Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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aplomb great self-confidence, composure, or poise.
austerity a tightened or stringent economy, as when there are high taxes, frozen wages, and shortages of consumer goods.
derelict failing to fulfill one's responsibilities or obligations; remiss.
descant a secondary, usually higher, melody that is played or sung at the same time as the chief melody.
diatribe a bitter, abusive attack in speech or writing.
disquisition a formal, often lengthy, oral or written discussion of a subject.
effete marked by excessive refinement or delicateness of taste.
epicure a person who has cultivated tastes, as in food or wine; connoisseur.
homily any discourse offering moral advice or admonitions.
hypocrisy the practice or an instance of stating or pretending to hold beliefs or principles that one does not actually live by; insincerity.
peremptory not permitting refusal or disobedience.
reconnaissance the act or process of examining an area, especially to gain militarily useful information.
saturnine gloomy, sullen, or cynical in temperament or appearance.
untoward unexpected and unfortunate.
welter to roll about or wallow, as in mud or the open sea.