enthusiastically devoted to something, fervent; His _________ followers told everyone they met about the things he had taught them.
malicious, unjustifiable, unprovoked; They were charged with _________ acts against the king's zealots.
yearning, sadly longing; Enervated by years of hard work and loneliness, the old woman was _________ as she gazed out of the window at the youg lovers sharing the summer sunshine.
loud, noisy; He bragged in a _________ voice about his life as a purported virtuoso on the bagpipes.
an occupation, a job; Although they enjoyed their _________ as dog breeders, they were fettered by the continuous litters of puppies.
everyday speech, slang, idiom; Although Amy and Arthur are eager to demonstrate their English _________, they will never resort to profanity.
making peace, attempting to resolve a dispute through goodwill; The banker, upon finding that the young couple was destitute, became _________ and gave them an extra three months to pay back their loan.
boldness, recklessness, audacity; The young men had the _________ to say that they thought women had inferior intelligence to men.
wastefully extravagant; Because the old woman lived a _________ lifestyle, she ended her life in an abysmal building originally built as a canine shelter.