Grades 9-10 (WVI 4)
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amalgam a mixture of diverse components.
anathema something or someone despised or cursed.
atrophy a gradual wasting away of a body part, especially from insufficient use or nourishment.
caprice a sudden, impulsive change of mind or direction, or an unpredictable action.
divest to take rights or property away from; dispossess, especially by legal means.
ferment a state of upset or fast change.
fledgling a young bird that has just grown flight feathers or learned to fly.
incongruity the condition of being inappropriate or inconsistent.
nominal in name alone.
pretext a false reason or claim put forward to mask one's true motive or aim.
replete well-supplied; full (usually followed by "with").
spate a sudden rush, outpouring, or flood.
spontaneous happening in a free way; not forced.
stanza a group of related lines in a poem that make up one section within the poem. Stanzas often have a regular meter and rhyme pattern.
vouch to promise to be true, real, or correct (usually followed by "for").