Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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banal lacking originality or liveliness; disappointingly ordinary; commonplace; trite.
centripetal forced or moving inward toward a center point or axis.
demarcate to set apart or separate, as if with boundaries.
derision mockery or ridicule.
effluvium an outflow of usually invisible, foul-smelling vapor or gas.
harbinger someone or something that signals or foreshadows a later arrival or occurrence; herald; forerunner.
imbroglio a difficult, confused, or complicated situation, often involving a misunderstanding, disagreement, or quarrel.
laconic using very few words; succinct; terse.
lambent glowing softly.
nostrum a favorite but unproven scheme or theory, offered as a remedy for social or political problems; panacea.
perquisite a payment or benefit in addition to the wages or salary associated with a position.
recessional a piece of music that accompanies the exit of participants in a program or religious ceremony.
schadenfreude (often capitalized) pleasure derived from the misfortune of others.
sepsis infection, especially by pus-forming bacteria in the blood or tissues.
tort in law, any civil rather than criminal harm or injury that violates the implicit duty of each citizen not to harm others, and for which one may bring a civil suit and collect compensation.