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voracious
The youngster who reads ___,
indiscriminate
... though ___, does not necessarily gain in wisdom over the teenager who is more selective in his reading choices.
eminent
A young man who has read the life story of every ___ athlete of the twentieth century
steeped
or a coed who has ___ herself in every social-protest novel she can get her hands on,
replete
But books are ___ with so many wonders that it is often discouraging to see bright young people limit their
own experiences.
replete
The football game was __________ with excitement and great plays.
eminent
The __________ author received the Nobel Prize for literature.
steeped
My cousin is so __________ in schoolwork that his friends call him a bookworm.
voracious
After skiing, I find that I have a __________ appetite.
indiscriminate
Modern warfare often results in the __________ killing of combatants and innocent civilians alike.
eminent
of high reputation, outstanding
replete
completely filled or supplied with
indiscriminate
choosing at random without careful selection
voracious
desiring or consuming great quantities
steeped
soaked, drenched, saturated
abound
The worlds of science-fiction ___ with wonders.
prognosticated, matron
A British scientist has ___ that within ten years every suburban ___ will have her own robot servant.
matron
A British scientist has prognosticated that within ten years every suburban ??? will have her own robot servant.
automaton
One task this domesticated ___ will not have to contend with will be scouring the oven because even today the newest ranges can be "programmed" to reduce their own baked-on grime to easily disposed of ashes.
prognosticate
The mayor refused to __________ as to his margin of victory in the election.
automaton
The time is approaching when human workers may be replaced by __________.
matron
A clever salesman will always ask a __________ if her mother is at home.
abound
The western plains used to __________ with bison before those animals were slaughtered by settlers.
technology
Man may be freed from backbreaking labor by the products of scientific __________.
matron
an older married woman
technology
branch of knowledge dealing with engineering, applied science, etc.
automaton
a robot; a mechanical "person"
abound
to exist in great numbers
prognosticate
to predict or foretell a future event
technology
Yet modern ___ progresses so rapidly that what may be today's wild dream may be next year's kitchen appliance.
paradoxical
How ___ that the world's greatest chefs have all been men!
annal
Cooking would clearly seem to be a field that lies exclusively within women's realm, yet the ___ of cookery are replete* with masculine names.
masculine
qualities and things relate to or are considered typical of men, in contrast to women.
compound
To ___ the puzzle, there has rarely been a tinge of rumor or scandal casting doubts on the masculinity of these heroes of cuisine.
tinge
To compound the puzzle, there has rarely been a ___ of rumor or scandal casting doubts on the masculinity of these heroes of cuisine.
compounded
His gloom was now __________ by the failing mark on his geometry test.
realm
Cooking would clearly seem to be a field that lies exclusively within women's realm, yet the ___ of cookery are replete* with masculine names.
annals
The __________ of sports are replete* with the names of great black athletes.
paradoxical
One of the great __________ of American life is that though minority groups have suffered injustices, nowhere in the world have so many varied groups lived together so harmoniously.
tinge
A __________ of garlic is all that's necessary in most recipes.
realm
The cruel king would not allow the prince to enter his __________, restricting him to the forest, which abounded* with wild animals.
tinge
a trace, smattering, or slight degree
paradoxical
a statement that at first seems to be absurd or self-contradictory but which may in fact turn out to be true
compound
to increase or add to
annals
historical records
realm
special field of something or someone; kingdom
badger
It is difficult to change someone's opinion by ___ him.
implore
The child who begs his mother to "get off his back" when she ___ him for some assistance with the household drudgery,
drudgery
The child who begs his mother to "get off his back" when she implore him for some assistance with the household ___,
interminable
may very well plead ___ for some special privilege when he wants something for himself.
perceive
How paradoxical* that neither is able to ___ that no one likes being nagged.
drudgery
She does her homework on Fridays to save herself from the __________ of having to do it during the weekend.
badger
The teacher continually __________ the pupil for the missing assignments.
percieve
The eminent scientist __________ difficulties in putting the invention into practice.
implore
The sick child's mother __________ the doctor to come immediately.
interminable
I listened to the boring lecture for what seemed an __________ fifty minutes.
drudgery
unpleasant, dull, or hard work
interminable
unending
implore
to plead urgently for aid or mercy
perceive
to understand, know, become aware of
badger
to pester, nag, annoy persistently
avid
As an ___ football fan, I try to see every game the Jets play.
cajole
Whenever I can ___ my father into accompanying me, I try to do so.
rudimentary
He has only a ___ knowledge of the game, and since I am steeped in it, I enjoy explaining its intricate details to him.
nuance
It certainly does enhance your appreciation of football when you are aware of every ___ of the sport.
avid
eager
nuance
light variation in meaning, tone, etc.
rudimentary
elementary
cajole
coax
rudimentary
Since my grasp of algebra is __________, I cannot solve the problem.
cajoled
The parakeet refused to be __________ into entering her cage.
enhance
It will __________ your enjoyment of an opera if you know what the plot is about in advance.
nuance
In reading the satires of Jonathan Swift, one must be vigilant* in order to catch each __________.
avid
Bill Clinton is an __________ reader of mystery stories.
pretext
Under the ___ of being a surgeon he gained entry to the hospital.
fabricate, adroit
When interviewed by the director, he had to ___ a tale of his medical experience, but he was so ___ at lying that he got away with it.
gesticulate, vigilant
It was not until the phony "doctor" began to ___ wildly with his scalpel, that a ___ nurse was able to detect the fraud.
scalpel
a thin straight surgical knife used in dissection and surgery
vigilant
The shootings at Columbine High School made educators much more __________,
adroit
My nephew is quite __________ at making model airplanes.
fabricate
Most fisherman can __________ a story about the size of the one that got away.
pretext
Her __________ of being tired did not fool us for an instant.
gesticulate
I often marvel as I watch the traffic officer __________ at the onrushing cars.
marvel
be amazed at
fabricate
to lie; to construct
adroit
skillful
pretext
an excuse
vigilant
watchful
gesticulate
move the arms energetically
laconic
Calvin Coolidge, our thirtieth president, was named "Silent Cal" by reporters because of his ___ speech.
throng
One Sunday, after Mr. Coolidge had listened to an interminable* sermon, a ___ of newsmen gathered around him.
intrepid, accost
An ___ reporter ___ the Chief Executive: "Mr. President, we know that the sermon was on the topic of sin. What did the minister say?"
reticent
"He was against it," the ___ Coolidge replied.
laconic
His speech was usually rambling, but this time I found it brief and __________.
accost
If a surly panhandler should ______ you, keep on walking.
reticent
Even under repeated questioning, the witness remained __________.
throng
A howling __________ of teenage girls surrounded the rap artists.
intrepid
The corporal received the Silver Star for his __________ deeds in combat.
laconic
expressing much in few words
intrepid
brave
accost
to approach and speak to
throng
crowd
reticent
slient
furtive, felon
Casting a ___ glance over his shoulder, the ___ slipped out the main prison gate to be swallowed up in the British fog.
plethora,hapless
A ___ of escapes from supposedly secure prisons embarrassed the ___ wardens.
irate
To compound their problems, the officials were badgered by ___ citizens who accused the guards of accepting bribes from convicts whose motto was: "Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage."
irate
angry, incensed
felone
a person guilty of a major crime
hapless
unfortunate
plethora
excess
furtive
secret, stealthy
hapless
The __________ contest winner was unable to locate the lucky ticket.
irate
My uncle was __________ when the drunken driver swerved in front of us.
furtive
In a __________ manner she removed her shoes and tiptoed up to her room.
plethora
When the teacher asked why the homework had not been done, he was greeted by a __________ of incredible alibis.
felon
Since the boss learned that Bob associated with a known __________, he fired him.
loathe
"If there's one thing I ???," the coach said, "it's a quitter."
reprimand
He had good reason to ??? us at half-time, because the scoreboard revealed that we were losing, 4520.
lackluster
Our ??? performance indicated to him that we had forgotten the rudimentary* aspects of basketball.
caustic
His ??? remarks fired us up, however, and we dashed out, ... determined to wrest control of the game from our rivals.
wrest
... determined to ??? control of the game from our rivals.
wrest
With the help of his brothers he was able to __________ the leadership of the company from his partner.
lackluster
Speaking in a monotone, the politician was booed for his __________ address.
caustic
In a __________ article, the drama critic slaughtered the hapless* actors.
loathe
I __________ spinach but I love other green vegetables.
reprimand
When Ed arrived late, he knew that the grocer would __________ him.
infamous
Slippery Eddie, the ??? pickpocket, was back at work, and every detective had to be especially vigilant.*
jostle
Eddie's technique was to ??? a victim toward a confederate who would then slip the man's wallet out of his back pocket while Eddie was stammering an apology to the confused dupe.
dupe
Eddie's technique was to jostle a victim toward a confederate who would then slip the man's wallet out of his back pocket while Eddie was stammering an apology to the confused ???.
incipient
Within a week the ??? crime wave came to an end when Slippery Eddie inadvertently chose the chief of police for his victim.
inadvertently
Within a week the ??? crime wave came to an end when Slippery Eddie ??? chose the chief of police for his victim.
incipient
By telling the truth, we stopped the __________ rumor from spreading.
infamous
The bombing of Pearl Harbor was referred to as an __________ deed.
dupe
The wealthy __________ consented to buy the often-sold Brooklyn Bridge.
jostle
When he attempted to __________ the old lady, she struck him with her umbrella.
inadvertent
Through an __________ error, the guided missile sped out of control.
ominous jittery
There was an ominous silence when the jittery defendant rose in court.
tremulous repudiate
He explained in a tremulous voice what had led him to
repudiate his confession made at the police station on the night of the crime.
buzz cessation
The audience began to buzz excitedly until the judge demanded a cessation of the noise.
bristled
Although the district attorney bristled with anger, the defendant kept insisting that his rights had been violated because he had not been told that he could see a lawyer before confessing.
ominous
After the weatherman had seen the __________ clouds, he prognosticated* rain.
repudiate
The general attempted to __________ the testimony of the lieutenant, claiming that the young officer was not an authority on low level bombing.
bristle
Upon seeing the snake, the cat began to __________ with fear.
tremulous
The widow's __________ hands revealed her nervousness.
cessation
The __________ of the bombing in Yugoslavia was urged by the Pope.
ominous
threatening
tremulous
quivering
repudiate
to reject, decline
cessation
stopping
bristle
stiffen with fear or anger
infamous
having a bad reputation
jostle
to shove hard
dupe
a person easily tricked
incipient
just beginning to exist
inadvertently
heedless, not attentive
loathe
to hate
reprimand
to show sharp disapproval
lackluster
dull
caustic
sarcastic, biting
wrest
take by force
euphemism
My cousin refers to himself as a "sanitary engineer" - a ??? for garbage collector.
mundane
There are any number of people who try to find more respectable or glamorous titles for the ??? jobs they hold.
incongruous
It may seem ??? to call an undertaker a "condolence counselor," or to refer to a taxi driver as a "transportation expediter," but some prefer those titles.
condolence
call an undertaker a "??? counselor,"
stipulated
As a matter of fact, our butcher has ??? that from now on he wants to be known as a "meat coordinator."
