Unit 2 choosing the right word
Terms in this set (25)
Marian Wright Edelman has never succumbed to (drivel, lassitude) but has instead remained a tireless advocate of children's rights since the 1960s.
In stating that "All men are created equal and endowed ... with certain inalienable rights," the Declaration of Independence proclaims the (intrinsic, callow) value of every human being.
The large trees that surrounded the strange mansion (occulted, ameliorated) our view of the building.
We are all ready and willing to do what must be done; what we need is leadership-not (exhortation, aplomb)
In this situation we cannot act on the basis of what may be (surmised, inveighed), but only in accordance with what is definitely known.
One way to (ingratiate, ameliorate) your fears of giving a speech is to put your audience at ease with a personal anecdote.
A sour odor of decay, stale air, and generations of living (permeated, precipitated) every corner of the old tenement.
I (surmised, infringed) that you did well on your test when you bolted through the front door as though you had just won the lottery.
When the bridge suddenly collapsed in the high winds, the people on it at the time were (inveighed, precipitated) to their deaths in the watery abyss below.
"I'm sure your every wish will be granted," I assured the demanding child, my tongue firmly in my check, "when and if the (exhortation, millennium) ever comes!"
Although the music-an etude by Schumann-was not familiar to him, the pianist followed the sheet music and played the piece with great (aplomb, lassitude)
The song had a pleasant, (stringent, ingratiating) melody that gained it quick popularity and then caused it to be forgotten just as quickly.
I trust that we shall have the will to improve what can now be improved and the patience to bear what cannot now be (ameliorated, surmised)
After the unexpected defeat, the members of the team wanted to be alone and regarded anyone who entered the locker room as a(n) (interloper, lassitude).
I can usually forgive a(n) (callow, ex officio) display of feeble jokes and showing off-but not by someone who has passed his fortieth birthday.
The publisher will take prompt legal action against anyone who (inveighs, infringes) on the copyright of this book.
This famous definition by a British general (epitomizes, infringes) the nature of war: "Lon periods of intense boredom punctuated by short periods of intense fear."
If you desire a strong garlic flavor that (precipitates, permeates) the dish, use fresh, minced garlic rather than garlic powder.
After the speaker had droned on pointlessly for half hour, an angry man in the front row stood up and said, "Must we continue to listen to all this childish (lassitude, drivel)?"
Kathy baked cookies for her book club, hoping to (surmise, ingratiate) herself so that she would be nominated as president.
Because I believe in spreading governmental powers among several officials, I am opposed to having the Mayor serve as (intrinsic, ex officio) head of the Board of Education.
His message may seem (bombastic, callow), but there is a solid framework of practical ideas underlying the rather pompous language.
Do we need new laws to combat crime, or rather, more (ingratiating, stringent) enforcement of the laws we already have?
She handled a potentially embarrassing situation with cool ______________
It is easy to ___________ against "dirty politics," but less easy to play a positive role, however small, in the political process.