Vocab Unit 9 Choosing the Right Word

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sophomoric

Paul tries to sound well-informed, but his pretentious answers only betray his _____ knowledge of world affairs.

allocate

Our meeting last week was marred by a heated debate over how to _____ the funds in ths year's budget.

emaciated

In the concentration camps, the liberating troops found thousands of victims horribly _____ as the result of starvation diets.

brash

Sylvia was _____ enough to tell her mother she was going to the dance in spite of the doctor's orders.

palatable

Since their loud talk and crude manners were anything but _____ to me, I decided to travel by myself.

ardent

Her _____ interest in ecology shows that she cares deeply about the welfare of this planet.

capricious

The tastes of the TV audience are so _____ that no one can predict in advance which programs will be successful.

rancor

Perhaps you have been treated unfairly, but what good will it do to alloq your sense of _____ to control your mood and behavior?

chastise

He seems to fell that it is his mission to _____ all those who fail to live up to his standards.

omnipotent

The lecturer explained that th UN is not _____ and that it can do only what the member states allow it to do.

assiduous

What he lacks in skill, he makes up in ______ attention to every last detail and requirement of the job.

copious

During the depression of the 1930's. the entire nation seemed to take new strength from Roosevelt's _____ energy and enthusiasm.

inkling

George Gershwin's early songs gave only a dim _____ of the genius that was to express itself in Porgy and Bess.

exulted

After so many years of losing teams, the entire student bogy _____ when our team finally won the cirywide basketball championship.

spontaneous

Her simple, _____ expression of appreciation meant more to me that all the elaborate, carefully phrased tributes I recieved.

indemnity

The destruction wrought by a nuclear war would be so vast that any form of _____ to the injured would be impossible.

deviate

We must show understanding and acceptance of those who _____ somewhat from our own standards of what is "right."

limpid

Far from being "effortless" her simple, _____ writing style is the result of the most painstaking efforts.

gnarled

His weathereaten, shaggy, and _____ appearance did not conceal entirely traces of the handsome boy I had once known.

poignant

Tennyson speaks of "sorrow's crown of sorrow," by which he means the _____ experience of remembering happier things.

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