Grades 9-10 (WVI 4)
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chasm a deep crack in the earth's surface.
degenerate to decline from an original or former condition; change for the worse in nature or quality; deteriorate.
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.
dross anything that is worthless or useless; rubbish.
enumerate to name or list one by one.
expatriate one who has gone into exile from or renounced allegiance to his or her native land.
intonation the pattern of changes in pitch of the speaking or singing voice.
iota an extremely small amount.
jocose inclined to joke; jovial; merry.
leer to give a sideways or nasty look or smile suggestive of malicious or sexual thoughts.
manipulate to handle or operate skillfully with the hands.
mercenary interested only in money and material gain.
mimicry an act, instance, or the art of imitating or copying the speech, behavior, or expressions of others.
prologue an introduction to a spoken or written work such as a speech or play; preface.
propagate to reproduce (offspring) or cause to reproduce.