Vocab G Unit 5 Choosing the Right Word

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acuity

It is only in superior mental powers, not in physical strength or __________ of the senses, that humans beings surpass other living things.

delineate

Few writers have J. D. Salinger's remarkable ability to __________ the emotions and aspirations of the average teenager.

depraved

Like a true fanatic, he considers anyone who disagrees with him on any issue to be either feebleminded or __________.

enervate

Scandal and corruption may so __________ an administration that it can no longer function effectively.

esoteric

The conversation between the computer programmers was so __________ that I wasn't sure whether they were speaking English.

fecund

Her imagination is like a __________ field in which new ideas spring up like so many ripe ears of corn.

fiat

In a democracy, the government must rule by persuasion and consent - not by mere __________.

figments

A true sign of intellectual maturity is the ability to distinguish the __________ of wishful thinking from reality.

garner

I appreciate all those kind expressions of gratitude for my services, but I had hoped also to __________ some greenbacks.

hallowed

We will never abandon a cause that has been __________ by the achievements and sacrifices of so many noble people.

idiosyncratic

He means well, but we cannot tolerate his highly __________ behavior in an organization that depends on discipline and teamwork.

ignominy

Cleopatra took her own life rather than suffer the __________ of being led through the streets of Rome in chains.

mundane

In that rarefied atmosphere, I was afraid to ask about anything quite so __________ as the location of the john.

nuances

Two synonyms are rarely exactly the same because __________ of tone or applicability make each of the words unique.

overweening

How I'd love to knock the wind out of the sails of that lout's __________ conceit!

penchant

Someone with a pronounced __________ for saying the wrong thing might justly be described as a victim of "foot-in-mouth" disease.

reputedly

The alert defense put up by our team completely neutralized our opponents' __________ unstoppable passing attack.

sophistry

Your language is indeed clever and amusing, but your argument is nothing but a piece of outright __________.

sumptuous

The __________ banquet was a pleasant change of pace from the spartan fare to which I had become accustomed.

ubiquitous

Probably no complaint of young people is more __________ than "My parents don't understand me!"

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