cutting to the heart of the matter; She never squandered the time which had been allotted for her presentations, but gave very _______ speeches every time.
filth, repulsive living conditions; The media was surprisingly incisive when describing the ________ in the orphanage.
rejected, denied, disowned; Although films were taken of the squalor in which the children lived, the director _______ the allegations.
like brothers; Although the men had been on many trips together, the organization repudiated any claims of a ______ bond.
poison, torment, cause of harm; Extraneous paperwork is the _______ of my office position.
to summon or bring into being as if by magic; The alcoholic husband tried to _______ up an excuse for having squandered his entire paycheck at the bar.
glowing, brilliant, giving off heat or light, enlightening; Not only was Jean's speech incisive, but her innovative ideas were so _______ that the remainder of the event was filled with excellent brainstorming.
without ceasing, without stopping, continuous; The mayor was not only impervious to the squalor in the teens' recreation area, but his audacity in suggesting that the _______ calls to the police by the neighbors were a minor problem was inexcusable.
not broke or bankrupt, able to pay one's bills; Although the company insisted that it was ______, its debtors repudiated the fact, based on the unpaid invoices each of them held.
quiet, restrained, reluctant; Although they belonged to the same fraternity, he was ______ when they asked him about the details of his recent break-up with his girlfriend.