Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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aplomb great self-confidence, composure, or poise.
assail to attack with vigor or violence; assault.
concur to share the same opinion; agree.
contretemps an embarrassing or unfortunate happening; mishap; mischance.
desiccate to remove the moisture in (food) so as to preserve it.
epistolary established or continued through letters.
exponent one that expounds or interprets.
hirsute covered with hair or stiff hairs; hairy or shaggy.
incumbent currently holding an office or position.
lanugo fine, soft hair, especially that with which a human fetus or newborn is covered.
lattice a flat framework made with strips of wood or other material. The strips cross each other and have open spaces in between. A lattice is often used as a screen on a porch or in a garden.
ontogeny the process of biological growth and development of a particular living organism.
plaudit (often plural) an enthusiastic show of approval, such as a round of applause or a very favorable review.
repine to express or feel unhappiness; complain; fret.
reprisal injury inflicted in retaliation for injury received, as in war; revenge.