Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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aggregate a sum, combination, or composite of separable elements.
aplomb great self-confidence, composure, or poise.
boudoir a woman's private sitting room or bedroom.
cloture in U.S. parliamentary procedure, a method of ending debate and causing an immediate vote on the matter being discussed.
coddle to simmer in water that is almost at the boiling point.
concur to share the same opinion; agree.
cravat a scarf or band of cloth tied loosely about the neck.
espouse to take up, hold, or commit oneself to (a cause, idea, or belief); embrace.
internecine of or pertaining to conflict, discord, or struggle within a group.
lupine2 fierce; greedy.
malfeasance an illegal act or wrongdoing, especially by a public official.
maverick a person who thinks and behaves independently, especially one who refuses to adhere to the orthodoxy of the group to which he or she belongs.
meretricious appealing or attracting in a cheap, showy, or shallow way.
rodomontade puffed-up boasting or bravado.
voluble characterized by a steady flow of words; fluent; talkative.