Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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austerity a tightened or stringent economy, as when there are high taxes, frozen wages, and shortages of consumer goods.
consummate of the highest order or degree.
decedent in law, one who has died.
epistolary established or continued through letters.
garrulous given to talking excessively.
lacuna a gap or omitted part.
libertine acting without restraint; dissolute; amoral.
modus operandi a method of accomplishing something; way of working.
parsimonious excessively frugal; stingy.
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.
repose2 to put or place (confidence, hope, or the like) in someone or something.
surcingle a girth or belt that wraps around the body of a horse to secure a saddle, pack, or the like to its back.
virago a shrewish, domineering woman; nag or scold.
voluble characterized by a steady flow of words; fluent; talkative.