Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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abeyance temporary suspension or cessation.
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.
crass lacking in sensitivity or refinement; crude.
feckless weak or incompetent; ineffective.
gadfly a persistent critic, especially of established institutions and policies.
idiosyncrasy a characteristic of temperament, habit, or physical structure particular to a given individual or group; peculiarity.
incredulous not able to believe something.
incumbent currently holding an office or position.
penury severe poverty; pennilessness.
quotidian happening every day or once a day.
sententious using or marked by pompous, high-flown moralizing.
somatic of or pertaining to the body itself; corporeal.
stochastic of, or arising from chance or probability.
vitiate to harm the quality of; mar; spoil.