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riveting - holding one's attention; absorbing; engrossing
grotesque - fantastic; comically hideous; strange and unnatural (causing fear or amusement)
vicarious - experienced as if one were taking part in the experience of another; done by a deputy for other people; acting as a substitute; Ex. vicarious thrill at the movies; Ex. the vicarious sufferings of Christ
detrimental - harmful; damaging; N. detriment
sextant - navigation tool used to determine a ship's latitude and longitude (by measuring the altitudes of stars)
aptitude - fitness; talent
scruple - hesitate for ethical reasons; fret about; Ex. She did not scruple to read his diary; N: uneasy feeling arising from conscience; conscience
disport - amuse; Ex. disport oneself; CF. divert
distrait - absentminded; distracted
contumacious - stubborn and disobedient; resisting authority (esp. disobedient to an order made by a court)