Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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abash to cause to feel embarrassed, uneasy, or ashamed.
austere having only what is needed; very simple or plain.
conclave a secret, private, or confidential meeting or gathering.
constrict to pull or squeeze in; make smaller or more narrow; tighten.
epicure a person who has cultivated tastes, as in food or wine; connoisseur.
highbrow one who has or pretends to have highly sophisticated intellectual and cultural interests and tastes (often used disparagingly).
impermeable not permitting passage or penetration.
ingenuous having or showing simplicity and lack of sophistication; artless.
louche of questionable decency, morality, or taste; shady; disreputable.
panegyric a formal speech or piece of writing devoted to publicly praising a person or thing.
pinchbeck false, sham, or counterfeit.
pungency sharpness or bite in taste or smell.
reconnaissance the act or process of examining an area, especially to gain militarily useful information.
schadenfreude (often capitalized) pleasure derived from the misfortune of others.
shibboleth a slogan, phrase, or belief that characterizes or is held devotedly by a group.