Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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atavism the recurrence or reappearance of a particular trait, style, attitude, or behavior that seemed to have disappeared, or that which has recurred or reappeared after such an absence.
divergence the act of separating and moving or leading in different directions.
encomium a formal expression of praise.
frangible easy to break; breakable; fragile.
gossamer delicately fine, gauzelike, or filmy.
halcyon tranquil; peaceful; calm.
heinous extremely wicked or despicable; atrocious.
idiosyncrasy a characteristic of temperament, habit, or physical structure particular to a given individual or group; peculiarity.
imprecation a curse, uttered or thought of.
insinuate to suggest (something derogatory) subtly and indirectly.
intelligentsia the elite class of highly learned people within a society, or those who consider themselves part of such a class.
limn to paint or draw.
omnibus concerning or including a large collection of things.
opprobrious expressing condemnation or scorn; accusing of shameful behavior.
raffish carelessly unconventional or disreputable, sometimes appealingly so.