Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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canard a deliberately false story or rumor, usually defamatory to someone.
cognomen a last name; surname.
deadeye an expert shooter.
dilatory used to cause a delay.
duress intimidation or coercion.
epistolary established or continued through letters.
idyllic charmingly simple and natural, as a scene or experience; suggestive of peaceful countryside.
laconic using very few words; succinct; terse.
malinger to pretend illness or injury, especially in order to be excused from duty or work.
otiose having no purpose or use; unnecessary or futile.
revetment a facing of stone, masonry, or the like to support or protect a wall, embankment, or mound of earth.
salvo the firing of guns or other firearms simultaneously or in succession, especially as a salute.
Saturnalia an occasion of unrestrained revelry.
stentorian extremely loud and powerful.
surcingle a girth or belt that wraps around the body of a horse to secure a saddle, pack, or the like to its back.