Grades 9-10 (WVI 4)
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acclimate to become used to new weather conditions or surroundings.
anathema something or someone despised or cursed.
clemency the inclination to be merciful or forgiving; leniency.
craven shamefully timid or afraid; cowardly.
crux an essential, basic, crucial, or pivotal point.
expendable considered able to be replaced, given up, or sacrificed.
gist the essential part or idea, as of an argument or written work.
inviolate not broken, disturbed, or profaned; pure or intact.
metabolism the processes in plants and animals by which food is changed into energy or used to make cells and tissues.
misdeed an unacceptable, evil, or illegal act.
permeate to pass or diffuse through; penetrate.
pessimist one who usually expects a bad outcome.
promenade a leisurely walk, especially in a public place.
propensity a natural or inborn tendency, aptitude, or preference (often followed by an infinitive or "for").
venturesome tending to take risks; brave.