Grades 9-10 (WVI 4)
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adage an old familiar saying that shows the wisdom of a group of people; proverb.
alacrity willing promptness.
alimony money that a court orders one member of a divorced couple to pay to the other.
cosmopolitan of, drawn from, or common to all the world or all the peoples of the world.
deleterious harmful or injurious, as to health.
finite limited in number, quantity, or duration; capable of being measured. (Cf. infinite.)
kindred a group of related people, such as a tribe or clan.
larceny the stealing of another's personal property; theft.
modulate to vary the loudness, pitch, intensity, or tone of; especially soften or tone down.
placate to calm down and make less angry, especially by appeasement; conciliate; pacify.
plaintive showing or expressing sadness or sorrow.
recrimination an accusation made in response to being accused by another, or the act of countering one accusation with another.
repressive acting or tending to restrain or subdue.
rostrum a raised platform or dais for public speaking.
stricture that which restricts or constrains.