Grades 9-10 (WVI 4)
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aesthete one who is or professes to be particularly attentive to and appreciative of beauty, especially in the arts.
arrears the state of being delinquent in the payment of financial obligations (usually preceded by "in").
criteria a set of standards or tests by which to judge or decide something.
discernible able to be perceived or distinguished.
genteel displaying traits such as refinement and politeness that are traditionally associated with wealth and education.
glib speaking or prone to speak easily and fluently, especially in a careless or thoughtless manner, with little concern for the truth.
mimicry an act, instance, or the art of imitating or copying the speech, behavior, or expressions of others.
paradox a statement that contradicts or seems to contradict itself, yet often expresses a truth, such as "Less is more".
pellucid extremely clear in meaning.
perpendicular at a right angle to.
perspicacity keenness of mental perception or grasp; astuteness.
pessimist one who usually expects a bad outcome.
posit to propose or suggest as an account of something or as a contribution to an understanding of something.
skiff a small, light boat that may have sails but can be rowed by one oarsman.
throwback a reappearance of an outmoded procedure, system, or the like.