I read an abridged version of the book that was much shorter.
2. apex (n) – the highest point, as of a mountain
We skied to the base of the mountain from its apex.
3. blithe (adj) – joyous
She seemed so blithe and happy on her birthday.
4. culprit (n) – a guilty person
He was found to be the culprit. They found cookie crumbs in his pocket.
5. deteriorate (v) – to grow worse
My health began to deteriorate when I refused to go to the doctor.
6. erudite (adj) – very learned
The erudite professor loved to talk about history.
7. fledgling (n) – a young bird
I found the fledgling on the ground and tried to nurse it back to health.
8. mendacious (adj) – untrue
His statement was mendacious. I knew nothing about the stolen cookies.
9. outcry (n) – a loud cry
I heard the outcry as she jumped from the high diving board into the pool.
10. replenish (v) – to fill again
Can you please replenish my water glass? I’m still thirsty.