Grades 9-10 (WVI 4)
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anathema something or someone despised or cursed.
cordon a chain of guards or military stations forming a defense or containment line around an area.
defray to pay or assist in the payment of (costs or the like).
entrench to establish firmly and unchangeably.
indelible incapable of being removed or obliterated; permanent.
informant one who reports or confides what he or she knows to another; source.
inhibit to hold back, restrain, prevent, or tend to do so.
inopportune occurring at an undesirable or unreasonable time.
jargon special words or language used by a particular group or to describe a particular interest.
laity the body of members of a religious group who are not part of the clergy.
libel in law, written or printed matter that is false, damages a person's reputation or material well-being, and arises from malice or extreme negligence.
martinet a person who enforces very strict discipline, especially in the military.
replenish to make complete or full again; refill.
stockpile a supply of items accumulated and maintained for future use.
vicissitude (usually plural) unexpected and unforeseeable changes or shifts, as in one's circumstances.