Grades 9-10 (WVI 4)
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apex the highest point; tip.
confidant one to whom a secret or secrets are entrusted.
despot a ruler who has complete power and authority.
docile obedient and easy to manage.
grapple to grasp, twist, or wrestle in close combat.
heretic a person who maintains unorthodox religious opinions or beliefs, especially a baptized Roman Catholic who dissents from official church doctrine.
laggard someone or something that falls behind the expected pace.
redundant unnecessarily repetitive.
reproach to express disapproval of or disappointment with (someone); censure.
self-determination the ability or freedom of a people to decide their own form of government.
solemnity the condition or quality of being grave or serious.
supersede to take over the position or influence of; replace.
torrid parched or scorched by the sun, as a geographic area.
vaporize to cause to become or diffuse as a vapor or gas; atomize; evaporate.
wheedle to try to persuade or influence by coaxing or flattery; cajole.