Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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astringent a substance or drug that contracts body tissue and slows discharge or secretion.
conclave a secret, private, or confidential meeting or gathering.
disaffection an absence or loss of good will, faith, or loyalty, especially toward a government, principle, or the like.
disinter to dig up or remove from a place of burial; exhume.
flummox (informal) to confuse or puzzle.
harrow to go over or break up with a harrow.
impediment an obstacle or hindrance.
incredulous not able to believe something.
jejune lacking interest or liveliness; dull.
jeremiad a long complaint about life or one's situation; lamentation.
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.
nostrum a favorite but unproven scheme or theory, offered as a remedy for social or political problems; panacea.
reconnaissance the act or process of examining an area, especially to gain militarily useful information.
schadenfreude (often capitalized) pleasure derived from the misfortune of others.
topography the shape of the earth's surface across an area or region. The topography of an area includes the size and location of hills and dips in the land.