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adj) extremely difficult to understand

abstruse

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n) an open or intentional insult; a slight;
v) to insult one's face; to face in defiance, confront

affront

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n) a false rumor, fabricated story

canard

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

captious

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adj) aware, knowledgeable, informed; having jurisdiction

cognizant

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

contrite

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

cynosure

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adj) well behaved, dignified, socially proper

decorous

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

deign

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adj, part) thoroughly dried out; divested of spirit or vitality; arid and uninteresting

desiccated

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n) the power to produce a desired result

efficacy

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v) to bring into existence, give rise to, produce; to come into existence, assume form

engender

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

ethereal

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

facade

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

ghoulish

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adj) not in keeping, unsuitable, incompatible

incongruous

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

machination

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v) to hypnotize, entrance; to fascinate, enthrall, bewitch

mesmerize

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n) disgrace arising from shameful conduct; contempt, reproach

opprobium

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adj) generally regarded as such; reputed; hypothesized, inferred

putative

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adj) blissful; rendering or making blessed

beatific

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n) a creature of enormous size, power, or appearance

behemouth

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n, pl) anything designed to flatter or coax; sweet talk, apple-polishing

blandishment

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adj) harsh-sounding, raucous, discordant, dissonant

cacophonous

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n) trickery, deceptive practices or tactics, double-dealing

chicanery

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v) to give over to another's care, charge, or control; to entrust, deliver; to set apart for a special use

consign

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n) a highly successful stroke, masterstroke, tour de force, act, plan, or stratagem; a sudden takeover of power or leadership

coup

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n) a mild or inoffensive expression used in place of a harsh or unpleasant one; a substitute

euphemism

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adj) feverish; pertaining to or marked by fever; frenetic

febrile

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v) to deny, contradict, controvert; to dispute, oppose

gainsay

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adj) about to happen, threatening

imminent

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adj) natural, inborn, inherent; built-in

innate

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adj) unwilling, reluctant, disinclined

loath

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adj) clear, evident to the eyes or mind;
v) to show plainly, exhibit, evince;
n) a list of cargo and/or passengers

manifest

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n, pl) small or trivial details, trifling matters

minutiae

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n) a suspension of activity; an official waiting period; an authorized period of delay

moratorium

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n) an alleged cure-all; a remedy or scheme of questionable effectiveness

nostrum

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n) one who is rejected by a social group or organization

pariah

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adj) not practical, lacking in realism; having the nature of a fantasy or dream;
n) one given to far-fetched ideas; a dreamer or seer characterized by vision or foresight

visionary

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adj, part) dry, shrunken, and wrinkled (often as the result of aging)

wizened

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n) that which is pleasant or agreeable;
pl) attractive features, customs, etc

amenity

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n) an opening, gap, hole; orifice

aperture

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n) a difference of opinion; discontent

dissidence

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adj) devoted to the pursuit of pleasure; fond of good food, comfort, and ease; with discriminating tastes;
n) a person with discriminating tastes

epicurean

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adj) not thrifty, failing to plan ahead

improvident

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n) a wickedness, sin; a grossly immoral act

iniquity

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adj) sacred; of such a character that it must not be broken, injured, or profaned

inviolable

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adj) open to or capable of change, fickle

mutable

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adj) just beginning to exist or develop; having just come into existence

nascent

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n) a deep bow or other body movement indicating respect or submission; deference, homage

obeisance

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n) a formal or elaborate praise; a tribute

panegyric

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n) a device for publicly punishing offenders; a means for exposing one to public contempt or ridicule;
v) to expose to public contempt or ridicule

pillory

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n) a woefully meager allowance, wage, or portion

pittance

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v) to foreshadow or point to a future event; to predict;
n) a warning or indication of the future

presage

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n) descendants, offspring, children, followers, disciples

progeny

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n) to proclaim or issue officially; to make known far and wide

promulgate

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n) uprightness, righteousness; correctness

rectitude

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adj) restless, hard to manage, balky

restive

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adj) angelic, heavenly, celestial

seraphic

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v) to have existence; to remain alive, manage to make a living or maintain life; to persist or continue

subsist