Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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adamant unlikely to change in response to any request or argument; firmly decided or fixed; unyielding.
atavism the recurrence or reappearance of a particular trait, style, attitude, or behavior that seemed to have disappeared, or that which has recurred or reappeared after such an absence.
attenuate to cause to be thin, rarefied, or fine.
austere having only what is needed; very simple or plain.
Byzantine characterized by complexity and intrigue.
dearth a shortage or scarcity of something; lack.
declivity a downward or descending slope.
extempore without plan or preparation; impromptu or improvised.
macrocosm a large unit or entity that represents on a large scale one of its smaller components.
nonplus to cause (someone) to be unable to think of what to say, do, or decide; perplex; bewilder.
oppugn to oppose, contradict, criticize, or call into question.
prerogative an exclusive right or privilege derived from one's office, position, age, citizenship, birth, or the like.
sanctimony a pretense of righteousness or piety; feigned devotion or holiness.
sartorial of or pertaining to tailors or tailored clothing, especially men's clothing.
stipple a method of painting, drawing, or engraving by applying small points, dots, or dabs to a surface.