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abstruse

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

a false rumor, fabricated story

captious

excessively ready to find fault; given to petty criticism; intended to trap, confuse, or show up

cognizant

aware, knowledgeable, informed; having jurisdiction



contrite

regretful for some misdeed or sin; plagued by a sense of guilt; thoroughly penitent

cynosure

the center of attraction, attention, or interest; something that serves to guide or direct

decorous

well behaved, dignified, socially proper

deign

to think it appropriate or suitable to one's dignity to do something; to condescend

desiccated

thoroughly dried out; divested of spirit or vitality; arid and uninteresting

efficacy

the power to produce a desired result

engender

to bring into existence, give raise to, produce; to come into existence, assume form

ethereal

light, airy, delicate; highly refined; suggesting what is heavenly (rather than earthbound)

facade

the front or face of a building; a surface appearance (as opposed to what may lie behind)

ghoulish

revolting in an unnatural or morbid way; suggestive of someone who robs graves or otherwise preys on the dead

incongruous

not in keeping, unsuitable, imcompatible

machination

a crafty, scheming, or underhanded action designed to accomplish some (usually evil) end

mesmerize

to hypnotize, entrance; to fascinate, enthrall, bewitch

opprobrium

disgrace arising from shameful conduct; contempt, reproach