stipulate
We repudiated the contract because it did not_____________ a cost of living bonus.
euphemism
The word "expired" is a _____________ for "dies."
condolence
When my neighbor's dog was run over, we sent a _____________ card.
mundane
The philosopher dealt with spiritual things, ignoring the _____________ ones.
incongruous
The play was so _____________ that it seemed to be the work of several authors.
euphemism
a less offensive term
mundane
worldly
incongruous
inappropriate
condolence
pity
stipulate
to specify a condition
alacrity
When the bell sounded, K.O. Mullins responded with ___.
disdain
He sprang from his stool and charged across the ring, showing ___ for the champion's strength.
belligerent, intimidate
Although this ___ attitude impressed the referee, it failed to ___ the champ.
feint
That intrepid battler laid the hapless Mullins low with an adroit ___ and an uppercut.
intimidate
Y2K concerns of the January 1, 2000 problems with computers failed to __________ our company.
feint
The Germans were duped* by the Allies' __________ toward the south, leaving the way open for the Normandy invasion.
alacrity
The waiter moved with __________ because he perceived* they were big tippers.
belligerent
His __________ manner caused him to lose one friend after another.
disdain
When the curtain came down, the critic's face registered the __________ she felt for the lackluster* play.
disdain
contempt
feint
a false attack
belligerent
warlike
intimidate
to overawe
alacrity
briskness, lively action
jab, cross, hook, slip, uppercut
@@ He learned the English vocabulary of boxing: jab, cross, hook, slip, uppercut.
pugnacious
The ___ K.O. Mullins demanded a rematch.
promulgate
He took a full-page newspaper advertisement to ___ his challenge.
brash
When the champ's manager saw the ___ announcement, he accosted Mullins, who was surrounded by a throng of newsmen.
scoff, belittle
The manager openly ___ at Mullins and ___ his fighting ability. Mullins then lost his temper and fearlessly punched the manager, knocking him from his wheelchair.
promulgate
We implored the faculty adviser to __________ the requirements for the presidency of the club.
pugnacious
My mother liked the salesman's __________ personality, but he irritated most people.
brash
I don't understand modern art, but I neither loathe nor __________ at it.
belittled
Since everyone can outpunch my cousin, he cannot afford to be __________.
scoff
Although Ralph can't play, he doesn't hesitate to __________ the efforts of our football team.
pugnacious
quarrelsome
belittle
to make seem less important
scoff
to sneer at
brash
impudent
promulgate
to make known officially
tangible, laceration
The irate 80-year-old manager pressed charges against K.O. Mullins, suing him for assault. As ___ evidence of the attack, he pointed to a deep ___ over his eyebrow that had required ten stitches.
castigated, sordid
When the case was brought before the court, the judge
___ Mullins for the ___ incident.
octogenarian
In addition to a costly financial settlement, Mullins was required to make a public apology to the ___.
laceration
The medic reached into his kit to find a bandage for the ugly __________.
tangible
Mr. Dixon belittled* our request for __________ proof of his loyalty.
castigate
The kindly foreman was too reticent* to openly __________ the clumsy new worker.
octogenarian
When the teenager announced her engagement to the __________, the public suspected it to be a publicity stunt.
sordid
Stories of their __________ youth poured forth from the unhappy felons.*
tangible
having actual form
castigate
to correct by punishing
laceration
jagged wound
sordid
dirty, base
octogenarian
person in his or her eighties
solace
Mullins sought solace in whiskey.
aspirant, dregs
Once a highly respected ___ for the lightweight crown, he now found himself associating with the ___ of Skid Row.*
frenzy, scurrilous
He would work himself into an alcoholic ___ in which he would trumpet ___ attacks on the champ, the old manager, and the judge.
scurrilous
Vigilant censors protect the public from listening to __________ language on television.
aspirant
The publisher scoffed at the reports that he was an __________ for the job of Secretary of State.
frenzy
In a __________, the teenager overturned every drawer while searching for the car keys.
dregs
At the bottom of the beautiful wine bottle, only the __________ remained.
solace
In trying to offer __________ to the pilot's wife, the reporter inadvertently* made the situation worse.
dregs
most worthless part
scurrilous
coarse
solace
easing of grief
frenzy
wild fit
aspirant
candidate for high position
rampant
During my first weeks at the new school I observed that cheating was __.
inane, ethics
I had always considered it rather ___ to cheat on a test because of my code of ___, and because so much was at stake.
concur
Apparently the other students didn't ___.
clandestine
Far from being a ___ activity, the cheating was open and obvious.
rampant
When the plague was __________ on the island, Dr. Arrowsmith's wife died.
clandestine
The spies thought their meeting was a __________ one, but a throng* of F.B.I. agents gathered outside the building.
ethics
A special management committee was asked to investigate business __________.
inane
Orville Wright was criticized for his __________ desire to fly.
concur
If I can get my parents to __________, I'll join the Peace Corps.
clandestine
secret, undercover
ethics
code of principles
inane
foolish
concur
agree
rampant
going unchecked, widespread
flagrant
Mr. Dorsey, our new principal, determined to do something about the ___ cheating at our high school.
admonish
He issued bulletins and began to ___ those teachers who did not proctor alertly.
duress, culprit
Under ___, the faculty reported the names of the ___.
inexorable
Several crib sheets were turned in as tangible* evidence of the cheating. Mr. Dorsey's ___ campaign against the wrong-doers seemed to be paying off.
culprit
The __________ was caught with his fingers in the cookie jar.
inexorable
Television sleuths are __________ in their pursuit of lawbreakers.
duress
The confession was signed under __________, the attorney claimed.
admonish
I suspect that my father will __________ me for coming home late.
inexorable
Parking in front of a hydrant is a __________ violation of the city's law.
inexorable
inflexible, unrelenting
duress
compulsion, force
flagrant
outrageous, glaringly bad
culprit
the guilty person
admonish
to warn, to reprove
egregious
The cheating scandal came to a head when Art Krause, our football captain, made the ___ mistake of getting caught cheating
on a midterm exam.
distraught, duplicity
If Art were suspended for his part in that sordid affair, our chances for winning the city championship would go up in smoke. The ___ coach asked the principal to overlook Art's ___,
acrimonious, paucity
but Mr. Dorsey replied in an ___
fashion that the players had been given ''a plethora" of athletic instruction but a ___ of moral guidance."
egregious
The bank teller's __________ error was difficult to correct.
acrimonious
We tried to ignore her __________ comments, but that took considerable restraint.
duplicity
__________ is the stock in trade of all adroit* counterspies.
paucity
Although it was a creative writing class, the teacher complained about the __________ of talent there.
distraught
The soldiers were __________ to learn that their furloughs had been canceled.
paucity
scarcity
duplicity
cunning, trickery
distraught
mentally confused, crazed
egregious
remarkably bad
acrimonious
bitter
elicit
Mr. Dorsey summoned a representative group of teachers and student leaders to his office in order to __ their reactions to the suspension of the football captain.
pernicious
He told them that cheating was a __ disease that could not be tolerated at our school.
construe, impunity
He loathed having to discipline Art Krause so severely, but unless strict measures were taken, the student body would __ the
incident as an open invitation to cheat with ___. "
impunity
The border guards allowed the doctor to cross the frontier with __________.
elicit
It isn't easy to __________ answers from a sleepy class on Monday morning.
tolerate
Dentists appreciate patients who can __________ pain.
construe
She hoped that we would not __________ her decision to run for office as a thirst for power.
pernicious
The dictator's __________ rules failed to intimidate* the leaders of the underground.
impunity
freedom from punishment
elicit
to make a deduction, to infer
tolerate
to put up with, to bear
construe
to draw forth
pernicious
harmful, causing injury
affluent, feasible
Our neighbor is an ___ inventor whose latest brainstorm, a __ umbrella substitute, has been featured in many magazines.
discern, strip (!)
As simply as the eye can ___, it is a hard plastic ___, about the size of a ruler, which fits comfortably into a woman's handbag or a man's suit jacket.
sally
Now, equipped with a rigid head
covering he can ___ forth to face the elements.
consternation
To the ___ of the umbrella manufacturers, it has been enjoying a brisk sale, especially among commuters.
sally
Some prisoners planned a disturbance while others would __________ toward the gate.
affluent
Under duress from the tax officer, the beggar admitted that he was truly __________.
consternation
To the __________ of the sergeant, there was a paucity of volunteers for the dangerous mission.
feasible
It's __________ to build an electric auto, but wouldn't you need a terribly long extension cord?
discern
When we could __________ the city lights, we knew we were safe at last.
sally
suddenly rush forth
feasible
possible
consternation
dismay
affluent
rich
discern
perceive
precocious
My buddy Verne, a ___ automotive wizard, and I were inspired to do some inventing on our own.
perfunctory, chagrin
After a ___ glance at our plans, to our ___ Ed snorted that our idea was inane, but we decided that he was just jealous of our brilliance.
perverse, deride
Tomorrow we are going to start on a computer that will enable us to measure the intelligence of ___ automobile dealers who like to ___ the efforts of junior geniuses.
precocious
The children in Shakespeare's plays are so __________ that they all sound like grandparents.
prefunctory
Edith gave only __________ attention to the new millennium, skipping our New Year's Eve party.
deride
The Wright brothers didn't become distraught when a skeptic would __________ their work.
perverse
When I correct my kid brother's math errors, he is __________ enough to insist that he is right.
chagrin
To the __________ of many taxpayers, some citizens seem to cheat the government with impunity.
perfunctory
done without care, superficial
precocious
reaching maturity early
chagrin
feeling of disappointment, humiliation
perverse
contrary, persisting in error
deride
to ridicule, scoff at
disparage, laudable
I hate to ___ such a ___ achievement, but to me it seems like a most objectionable discovery.
fiasco
Rather than a scientific triumph, I'd be inclined to label it as an egregious blunder, a scientific disaster, a laboratory ___.
masticate
Is there anyone in his right mind who thinks that a pill can replace the pleasures of devouring hot corn bread, ___ on a thick steak, biting into crisp french fries, or attacking a chocolate sundae?
eschew
I'm afraid that this is one pill I'll have to ___ from chewing.
laudable
The paradox is that Javert's inexorable pursuit of Jean Valjean was both __________ and despicable.
disparage
The affluent store owner __________ the efforts of his small competitor, saying that he could always tolerate that kind of rivalry.
masticate
To aid in digestion, you must __________ each piece of meat one dozen times.
fiasco
In an acrimonious letter, her father described the project as a complete __________.
eschew
Once he sought the limelight, but now he __________ all interviews.
disparage
to discredit, belittle
eschew
avoid
masticate
to chew up
laudable
praiseworthy
fiasco
complete failure
quell
I guess we'll never be able to ___ those persistent rumors about the invention of auto tires that will never wear out, stockings that
cannot tear, and pens that won't run dry.
voluable
A ___ economist informed me that such products will never be marketed.
confidant, obsolescence
No," my ___ whispered, "it's part of their scheme of planned ___ to sell you merchandise with a limited life span in order
to keep you coming back for more.
dubious
I am ___ about the existence of those perfect products, but then I'm from Missouri.
