Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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abut to adjoin or press against; be next to; border on.
asterisk a sign (*). It is used to show that there is other information on the page that explains the information where the sign is placed.
atonement the act of making reparation for a sin, crime, error, or the like.
bellicose easily incited to quarrel or fight; belligerent.
devolve of a duty or the like, to be passed on to someone else.
elide to leave out or slur, as a syllable or letter, in pronunciation.
heterodox deviating from an officially approved belief or doctrine, especially in religion.
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.
malingerer one who pretends to be ill or injured, especially in order to avoid work or duty.
maunder to speak in an aimless or foolish way; babble.
naturalism in literature, a method of depicting life that reflects a philosophy of determinism.
nostrum a favorite but unproven scheme or theory, offered as a remedy for social or political problems; panacea.
opiate something that induces relaxation, calm, or stupor.
tummler an entertainer or social director who encourages participation by guests or audience.