Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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advert to direct the attention by comment or remark.
asterisk a sign (*). It is used to show that there is other information on the page that explains the information where the sign is placed.
attenuate to cause to be thin, rarefied, or fine.
burgeon to start to grow; send forth shoots, leaves, buds, or the like (often followed by "out" or "forth").
debouch to advance out of a confined or narrow space such as a canyon into open country.
divergence the act of separating and moving or leading in different directions.
ersatz serving as a substitute, especially when of inferior quality.
inchoate partially or imperfectly developed.
occlude to close or obstruct (a passage or opening, one's vision, or the like).
pandemic a disease that afflicts many people over different continents.
pathos a quality in life or art that evokes pity, sadness, or compassion.
reconnaissance the act or process of examining an area, especially to gain militarily useful information.
sepsis infection, especially by pus-forming bacteria in the blood or tissues.
shunt to turn or move aside or out of the way; divert.
sylph a slender, graceful woman or girl.