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Vocab. Lev G

Unit 13

abstruse (adj.) extremely difficult to understand
affront (n.) an open or intentional insult
affront (v.) to insult to one's face, to face in defiance
canard (n.) a false rumor, fabricated story
captious (adj.) excessively ready to find fault, given to petty criticism
cognizant (adj.) aware, knowledgeable, informed
contrite (adj.) regretful for some misdeed or sin, plagued by a sense of guilt
cynosure (n.) the center of attraction, attention, or interest
decorous (adj.) well-behaved), dignified, socially proper
deign (v.) to think it appropriate to one's dignity to do something, to condescend
dessicated (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 rise to, produce, or to come into existence
ethereal (adj.) light, airy, delicate, suggesting what is heavenly rather than earthbound
facade (n.) the front or face of a building, a surface appearance
ghoulish (adj.) revolting in an unnatural or morbid way
incongruous (adj.) not in keeping, unsuitable, incompatible
machination (n.) a crafty, scheming or underhanded action dsigned to accomplish some evil end
mesmerize (v.) to hypnotize, entrance or fascinate
opprobrium (n.) disgrace arising from shameful conduct, contempt, reproach
putative (adj.) generally regarded as such, reputed, inferred
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