Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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argot the vocabulary or jargon characteristic of a specific group or class, especially of criminals.
epistemology the branch of philosophy dealing with the origin, nature, and limits of human knowledge.
festoon a decorative chain or strip of ribbons, flowers, leaves, or the like, suspended at the ends and hung in a curve.
figurehead a person whose title sounds important but who has no real power.
flagitious viciously or shamefully wicked; infamous.
gossamer delicately fine, gauzelike, or filmy.
intersperse to place or scatter among other things.
lenitive mitigating pain, discomfort, or distress; soothing.
mahatma (sometimes capitalized) in Buddhism and theosophy, any of a class of persons revered for their wisdom and love of humanity.
mélange a mixture, usually of very dissimilar elements.
modular designed with standardized units that may be arranged or connected in a variety of ways.
nonplus to cause (someone) to be unable to think of what to say, do, or decide; perplex; bewilder.
obscurantism a deliberate lack of clarity or directness of expression, as in certain styles of art or literature.
pinchbeck false, sham, or counterfeit.
remonstrate to say in opposition, protest, or objection.