Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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apotheosis a perfect or ideal example; epitome.
asceticism self-discipline and self-denial as a means of spiritual improvement.
deign to consider some act to be appropriate or in keeping with one's dignity; condescend.
delectation enjoyment; delight; pleasure.
descant a secondary, usually higher, melody that is played or sung at the same time as the chief melody.
entreat to beg for something, or to do something.
festoon a decorative chain or strip of ribbons, flowers, leaves, or the like, suspended at the ends and hung in a curve.
hagiography an admiring and uncritical biography of anyone.
jeremiad a long complaint about life or one's situation; lamentation.
lambent glowing softly.
loll to hang down loosely; dangle.
maverick a person who thinks and behaves independently, especially one who refuses to adhere to the orthodoxy of the group to which he or she belongs.
regicide the murderer of a king.
rodomontade puffed-up boasting or bravado.
tyro one who is beginning to learn a business, trade, sport, or the like; novice; neophyte.