Grades 9-10 (WVI 4)
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complaisant eager or willing to please; amenable; obliging.
cordon a chain of guards or military stations forming a defense or containment line around an area.
disproportionate having too much of one thing in relation to something else; unbalanced.
equinox either of the two times during the year when the sun's rays are perpendicular to the earth's equator, occurring in March and September. During the equinox, day and night are both 12 hours long all over the world.
extrapolate to make an estimate or inference of (future probability or the like) on the basis of what is already known or has already occurred.
fraudulent characterized by or based on the use of deceit or trickery.
hedonistic adhering to or characterized by the principle that pleasure should be the primary aim in life.
obsession that which preoccupies one's mind or emotions excessively or abnormally.
outstrip to exceed or surpass.
penurious extremely needy or poor; poverty-stricken.
poseur one who adopts an affected attitude or manner in order to impress others.
sacrilege the violation, profane treatment, or destruction of some place or thing that is considered to be holy.
satirical containing or marked by the use of parody or irony to ridicule or denounce human corruptness or folly.
truism a self-evident statement; platitude.
vaporize to cause to become or diffuse as a vapor or gas; atomize; evaporate.