AP Language & Comp. Unit 3

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Halcyon

idyllic, happy, peaceful.
"She fondly remembers the ______ days of her youth"

Prescient

having or showing knowledge of events before they take place:
"The teacher gave his students a _____ warning of a quiz the next day"

Perspicacious

having keen mental perception and understanding; discerning:
"to exhibit ______ judgment."

Unctuous

excessively or ingratiatingly flattering; oily:
"he seemed anxious to please but not in an ______ way"

Fortuitous

happening by a lucky chance; fortunate:
"a series of _______ events that advanced her career"

Indefatigable

persisting tirelessly:
"He was an ______ defender of human rights"

Inane

silly; stupid:
"don't constantly badger people with ______ questions"

Exemplary

serving as a desirable model; representing the best of its kind:
"The boy with an A+ average was given an award for _____ grades"

Mellifluous

sweet or musical; pleasant to hear:
"Her voice was ______ and smooth"

Nebulous

cloudy, lacking definite form or limits;
"She received a bad grade after giving a _______ recollection of the story in her English essay"

Sordid

involving ignoble actions and motives; arousing moral distaste and contempt; dirty or squalid:
"the story paints a _____ picture of bribes and scams"

Snide

derogatory or mocking in an indirect way; devious:
"I was grounded after saying ______ remarks about my mother"

Eminent

famous and respected within a particular sphere or profession; used to emphasize the presence of a positive quality:
"He is known as one of the world's most ______ musicians"

Scrupulous

diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to details:
"the research has been carried out with ______ attention to detail"

Notorious

famous or well known, typically for some bad quality or deed:
"he was a ______ drinker and womanizer"

Benign

gentle; kindly:
"her face was calm and ______"

Acerbic

sharp and forthright:
"his ______ wit won the fight"

Catty

deliberately hurtful in one's remarks; spiteful:
"the girls were known for their fierce and _____ attitudes"

Affable

friendly, good-natured, or easy to talk to:
"an _____ and agreeable companion"

Quixotic

exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical:
"the boy wanted to take on the ______ project of creating a life size volcano for a science project."

Munificent

larger or more generous than is usual or necessary:
"he was given the ______ prize of one million dollars for winning the school spelling bee"

Prodigal

spending money or resources freely and recklessly; wastefully extravagant:
"the ______ girl spent all of her allowance at one time on candy"

Decorous

in keeping with good taste and propriety; polite and restrained:
"At school dances, teachers encourage dancing with ______ space between partners"

Politic

seeming sensible and judicious under the circumstances:
"I did not think it ______ to express my reservations"

Sartorial

of or relating to tailoring, clothes, or style of dress:
"______ elegance"

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