Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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academicism in the arts, rigid adherence to accepted and traditional forms.
appellative a descriptive name or title, as "Terrible" in "Ivan the Terrible".
ascertain to learn without question; determine.
augury the art or practice or an instance of predicting the future or obtaining hidden knowledge by interpreting omens.
coir the fiber made from coconut husks, used for matting, rope, or the like.
contretemps an embarrassing or unfortunate happening; mishap; mischance.
cravat a scarf or band of cloth tied loosely about the neck.
disaffection an absence or loss of good will, faith, or loyalty, especially toward a government, principle, or the like.
epistolary established or continued through letters.
figurehead a person whose title sounds important but who has no real power.
forbear to keep or abstain from (an action or utterance).
fulminate to vehemently denounce or criticize something.
heterodox deviating from an officially approved belief or doctrine, especially in religion.
opiate something that induces relaxation, calm, or stupor.
woebegone displaying or full of distress.