Vocabulary, Unit 3

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40 terms · Words from Unit 3 of Vocabulary Workshop, Level G.

The assembly speaker couldn't be understood because he mumbled his words instead of _______________ them clearly.

ARTICULATE (articulating)

For as far as the eye could see, _______________ fields of unrip corn swayed gently in the morning breeze.

VERDANT

An educated citizenry will not give _______________ to wild charges of extremists seeking to undermine our political and economic system.

CREDENCE

How could we draw any clear ideas from a talk that was so disorganized, confused in language and generally _______________ ?

MURKY

Sadly, the _______________ schemes of high-minded idealists usually founder on the rocks of practical realities.

UTOPIAN

Such spices as red pepper make many of the sauces used in Cajun cooking delightfully _______________ .

PIQUANT

I believe there is an overall design to the universe that has been visible ever since the first thing crawled out of the _______________ ooze.

PRIMORDIAL

In the hands of our hopelessly _______________ producer, what should have been a surefire hit turned into a resounding fiasco.

FECKLESS

When new evidence turned up in the case, the court ordered the coroner to _______________ the victim's body and reexamine it.

EXHUME

Though diesel fuels are not as thick as motor oil, they are a good deal more _______________ than regular gasoline.

VISCOUS

Though I prefer to be as open and aboveboard as possible, I have learned that it is sometimes wiser or more tactful to _______________ .

DISSEMBLE

When Bill was told that he had made the varsity wrestling team, he began to _______________ around the gym like a young colt.

CAVORT

The NCAA has in recent years cracked down hard on such _______________ practices as "shaving points."

NEFARIOUS

He clothes his puny ideas in such highfalutin _______________ that they resemble gnats in top hats and tails.

VERBIAGE

The new chairman _______________ what she called the "deplorable tendency of so many Americans to try to get something for nothing."

DECRY (decried)

Even at an eary age, my sister _______________ a strong interest in studying medicine.

ENVINCE (envinced)

When news of the school fire ran through town, _______________ parents rushed to the scene of the blaze.

DISTRAUGHT

Every Memorial Day, the Mayor delivers a(n) _______________ extolling the selfless devotion of those who have died in defense of this country.

EULOGY

Since my apartment is in such close _______________ to my office, I usually walk to work.

PROPINQUITY

I have always regarded the man as something of a daredevil, but on this occasion he approached the problem with _______________ caution.

UNWONTED

Far from being unpleasant, her slight foreign accent added an extra dash of spice to her already _______________ personality.

PIQUANT

Trying to read you _______________ prose is just like trying to swin upstream through custard.

VISCOUS

An accomplished hypocrite usually finds it very easy to _______________ his or her true feelings as circumstances dictate.

DISSEMBLE

The new mayor is a curious mixture of the hardheaded pragmatist and the _______________ reformer.

UTOPIAN

The book has an interesting plot, but the author has practically smothered it in endless _______________ .

VERBIAGE

Though the work hadn't seen the light of day for over a century, a daring impresario _______________ and staged it to great public acclaim.

EXHUME (exhumed)

Not surprisingly, the address was a notably evenhanded affair in which the speaker cleverly mixed _______________ with admonition.

EULOGY

The investigating committe _______________ the use of substandard materials and slovenly workmanship in the housing project.

DECRY (decried)

One of the duties of a President is to _______________ the policies and programs of his administration in a forceful and convincing way.

ARTICULATE

The United States is cooperation with the other nations of the world in an effort to check the _______________ trade in narcotics.

NEFARIOUS

_______________ with grief, they sat motionless for hours, staring blankly into space.

DISTRAUGHT

The extraordinary musical talents of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart _______________ themselves at an amazingly early age.

ENVINCE (envinced)

Despite all the reports of "miraculous" cures, you would be well advised to withhold _______________ until the drug has been fully tested.

CREDENCE

The behavoir of armies in wartime often envinces the _______________ blood lust that civilized people have not yet fully overcome.

PRIMORDIAL

When life was easy he was all dash and confidence, but in times of trouble his essentially _______________ character came to the fore.

FECKLESS

The _______________ of our ideas on handling the problem made it very easy for my colleague and me to produce the report in record time.

PROPINQUITY

From the bridge, the rescue team could just make out the blurred image of a car beneath the _______________ waters of the river.

MURKY

Unfortunately, the _______________ hopes and aspirations of my youth have been somewhat blighted by the icy blasts of reality.

VERDANT

From the deck of our luxury liner, we occasionally caught sight of schools of porpoises _______________ playfully in the waves.

CAVORT (cavorting)

His _______________ interest in the state of my finances strengthened my suspicions that he was about to ask for a loan.

UNWONTED

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