2 1. belieVerb a. To picture falsely; misrepresent; disguise. b. To show to be false; contradict. c. To disappoint or leave unfilled .Ex: The new teacher’s strictness belied her usual easygoing nature.
3 2. clandestineAdj. Concealed or kept secret, often for unlawful purposes.Related Words: clandestinely (adv)Ex: The cheaters clandestinely met in order to hide their affair from their spouses.
4 3. collusionNoun- a secret agreement between two or more persons for a deceitful or fraudulent purpose; conspiracy.Related Word: collude (verb)Ex: Winters was found guilty of espionage and collusion with the enemy.
5 4. dissembleVerb a. to disguise or conceal behind a false appearance. b. to make a false show of; feign. c. to conceal one’s true motives, natures, or feelings under pretense.Related Word: dissemblanceExample: Unable to dissemble her annoyance, Beth’s dislike of her roomate was apparent to all.
6 5. nefarious Adj a. extremely wicked or infamous; evil; villanous. Related Words: nefariously (adv); nefariousness (noun).During the sixteenth centuries; nefarious pirates kidnapped travelers and sold them as slaves.
7 6. perfidious Adj.- disloyal; treacherous. Related Words: perfidiously (adv); perfidy (noun)In putting his ambitions before his devotion to Duncan, Macbeth proved to be a perfidious servant of his king.
8 7. probity Noun Complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness. Example: To assure that his probity would never be questioned, the president hired someone to handle his personal finances during his term in office.
9 8. scrupulousAdj a. acting in strict regard for what is considered right or proper; having principles. b. Very conscientious and exacting.Related Words: scruple (noun); scrupulously (adv); scrupulousness (noun)Ex: We expect our leaders to behave scrupulously, by always doing the right thing.
10 9. spuriousAdj. a. Lacking authenticity or validity; false. b. Constituting a forgery.Related Words: spuriously (adv); spuriousness (noun)Example: Fred did not realize that he had been swindled until he attempted to cash the spurious check.
11 10. stratagemNoun- a. a clever scheme or trick designed to attain a goal. b. A maneuver designed to deceive or surprise an enemy.Example: Harley devised a stratagem to ensure Ahmed’s attendance at the surprise party.