Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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antediluvian hopelessly old-fashioned; primitive; outdated.
cognizant aware; informed (usually followed by "of").
constrict to pull or squeeze in; make smaller or more narrow; tighten.
diatribe a bitter, abusive attack in speech or writing.
fungible interchangeable.
impediment an obstacle or hindrance.
louche of questionable decency, morality, or taste; shady; disreputable.
maunder to speak in an aimless or foolish way; babble.
mélange a mixture, usually of very dissimilar elements.
mendicant living on charity; begging.
obscurantism a deliberate lack of clarity or directness of expression, as in certain styles of art or literature.
obviate to prevent or eliminate in advance; render unnecessary or irrelevant.
panegyric a formal speech or piece of writing devoted to publicly praising a person or thing.
stipple a method of painting, drawing, or engraving by applying small points, dots, or dabs to a surface.
voluble characterized by a steady flow of words; fluent; talkative.