Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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ambidextrous able to use both the left and right hands with equal skill.
animus a feeling or attitude of enmity.
assuage to make less severe or more bearable; alleviate.
baleful threatening harm; full of malice; ominous.
bathos a sudden descent from an exalted style or esteemed state to the commonplace.
cognomen a last name; surname.
cravat a scarf or band of cloth tied loosely about the neck.
Úlan enthusiasm or vigor.
epicene sharing the traits of both sexes.
exegesis a critical explanation or interpretive analysis, especially of religious texts.
gullible believing almost anything; easily tricked.
mahatma (sometimes capitalized) in Buddhism and theosophy, any of a class of persons revered for their wisdom and love of humanity.
pungency sharpness or bite in taste or smell.
quotidian happening every day or once a day.
sepsis infection, especially by pus-forming bacteria in the blood or tissues.