dubious
When the duplicity was revealed, the jury became __________ about Ed's innocence.
quell
In order to __________ the riot, the police sallied* forth with tear gas.
confidant
A teenage boy's father should be his true __________.
obsolescence
The __________ built into many products could be regarded as a flagrant insult toward the duped* consumer.
confidant
one to whom you confide your secrets
voluble
talkative
obsolescence
process of wearing out
quell
put an end to
dubious
doubtful
implacable, paroxysm
Two honor students, Ron Harris and Len Chester, were sent to the principal by their French teacher, an ___ foe of
nonconformists, who went into a ___ of anger when she spied the boys in the hall.
reprehensible
The school would reprimand the boys for their ___ appearance and order them to cut their hair or be suspended.
jurisdiction
But the boys' parents decided that the school had overstepped its ___; they took their case to the newspapers.
skirmish
What had started as a local ___ now began to take on the appearance of a full-scale war.
implacable
The detective was __________ in his search for the murder weapon.
jurisdiction
Saying that it was beyond his __________, Judge Klein refused to rule on the case.
paroxysm
In a __________ of rage, the tenant stormed out of the landlord's office
skirmish
The precocious boy enjoyed an intellectual __________ with his elders.
reprehensible
The brash student was forced to apologize for her __________ conduct.
paroxysm
a fit, sudden outburst
implacable
cannot be pacified, inexorable
skirmish
small fight, brief encounter
reprehensible
worthy of blame
jurisdiction
power, range of authority
harass, monolithic
"These are not delinquents or hoods," one reporter wrote, "but clean-cut American
boys who are being ___ by a ___ school system."
arbitrary
A caustic* editorial referred to the school's decision as ___ and inane.
indigent
* A false story even circulated about the boys being rock-'n-roll performers whose ___ families needed their salaries.
fray
Finally, the Civil Liberties Union jumped into the ___ with a court order stipulating that the principal be required to show cause
why the boys should not be allowed to return to class.
fray
After the __________, the feuding families agreed to patch up their differences.
indigent
The __________ client was surprised when she was accosted by her social worker in the elegant restaurant.
arbitrary
To my mind the decision was unreasonable and __________.
monolithic
George Orwell's 1984 depicts a frightening, __________ government.
harass
If anonymous telephone callers __________ you, the phone company will give you an unlisted number.
arbitrary
based on whim, dictatorial
indigent
poor, needy
monolithic
massively solid
fray
a fight
harass
to trouble, torment
stymied
The school authorities were ___. Public opinion had been marshaled against them.
effigy
Suddenly it had taken on the appearance of a nightmare in which the principal was either hanged in ___ or
pictured in cartoons making a villainous swipe at the two innocent Samsons.
flout
But the officials could not allow Ron and Len to ___ their authority with impunity.
cognizant
Members of the school board concurred with the principal's action but they were ___ of the popular support for the boys.
turbulent
Clearly a compromise was called for to resolve the ___ situation.
effigy
1. "COACH OF LOSING TEAM HANGED IN __________"
stymie
2. "CAUSE OF CANCER CONTINUES TO __________ DOCTORS"
cognizant
3. "F.B.I. __________ OF CLANDESTINE GANGLAND MEETING"
flout
4. "MANY MOTORISTS __________ TRAFFIC LAWS, STUDY REVEALS"
turbulent
5. "__________ ATMOSPHERE IN ANGRY SENATE CHAMBER"
turbulent
unruly, agitated
stymie
to hinder, impede
flout
show contempt, scoff*
cognizant
aware
effigy
a likeness (usually of a hated person)
terminate, forthwith
Following an executive session, the school board ordered the principal to ___ the suspension and to send the boys back to class ___.
exacerbate
It was a bitter pill to swallow for the principal whose irritation was ___ by the ruling.
revert, oust
Just as things were about to ___ to normalcy, however, the same French teacher then demanded that a girl be ___ from
school for wearing a mini skirt.
terminate
1. It seemed incongruous* to __________ his employment just when he was so successful.
forthwith
2. Upon seeing the show, he called the TV studio __________ to protest.
oust
3. The ushers moved with alacrity* to __________ the disorderly patrons.
revert
4. After taking the drug, she began to __________ to the days of her childhood.
exacerbate
5. The arrest of the spy did much to __________ relations between the two countries.
oust
to drive out, eject
revert
return
terminate
to end
forthwith
immediately
exacerbate
to irritate, make worse
emaciated
Dr. Dooley had already distinguished himself by caring for a half-million sick and ___ Vietnamese refugees.
surged
When fighting broke out in the divided country of Viet Nam, the northern Communist Viet Minh forces ___ southward, scattering thousands of refugees before them.
tranquil
At the time, Dr. Dooley was a lieutenant, assigned to a ___ naval hospital in Yokosuka, Japan.
sanctuary
Forthwith* he volunteered for duty on a navy ship that had been chosen to transport the refugees to ___ in Saigon.
ascend
The curtain was beginning to ___ on Dooley's real career.
emaciated
The __________ residents of the Warsaw Ghetto managed to win several skirmishes* from the Nazis.
tranquil
A firecracker terminated* the __________ climate of the neighborhood.
sanctuary
When Richard III violated the __________ of the church to seize the princes, he exceeded his jurisdiction.*
surged
Chicago put its heaviest players up front, but they were helpless as the Giants' line __________ toward them.
ascend
. Inexorably* the determined climber began to __________ the Himalayan peak.
surge
to rush suddenly
sanctuary
shelter
tranquil
quiet
emaciated
abnormally thin, wasted away
ascend
to rise
malnutrition, afflicted
He became painfully cognizant* of the ___, disease, ignorance, and fear that ___ the natives.
besieged
Tom Dooley pitched in to build shelters in Haiphong, and to comfort the poor Vietnamese there before that ___ city fell to the powerful Viet Minh forces.
privations
He was seemingly unconcerned by the many ___ he had to endure.
sinister
He told the story of this exciting experience in Deliver Us from Evil, a best seller that alerted America to the plight of the Vietnamese as well as to the ___ menace of communism.
sinister
The stool pigeon, the detective's confidant,* told him about the __________ plot.
besieged
By running up a white flag, the __________ troops indicated their desire to withdraw from the fray.*
afflicted
Citizens of several Kentucky mountain communities are __________ by the worst poverty in the nation.
malnutrition
The emaciated* prisoners were obviously suffering from advanced __________.
privations
Albert Schweitzer endured considerable __________ as a jungle doctor.
privation
lack of necessities
malnutrition
faulty or inadequate diet
sinister
evil, ominous
besiege
to surround, hem in
afflict
to trouble greatly, to distress
ubiquitous, remote, thwart
Next year, despite a growing illness, the ___ Dooley turned up in the ___ village of Muong Sing, attempting to ___ his traditional enemies: disease, dirt, ignorance, starvation, and hoping to quell* the spread of communism.
harbinger, malignant
But his trained medical eye soon told him that the pain in his chest and back was a ___ of a ___ cancer.
ubiquitous
Sprinting all over the court, the __________ referee called one foul after another.
remote
Ben's reprehensible* table manners led his fraternity brothers to seat him in a __________ corner of the dining room.
harbinger
The excellent soup was a __________ of the delicious meal to follow.
thwart
In an attempt to __________ the voracious* ants, he surrounded his house with a moat of burning oil.
malignant
The surgeon finally located the __________ tumor that had afflicted* his patient for many months.
remote
distant, hidden away
ubiquitous
being everywhere at the same time
malignant
likely to cause death
thwart
to hinder, defeat
harbinger
a forerunner, advance notice
excruciating
From August, 1959 until his death in January, 1961, Dooley suffered almost continuous, ___ pain.
respite
Knowing that he did not have long to live, Dr. Dooley worked without ___ on behalf of MEDICO, the organization he had founded to bring medical aid and hope to the world's sick and needy.
reverberating, fretful
The lines of Robert Frost kept ___ in his mind during those ___ days: "The woods are lovely, dark and deep/ But I have promises to keep/ And miles to go before I sleep."
succumb
When he finally ___, millions throughout the world were stunned and grief-stricken by the tragedy.
excruciating
With __________ slowness, the minute hand inched its way around the clock.
reverberating
The rescue team heard the miner's voice __________ through the caves.
fretful
Around income tax time __________ faces are ubiquitous.*
respite
The voluble* insurance salesman gave my father no __________.
succumb
Besieged* by debts, the corporation finally had to __________ to bankruptcy.
excruciating
agonizing, torturing
respite
an interval of relief, delay
reverberating
reechoing, resounding
fretful
worrisome, irritable
succumb
to give way, yield
impresario
P. T. Barnum, the great circus ___, was once accosted by a woman who showed him a scurrilous manuscript about himself, and said that unless he paid her, she would have the book printed.
extortion
Barnum rejected the ___ attempt.
adverse, asset
Barnum obviously felt that ___ criticism was an ___ for a public figure.
bigot
Barnum's philosophy suggests that we might do well to review the plethora of publicity given to rabble-rousers and ___.
extortion
When the business manager was accused of __________, his colleagues sought to oust* him from the firm.
impresario
The eminent __________ brought many cultural spectacles to our shores.
bigot
Attacked by the irate crowd, the __________ asked the police for sanctuary.
asset
President Clinton hoped to be an __________ in his wife's campaign for the U.S. Senate position.
adverse
It was excruciatingly painful for the actors to read the __________ reviews that their performances had received.
bigot
a narrow-minded, prejudiced person
adverse
unfavorable, harmful
impresario
one who presents cultural series, organizer
asset
a valuable thing to have
extortion
getting money by threats
blatant, entourage, virulent
Today, the ___ bigot, the leader of a lunatic fringe, and the hate-monger, each with his tiny ___, find it relatively easy to attract publicity. Newspapers give space to the ___ activities of those agitators on the grounds that they are newsworthy.
venom, spew
Some civic-minded organizations have answered, however, that the hosts are not always equipped to demolish those guests, and even if they were, the audience would still be exposed to the ___ they ___ forth.
entourage
1. The visiting dictator's ubiquitous __________ of bodyguards disturbed our tranquil city.
venom
2. Europe's population was afflicted by a __________ plague known as the Black Death.
spew
3. From each candidate's headquarters acrimonious charges would __________ forth daily.
venom
4. Clym Yeobright's mother succumbed to the __________ of a snake bite.
blatant
5. With __________ discourtesy the reporters continued to harass the bereaved family.
entourage
____ a. group of attendants
blatant
____ b. disagreeably loud, very showy
venom
____ c. poison, spite, malice
spew
____ d. throw up, vomit, eject
virulent
____ e. full of hate, harmful
loath
Since we cherish freedom of speech, we are ___ to
deny the request, even if he preaches hatred.
solicit
As a result, hate-mongers are given the opportunity to rent halls, conduct meetings, publish abusive literature, and ___ contributions.
astute, advocate
What can be done about them? One ___ observer, Prof. S. Andhil Fineberg, ___ the "quarantine method."
ineffectual
Without the warmth of the spotlight, he feels that the bigot will freeze and become ___.
