L3 - SENTENCE COMPLETION A - TWO BLANKS

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folly
(n) the fact of doing sth stupid, stupidity
admonishment
(n) telling sb firmly that you do not approve of sth that they have done
credit
(n) praise or approval because you are responsible for sth good that has happened
altruism
(n) (formal) the fact of caring about the needs and happiness of other people more than your own
repent
(v) (formal) to feel and show that you are sorry for sth bad or wrong that you have done
discern
(v) to know, recognize or understand sth, especially sth that is not obvious, detect
inherent
(a) that is a basic or permanent part of sb/sth and that cannot be removed, intrinsic
critical
(a) expressing disapproval of sb/sth and saying what you think is bad about them
confine
(v) place limits on (extent or access)
allot
(v) to give time, money, tasks, etc. to sb/sth as a share of what is available
appreciative
(a) feeling or showing that you are grateful for sth
negligible
(a) of very little importance or size and not worth considering
purport
(v) (formal) to claim to be sth or to have done sth, when this may not be true
scrutinize
(v) to look at or examine sb/sth carefully
illusory
(a) (formal) not real, although seeming to be
noteworthy
(a) deserving attention because important or interesting
substantiate
(v) to show something to be true, or to support a claim with facts
truculence
(n) unpleasant and likely to argue a lot
incredulity
(n) not wanting or not able to believe something, and usually showing this
acquiescence
(n) agreement
compelling
(a) If a reason, argument, etc. is compelling, it makes you believe it or accept it because it is so strong
gregarious
(a) (of people) liking to be with other people, or (especially of animals) living in groups
ardent
(a) showing strong feelings
repressed
(a) having feelings which you do not express
prudent
(a) avoiding risks and uncertainties; careful
rash
(a) careless or unwise, without thought for what might happen or result
intrusive
(a) affecting someone or something in an annoying, disturbing and unwanted way
impulsive
(a) showing behaviour in which you do things suddenly without any planning and without considering the effects they may have
aberration
(n) a temporary change from the typical or usual way of behaving
disdain
(n) when you dislike someone or something and think that they do not deserve your interest or respect
caricature
(n) (the art of making) a drawing or written or spoken description of someone, which makes part of their appearance or character more noticeable than it really is, and which usually makes them look silly
loathing
(n) strong hatred
disinclination
(n) a feeling of not wanting to do something
paradox
(n) a situation or statement which seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics
condemn
(v) to criticize something or someone strongly, usually for moral reasons
clemency
(n) kindness when giving a punishment
predispose
(v) to make someone more likely to behave in a particular way or to suffer from a particular illness or condition
suppress
(v) to end something by force
specious
(a) seeming to be right or true, but really wrong or false
belittle
(v) to make an action or a person seem like they are not important
dormant
(a) describes something that is not active or growing, but which has the ability to be active at a later time
gratuitous
(a) (disapproving) (of something such as bad behaviour) not necessary; with no cause
perpetual
(a) continuing forever in the same way
affluent
(a) having a lot of money or owning a lot of things; rich
indigence
(n) naturally existing in a place or country rather than arriving from another place
persevere
(v) to try to do or continue doing something in a determined way, despite having problems
retaliate
(v) to hurt someone or do something harmful to them because they have done or said something harmful to you
opulence
(n) expensive and luxurious
besieger
(n) an enemy who lays siege to your position
replenish
(v) to fill something up again
hoard
(v) to collect large amounts of something and keep it in a safe, often secret, place
superfluous
(a) more than is needed or wanted
deplete
(v) to reduce something in size or amount, especially supplies of energy, money, etc.
ration
(v) to limit the amount of a particular thing that someone is allowed to have
deprecating
(a) showing that you think something is of little value or importance
unerring
(a) never failing to hit a target
tact
(n) the ability to say or do the right thing without making anyone unhappy or angry
diplomatic
(a) (approving) acting in a way that does not cause offence
weather
(v) to deal successfully with a difficult situation or a problem
aggravate
(v) to make a bad situation worse