(v.) To have an intense dislike or hatred for
I _____ cruelty yet do not always notice when I have said something cruel.
(n.) The modification of the social patterns, traits, or structures of one group or society by contact with those of another; the resultant blend
Every immigrant group newly arrived in another country goes through a slow process of ____.
(adj.) Resulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character; accidental, not essential; (medicine) acquired, not congenital
It was no____ meeting that led to their writing songs together, for in fact they were cousins.
(v.) To assign or refer to (as a cause or source), attribute
You may____ these holes to gophers or elves, but I blame the dog from next door.
(adj.) Roundabout, not direct
I followed a____path through the woods, not because I feared pursuit, but because I was lost.
(v.) To sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress
The family____ with her after the loss of her old and faithful dog.
(v.) To direct or order; to prescribe a course of action in an authoritative way; to prohibit; to urge someone
I____ them to stop spending much money or to face the consequences.
(v.) To make easy, cause to progress faster, speed up
They seemed more willing to ____my work but instead, distracted me.
(v.) to make amends, make up for; to avert
They seemed more than willing to____their guilt by whatever means necessary.
(n.) A state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence; (v.) to be in or work into such a state; to produce alcohol by chemical action
Caught in the___of revolution, the young men enlisted with the local militias.
(adj.) Resulting from or marked by lack of attention; unintentional, accidental
The poor fellow was stronger than he realized, and the damage he did was ____.
(adj.) Existing in name only, not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously
Because so many of its patients were having financial trouble the health clinic charged only ____.
(adj.) Not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no
We questioned her quietly, carefully, and at length, but her answers remained _____.
(v.) to steal something that has been given into one's trust; to take improperly for one's own use
Investigators discovered that the clerk came up witha scheme to ____ from the company.
(n.) A natural or habitual inclination or tendency (especially of human character or behavior)
Curious, patient, and fond of long walks, she soon displayed a ____ for nature study.
(n.) Composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances
An experienced actor can perform with what seems like limitless ____, even when he forgets a line.
(adj.) Resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an established government
Dictators usually begin their reigns by searching out and silencing____ opinion.
(adj.) Thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance or significance; lacking a sound basis, poorly supported
My grasp of trigonometry was ____until I attended the extra-help sessions.
(adj.) bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting (like a strong acid)
Though hurt by his _____ language, I had to admit that some of his points were valid.
(v.) To use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end
The spy used charm and flattery in order to ____ the information from the diplomat.