loath
1. Since we felt that the ruling was arbitrary, we were __________ to obey it.
solicit
2. Daily the volunteers went out to __________ funds for the indigent families.
astute
3. My neighbor was __________ enough to discern the adverse features of the mortgage.
advocate
4. The general was sure to __________ that we give the enemy no respite from the bombings.
ineffectual
5. The play was so blatantly bad that the impresario fired its __________ director.
astute
____ a. keen, shrewd
advocate
____ b. to be in favor of, to support
ineffectual
____ c. not effective
loath
____ d. unwilling, reluctant
solicit
____ e. to beg, seek earnestly
scrutinize, nefarious, amicable
The quarantine method for handling bigots implies more than giving them the silent treatment. Prof. Fineberg urges community-relations organizations to ___ the ___ activities of hate-mongers and to be prepared to furnish information about them to ___ inquirers.
vexatious, malady
Bigger than the ___ immediate problem is the need to find out the cause for such bigotry and to counteract this sinister ___ that afflicts a segment of our society.
vexatious
1. The __________ buzzing of the mosquitoes as they surged* about our heads nearly drove us insane.
amicable
2. Our __________ relations with Latin America are an asset to hemispheric trade.
malady
3. Once the virulent __________ had run its course, my temperature dropped.
nefarious
4. We were distraught upon hearing the venom spewed forth by the __________ bigot.
scrutinize
5. No sooner did the lawyer __________ the extortion note than she called the police.
vexatious
____ a. annoying
nefarious
____ b. villainous, vicious
scrutinize
____ c. examine closely
malady
____ d. disease
amicable
____ e. friendly, peaceful
inclement
Just as some people can predict the onset of ___ weather because of an aching in their bones, so could Jerry detect incipient* disaster.
peruse
He sat at his desk, trying to ___ a
company report but his efforts were ineffectual.*
premonition, desist
The gnawing at his insides, the tinge of uneasiness, the ___ of calamity that besieged him would not ___.
recoiled
When the phone rang, he ___ with fear it was his
wife and she was hysterical. Their son had been bitten by a mad dog!
preuse
1. After being admonished* by his father, he began to __________ the want ads daily.
premonition
2. When the black cat crossed her path, Ellen had a __________ of disaster.
desist
3. The pickets promulgated a warning that they would not __________ in their efforts to enhance their standard of living.
recoiled
4. As the snake prepared to strike, the girls __________ in horror.
inclement
5. She blamed her absence from the game on the __________ weather, but we knew that was sour grapes.*
inclement
____ a. unfavorable, stormy
peruse
____ b. to read carefully
desist
____ c. cease
premonition
____ d. forewarning
recoil
____ e. draw back
pertinent
As soon as Jerry Hart could get the ___ facts from his wife, he dashed out of the office on his way home.
mastiff, obsess
Visions of an ugly ___ with foaming jaws ___ him.
doleful, wan
Little Bobby was on his bed, surrounded by a doctor, a policeman, Jerry's ___ wife, his two daughters, and a half-dozen ___ neighbors.
obsessed
1. The stockbroker was __________ with the idea of becoming a painter.
mastiff
2. My nervous neighbor bought a pugnacious* __________ to frighten burglars.
Doleful
3. __________ expressions abounded* throughout headquarters on the night of the election.
pertinent
4. During the trial the astute lawyer was able to elicit the __________ information from the key witness.
wan
5. After the tension, his normally ruddy face was __________ and tired.
doleful
____ a. sad, melancholy
pertinent
____ b. to the point
wan
____ c. sickly pale
obsess
____ d. to haunt, preoccupy
mastiff
____ e. large dog
histrionics
The doctor explained the situation calmly, avoiding ___.
elusive, frustrated
Secondly, the ___ dog had ___ all attempts to find him so far.
symptomatic
Mrs. Hart said that a neighbor who had seen the dog claimed that it had been foaming at the mouth, barking, and growling constantly all ___ of rabies.
interject
But the policeman ___ that there hadn't been a case of a mad dog in the county in over twenty years;
frustrated
1. The warden __________ the prisoners' attempt to escape by adding more guards.
interjected
2. Most viewers hate it when a commercial is __________ into a suspense drama.
histrionics
3. Saying that he would not tolerate her __________, the director fired the temperamental actress.
elusive
4. All his life he found happiness __________, but wealth easy to come by.
symptomatic
5. The sordid rioting was __________ of the problems facing the large cities.
symptomatic
____ a. having to do with signs or symptoms, indicative
elusive
____ b. hard to grasp
interject
____ c. insert, interrupt
histrionics
____ d. display of emotions
frustrate
____ e. counteract, foil, thwart
inert
"Give me some of the rudimentary* information about the disease, Doc," said Jerry, glancing toward the ___ figure of his son. "
salient, imminent
Once the ___ characteristics appear (ten days to six months) then death is imminent.
squeamish, engrossed
The ___ neighbors who were ___ in the doctor's remarks gasped.
imminent
1. The senator loathed* it when people said that an atomic war was __________.
squeamish
2. When his __________ partner complained about a lack of ethics,* the businessman laughed at his innocence.
Engrossed
3. __________ in his crossword puzzle, he failed to notice the paucity* of customers in the restaurant.
salient
4. One of the __________ features of her poetry is a dependence upon euphemisms.*
inert
5. Seeing the __________ player, the manager dashed out onto the field.
salient
____ a. outstanding, prominent
inert
____ b. without power to move
imminent
____ c. likely to happen, threatening
engrossed
____ d. absorbed
squeamish
____ e. easily shocked, over sensitive
poignant
Meanwhile, the Harts had notified the local radio stations to broadcast a ___ appeal for the dog's owner to come forward.
inundated, fruitless
The station was ___ with phone calls but all leads were ___.
garbled
The boy's story was ___, but he did remember that the animal was gray and had a collar.
sanguine
There was little tangible evidence to go on, but the police remained ___.
poignant
1. The sermon was __________ enough to bring tears to the brash delinquent's eyes.
garbled
2. Although the message was __________, its salient points were clear enough.
fruitless
3. After a __________ attempt to wrest control of the government, the traitors were incarcerated.*
inundated
4. Even though his boat was almost __________, the skipper was loath to radio for help.
sanguine
5. Because the malignancy had gone unchecked, the surgeons were not __________ about the patient's chances.
fruitless
____ a. useless
garbled
____ b. confused, mixed up
sanguine
____ c. optimistic
inundate
____ d. to flood
poignant
____ e. moving, painful to the feelings
phlegmatic
The normally ___ Jerry Hart was deeply upset.
corroborate
Twenty-four hours had passed without result, and even if the rabies could not be ___, Jerry was determined to see that his son received the vaccine.
comprehensive, zealous
At the suggestion of some friends, he organized a ___ search party, ___ fanning out in circles around the supermarket.
coerced
Although the Harts were sick with worry (they had to be ___ into going to sleep), little Bobby seemed to be in great spirits. The excruciating vigil continued.
phlegmatic
1. Harriet's egregious error disturbed even her __________ employer.
zealous
2. The fund raiser was so __________ that he solicited money from a Salvation Army Santa Claus.
comprehensive
3. In order to get the job, you had to go through the drudgery of filling out a ten-page __________ questionnaire.
coerced
4. The elusive fugitive was __________ by his attorney into surrendering.
corroborate
5. Even the swindler's nefarious accomplice refused to __________ his alibi.
zealous
____ a. enthusiastic
phlegmatic
____ b. calm, hard to rouse to action
corroborate
____ c. confirm, support
comprehensive
____ d. thorough
coerce
____ e. to force
elapse
Forty hours had ___ before the police work and the publicity paid off.
meticulous
By ___ checking the registrations of every red station wagon in the neighborhood and then cross-checking dog licenses, the police narrowed the search to four owners.
domicile
After a few telephone calls, the apologetic owner was located and directed to bring her muzzled German shepherd to the Hart ___.
lax, sporadic
The ___ owner, Mrs. McGraw, admitted that the dog had a ___ mean streak, but she scoffed at the idea of rabies.
elapse
1. Inadvertently, Emma had allowed two months to __________ before paying her rent.
sporadic
2. The lackluster battle was punctuated by __________ mortar fire.
domicile
3. A man's __________ is his castle.
lax
4. Because the watchman was __________, thievery was rampant at the warehouse.
meticulous
5. The __________ musician had nothing but disdain* for his disorganized friends.
lax
____ a. careless, negligent
elapse
____ b. to slip by
sporadic
____ c. occasional
domicile
____ d. home
meticulous
____ e. careful
rash, conjecture
The Harts were greatly relieved to learn that the ___ ___ about the dog was not true.
obviate
Because the German shepherd was not rabid, the necessity for the painful treatment was ___.
lurid
The neighbors searched for other ___ happenings, and Jerry Hart went back to his office.
quip
"What kind of dog was that?" his secretary asked. "Oh, his bark was worse than his bite," ___ Jerry.
conjecture
1. It was sheer __________ on the detective's part but it led to the arrest of the vexatious counterfeiters.
lurid
2. The newspaper switched from mundane* coverage to __________ reporting.
rash
3. It was exceedingly __________ of the lightweight to insult the belligerent longshoreman.
obviated
4. The necessity for preparing sandwiches was __________ when the picnic was postponed.
quip
5. Hamlet remembered that Yorick was always ready with a lusty __________.
obviate
____ a. do away with, eliminate
quip
____ b. joke
conjecture
____ c. guess
lurid
____ d. sensational
rash
____ e. too hasty, reckless
importune
In the winter of 1941, Enrico Fermi and a number of other distinguished scientists ___ President Franklin Roosevelt for authorization to begin an all-out effort in atomic energy research.
incontrovertible, surreptitious
The scientists were alarmed by __ evidence of ___ German experiments, and they asked for speedy approval.
haven, subjugate
Fermi had found a ___ from the Fascists (his wife was Jewish) and he knew that if the Germans
were the first to develop an atomic bomb it would mean that Hitler could ___ the entire world.
importune
1. Although Eddie was not sanguine* about his chances, he continued to __________ his boss for a winter vacation.
haven
2. In inclement* weather our barn is a __________ for many animals.
subjugate
3. The dictator used duplicity* in order to __________ his rivals.
surreptitious
4. With a __________ movement, the meticulous* bookkeeper emptied the ash tray.
incontrovertible
5. The expert's __________ testimony corroborated* the police report.
incontrovertible
____ a. undeniable
importune
____ b. ask urgently
subjugate
____ c. conquer
haven
____ d. place of safety
surreptitious
____ e. stealthy, accomplished by secret
eventuate
Enrico Fermi designed a device that could ___ in a chain reaction.
emit
The uranium ___ neutrons, and the graphite slowed them down.
subterranean
Slowly, Fermi's first atomic pile began to grow in a ___ room at Columbia University.
viable
The big question remained was it ___?
ultimate
The ___ Weapon Takes Shape
eventuate
1. A thorough investigation __________ in a comprehensive* report.
subterranean
2. After two years of confinement in a __________ dungeon, the prisoner was thin and wan.*
emit
3. The mayor issued a diatribe* against companies whose smokestacks __________ poisonous fumes.
ultimate
4. Gaining better housing for all was the __________ goal of the zealous* reformer.
viable
5. When the schism* in the company was healed, a __________ arrangement was worked out.
subterranean
____ a. underground
ultimate
____ b. final
viable
____ c. practicable, workable
emit
____ d. to give off
eventuate
____ e. to result finally
premise
His pace accelerated because they were proceeding on the ___ that the Germans were close to atomic success.
