Grades 12+ (WVI 5)
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accretion the process of gradual increase or growth, especially by additions from the outside.
affidavit a written statement that is sworn in the presence of an authorized official to be true, used as legal evidence.
attenuate to cause to be thin, rarefied, or fine.
benign causing little or no harm.
colloquialism a word or phrase typically used in conversational, informal, or regional speech or writing, hence sometimes considered inappropriate in formal writing.
consternation surprise and alarm, leading to panic, deep disappointment, or total confusion.
dawdle to waste time; be slow.
dissimulate to hide one's true feelings, intentions, or the like by pretense or hypocrisy.
effrontery shameless impudence; insolence.
expostulate to argue earnestly with someone, usually against an intended action; remonstrate.
incessant never stopping; constant.
paroxysm a sudden strong outburst of feelings or actions.
pedagogy the act, process, or profession of teaching.
rodomontade puffed-up boasting or bravado.
solecism a gross violation of convention in grammar, etiquette, or the like; impropriety.