Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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adulteration the act or process of making worse or impure by adding unnecessary or inferior ingredients.
animus a feeling or attitude of enmity.
divergence the act of separating and moving or leading in different directions.
expostulate to argue earnestly with someone, usually against an intended action; remonstrate.
fealty faithfulness or loyalty.
heterodox deviating from an officially approved belief or doctrine, especially in religion.
indistinct not clearly perceived or perceiving.
insipid having a bland or uninteresting flavor; tasteless.
intransigence refusal to alter one's ideas or position in response to the wishes of others.
louche of questionable decency, morality, or taste; shady; disreputable.
mésalliance marriage with someone of lower social standing than oneself.
neophyte a beginner or novice at any activity.
nonpareil a person or thing whose excellence is unequaled; paragon.
recidivism chronic return to bad habits, especially criminal relapse.
tort in law, any civil rather than criminal harm or injury that violates the implicit duty of each citizen not to harm others, and for which one may bring a civil suit and collect compensation.