Advanced World Literature and Culture

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approbation

the expression of approval or favorable opinion, praise; official approval

approbation

My broad hint that I had paid for the lessons myself brought smiles of ______ from all the judges at the piano recital

assuage

To make easier or milder, relieve; to quiet, calm; to put an end to, appease, satisfy, quench

assuage

Her eyes told me that more than a few well-chosen words would be needed to _____ her hurt feelings

coalition

A combonation, union, or merger for some specific purpose

coalition

the various community organizations formed a _____ to lobby against parking laws

decadence

decline, decay, or deterioration; excessive self-indulgence

decadence

Some characterized her love of chocolate as _____ because she ate at least two candy bars a day

elicit

to draw forth, bring out from some source (such as another person)

elicit

My attemp to _____ information over the phone was met with a barrage of irrelevent recordings

expostulate

to attempt to dissuade someone form some course of action or decision be earnest reasoning

expostulate

Shakespear's Hamlet finds it useless to _____ with his mother for siding with his stepfather

Hackneyed

used so often as to lack freshness or originality

Hackneyed

The Great Gatsby tells a universal story without being marred by _____ prose

Hiatus

a gap, opening, break (in the sense of having a missing element)

Hiatus

I was awakened not by a sudden sound but by a _____ in the din of traffic

Innuendo

a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference (often in a derogatory sense)

innuendo

Those lacking the facts or afraid of reprisals often tarnish an enemy's reputation by use of _____

Intercede

to plead on behalf of somone else; to serve as a third party or go-between in a disagreement

intercede

she will _____ in the dispute between the two children, and soon they will be playing happily again

jaded

wearied, worn-out, dulled (in the sense of being satisfied by excessive endulgence)

jaded

the wilted handclasp and the fast-melting smile mark the _____ refugee from too many parties

lurid

causing shock, horror or revulsion; sensational, pale or sallow in color

lurid

bright, sensational, and often _____, some old-time movie posters make todays newpaper ads look tame

meritorious

worthy, deserving of recognition and praise

mertitorious

many years of _____ service could not dissuade him from feeling he had not chosen work that he liked

petulant

peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset

petulant

an overworked parent may be unlikely to indulge the complaints of a _____ child

perogative

a special right or privilege, a special quality showing excellence

perogative

she seemed to feel that a snooze at her desk was not an annoying habit but the _____ of a veteran employee

provincial

pertaining to an outlying area, local; narrow in mind or outlook, countrified in the sense of being limited and backward OR a person with a narrow point of view; person form an outlying area

provincial

the banjo, once thought to be a _____ product of the southern hills, actually came here from Africa

simulate

to make pretense of, imitate

simulate

some skilled actors can _____ emotions they might never have felt in life

transcend

to rise above or beyond

transcend

a great work of art may be said to _____ time, and it is remembered for decades, or even centuries

unbrage

shade cast by trees; foliage giving shade; an overshadowing of influence or power; offence, resentment; a vague suspicion

unbrage

she hesitated to offer her opinion, fearing that they would take _____ at her criticism

unctuous

excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to give an impression of earnestness, sincerity or peity; fatty, oily

unctuous

her constant inquiring about the health of my family at first seemed friendly, later merely _____

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