Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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appellation a name, title, or other designation.
ascertain to learn without question; determine.
burgeon to start to grow; send forth shoots, leaves, buds, or the like (often followed by "out" or "forth").
contumacious stubbornly disobedient; insubordinate; rebellious.
conversant familiar; acquainted; practiced (usually followed by "with" or "in").
debouch to advance out of a confined or narrow space such as a canyon into open country.
demulcent an oily or sticky substance used especially to soothe irritation in mucous membranes.
extenuate to reduce the magnitude or seriousness of (a fault or offense) by offering partial excuses.
laureate one honored for achievement in a particular field or by a particular award, especially in the arts or sciences.
luminary a famous, important, or inspirational person.
modus operandi a method of accomplishing something; way of working.
munificent having or showing great generosity.
naturalism in literature, a method of depicting life that reflects a philosophy of determinism.
purvey to supply or provide (especially food, drink, or other provisions).
transpose to exchange the position or order of (two things).