Grades 9-10 (WVI 4)
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aggrandize to make, or cause to appear, grander in wealth, stature, power, or influence; exalt.
audit an often official examination of records or financial accounts to check their accuracy, or the report of such an examination.
backfire to have results that are the opposite of what one wanted.
brandish to wave or shake (something such as a weapon) in a threatening or agitated manner.
distillation the process of heating a substance to produce a vapor, which is then cooled and condensed, in order to purify, concentrate, or extract components from the substance.
electorate a body of those entitled to participate in an election; qualified voters, as a group.
inglorious bringing shame or disgrace; shameful; dishonorable.
mundane of or pertaining to what is common and everyday; ordinary; commonplace.
patina a greenish, brownish, or reddish crust or film produced by oxidation on the surface of old metals such as bronze and copper.
raze to knock down or tear down (a structure); level.
reassess to evaluate again.
remunerative providing or likely to provide payment or reward; profitable.
scintillate to send out sparks.
stalemate any situation in which a further action, offer, or the like is impossible or unlikely; deadlock.
stupor a state of unconsciousness, insensibility, or torpor.