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Week 9

1

slander

false charges and malicious oral statements about someone

After the radio host stated that Monica was a space alien, she sued him for slander.

2

spurious

not genuine

The sportscaster made a spurious claim when he said that the San Antonio Spurs were undefeated.

3

astute

shrewd, clever

Kevin is financially astute; he never falls for the tricks that credit card companies play.

4

clandestine

secretive

The spies planned a clandestine maneuver that depended on its secrecy to work.

5

coup

a brilliantly executed plan

It was quite a coup when I talked the salesperson into selling me this valuable cuckoo clock for five dollars.

6

disingenuous

not straightforward; crafty

Mr. Gelman was rather disingenuous; although he seemed to be simply asking about your health, he was really trying to figure out why you’d been absent.

7

ruse

a crafty trick

The offer of a free cruise was merely a ruse to get people to listen to their sales pitch.

8

stratagem

a clever trick used to deceive or outwit

Planting microphones in the gangster’s home was a clever, but illegal, stratagem.