Grades 9-10 (WVI 4)
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adversary a person, group, or thing that is against another; opponent; enemy.
amiable having or showing a friendly manner.
castigate to punish or rebuke, as with severe public criticism; chastise.
decrepit in poor condition because of old age or much use; dilapidated; worn-out.
dissertation a formal and usually lengthy exposition in speech or writing, especially a detailed report of research by a candidate for a doctoral degree.
distillation the process of heating a substance to produce a vapor, which is then cooled and condensed, in order to purify, concentrate, or extract components from the substance.
facile acting or working in an easy, effortless manner.
fallible liable to error.
incontrovertible not able to be questioned or disputed.
infringe to cross established limits; encroach; trespass (usually followed by "on" or "upon").
lucid easy to understand; articulate; clear.
malady an illness of the body or mind.
sophistry a subtle, deceptive method of reasoning or arguing, involving statements that sound plausible but are actually false or fallacious.
taciturn habitually silent and uncommunicative.
waif a child without a home or friends.