Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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austerity a tightened or stringent economy, as when there are high taxes, frozen wages, and shortages of consumer goods.
chary not dispensing freely.
debouch to advance out of a confined or narrow space such as a canyon into open country.
derelict failing to fulfill one's responsibilities or obligations; remiss.
divergence the act of separating and moving or leading in different directions.
effete marked by excessive refinement or delicateness of taste.
hirsute covered with hair or stiff hairs; hairy or shaggy.
idiosyncrasy a characteristic of temperament, habit, or physical structure particular to a given individual or group; peculiarity.
impute to ascribe or attribute to a source or cause.
lenitive mitigating pain, discomfort, or distress; soothing.
malapropism the humorous or ridiculous misuse of a word, especially by using a word that sounds similar to the correct word, but whose meaning is inappropriate.
modus operandi a method of accomplishing something; way of working.
phlegmatic not given to shows of emotion or interest; slow to excite.
reconnaissance the act or process of examining an area, especially to gain militarily useful information.
rodomontade puffed-up boasting or bravado.