jeopardize
Three brave young men ___ their lives by ascending the pile, ready to cover it with liquid cadmium if anything went wrong.
incredulous
Almost fifty scientists and several ___ observers mounted a balcony to watch.
permeate
Unbearable tension ___ the atmosphere.
propitious
Fermi completed his calculations, waited for a ___ moment, and then gave the signal.
premise
1. Acting on the __________ that there were no burglars around, the police became quite lax.*
incredulous
2. After I had perused* the Yankee lineup, I was __________ about their chances of winning.
jeopardize
3. The trapeze artist was squeamish* about having to __________ his life.
permeate
4. A terrible odor that was impossible to expunge* __________ the skunk handler's clothing.
propitious
5. At a __________ moment the flamboyant* movie star made her grand entrance.
propitious
____ a. favorable
jeopardize
____ b. endanger
permeate
____ c. to spread through
incredulous
____ d. skeptical
premise
____ e. grounds for a conclusion
surmise
The chain reaction took place precisely as Enrico Fermi had ___.
curtail
After twenty-eight minutes he ___ the
experiment, giving the signal to replace the control rod.
repress
The normally reserved scientists, unable to ___ their excitement, let out a tremendous cheer and gathered around Fermi to shake his hand.
cryptic, inchoate
the news of Fermi's achievement was relayed in a ___ telephone message. The Atomic Age was ___ but truly here!
curtailed
1. Publication of the lurid* magazine was __________ by the district attorney.
cryptic
2. Although his remarks appeared __________ at first, we began to see how really pertinent* they were.
repress
3. I had to __________ my desire to interject* my criticism during the debate.
surmised
4. Edna had __________ that she would be charged a nominal* sum and so she was outraged when she got the bill.
inchoate
5. The young couple was disappointed to see the __________ state of their new house.
cryptic
____ a. puzzling
surmise
____ b. guess
repress
____ c. to put down
curtail
____ d. to cut short
inchoate
____ e. in an early stage
diatribe
After Mr. Foy realized that Monte was obsessed* with the idea, he became quite serious, launching into a ___ on the importance of responsibility in the younger generation.
inhibition
Monte confessed that he had been developing ulcers as an accountant, and when his psychiatrist suggested that the sickness was a result of ___, Monte agreed.
fortuitous
Now a ___ opportunity to get into show business required Monte to make an immediate decision.
incoherently, ilk
Mr. Foy stormed out of the office, muttering ___ about hippies, beatniks, and others of that ___.
diatribe
1. When a large expenditure is imminent,* my father goes into a long __________ on the need for economy.
ilk
2. It is often fruitless to argue with racists, bigots, and others of that __________.
incoherent
3. Since the patient's speech was garbled and __________, we could only conjecture as to his message.
fortuitous
4. The meeting was a __________ one, but the jealous husband construed it as prearranged and clandestine.
inhibition
5. After two drinks the usually phlegmatic dentist lost all his __________.
ilk
____ a. kind, sort
incoherent
____ b. disjointed
fortuitous
____ c. accidental
diatribe
____ d. bitter criticism
inhibition
____ e. restraint
prestigious
The need for a decision came about when Monte was invited to join a ___ summer stock company, starting in mid-June.
placard
He would be required to take tickets, paint scenery, prepare ___, assist with lighting, costumes, and props, and carry an occasional spear in a walk-on role.
integral
In addition, he would be attending the drama classes that were an ___ part of the summer theater.
remuneration, nominal
The ___ would be ___ but at last Monte Ziltch would be fulfilling a life-long ambition.
placard
1. The police posted a __________ asking all citizens to desist* from looting.
prestigious
2. A salient* feature of the __________ company's success was its fair treatment of employees.
remuneration
3. Derek Jeter's __________ from the New York Yankees made him a millionaire many times over.
norminal
4. For allowing his ferocious mastiff* to appear on a commercial, the trainer was paid a __________ sum.
integral
5. She seemed to be an unimportant member of the president's entourage* but actually she played an __________ role in White House affairs.
integral
____ a. essential
placard
____ b. poster
nominal
____ c. slight
remuneration
____ d. reward, pay
prestigious
____ e. illustrious
expunge, flamboyant
He had ___ all traces of debits and credits from his mind, burying himself in the more ___ world of the theater.
anathema, schism, utopia
Accounting became ___ to him as the ___ between his present ___ and his former drudgery* widened.
utopia
1. In Lost Horizon a character recoiled* at the idea of living in a __________.
schism
2. A pernicious* __________ developed between the two sisters.
anathema
3. The traitor's name was __________ in his father's domicile.*
flamboyant
4. Our theatrical pages were inundated* with press releases from the __________ producer.
expunge
5. After having made the rash* statements, the senator wished that he could __________ them from the record.
schism
____ a. split
anatherma
____ b. something greatly detested
utopia
____ c. place of perfection
expunge
____ d. erase
flamboyant
____ e. showy, colorful
timorous, truncated
He had played the ___ Lion in a ___ version of ''The Wizard of Oz," which the apprentices had staged.
jaunty
It was to be a ___ original comedy, given a summer tryout prior to a Broadway opening.
fractious
Monte, who by now had adopted the stage name of Monte Merryweather, read for the producers, hoping to get the part of the hero's ___ landlord.
ostentatious
Unfortunately, the competition was too rough but the director assigned Monte to a less ___ part.
truncated
1. It is frustrating* to have one's lengthy remarks printed in __________ form.
jaunty
2. With his cap set at a __________ angle, the amicable* sailor strutted down the street.
ostentatious
3. In an __________ display of histrionics* the star refused to perform.
timorous
4. Under duress the normally __________ husband was coerced into demanding a raise.
fractious
5. Roger's __________ behavior compounded* the bad relationship he had already had with his partner.
timorous
____ a. fearful
truncated
____ b. cut short
jaunty
____ c. sprightly, gay
ostentatious
____ d. showy
fractious
____ e. quarrelsome
aspire
Dorie was black, and the highest job to which he could then ___ in the U.S. Navy was that of messman.
inveigh
While Dorie was technically a member of a great fighting fleet, he was not expected to fight. Most Army
and Navy officers ___ against blacks as fighting men.
nettle, overt, relegate
Although blacks were ___ by such ___ prejudice,
Dorie Miller apparently accepted being ___ to the role of a messhall servant.
nettle
1. Although the comic's quips* seemed to be mild, they began to __________ the nightclub's owner.
aspire
2. I had a premonition* that Eli would __________ to the position of captain.
inveigh
3. The pickets agreed to __________ against the law that curtailed* their freedom.
overt
4. __________ acts of violence by the prisoner jeopardized* his parole.
relegate
5. When they tried to __________ the star to a minor role she was furious.
nettle
____ a. irritate
overt
____ b. open
relegate
____ c. assign to an inferior position
aspire
____ d. to strive for
inveigh
____ e. attack verbally
supine
Jumping up from his ___ position, the powerfully built messman from Waco, Texas, headed for the deck.
mammoth
Everywhere that Dorie looked he saw smoke and ___ warships lying on their sides.
repulse
Overhead dozens of Japanese dive bombers
controlled the skies without a U.S. plane to ___ their attack.
havoc
The ___ was enormous.
raze
Dorie joined a team that was feeding ammunition to a machine gunner who was making an ineffectual* attempt to protect their battleship from being ___ by the torpedo planes.
supine
1. From a __________ position, the hunter emitted* the animal's mating call.
raze
2. Following the revolution, the people __________ the subterranean* dungeons of the dictator.
repulse
3. Management is sure to __________ any request for increased remuneration.*
mammoth
4. __________ placards* announced the opening of the new movie.
havoc
5. The virulent* plague caused __________ among the populace.
havoc
____ a. ruin
repulse
____ b. drive back
mammoth
____ c. huge
supine
____ d. lying on the back
raze
____ e. destroy
lethal
Men all around Miller were succumbing* to the ___ spray of Japanese bullets.
scurry, incisive, precipitate
The enemy ___ away, having struck the ___ blow that ___ U.S. entrance into World War II.
stereotype
The Navy had attempted to ___ him, but Dorie changed all that.
incisive
1. Our editor castigated* the proposal with his __________ commentary.
scurry
2. Poe's hero watched the rats __________ across his inert body.
lethal
3. The jockey received a __________ kick from the fractious horse.
precipitated
4. A quarrel was __________ among the relatives after they heard the terms of the reprehensible* will.
stereotype
5. The laconic Clint Eastwood is a __________ of the strong, silent Western hero.
incisive
____ a. acute
scurry
____ b. run hastily
stereotype
____ c. unvarying pattern
lethal
____ d. deadly
precipitate
____ e. hasten
stentorian, singular, valor
In ___ tones the Admiral presented Miller with the prestigious* Navy Cross, commending him for a ___ act of ___ and "disregard for his own personal safety."
bias
Miller's heroism helped to shatter the ___ against African-Americans in the armed forces.
sinecure
Although he could have accepted a ___ at a U.S. naval base, Dorie chose to remain in the combat zone where he was killed in action in December, 1943.
sinecure
1. The director was ousted from his __________ when he angered the mayor.
stentorian
2. In his customary __________ tones, the sergeant reprimanded those who thought the army was a haven for incompetents.
valor
3. The word "surrender" is anathema to people of __________.
singular
4. A viable peace was brought about as a result of the diplomat's __________ contribution.
bias
5. The bigot's __________ precipitated a fistfight.
bias
____ a. prejudice
sinecure
____ b. soft job
valor
____ c. courage
singular
____ d. extraordinary
stentorian
____ e. loud
complicity
Danny had confessed to ___ in the killing of his brother-in-law after the police had refused to allow him to see his lawyer.
liquidation, accomplice
Actually, Danny was tricked into blaming a friend for the ___ of his sister's husband, thereby establishing himself as an ___.
recant, culpable
Despite the fact that Danny later ___ his confession, he was found ___ and jailed.
complicity
1. Proceeding on the premise that the broker was guilty of __________ in the swindle, the detective followed him surreptitiously.
liquidation
2. After the __________ of the gang leader, a mammoth conflict arose among his ambitious lieutenants who aspired to be boss.
culpable
3. Once the incontrovertible evidence was offered, the servant was held __________ in the theft of the jewels.
recant
4. When the clergyman refused to __________, his superiors were so nettled that they relegated him to an isolated parish in Alaska.
accomplice
5. Although he was judged as a minor __________, the driver had actually played an integral* part in planning the crime.
culpable
____ a. deserving blame
complicity
____ b. partnership in wrongdoing
accomplice
____ c. an associate in crime
liquidation
____ d. disposal of, killing
recant
____ e. withdraw previous statements
abrogated
Kroll felt that his client's rights under the Constitution had been ___.
