Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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academicism in the arts, rigid adherence to accepted and traditional forms.
apotheosis a perfect or ideal example; epitome.
attenuate to cause to be thin, rarefied, or fine.
berate to reproach or scold severely.
consternation surprise and alarm, leading to panic, deep disappointment, or total confusion.
disaffection an absence or loss of good will, faith, or loyalty, especially toward a government, principle, or the like.
extirpate to get rid of completely, as if by pulling up the roots; root out.
feckless weak or incompetent; ineffective.
foible a minor flaw or weakness in personality, character, or behavior.
lugubrious sad or mournful, especially in an exaggerated way; gloomy.
munificent having or showing great generosity.
peripatetic walking or traveling around; going from place to place; itinerant.
relict a plant, animal, or geological feature that has survived in a considerably changed environment.
sotto voce in a low voice or undertone, so as not to be overheard; softly (often used as a musical direction).
welter to roll about or wallow, as in mud or the open sea.