Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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berate to reproach or scold severely.
cognomen a last name; surname.
delectation enjoyment; delight; pleasure.
ensconce to position (oneself) firmly or comfortably.
exegesis a critical explanation or interpretive analysis, especially of religious texts.
extenuate to reduce the magnitude or seriousness of (a fault or offense) by offering partial excuses.
impermeable not permitting passage or penetration.
jeremiad a long complaint about life or one's situation; lamentation.
knurled having small ridges.
mésalliance marriage with someone of lower social standing than oneself.
nonpareil a person or thing whose excellence is unequaled; paragon.
oblique not direct or straightforward in intent, means, or achievement; indirect or devious.
pneumatic of, using, or concerning air or other gases.
refulgent shining brilliantly; radiant.
transpose to exchange the position or order of (two things).