Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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adamant unlikely to change in response to any request or argument; firmly decided or fixed; unyielding.
alfresco in the open air; outdoors.
antebellum in or of the period prior to a war, especially the American Civil War.
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.
Byzantine characterized by complexity and intrigue.
contumacious stubbornly disobedient; insubordinate; rebellious.
exegesis a critical explanation or interpretive analysis, especially of religious texts.
facsimile an exact copy or duplicate of something printed or of a picture.
fledge to grow flight feathers.
oblique not direct or straightforward in intent, means, or achievement; indirect or devious.
parvenu a person who has suddenly acquired wealth or status, without acquiring the tastes, manners, customs, or the like of his or her new station.
recondite involving profound concepts and complexities; not easily understood.
regicide the murderer of a king.
supine lying with the face upward.
woebegone displaying or full of distress.