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attempt to convert
Lisa loves her Mac but says little about it; by contrast, Jake will proselytize, interrogating anyone with an Android about why she didn't purchase an iPhone.
Bryan is dogmatic in his belief that the earth is flat, claiming that all pictures of a spherical earth are computer generated.
In her recent book, the author conflates several genres--the detective story, the teen thriller, and the vampire romance--to create a memorable read.
The comedian told one flat joke after another, and when the audience started booing, he pugnaciously spat back at them, "Hey, you think this is easy - why don't you buffoons give it a shot?"
Sitting all alone in his room, Harvey begrudged the happiness of the other children playing outside his window.
Shelly was jaundiced towards Olivia; though the two had once been best friends, Olivia had become class president, prom queen, and, to make matters worse, the girlfriend of the one boy Shelly liked.
American basketball players are always conspicuous when they go abroad--not only are they American, but some are over seven feet tall.
Jude is entertaining, but he is no raconteur: beyond the handful of amusing stories he has memorized, he has absolutely no spontaneous story-telling ability.
Entrusted with the prototype to his company's latest smartphone, Larry, during a late night karaoke bout, let the prototype slip into the hands of a rival company—the next day Larry was excoriated, and then fired.
The ideal politician would have the probity to lead, but reality gravely falls short of the ideal of morally upright leaders.
height of development
As difficult as it is to imagine, the apotheosis of Mark Zuckerberg's career, many believe, is yet to come.
Since her father is a billionaire, she is given dispensation from many of the school's policies.
Whenever the jester fell to the ground in mock pain, the king guffawed, exposing his yellow, fang-like teeth.
Much of the modern art movement was an atavism to a style of art found only in small villages through Africa and South America.
Captain Ahab was an intrepid captain whose reckless and fearless style ultimate leads to his downfall.
group seizing power
As dangerous of a threat as North Korea is, some analysts believe that were a junta suddenly to gain power, it could be even more unpredictable and bellicose than the current leadership
The Internet has unleashed the invectives in many of us; many people post stinging criticism on the comments section underneath newspaper articles or YouTube videos.
marked by internal strife
The guerilla group, which had become so powerful as to own the state police, was finally destroyed by an internecine conflict.
Charlie may seem to run at a plodding pace, but he is an ultramarathoner, meaning he runs distances of up to 100 miles, and can run for ten hours at a stretch
Dave asked Andrew to do just a simple toast, but Andrew launched into a full panegyric, enumerating a complete list of Dave's achievements and admirable qualities.
No child has the temerity to go in the rundown house at the end of the street and see if it is haunted.
The manager spent an hour objurgating the employee in the hopes that he would not make these mistakes again.
A cogent argument will change the minds of even the most skeptical audience.
seize without authority
Arriving at the small town, the outlaw arrogated the privileges of a lord, asking the frightened citizens to provide food, drink, and entertainment.
Wallace Stegner lamented the lack of gumption in the U.S. during the sixties, claiming that no young person knew the value of work.
After the Montagues and Capulets discover the dead bodies of Romeo and Juliet, in the play's most poignant moment, the two griefstricken familes agree to end their feud once and for all.
At the funeral, lugubrious songs filled the small church.
While the banker maintained a semblance of respectability in public, those who knew him well were familiar with his many crimes.
Even in the midst of a lousy sales quarter, Debbie remained Pollyannaish, never losing her shrill voice and wide smile, even when prospective customers hung up on her.
speak ill of
Todd was noble after the divorce, choosing to say only complimentary things about Barbara, but Barbara did not hesitate to vilify Todd.
No number of pleas and bribes would get him to change his obdurate attitude.
Although many top chefs have secured culinary foam's popularity in haute cuisine, Waters criticizes it for being jejune and unfilling.
Until the Spanish Armada was defeated in 1587, Spain had hegemony over the seas, controlling waters stretching as far as the Americas.
In countries with rampant graft, getting a driver's license can require no more than paying an official.
Since he was so in love with her, he took umbrage at her comments, even though she had only meant to gently tease him.
Political broadsides are usually strongest in the weeks leading up to a national election.
Jill presented a rather superficial treatment of sales in Asia, but her trenchant analysis of sales in Europe inspired a number of insights into how to proceed in that market.
When the Senator was asked about where the negotiations would lead, he said that any guess he could make would be an unreliable prognostication.
Cheryl rolled her eyes when she heard the lecturer's hackneyed advice to be true to yourself.
Compared to middle school students, who have an untamed wildness about them, high school students are somewhat more tractable
Nelson's parents exhorted him to study medicine, urging him to choose a respectable profession; intransigent, Nelson left home to become a graffiti artist
straying from course
Unlike his peers, who spent their hours studying in the library, Matthew preferred errant walks through the university campus.
The car dealer's ersatz laughter was immediately followed by a price quote, one that Shelley found highly inflated.
No longer a staunch supporter of Anarchism, Terry now sometimes questions whether society would be better off without defined hierarchies.
refuse to accept
The students were willing to clean up the broken glass, but when the teacher asked them to mop the entire floor, they balked, citing reasons why they needed to leave.
showing no limits
Due to wanton behavior and crude language, the drunk man was thrown out of the bar and asked to never return.
One by one, the presidential candidates dropped out of the race, their respective checkered pasts— from embezzlement to infidelity—sabotaging their campaigns.
Often we think that great leaders are those who are gregarious, always in the middle of a large group of people; yet, as Mahatma Gandhi and many others have shown us, leaders can also be introverted
The profits at our firm bucked the general downturn that affected the real estate industry
not giving up
Even the most tenacious advocates for gun ownership must admit some of the dangers that firearms present.
Middle managers at times make important decisions, but real responsibility for the financial well-being of the corporation is ultimately incumbent on the CEO
Max liked to maunder down by the seaside and pick up whatever sea shells he would stumble upon.
state of guilt
Since John had left his banana peel at the top of the stairwell, he accepted culpability for Martha's broken leg
The theater was full of parvenus who each thought that they were surrounded by true aristocrats.
We rarely invite my fractious Uncle Nino over for dinner; he always complains about the food, and usually launches into a tirade on some touchy subject
At first I thought my niece was guileless, but I then found myself buying her ice cream every time we passed a shop
To get close to the senator, the assassin dissembled his intentions, convincing many people that he was a reporter for a well-known newspaper.
The amount of GRE vocabulary he used increased with his years--by the time he was 60, his novels were so turgid that even his diehard fans refused to read them.
Some professors find teaching untoward as having to prepare for lectures and conduct office hours prevents them from focusing on their research
clear of blame
Even seven Tour de France wins cannot vindicate Lance Armstrong in the eyes of the public--that the athlete used performance enhancing drugs invalidates all those wins
pungent in taste
The chef, with a mere flick of the salt shaker, turned the bland tomato soup into a piquant meal.
Compared to Juliet's passionate concern for human rights, Jake's non-stop concern about football seems somewhat frivolous
There is a paucity of jobs hiring today that require menial skills, since most jobs have either been automated or outsourced
Maggie's enthusiasm about her high school team seemed provincial to her college classmates, all of whom were following a nationally ranked team
The theater was full of parvenus who each thought that they were surrounded by true aristocrats
based on chance
Though Maria's neighbor Ernie "bumped into" her at the Farmer's Market, the encounter wasn't nearly as fortuitous as Maria was led to believe: Ernie desperately wanted to ask Maria out on a date and had been following her about town