Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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apotheosis a perfect or ideal example; epitome.
austere having only what is needed; very simple or plain.
bibulous addicted to alcohol; alcoholic.
blatant completely obvious or undisguised, sometimes offensively so.
constrict to pull or squeeze in; make smaller or more narrow; tighten.
extenuate to reduce the magnitude or seriousness of (a fault or offense) by offering partial excuses.
heinous extremely wicked or despicable; atrocious.
highbrow one who has or pretends to have highly sophisticated intellectual and cultural interests and tastes (often used disparagingly).
inculcate to cause to accept an idea or value; imbue.
phlegmatic not given to shows of emotion or interest; slow to excite.
relict a plant, animal, or geological feature that has survived in a considerably changed environment.
reprise repetition of a musical phrase or theme in an identical or slightly altered way.
solecism a gross violation of convention in grammar, etiquette, or the like; impropriety.
sylph a slender, graceful woman or girl.
welter to roll about or wallow, as in mud or the open sea.