alleged, access, invalidate
Since the ___ accomplice, Escobedo, had been denied ___ to an attorney, Kroll asked the courts to
___ the conviction.
preclude
He proposed that lawyers be entitled to sit in when the police question a suspect but the Illinois courts rejected that on the grounds that it would effectively ___ all questioning by legal authorities.
preclude
1. The manager was distraught* when he realized that the slugger's sickness would __________ a World Series victory.
alleged
2. It is symptomatic* of some newspapers that an __________ criminal is regarded in print as guilty.
abrogate
3. The wealthy uncle decided to __________ his inane nephew's sinecure.
invalidate
4. The general was sure to __________ the court-martial's decision once he learned of the flagrant bias of the presiding officer.
access
5. Once the druggist had been duped into opening the store, the addict gained __________ to the pep pills.
access
____ a. admittance
alleged
____ b. reported, supposed
invalidate
____ c. to deprive of legal force, to nullify
preclude
____ d. prevent
abrogate
____ e. abolish
persevered
Lawyer Kroll ___ in his defense of Danny Escobedo.
landmark
he case was argued before the Supreme Court, and in 1964, in a ___ decision, the Court reversed Danny's conviction.
extrinsic
"A system of law enforcement that comes to depend on the confession," one Justice declared, "will, in the long run, be less reliable than a system that depends on ___ evidence independently secured through skillful investigation."
declaim, fetter
A Justice who ___ against the decision said, however, "I think the rule is ill-conceived and that it seriously ___ perfectly legitimate methods of criminal enforcement."
extrinsic
1. Collectors avidly sought the rare coin for its __________ value.
persevere
2. If we __________, we can overcome many of our inhibitions.
landmark
3. The Battle of Midway was a __________ victory in the U.S. campaign for ultimate victory over the Japanese in World War II.
declaim
4. I knew that my father would __________ against Mother's choice of ostentatious* fabrics.
fetter
5. The senator inveighed* against the policy because he felt it would __________ our Air Force.
fetter
____ a. to hamper
extrinsic
____ b. foreign, coming from outside
declaim
____ c. speak loudly
persevere
____ d. persist
landmark
____ e. historic, turning point of a period
paragon
After getting out, Danny was not a ___ of virtue, according to the police.
nomadic
He led a ___ existence, drifting from job to job, and was arrested frequently.
asperity, epithets
With ___, and a few choice ___, Danny referred to police harassment.*
controversial
Although the Escobedo case was a ___ one, most agree that it inspired better police training, better law enforcement procedures, and improved scientific crime detection.
nomadic
1. In the desert, __________ tribes wander back and forth, enduring much privation.
paragon
2. The town planners looked upon their utopia* as a __________ for other communities.
controversial
3. Some school principals attempt to repress the publication of __________ editorials.
asperity
4. We were amazed at the display of __________ from our normally phlegmatic neighbor.
epithet
5. A bitter quarrel was precipitated* when both politicians hurled vile __________ at each other.
asperity
____ a. harshness of temper
paragon
____ b. model of excellence
nomadic
____ c. wandering
controversial
____ d. debatable
epithet
____ e. descriptive name
indigenous
One of the most interesting inhabitants of our world is the bee, an insect that is ___ to all parts of the globe except the polar regions.
gregarious, habitat
The honeybee is a ___ insect whose ___ is a colony that he shares with as many as 80,000 bees.
cursory
A ___ study of the activities of these insects reveals an orderliness and a social structure that is truly amazing.
interloper
For example, bees in a particular hive have a distinct odor; therefore, when an ___ seeks access they can identify him quickly and repulse his invasion.
cursory
1. Sherlock Holmes took a __________ glance at the cryptic* message and decoded it instantly.
indigenous
2. The forest was replete with the kind of wildlife that is __________ to Africa.
interloper
3. Electric eyes, watchdogs, and other nuances were there to keep out an __________.
habitat
4. The alcoholic was found supine in his favorite __________Ryan's Bar.
gregarious
5. At the party, the __________ hostess scurried from group to group, making friends and influencing people.
cursory
____ a. hasty, not thorough
indigenous
____ b. native
habitat
____ c. natural environment
gregarious
____ d. sociable
interloper
____ e. an unauthorized person
prolific
the queen who is a ___ layer of eggs;
bulwark
he worker who is the ___ of the colony;
sedentary
the ___ drone whose only function is to mate with a young queen.
frugal, antithesis
The ___ worker builds and maintains the nest, collects and stores the honey, and is the ___ of the lazy drone, or male honeybee, who does not work and has no sting.
prolific
1. The usually __________ novelist was frustrated by her failure to come up with a good plot.
antithesis
2. Len, the gregarious* twin, was the __________ of Lon, the reticent one.
sedentary
3. The typist shook off the fetters* of her __________ life and joined a mountain climbing expedition.
Frugal
4. __________ shoppers occasionally badger* supermarket managers for bargains.
bulwark
5. Some feel that the United States should be a __________ to the inchoate* democracies around the world.
prolific
____ a. producing abundantly
frugal
____ b. thrifty
bulwark
____ c. protection
antithesis
____ d. exact opposite
sedentary
____ e. largely inactive, accustomed to sitting
altruistic
Let us examine the activities of the ___ workers in greater detail.
embellish
While some workers ___ the hive, others fly
out in search of nectar and pollen.
cache
Meanwhile, other workers have been cleaning cells, caring for the young, and guarding the precious ___ of nectar.
coterie
Another special ___ is entrusted with heating or cooling the hive.
cupidity
Dedicated to the welfare of the queen and the entire insect community, all of these workers display a complete absence of ___.
cache
1. Through a fortuitous* remark, the __________ of the art thieves was discovered.
cupidity
2. We warned him that his reprehensible _________ would eventuate in a loss of all his friends.
altruistic
3. The good-hearted doctor went into the jungle purely for __________ reasons.
coterie
4. A __________ of bridge players made our clubroom their permanent habitat.*
embellish
5. Everytime the irate* motorist told about the accident he had a tendency to __________ the story.
cache
____ a. secret hiding place
altruistic
____ b. unselfish
coterie
____ c. small group having something in common
embellish
____ d. adorn, touch up
cupidity
____ e. greed
virtuosity
Although the ___ of the workers is remarkable, the queen bee is really the main story.
temerity, amorous
After she kills any rivals who have the ___ to challenge her, an ___ note is injected.
progeny, saturate
When her ___ ___ the hive, scouts are dispatched to find a new location, and the bees swarm after their leader to begin the amazing cycle again.
amorous
1. A landmark* in the history of __________ drama is Romeo and Juliet.
virtuosity
2. The eminent* artist, famous for his __________, was admired by classicists and beatniks alike.
progeny
3. The Bantu chief and all his __________ were noted for their valor.*
temerity
4. For having the __________ to declaim against the majority leader, the freshman senator was given the worst committee assignments.
saturated
5. Television in the new century was __________ with the rebirth of the old quiz shows.
progeny
____ a. descendants
amorous
____ b. full of love
saturate
____ c. soak, fill up completely
temerity
____ d. foolish boldness
virtuosity
____ e. great technical skill
perpetrate, consummate
One of the truly remarkable stories of World War II concerns a ruse* that was ___ with such ___ skill that it saved the lives of many Allied troops and helped to shorten the war.
subterfuge, concocted
The simple, bold, and ingenious ___ which British officers ___ is the subject of Ewen Montagu's classic, The Man Who Never Was.
fallacious
In short, the idea was to plant ___ documents concerning the Allied invasion of Europe upon a dead officer
fallacious
1. Because the inspector had given only cursory attention to the reports, I surmised that his conclusion would be __________.
consummate
2. Johnny Cochrane, the famous and controversial* lawyer, gave __________ attention to the preparation of every case.
concoct
3. It was necessary for the interloper to __________ a convincing story in order to gain access* to the exhibit.
perpetrate
4. In order to __________ the swindle, the jaunty confidence man adopted an amorous approach toward the wealthy widow.
subterfuge
5. The experienced teacher realized that Ricky's stomachache was merely a __________ to keep him from taking the French test.
concoct
____ a. devise
consummate
____ b. complete, of the highest degree
perpetrate
____ c. commit
subterfuge
____ d. ruse,* trick
fallacious
____ e. misleading
manifold
After Commander Montagu and his colleagues had been given official approval for their dangerous escapade, they encountered ___ problems.
assiduous
First, they conducted an ___ search for a body that looked as though it had recently been killed in an airplane disaster.
impeccable
Then, a detailed history of the man had to be invented that would be so ___ that the enemy would accept its authenticity.
fraught
resourceful
Each step was ___ with difficulty, but the schemers were unbelievably ___.
manifold
1. Burdened by her __________ responsibilities, the young executive was precluded from enjoying her new wealth.
fraught
2. Fear permeated the crippled airplane as the passengers realized that their situation was __________ with danger.
impeccable
3. Although basically frugal, his taste in clothing is __________.
resourceful
4. The store owner was __________ enough to run a sale the day after his building had been razed by the flames.
assiduous
5. Florence Nightingale was a paragon of mercy in her __________ care for the wounded soldiers.
resourceful
____ a. able to meet any situation
impeccable
____ b. faultless
manifold
____ c. complex, many
assiduous
____ d. devoted, attentive
fraught
____ e. filled
murky
Then, "Major Martin," the man who never was, was slid into the ___ Atlantic waters off the coast of Huelva, Spain.
component
hoax
Attached to this courier's coat was a briefcase that contained the ___ of the ___.
labyrinth
evaluate
The secret information was transmitted to the German High Command, through a ___ of underground networks, to be ___.
hoax
1. The practical joker had the temerity to perpetrate a __________ upon the Dean of Boys.
components
2. A good motion picture producer should be skilled in all the manifold __________ of film-making.
labyrinth
3. After wandering through the __________, the young hero came face to face with the dragon who was indigenous to the caves.
evaluate
4. When I asked the English teacher to __________ my plan for the term paper, her incisive* comments were very helpful.
murky
5. The __________ quality of the artist's latest painting is the antithesis* of her former style.
murky
____ a. dark, obscure
component
____ b. element
hoax
____ c. deception
labyrinth
____ d. arrangement of winding passages
evaluate
____ e. appraise, find the value of
exult
attest
gullible
The conspirators had reason to ___, for all evidence ___ to the fact that the German High Command was ___ about "Major Martin."
deploy
Their defense troops were moved away from the true invasion sites and ___ to areas that were inconsequential.
enigma
"At the Admiralty," Montagu replied, presenting the king with a genuine ___.
gullible
1. Explaining that the bookkeeper was merely a __________ dupe, the judge freed him from complicity* in the crime.
deploy
2. As the audience watched the master __________ his chess pieces, they applauded his virtuosity.*
attest
3. An expert was summoned to __________ to the authenticity of the Rembrandts found in the Nazi cache* of stolen masterpieces.
exult
4. When the College Board scores were promulgated, my sister had good cause to __________.
enigma
5. I could not solve the __________ of why an altruistic person should exhibit such cupidity.
attest
____ a. to certify
gullible
____ b. easily cheated or fooled
deploy
____ c. to position forces according to a plan
enigma
____ d. riddle
exult
____ e. rejoice greatly
abortive
Following a number of ___ attempts to teach French, German, or English to chimps, the researchers persevered* until they hit upon the American Sign Language system that is often used by deaf persons.
