Grades 9-10 (WVI 4)
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ameliorate to make better; improve.
catechism a summary of the principles of a religion, especially Christianity, in the form of questions and answers.
designate to choose for a particular job or purpose.
exhume to dig out, especially from a grave; disinter.
intercede to act as a mediator in a dispute or disagreement.
intone to recite in musical or lengthened tones, especially in a monotone; chant.
mediocre of average to poor quality; ordinary.
nadir the lowest or most depressing point or stage.
partake to take part; participate (usually followed by "in").
preoccupy to absorb the entire time or attention of.
rectify to put right or correct (a bad situation, injustice, or the like); remedy.
reputable known to be held in esteem; respected.
slur to speak of disparagingly; belittle.
sophistry a subtle, deceptive method of reasoning or arguing, involving statements that sound plausible but are actually false or fallacious.
succulent full of juice or sap; juicy.