Grades 9-10 (WVI 4)
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acme the highest point, as of attainment; pinnacle.
antecedent an event, circumstance, or thing coming before another.
antiquate to make obsolete or old-fashioned.
autocracy rule by one person with absolute power; despotism.
decadence a decline into immorality; loss of moral values.
discontinuity lack of coherence or logical sequence.
exhume to dig out, especially from a grave; disinter.
infamy evil or shameful reputation.
ingénue an inexperienced or artless girl or the role of a such a girl in a dramatic presentation.
lobbyist one who attempts, on behalf of a special interest group, to influence the way legislators vote.
parody a humorous imitation in print, music, or performance of a serious person, work of art, or publication.
posterity all generations to come.
preclude to prevent from happening by means of prior action or previously established condition.
retrospect reflection on the past or on past events or achievements.
tractable easy to manage or guide; docile.