Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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alfresco in the open air; outdoors.
austerity a tightened or stringent economy, as when there are high taxes, frozen wages, and shortages of consumer goods.
cavalier carefree and offhand; nonchalant.
conjoin to combine for a common purpose.
derelict failing to fulfill one's responsibilities or obligations; remiss.
equipoise a state of balance or equal weight, importance, or the like; equilibrium.
figurehead a person whose title sounds important but who has no real power.
guru in a cult or religious movement, a spiritual guide or leader, sometimes believed to be divine.
idyllic charmingly simple and natural, as a scene or experience; suggestive of peaceful countryside.
impinge to encroach.
maunder to speak in an aimless or foolish way; babble.
minatory presenting a threat; menacing.
misfeasance a normally lawful act performed in an unlawful way.
nostrum a favorite but unproven scheme or theory, offered as a remedy for social or political problems; panacea.
parlous full of dangers or risks; perilous.