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Vocab Unit 9 Sentences

Sadlier-Oxford Vocab Level F Unit 9 Choosing the Right Word and Completing the Sentences
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novice
Before becoming a successful writer, Jack London was a ___________ prospector, searching for gold in Alaska.
anathematizing
As the election drew nearer, the candidates went from reasonable discussion to quarrelsomeness to __________________ each other.
adulation
Is it any wonder that a 17-year old star athlete becomes smug when she receives such _________________ from the entire school?
astute
Since my mother is such a(n) ____________ manager, she was the perfect choice to run the children's museum in our community.
culpable
What do you think of the concept that when a crime is committed, society is often as _________________ as the criminal?
irresolution
As a result of ___________________ when that novel was first submitted, the publishing house lost the biggest best seller of the year.
evanescent
The glory of this perfect spring day seems to be all the more precious because it is so _______________________.
egregious
I was absolutely stunned when I reviewed my bank statement, not realizing I had made an __________________ error in accounting.
abated
As soon as the hurricane _____________, rescue teams rushed out to help people in the devastated area.
torpid
The heat in the room, the quiet drone of the fly at the window, and the bright sunlight put me into a _______________ state.
nebulous
Sheila was feeling insecure after experiencing a ________________ sense of dread that something terrible was going to happen during her speech.
recapitulates
Biologists have a theory that every plant or animal in the course of its development ______________ all the stages of its evolution.
pretentious
Since he is known to be a millionaire, it seems almost ________________ of him, in an inverted sense, to drive around in a small, battered, inexpensive car.
supposition
You may be right in your belief that she won't let us use her car, but remember that this is still only a(n) ________________.
penury
In the densely populated and underdeveloped countries we visited, we saw the depths to which people can be reduced by _____________.
avarice
He is completely indifferent to wealth and luxurious living; his ___________ is directed instead toward fame and prestige.
dilatory
In playing chess, she deliberately uses ____________ tactics to make her opponent impatient and tense.
egregious
When the results of her mistakes became public knowledge, she gained a well deserved reputation for being an ______________ blunderer.
novice
Only a _____________ at golf would have tried to use a driver when hitting into such a strong wind.
equivocation
In everyone's life, a situation may arise that calls for a basic moral choice to be made, without compromise or _______________________.
slovenly
The ____________ physical appearance of the report was matched by its careless writing and disorganized content.
astute
Sportswriters attribute the success of the pennant-winning team largely to the ____________ managing of old Buck Coakley.
nebulous
What she calls her "philosophy of life" seems to me a hodgepodge of childish fallacies and _____________ generalizations.
resuscitated
They say that school spirit at Central High is dead, but I am confident that it can be _________________ if the right methods are used.
evanescent
It is difficult to remember my dreams, as I find them to be ____________.
resuscitate
Using the most up-to-date equipment, the firefighters worked tirelessly to ___________________ the victim of smoke inhalation.
egregious
I don't think I'd call such a(n) __________________ grammatical mistake a minor "slip of the pen".
irresolute
I was so _______________ about whether to go out for basketball or for swimming that I ended up going out for neither.
dilatory
When you are _____________ in returning a book to the library, you are preventing someone else from using it.
abated
As her anger slowly _____________, she realized that such childish outbursts of emotion would do nothing to help solve her problems.
adulation
It will mean more to him to gain the approval of the few people who can appreciate his work than to receive the ________________ of the crowd.
slovenly
I told my friend that dress for the party was casual, but he showed up looking, in my opinion, just plain __________________.
culpable
How can you consider him ________________ when the accident was caused by a landslide that no one could have foreseen or prevented?
anathema
Since I truly loathe people who think they are "above the common herd," any form of snobbery is absolutely ________________ to me.
avarices
The study of history teaches us that a hunger for land, like other kinds of ___________________, is the cause of a great many wars.
nebulous
He holds forth in great detail on what is wrong with our city government, but the remedies he suggests are exceedingly _______________.
penury
The ______________ she had experienced in her childhood and youth made her keenly aware of the value of money.
novice
Since he was a(n) __________________ at the game, the three veteran players hoped to find someone more suitable to play on their team.
supposition
You brilliant plan is based on one false ____________________ - that I am willing to work without pay.
pretentious
Does he use all those quotations as a means of clarifying his meaning, or simply as a(n) _________________ display of his learning?
evanescent
Sure, it's great to be a big-league ballplayer, but bear in mind that the years of stardom are brief and __________________.
astute
I was impressed by the ______________ way our hostess guided the conversation away from topics that might be embarrassing to her guests.
recapitulated
After giving us extremely detailed instructions for more than an hour, she briefly ___________________ and then sent us out on our assignments.
equivocate
Although she tried to _________________, we insisted on a simple "yes" or "no" answer.
torpid
Her mind, __________________ as a result of hours of exposure to the bitter cold, was not alert enough to sense the impending danger.