modify, accommodate, spontaneous
They have had to ___ the language somewhat in order to ___ the animals' ___ gestures.
innate
With a mixture of ___ movements and learned ones, some laboratory chimps now have an extensive vocabulary.
veneer
Washoe, the chimpanzee, has more than a ___ of intelligence;
myriad
In addition, she can make signs for "I'm sorry," "I hurt," "Hurry," ''Give me," and a ___ of other terms that are familiar to young children.
urbane, crave
This ___ animal can indicate that she ___ more dessert by putting her fingers together ("more") and then placing her index and second fingers on top of her tongue ("sweet").
irrelevant
It is ___ that Washoe cannot actually talk.
deem
The chimpanzees are ___ by scientists to be the closest to man of all the living apes; consequently, they are fairly easy to train.
inherent
convincing the couple of the ___ ability of the chimpanzee.
buff
romp
latent
Cinema ___ who have seen Tarzan's clever monkey ___ through the jungle also recognize the ___ intelligence of those animals.
tortuous
Chimps in the laboratory have demonstrated their ability to find their way out of the most ___ maze.
itinerant
In his natural habitat* the chimpanzee is something of an ___.
peregrination
With the aid of his long, powerful hands he can swing rapidly from tree to tree and cover considerable ground in his ___.
conjugal
barometer
Chimps are loyal in their ___ relationships, taking only one mate at a time. That may be another ___ of these animals' superior intelligence.
innate
1. His __________ cunning allowed him to see through the spy's subterfuge.*
abortive
2. The divers made an __________ attempt to rescue the dog from the murky* waters.
modify
3. Because Phil refused to __________ his philosophy, the directors were forced to invalidate* his appointment.
spontaneous
4. My English teacher admonished me: "I realize that the speech was to be __________, but it was not supposed to be incoherent or fraught with fallacious statements."
accommodate
5. A quarrel was precipitated when the dietician refused to __________ the patient's special needs.
abortive
____ a. fruitless,* useless, failing
accommodate
____ b. to make fit, adjust to
innate
____ c. natural
spontaneous
____ d. without preparation, unrehearsed
modify
____ e. to change
crave
1. Why did Silas Marner __________ wealth and practice cupidity*?
myriad
2. Once the hoax had been concocted*, a __________ of problems arose.
irrelevant
3. The defendant was alleged to have been an army deserter, but the judge said that was __________ to the case.
urbane
4. By embellishing* her work with __________ humor, the sophisticated playwright succeeded on Broadway.
veneer
5. The lieutenant confessed to a __________ of ignorance in order to properly evaluate his corporal's resourcefulness.*
crave
____ a. to desire
myriad
____ b. countless number
urbane
____ c. polished, witty
veneer
____ d. thin covering
irrelevant
____ e. not related to the subject
deem
1. Whom do you __________ to be the bulwark* of the Republican party?
buff
2. The firemen did not have to cajole* the enthusiastic __________ into helping them extinguish the blaze.
romp
3. When the intercity competition began, our team was supposed to __________ over our hapless* rivals.
latent
4. At the age of 42, the artist first became cognizant* of his __________ genius.
inherent
5. Certain mice have an __________ alertness that enables them to conquer the researchers' labyrinths.*
latent
____ a. lying hidden
romp
____ b. to move in a lively manner
inherent
____ c. inborn
buff
____ d. a fan, follower
deem
____ e. believe, to judge
tortuous
1. The other drivers were nettled about the ease with which our car ascended the __________ road.
conjugal
2. Arguments over money have often led to __________ havoc.*
peregrination
3. The sedentary* twin was content to follow his brother's __________ on a map.
itinerant
4. Signs were posted in the lobby to prevent __________ beggars and others of that ilk* from entering.
barometer
5. The warmth of Mr. Smythe's greeting each morning may be construed* as an excellent __________ of his health.
peregrination
____ a. wandering
tortuous
____ b. winding
itinerant
____ c. travel
conjugal
____ d. relating to marriage
barometer
____ e. instrument for measuring change
megalomania
King Andre of Ruritania was afflicted* with ___, and the people of his country suffered, as a result.
profligate
strife
legion
After ten years of his ___ rule, the treasury was bankrupt, unemployment was rampant, domestic ___ was mounting, and the number of the king's
opponents who were incarcerated were ___.
coup
Following a bloodless ___, his nephew, Prince Schubert, took command of the poor nation.
amnesty
expatriate
Prince Schubert's first move was to declare an ___ for political prisoners and to invite home all Ruritanian ___.
exonerate
Those who had been jailed on false charges were ___ by special tribunals.
fiat
The young leader announced that he would abrogate* all of the oppressive ___ that his predecessor had promulgated.
mendacious
Things began to look up temporarily for the citizens who perceived in Prince Schubert the sincerity, idealism, and honesty that had been lacking in the ___ King Andre.
parsimonious
pecuniary
In order to improve Ruritania's financial position, an astute* but ___ treasurer was installed and given wide ___ powers.
dismantle
sumptuous
He tried to get the little country back on its feet by slashing all waste from its budget, ___ King Andre's ___ palaces, and firing all incompetents.
underwrite
In addition, Prince Schubert was able to get the United States to ___ a substantial loan that would enable him to start a program of public works.
restrictive
balk
When Prince Schubert asked for additional ___ measures, the people began to ___.
blunt
Speaking on radio, the young reformer explained the reasons for higher taxes and food rationing; he was ___ when he stated the need for personal sacrifices.
nostalgia
Nevertheless, the resistance to reform was great, and ___ for the "good old days" of King Andre began to grow.
rife
The people admitted that graft and corruption had been ___ under Andre, but at least "everybody got his slice of the pie."
profligate
1. With a singular disregard for his family, the __________ husband spent his salary on alcohol.
strife
2. Each spouse said that the other was culpable for their conjugal __________.
legion
3. "The number of my followers is __________," said the flamboyant* politician.
coup
4. The necessity for executing the leaders of the abortive __________ was obviated when they committed suicide.
megalomania
5. Hitler's __________ was a veneer* for his insecurity and feelings of inferiority.
strife
____ a. discord, disagreement
coup
____ b. revolution
profligate
____ c. wasteful
legion
____ d. a large number
megalomania
____ e. abnormal desire for wealth and power
mendacious
1. The publisher's __________ claims led to a myriad* of law suits.
exonerate
2. When the jury began to deliberate, they were prepared to __________ the culprit.*
expatriate
3. The itinerant* poet, living abroad for twenty years, was a voluntary __________.
fiat
4. One cannot govern by __________, the sedentary* mayor quickly learned; it is necessary to get out and meet the citizens if you want their cooperation.
amnesty
5. We recognized the dictator's __________ as an obvious feint* that would be withdrawn after Christmas.
expatriate
____ a. an exile
mendacious
____ b. lying, untrue
amnesty
____ c. a general pardon
exonerate
____ d. to free from guilt
fiat
____ e. an official order, a decree
dismantle
1. I plan to __________ the stereo set and clean all the components.*
sumptuous
2. The __________ feast was prepared with impeccable* care.
parsimonious
3. Unless my boss modifies his __________ attitude, a fractious picket line is going to be erected.
pecuniary
4. Clarence Day deemed that __________ matters are best handled by men.
underwrite
5. When our rivals agreed to __________ the cost of our trip, a myriad of suspicions began to form in my mind.
underwrite
____ a. agree to finance
pecuniary
____ b. financial
dismantle
____ c. to strip of covering, take apart
parsimonious
____ d. miserly
sumptuous
____ e. lavish
restrictive
1. The rebel's innate hatred of __________ decrees led him to crave freedom all the more.
blunt
2. A string of caustic epithets was directed at the recruit by his __________ sergeant.
nostalgia
3. Although the former farm girl pretended to be urbane, a feeling of __________ always came over her when she heard country music.
rife
4. Criticism of the author was __________ among the coterie of intellectuals who used to praise him.
balk
5. Jimmy was a lawbreaker, but he would __________ at the idea of carrying a lethal weapon.
rife
____ a. widespread
blunt
____ b. plain spoken
balk
____ c. to refuse to move
nostalgia
____ d. yearning for the past
restrictive
____ e. harsh, confining
reviled
The poor cockroach has been called the "most ___ creature on the face of the earth."
derogatory
Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are replete with ___ references to these ubiquitous bugs.
indict
Public health officials are quick to ___ the insects as carriers of viruses that cause yellow fever and polio.
nebulous
Although past evidence has been somewhat ___, recent studies also show that an allergy to roaches may contribute significantly to asthma.
pesky
Little wonder, therefore, that the ___ cockroach is under attack.
redolent
Upon entering a cellar that is ___ with their aroma, you are not likely to forget the odor.
repose
And when you spy the foul culprits creating havoc in your sugar bowl or in ___ atop your chocolate cake, your disposition may be exacerbated.
omnivorous, disparate
Roaches are ___ and will feast upon such ___ items as wallpaper, upholstery, nylon stockings, and beer.
abstemious
No one can accuse the hungry and thirsty bugs of being ___.
extant
Cockroaches are the oldest ___ winged insects, having been traced back over 350 million years.
vicissitude
They have endured the ___ of weather, natural disasters, war, and planned liquidation.*
edifice
They reside comfortably in caves in South America, in transcontinental airplanes, on mountain tops, in Park Avenue ___, and in television sets.
sultry
The climate may be ___ or frigid but roaches persevere.*
trenchant
In fact, a ___ analysis made the point that
any forthcoming nuclear war will be won by roaches, not Russians, Chinese, or Americans.
puissant
As soon as the scientists devise a ___ chemical, some bugs succumb.
unabated
Nevertheless, extermination campaigns continue ___.
maudlin
Surprisingly, some sentimental souls become ___ as they consider the persecution of the insects.
levity, lugubrious
A writer noted for his ___ made a ___ plea for a crash program of aid for the cockroach, calling him "a victim of his slum environment."
nebulous
1. Because the contract offer was a __________ one, the union leaders balked at it.
reviled
2. Ezra Pound, the expatriate poet, was __________ for his pro-Fascist remarks.
indict
3. When the grand jury refused to __________ him, the mobster was exonerated.*
pesky
4. Every time his accountant called with __________ pecuniary problems, Ben was very blunt with him.
derogatory
5. The columnist was ordered to recant her __________ statements.
pesky
____ a. annoying
derogatory
____ b. belittling, disparaging
nebulous
____ c. unclear, vague
reviled
____ d. scolded
indict
____ e. accuse
repose
1. While the palace guards were in __________, the rebels' coup* began in earnest.
abstemious
2. Coach Fischer issued a fiat that required that his players be __________.
redolent
3. The __________ scent that came from the bakery created in Eloise a sense of nostalgia for her grandmother's bread.
Omnivorous
4. __________ eaters find the dietary laws in some hotels to be too restrictive.
