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abridge

to shorten, to diminish (Some companies publish _______ versions of novels.)

alacrity

prompt and cheerful response (I accepted his invitation to the prom with ________.)

antipathy

a dislike, distaste, enmity (The woman's obvious _________ towards snakes surfaced when she came into contact with the slithering reptile.)

augment

to make greater or to supplement (We must try to ________our savings this year.)

bombastic

using inflated language, pompous (The politician was _________ as he railed against big government.)

decry

to speak against, to rail against, to disparage (Many _____ the lack of concern for this problem.)

eclectic

coming from a variety of diverse sources (His _________ tastes range from Bach to The Beatles.)

enhance

to make better, to improve (Your chances of passing the test will be ________ if you study.)

euphonious

pleasant or agreeable (sound); dulcet (The __________ sound of the record lulled the baby to sleep.)

fervid

ardent, burning, impassioned (The evangelist is a ______ crusader against sin.)

impecunious

without money (Some formerly rich people have become ___________ because of the poor oil and real estate market.)

ingratiate

to make an effort to gain good favor with someone (He tried to __________ himself with the girls parents by being polite.)

luxuriant

abundant in growth, very fertile (The ________ farmland of Iowa provides an abundant amount of food.)

paltry

trifling, petty, worthless (He was building ______ houses unfit for occupancy.)

pedantry

act of showing off learning in a manner that is needless and unimaginitive (The teacher's lectures are a demonstration of _________ without scholarship.)

placid

peaceful, calm (The wilderness is usually a ______ place where one can relax.)

preclude

to make impossible (A low SAT score may ________ your acceptance to that college.)

promontory

land or rock projecting into a body of water (A __________ is an ideal place to build a lighthouse.)

raze

to completely destroy (Atomic war will ____ many cities.)

secular

non-religious, worldly ("Jingle Bells" is a _______ Christmas song.)

static

(adj.) having no motion, showing little change (Since our town has attracted little new industry, the population of the city has become ______.)

tact

keen sense for what is appropriate or tasteful in delicate situations (The diplomat handled the situation with much ____ and courteous behavior.)

torpid

sluggish, inactive, dull (He is always ______ on Sunday mornings.)

vindicated

cleared of accusations or charges (I am willing to go to trial and believe that I will be __________ of all charges.)

vindictive

revengeful, spiteful (You should be more forgiving and less __________.)

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