Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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abrogate to abolish, repeal, or nullify by authority.
abstruse difficult to comprehend or understand; esoteric; arcane.
assail to attack with vigor or violence; assault.
debauch to lead or seduce into immorality or intemperance; corrupt.
debouch to advance out of a confined or narrow space such as a canyon into open country.
doyen the senior or highest-ranking male member of a group.
espouse to take up, hold, or commit oneself to (a cause, idea, or belief); embrace.
frangible easy to break; breakable; fragile.
gossamer delicately fine, gauzelike, or filmy.
inadvertent not planned or intended; unintentional.
intelligentsia the elite class of highly learned people within a society, or those who consider themselves part of such a class.
lenitive mitigating pain, discomfort, or distress; soothing.
lorgnette eyeglasses, such as opera glasses, that have a short handle by which one holds them in position.
mahatma (sometimes capitalized) in Buddhism and theosophy, any of a class of persons revered for their wisdom and love of humanity.
scabrous characterized by a rough or scaly surface, as the leaf of a plant.