Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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austerity a tightened or stringent economy, as when there are high taxes, frozen wages, and shortages of consumer goods.
consummate of the highest order or degree.
flout to show scorn or contempt for, especially by openly or deliberately disobeying.
fulminate to vehemently denounce or criticize something.
gambit a tactic or maneuver designed to gain an advantage, especially one that involves some sacrifice on one's part.
garrulous given to talking excessively.
laureate one honored for achievement in a particular field or by a particular award, especially in the arts or sciences.
loll to hang down loosely; dangle.
neologism a new word, phrase, or usage.
obfuscate to make (something) seem or be difficult to understand; obscure or darken.
perquisite a payment or benefit in addition to the wages or salary associated with a position.
picayune having little value or significance; small; paltry.
proselytize to convert or try actively to convert (others) to one's own beliefs or religion.
raffish carelessly unconventional or disreputable, sometimes appealingly so.
recant to withdraw from commitment to (a former position or statement), especially publicly; retract.