Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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antebellum in or of the period prior to a war, especially the American Civil War.
burgeon to start to grow; send forth shoots, leaves, buds, or the like (often followed by "out" or "forth").
canard a deliberately false story or rumor, usually defamatory to someone.
cognomen a last name; surname.
comity mutual courtesy and respectful treatment among people or nations.
decedent in law, one who has died.
deposition a sworn statement, usually in writing, for use as testimony by an absent witness in a court of law.
desideratum something that is needed or wanted.
expound to discuss or explain in detail (usually followed by "on" or "upon").
incessant never stopping; constant.
insinuate to suggest (something derogatory) subtly and indirectly.
magnum opus a great work of art, literature, or music, especially a particular person's masterpiece.
modus operandi a method of accomplishing something; way of working.
reprobate an evil or lawless person, often beyond hope of redemption.
sanctimony a pretense of righteousness or piety; feigned devotion or holiness.