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Voc Unit 13 12 D G

Jenkins Vocabulary Unit 13 Definitions 12th Grade Level G

Abstruse adj. extremely difficult to understand
Affront n. an open or intentional insult; a slight; v. an insult to one's face; to face in defiance, confront
Canard n. a false rumor, fabricated story
Captious adj. excessively ready to find fault; given to petty criticism
Cognizant adj. aware, knowledgeable, informed, having jurisdiction
Contrite adj. regretful for some misdeed or sin; plagued by a sense of guilt; thoroughly penitent
Cynosure n. the center of attraction, attention, or interest; something that serves to guide or direct
Decorous adj. well behaved, dignified, socially proper
Deign v. to think it appropriate or suitable to one's dignity to do something; to condescend
Desiccated adj. thoroughly dried out; divested of spirit or vitality; arid and uninterested
Efficacy n. the power to produce a desired result
Engender v. to bring into existence, to give rise to, produce; to come into existence, assume form
Ethereal adj. light, airy, delicate; highly refined; suggesting what is heavenly (rather than earthbound)
Facade n. the front or face of a building; a surface appearance (as opposed to what may lie behind)
Ghoulish adj. revolting in an unnatural or morbid way; suggestive of someone who robs graves or otherwise preys on the dead
Incongruous adj. not in keeping, unsuitable, incompatible
Machination n a crafty, scheming, or underhanded action designed to accomplish some (unusually evil) end
Mesmerized v. to hypnotize, entrance; to fascinate, enthrall, bewitch
Opprobrium n. disgrace arising from shameful conduct; contempt, reproach
Putative adj. generally regarded as such; reputed; hypothisized, inferred
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