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unsure how to act
Shirley was totally nonplussed when the angry motorist cut her off and then stuck his finger out the window.
The ruling political party has begun a campaign to shut down subversive websites that it deems as a threat to national safety
Despite a raft of city ordinances passed by an overzealous council, noise pollution continued unabated in the megalopolis
Stranded in a cabin over the winter, Terry was able to eke out an existence on canned food.
Many Roman emperors were known for their dissolution, indulging in unspeakable desires of the flesh.
The FBI has made so many restrictions on the local police that they are absolutely hamstrung, unable to accomplish anything
Poor Billy was the victim of the virago's invective—she railed at him for a good 30-minutes about how he is the scum of the earth for speaking loudly on his cellphone in public
Plaque is insidious: we cannot see it, but each day it eats away at our enamel, causing cavities and other dental problems
His traffic violations ran the gamut from the venial to the egregious—on one occasion he simply did not come to a complete stop; another time he tried to escape across state lines at speeds in excess of 140 mph.
As the sun beat down and the temperature climbed higher, we spent a languid week lying around the house
Welles wasn't known for his temperance--he usually ate enough for two and drank enough for three.
Showing no patience, the manager utterly lambasted the sales team that lost the big account.
To receive an R rating, the entire movie was bowdlerized because it contained so much violence and grotesque subject matter.
Everyone found Nancy's banter innocuous—except for Mike, who felt like she was intentionally picking on him.
Doctors used to be itinerant, traveling between patients' homes.
The Bible is fertile ground for exegesis—over the past five centuries there have been as many interpretations as there are pages in the Old Testament.
After her third pet dog died, Marcia was simply forlorn: this time even the possibility of buying a new dog no longer held any joy
The baroness was arch, making playful asides to the townspeople; yet because they couldn't pick up on her dry humor, they thought her supercilious.
The professor wanted to tell the jury in detail about his new book, but the lawyer said it wasn't germane to the charges in the cases
attack a reputation
Count Rumford denigrated the new theory of heat, demonstrating that it was wholly inadequate to explain the observations.
attacker of beliefs
Lady Gaga, in challenging what it means to be clothed, is an iconoclast for wearing a meat dress to a prominent awards show.
The querulous old woman was begining to wear down even the happier members of the staff with her ceaseless complaining.
After two months at sea, the exiguity of the ship's supplies forced them to search for fresh water and food.
The film was incredibly mawkish, introducing highly likeable characters only to have them succumb to a devastating illnesses by the end of the movie.
not saying much
While Martha always swooned over the hunky, laconic types in romantic comedies, her boyfriends inevitably were very talkative—and not very hunky.
As a young girl she was diffident and reserved, but now as an adult, she is confident and assertive。
The manager specified that all other gates be locked, to preclude the possibility of persons without tickets entering the arena undetected
After being caught in bed with a mistress, the mayor was quickly censured by the city council.
After watching his superior take rations from the soldiers, he quickly became disaffected and rebelled.
Katie is so parsimonious that she only buys a pair of socks if all of her other socks have holes in them.
The lowest circles in Dante's Inferno were for those who had practiced perfidy, and among these, the very lowest was for those, such as Judas, who had been treacherous to one of their benefactors.
While Phil frequently made mordant remarks about company policy overall, he always was considerably gentler in discussing any person in particular.
Mother Anna was always on guard against any solecism from her children and scolded them immediately if any of them talked out of place in public.
Bob took a risk walking into the Students Barbershop—in the end he had to upbraid the apparently drunk barber for giving him an uneven bowl cut.
The child's heartbeat is still weak, but I am seeing many propitious signs and I think that she may be healing.
Most psychologists object to the pejorative term shrink, believing that they expand the human mind, not limit it.
Phil gets so involved thinking about Aristotle's arguments that he totally forgets quotidian concerns, such as exercising and eating regularly
Joey had difficulty hanging out with his former best friend Perry, who, during his entire cup of coffee, enumerated all of the government's deficiencies--only to break ranks and launch into some screed against big business.
urge into action
At mile 23 of his first marathon, Kyle had all but given up, until he noticed his friends and family holding a banner that read, "Go Kyle"; galvanized, he broke into a gallop, finishing the last three miles in less than 20 minutes.
What I expected to be an intelligent, nuanced historical documentary turned out to be a poorly-produced travesty of the form.
During his reign, Caligula indulged in unspeakable sexual practices, so it not surprising that he will forever be remembered for his turpitude.
The men found him raffish, but the women adored his smart clothes and casual attitude.
showing off learning
Professor Thompson was regarded as an expert in his field, but his lectures were utterly pedantic, focused on rigorous details of the most trivial conventions in the field.
The gossamer wings of a butterfly, which allow it to fly, are also a curse, so delicate that they are often damaged.
Monte had a predilection for the fine things in life: Cuban cigars, 200 dollar bottles of wine, and trips to the French Riviera.
Even some of the most sacred sporting events are not immune to venality, as many of the officials have received substantial bribes to make biased calls.
During the rain delay, many who had come to see the game palavered, probably hoping that idle chatter would make the time go by faster.
Two-years in Manhattan had changed Jenna from an ingenuous girl from the suburbs to a jaded urbanite, unlikely to fall for any ruse, regardless of how elaborate.
When listening to a politician speak, it is hard to distinguish the spurious claims from the authentic ones.
After work, I was expecting my colleagues to be enthusiastic about the outing, but I found them in a state of complete torpor.
The composer Wagner, while living on a limited salary, was so profligate as to line all the walls of his apartment with pure silk
When asked about her father, Helen lost her outward enthusiasm and became rather reticent.
In giving Marcia a particular vociferous response, Paul caused people at every other table in the restaurant to turn around and look at them angrily.
The so-called magical diet cure simply ended up mulcting Maria out of hundreds of dollars, but did nothing for her weight.
Since the politician preached ethics and morality, his texting of revealing photographs was ignominious, bringing shame on both himself and his party.
The professor's volubility knows no bounds; he could talk through a hurricane and elaborate a point from one St. Patrick's Day to the next.
I found Ulysses recondite and never finished the book, waiting instead to read it with someone else so we could penetrate its meaning together.
seek favor from another
Even though Tom didn't like his new boss, he decided to ingratiate himself to her in order to advance his career.