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Week 2

1

convoluted

intricate; complex

The directions were so convoluted that we drove all around the city and got lost.

2

cryptic

difficult to comprehend

The writing on the walls of the crypt was cryptic; none of the scientists understood it.

3

futile

having no useful purpose; pointless

It is futile to try to explain the difference between right and wrong to your pet.

4

impede

to slow the progress of

The retreating army constructed barbed-wire fences and destroyed bridges to impede the advance of the enemy.

5

obscure

(adj.) relatively unknown

Scott constantly makes references to obscure cult films, and no one ever gets his jokes.

6

obscure

(v.) to conceal or make indistinct

The man in front of me was so tall that his head obscured my view of the movie.

7

quandary

a state of uncertainty or perplexity

Ann was in a quandary because she had no soap with which to do her laundry.

8

indolent

lazy

Mr. Lan said his students were indolent because they had not done their homework.