Grades 9-10 (WVI 4)
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defile1 to make unclean, foul, or filthy.
degeneration the process of decline or decay.
demagogue a leader, especially a speaker or politician, who attempts to persuade and to gain a following by appealing to the emotions and prejudices of the public, rather than by rational argument.
epigram a short, pithy, often paradoxical sentence.
evocative tending or able to call forth images, memories, feelings, and the like.
fictitious intended to deceive; not genuine; imaginary.
fulcrum that which other things are contingent upon or built around; a pivotal point or agent.
idealist a person with high or noble principles, goals, or codes of action.
indiscriminate lacking in judgment and discernment; making no distinctions.
magnate someone of exceptional power, wealth, or influence, especially in business.
pessimist one who usually expects a bad outcome.
plenitude abundance; fullness.
remunerative providing or likely to provide payment or reward; profitable.
sedulous steady and persistent in an action or duty; diligent.
temporize to be indecisive or delay acting, as in order to gain time or avoid conflict.