n. highly successful action or sudden attack. As the news of his ____ spread throughout Wall Street, his fellow brokers dropped by to congratulate him.
adj. secret; hidden; implied. Investigations of the Central Intelligence Agency and other secret service networks reveal that such ____ operations can get out of control.
adj. avaricious; eagerly desirous of. The child was ____ by nature and wanted to take the toys belonging to his classmates.
v. terrorize; intimidate. The little boy was so ____ed by the hulking bully that he gave up his lunch money without a word of protest.
v. shrink quivering, as from fear. The frightened child ____ed in the corner of the room.
adj. shy; modest; coquettish. Reluctant to commit herself so early in the game, Kay was ____ in her answers to Ken's offer.
v. cheat; hoodwink; swindle. he was the kind of individual who would ____ his friends in a cheap card game but remain eminently ethical in all his business dealings.
adj. sour; peevish. The children avoided the ____ old man because he scolded them when they made noise.
adj. very unrefined; grossly insensible. The film critic deplored the crass commercialism of movie-makers who abandon artistic standards in order to make a quick buck.
*adj. cowardly. Lillian's ____ refusal to join the protest was criticized by her comrades, who had expected her to be brave enough to stand up for her beliefs.
n. belief. Do not place any ____ in his promises.
n. belief on slight evidence; gullibility. Con artists take advantage of the ____ of inexperienced investors to swindle them out of their savings.
n. increase in the volume or intensity, as in a musical passage; climax. The overture suddenly changed from a quiet pastoral theme to a ____ featuring blaring trumpets and clashing cymbals.
adj. dejected; dispirited. We were surprised at his reaction to the failure of his project; instead of being ____, he was busily engaged in planning new activities.
n. crack; fissure. The mountain climbers found footholds in the tiny ____s in the mountainside.
v. shrink back, as if in fear. The dog ____ed, expecting a blow.
n. hag; demon; old woman. The toothless ____ frightened us when she smiled.
adj. eccentric; whimsical. Although he was reputed to be a ____ old gentleman, I found his ideas substantially sound and sensible.
n. essential or main point. This is the ____ of the entire problem: everything centers on its being resolved.
n. secret recess or vault usually used for burial. Until recently only bodies of rulers and leading statesmen were interre in this ____.
n. small chamber used for sleeping. After her many hours of intensive study in the library, she retired to her ____.
v. pick out; reject. Every month the farmer ____s the nonlaying hens from his flock and sells them to the local butcher.
n. artificial channel for water. If we build a ____ under the road at this point, we will reduce the possibility of the roads' being flooded during the rainy season.
n. greed. The defeated people could not satisfy the ____ of the conquerors, who demanded excessive tribute.
n. superintendent; manager. The members of the board of trustees of the museum expected the new ____ to plan events and exhibits that would make the museum more popular.
n. churlish, miserly individual. Although many regarded him as a ____ , a few of us were aware of the many kindnesses and acts of charity that he secretly performed.
adj. casual; hastily done. Because a ____ examination of the ruins indicates the possibility of arson, we believe the insurance agency should undertake a more extensive investigation of the fire's cause.
adj. skeptical or distrustful of human motives. ____ from birth, Sidney was suspicious whenever anyone gave him a gift "with no strings attached."
v. work at in a nonserious fashion; splash around. The amateur painter ____ ed at art, but seldom produced a finished piece. The children ____ed their hands in the bird bath, splashing one another gleefully.
n. raised platform for guests of honor. When she approached the ____, she was greeted by cheers from the people who had come to honor her.
v. trifle with; procrastinate. Laertes told Ophelia that Hamlet would only ____ with her affections.
adj. damp. The walls of the dungeon were ____ and slimy.
adj. spotted. The sunlight filtering through the screens created a ____ effect on the wall.
adj. neat and trim. In The Odd Couple, Tony Randall played Felix Unger, an excessively ____ soul who could not stand to have a hair out of place.
v. smear (as with paint). from the way he ____ed his paint on the canvas, I could tell he knew nothing of oils.
*adj. bold. Despite the dangerous nature of the undertaking, the ____ soldier volunteered for the assignment.
v. loiter; waste time. We have to meet a deadline. Don't ____; just get down to work.
n. standstill; stalemate. Because negotiations had reached a ____, some of the delegates had begun to mutter about breaking off the talks.
adj. wooden; impassive. We wanted to see how long he could maintain his ____ expression.
n. scarcity. The ____ of skilled labor compelled the employers to open trade schools.
v. corrupt; seduce from virtue. Did Socrates' teachings lead the young men of Athens to be virtuous citizens, or did they ____ the young men, causing them to question the customs of their fathers? Clearly, Socrates' philosophical talks were nothing like the wild debauchery of the toga parties in Animal House.
adj. friendly; aiming to please. The ____ youth was liked by all who met him, because of his cheerful and obliging manner.
v. expose as false, exaggerated, worthless; ridicule. Pointing out that he consistently had voted against strengthening antipollution legislation, reporters ____ed the candidate's claim that he was fervent environmentalist.
n. decay. the moral ____ of the people was reflected in the lewd literature of the period.
v. pour off gently. Be sure to ____ this wine before serving it.