Grades 9-10 (WVI 4)
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apex the highest point; tip.
capitalist one who supports an economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately owned, and prices are chiefly determined by open competition in a free market.
circumstantial relevant but not essential; incidental.
coerce to persuade or pressure (a person) to do something by using threats, intimidation, or the like.
diminutive very small; tiny.
figurative not meant to be interpreted in a literal way; metaphorical.
garish marked by excessive or tasteless color or decoration; gaudy; flashy.
insufferable incapable of being tolerated or endured; unbearable.
laborious requiring considerable effort or perseverance.
myopic unable to see objects clearly from a distance; nearsighted.
neutrality the foreign policy of a nation that refuses to take sides in an international dispute.
patriarch a man who is the leader of a family or tribe.
reconstitute to put together or form again.
spate a sudden rush, outpouring, or flood.
viscous having an adhesive, gluey consistency that resists flow.