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Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop Level B

canvass

(v.) to go through an area in order to procure votes, sales, or opinions; to go over in detail; to discuss

graphic

Syn: lively, colorful, descriptive

casual

(adj.) happening by chance or on an irregular basis; showing little concern; informal

graphic

A witness gave the reporter a _______ account of the destruction caused by the tornado.

melancholy

(adj.) sad, gloomy, unhappy; (n.) sadness, gloominess

bystander

The _______ who had witnessed the collision gave his statement to the police.

parch

Syn: dry up, dehydrate, desiccate

downtrodden

(adj.) treated unfairly and cruelly, oppressed

vital

The treaty is of _____________ importance to the security of our nation.

graphic

(adj.) lifelike, vivid; relating to the pictorial arts

accelerate

Syn: step up, quicken, hasten

quibble

(v.) to evade or belittle a point by twisting words or raising minor objectives; (n.) a petty objection

ratify

Ant: cancel, repeal, annual, veto

ordeal

(n.) a difficult or painful experience, a trial

flounder

After suffering much damage in the storm, the small craft was left to ___________ about helplessly.

gruesome

(adj.) horrible, revolting, ghastly

regal

Syn: majestic, stately, princely, august

stifle

(v.) to mother, prevent from breathing; to hold back or choke off

bystander

Ant: active participant

puny

The wrestler let out a coarse burst of laughter when his ___________ opponent entered the ring.

puny

(adj.) of less than normal strength or size; of no importance

melancholy

The tune and the lyrics of the song were filled with ____________.

erode

(v.) to wear away gradually, eat away

entice

Ant: nauseate, sicken, revolt, repeal

persist

Ant: give up, discontinue

accelerate

Ant: slow down, retard, decelerate

erode

Syn: corrode, abrade

parched

The fields of Oklahoma were __________ by drought in the 1930s.

melancholy

It must have been the gloom of the house and the steady rain that made me feel so __________.

entice

To ________________ shoppers into the store, salespersons were giving away coupons for free gifts.

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