evince...a list of cargo and/or passengers
manifest
small or trivial details, trifling matters
minutiae
a suspension of activity, an official waiting period, an authorized period of delay
moratorium
an alleged cure-all; a remedy or scheme of questionable effectiveness
nostrum
one who is rejected by a social group or organization
pariah
not practical, lacking in realism, having the nature of a fantasy or dream...one given to far-fetched ideas...a a dreamer or seer characterized by vision or foresight
visionary
dry, shrunken, and wrinkled (often as result of aging)
wizened