Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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antebellum in or of the period prior to a war, especially the American Civil War.
arrant complete; unmitigated; downright.
canny difficult to fool or take advantage of; shrewd; wary; clever.
deposition a sworn statement, usually in writing, for use as testimony by an absent witness in a court of law.
ensconce to position (oneself) firmly or comfortably.
extenuate to reduce the magnitude or seriousness of (a fault or offense) by offering partial excuses.
imbricate overlapping in an even sequence, as roof tiles or fish scales.
impugn to call into question; challenge or try to discredit.
inquest a legal investigation, usually involving a jury, especially a coroner's investigation of a suspicious death.
intelligentsia the elite class of highly learned people within a society, or those who consider themselves part of such a class.
phlegmatic not given to shows of emotion or interest; slow to excite.
recessional a piece of music that accompanies the exit of participants in a program or religious ceremony.
recurve to bend or curve back or backward, as the ends of certain shooting bows.
repine to express or feel unhappiness; complain; fret.
schadenfreude (often capitalized) pleasure derived from the misfortune of others.