Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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aberration a deviation from what is considered normal or right; irregularity.
asceticism self-discipline and self-denial as a means of spiritual improvement.
astringent a substance or drug that contracts body tissue and slows discharge or secretion.
belie to give a false impression of.
epicure a person who has cultivated tastes, as in food or wine; connoisseur.
ersatz serving as a substitute, especially when of inferior quality.
fracas a noisy disturbance or quarrel.
heinous extremely wicked or despicable; atrocious.
homily any discourse offering moral advice or admonitions.
irrefragable impossible to refute or dispute; undeniable.
opprobrious expressing condemnation or scorn; accusing of shameful behavior.
pedagogy the act, process, or profession of teaching.
rapacious capable of capturing and eating live prey; predacious.
refulgent shining brilliantly; radiant.
triage a system of determining priority of medical treatment, on the basis of need, chances of survival, and the like, to victims on a battlefield or in a hospital emergency ward.