Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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augury the art or practice or an instance of predicting the future or obtaining hidden knowledge by interpreting omens.
austerity a tightened or stringent economy, as when there are high taxes, frozen wages, and shortages of consumer goods.
baleful threatening harm; full of malice; ominous.
beatify to admire or exalt as superior.
consummate of the highest order or degree.
disheveled not neat; messy.
extirpate to get rid of completely, as if by pulling up the roots; root out.
hirsute covered with hair or stiff hairs; hairy or shaggy.
humanism a doctrine or mode of thought that gives highest importance to human dignity, values, potentials, and achievements.
opprobrious expressing condemnation or scorn; accusing of shameful behavior.
perquisite a payment or benefit in addition to the wages or salary associated with a position.
pinchbeck false, sham, or counterfeit.
reconnaissance the act or process of examining an area, especially to gain militarily useful information.
relict a plant, animal, or geological feature that has survived in a considerably changed environment.
savor to give an impression; hint (usually followed by "of").