Grades 9-10 (WVI 4)
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antipodes places directly opposite each other on the surface of the earth, as the North Pole and the South Pole.
bombast boastful, pompous, or otherwise overblown utterances.
communal of or belong to members of a group; public; collective.
criteria a set of standards or tests by which to judge or decide something.
impale to pierce and hold fast with a sharp-pointed instrument such as a spear.
ire anger or wrath.
ludicrous worthy of mockery; laughable and ridiculous.
palatable acceptable or pleasing to the sense of taste.
plummet to fall sharply down, especially at high speed; plunge.
recession1 a period of reduced or declining economic activity.
sardonic bitterly mocking; derisive; scornful.
titanic having enormous size, strength, or power; colossal; huge.
turgid overwrought in language or style; too solemn or too ornate; inflated; bombastic.
vitality exuberance; energy; vigor.
zealous characterized by, showing, or filled with an intense enthusiasm, as toward a cause, purpose, or activity.