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(adj) extremely difficult to understand
abstruse
(n) an open on intentional insult; a slight; (v) to insult to one's face; to face in defiance, confront
affront
(n)a false rumor, fabrciated 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 jurisdiction
cognizant
(adj) regretful for some misdeed or sin; plagued by a sense of guilt; thoroughly penitent
contrite
(n) the center of attraction, attention, 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, delicate; highly refined; suggesting what is heavenly (rather than earthbound)
ethereal
(n) the front or 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, enthrallm bewitch
mesmerize
(n)disgrace arising from shameful conduct; comtempt, reproach
opprobrium
(adj) generally regarded as such; reputed; hypothesized, inferred
putative