disparate
5. Regardless of how __________ their crimes were, all the prisoners were freed by the general amnesty.
disparate
____ a. different
redolent
____ b. fragrant
abstemious
____ c. moderate in eating or drinking
omnivorous
____ d. eating any kind of food
repose
____ e. state of rest
extant
1. Hundreds of __________ copies of Shakespeare's signature came from the same prolific forger.
vicissitude
2. The __________ of life in the Medical Corps are not for the squeamish.
edifice
3. We originally planned on a skyscraper but had to settle for a truncated __________.
sultry
4. When he learned that the movie was to be replete with __________ scenes, the cautious banker refused to underwrite its cost.
trenchant
5. General Fox submitted a __________ report on the enemy's latent strength.
trenchant
____ a. keen, incisive*
vicissitude
____ b. difficulties
sultry
____ c. extremely hot and moist, torrid
extant
____ d. still existing
edifice
____ e. a building
lugubrious
1. She advocated __________ music as appropriate background for the funeral scene.
unabated
2. Although the debater's rebuttal was __________, it was totally irrelevant.
puissant
3. The plague continued __________, and the hapless Friar John was unable to deliver the note to Romeo.
levity
4. A good barometer of the reunion's success was the number of __________ songs that the alumni sang.
maudlin
5. Dean Flanigan admonished* us for our __________ at the graduation exercises.
maudlin
____ a. sentimental
lugubrious
____ b. very sad
levity
____ c. lightness of disposition
unabated
____ d. without subsiding
puissant
____ e. powerful
scion
Prince Siddhartha Gautama was the ___ of a family of warrior-kings in northern India.
indoctrinated
He was being ___ for the time when he would assume his father's throne.
opulence
Growing up in an atmosphere of ___, the young prince was constantly shielded from the cruel realities of the world.
obsequious, fulsome
An army of ___ servants and tutors catered to his every desire, providing Siddhartha with instruction in riding, fencing, dancing, and painting while lavishing ___ praise upon him.
lush
One day, Prince Siddhartha expressed the desire to leave his ___ surroundings and ride out among his people.
destitution
He was profoundly shaken by the misery, ___, disease, and excruciating pain with which his people were constantly afflicted.
ponder, supplication
Retiring to his room to ___ over what he had seen, he remained there for several days, deaf to the ___ of those who pleaded with him to come forth.
decadence
It seemed to Siddhartha that his life had been redolent with ___, and he was determined to make amends.
penance
Siddhartha exchanged his sumptuous* garments for a monk's yellow robe and went out into the world to do ___ for what he considered to be his previous life of sin.
ascetic
First he would cleanse himself by becoming an ___; then he would study Hindu wisdom in order to be prepared to help his suffering people.
desultory, disciple
After six years of ___ wandering and attracting only a handful of ___, Siddhartha came to a huge tree near the Indian city of Gaya.
metamorphosis
Finally, it is said, he underwent a ___, becoming the Enlightened Onethe Buddha.
bona fide, salvation
Buddha outlined the three paths that men might travel: worldly pleasure, self-torment, and the middle path. Only through the middle path could man achieve ___ peace and ___.
materialism, nurture
One had to repudiate* ___, keep his self-control, restrict speech, be open-minded, never lie or steal, reject selfish drives, ___ goodness, etc.
nirvana
Through good deeds and pure thoughts man may reach ___.
opulence
1. It was not until the wreckers began to dismantle the old edifice that they discovered its real __________.
scion
2. As the __________ of a family of wealthy bankers, Rothschild never had to face the vicissitudes* of life.
obsequious
3. Uriah Heep's __________ manner nettled all but the most gullible.
indoctrinate
4. In order to __________ the captive, his jailers repeatedly reviled* capitalism while praising communism.
fulsome
5. The actress received __________ compliments from her friends but trenchant criticism from the reviewers.
lush
1. The __________ stage setting drew applause from the theater buffs.
ponder
2. In the hospital, the alcoholic had time to __________ over the need to be abstemious.
destitution
3. As the traveler followed the tortuous path up the Kentucky mountain, he was sickened by the __________ which he saw.
supplication
4. Through __________, the fraternity head hoped to end the strife among the members.
decadence
5. Rumors of Rome's __________ were rife among the barbarian tribes.
disciple
1. Billy the Vampire is the only extant* __________ of Count Dracula.
metamorphosis
2. In a remarkable __________, her lugubrious mood changed to one of levity.
penance
3. Following a lengthy diatribe against mendacity, the priest imposed __________ upon the sinner.
ascetic
4. The cave of the __________ lacked the opulence and lush decoration of his former mansion.
desultory
5. Larry's compositions proceed in a __________ manner despite the supplication of his English teacher.
nurture
1. In order to __________ good will, the management will do anything to accommodate its guests' special needs.
bona fide
2. When we saw the hundreds of __________ petitions, we realized that the number of people who supported the candidate was legion.*
salvation
3. The megalomaniac believed that he alone had the answer to mankind's __________.
nirvana
4. Rosalie found solace in the conviction that one day mankind would reach Shangri-la, Utopia, __________.
materialism
5. Disciples* of __________ may know the price of everything but the value of nothing.
obsequious
____ a. seeking favor, fawning
scion
____ b. child, descendant
opulence
____ c. wealth, riches
fulsome
____ d. excessive, insincere
indoctrinate
____ e. to teach certain principles
decadence
____ a. decay
destitution
____ b. extreme poverty
ponder
____ c. to consider carefully
supplication
____ d. earnest prayer
lush
____ e. luxurious, elaborate
metamorphosis
____ a. change
penance
____ b. atonement for sin
desultory
____ c. occurring by chance, disconnected
ascetic
____ d. one who practices self-denial and devotion
disciple
____ e. follower
nurture
____ a. to nourish, support
materialism
____ b. attention to worldly things and neglect of spiritual needs
nirvana
____ c. freedom from care and pain, Buddhist heaven
bona fide
____ d. genuine
salvation
____ e. deliverance from ruin
juxtapose
When we ___ the words "woman" and "alcoholic" many readers are surprised.
plight
However, the ___ of America's several million female alcoholics is rapidly increasing in intensity.
covert
But the statistics are inexact because it is estimated that there are nine ___ alcoholics for every one under treatment.
cope
Women drink to help themselves to ___ with life's vicissitudes.*
incompatibility
They drink because of financial pressures, ___, frustration,* and related
reasons.
incapacitated
fabricate
Although frequently ___, she can ___ a story skillfully and thus conceal her true physical condition.
connubial
She often attributes her alcoholism to ___ stress, boredom, or depression.
demur
appellation
Most female drinkers would ___ at the ___ of "alcoholic"and that makes their treatment all the more difficult.
escalation
Aside from the reasons offered earlier, doctors have other interesting reasons for the ___ in female drinking.
indifference
potential
They also indict social acceptance and ___ to alcohol's ___ danger as contributory factors.
cumulative
recondite
If women realized the harmful extent of the ___ effect of alcohol, they might taper off in their public and ___ drinking.
palliate
Using alcohol in an attempt to ___ her problems.
Deluding
___ herself about the extent of her drinking habits.
prelude
Reliance upon alcohol as a ___ to a major social obligation.
chimerical
Using alcohol as a medication for real or ___ illnesses.
acknowledge
If in evaluating* her drinking, a woman ___ that several of the danger signals applied to her, she should see a physician.
juxtapose
1. If we were to __________ our philosophies, your materialism* would conflict with my idealism.
incompatibility
2. Judge Felder commented with asperity* upon the wife's charge of __________.
cope
3. Just how our club's president is able to __________ with so many disparate personalities is something I'll never understand.
plight
4. The __________ of the refugees who wandered about in a desultory fashion moved us to tears.
covert
5. Woodrow Wilson stated that he found __________ agreements to be reprehensible.
fabricate
1. Dave's metamorphosis from an honest person to one who could __________ an alibi so adroitly was amazing.
connubial
2. The widow grew maudlin as she reminisced about her former __________ bliss.
demur
3. I will have to __________ even if I receive a bona fide invitation to run for the G.O. council.
appellation
4. Because he was the scion of the richest family on our block, Lenny was given the __________ of "Rockefeller."
incapacitate
5. He was ashamed to admit that a pesky skin rash __________ him for weeks at a time.
escalation
1. Many derogatory statements were heard from those who were opposed to further __________ of the conflict.
indifference
2. With complete __________ toward his personal safety, Lt. Regan openly challenged the puissant forces of the enemy.
potential
3. When destitution grips an area, there is excellent __________ for trouble.
cumulative
4. The __________ effect of the summer's sultry* weather was to shorten everyone's temper.
recondite
5. The poet's __________ language precluded* any understanding of her theme.
acknowledge
1. Monte refused to __________ the extrinsic* pressures that were causing him to do poorly in his sophomore year.
delude
2. We must not allow fulsome* praise to __________ us about our actual abilities.
palliate
3. The drugs could only __________ the symptoms, not provide the cure.
prelude
4. As a __________ to his performance, the bullfighter vowed to do penance* for his sins.
chimerical
5. The scheme sounded __________, but we were indoctrinated* to believe that it could work.
incompatibility
____ a. quality of being mismated, lack of harmony
juxtapose
____ b. to place side by side
plight
____ c. predicament, dangerous situation
covert
____ d. secret, hidden
cope
____ e. to be a match for, to be able to handle
demur
____ a. to object
appellation
____ b. a name
fabricate
____ c. to lie, concoct*
connubial
____ d. related to marriage
incapacitated
____ e. disabled, made unfit
potential
____ a. possible
cumulative
____ b. accumulated
recondite
____ c. secret, hidden, obscure
escalation
____ d. an increase, intensification
indifference
____ e. lack of concern
chimerical
____ a. visionary, imaginary, fantastic
palliate
____ b. alleviate, relieve without curing
prelude
____ c. introduction
delude
____ d. to fool
acknowledge
____ e. admit
heterogeneous
gamut
In most schools the classes are alphabetically ___, with youngsters'
names running the ___ from Adams to Zilch.
perspicacious
analogous
malajusted
Mr. Sloane, a ___ teacher, began to perceive differences between the two groups: while their reading scores and I.Q.'s were roughly ___, it was apparent that Biology 128 was replete with ___ students, while Biology 121 had the normal ones.
phenomenon
As Mr. Sloane pursued his investigation of the ___, he discovered that a Dr. Trevor Weston of the British Medical Association had corroborated* his findings.
mortality
decade
Dr. Weston had studied British ___ rates over a ___, finding that people whose names began with letters ranging from "S" to "Z" had a life expectancy that averaged twelve years fewer than the rest of the population.
susceptible
neurotic
Furthermore, those at the bottom of the alphabet tended to contract more ulcers, were more ___ to heart attacks, and were more likely to be ___ than those at the top of the alphabet.
pedagogue
Dr. Weston is convinced that the ___ is the culprit.
enunciated
As they are the last to recite, these youngsters feel frustrated* because what they had to say had usually been ___ earlier.
inordinate
irascible
The ___ amount of waiting that this group has to do causes them to become ___ and jittery.
introspective
"S" to "Z" people also become quite ___, convinced that they are inferior to those at the top of the alphabet.
perpetuate
Mr. Sloane did not want to ___ the disorders that stemmed from the alphabetical arrangement.
mandate
Not only did he reverse the seating in his other classes, but he began to badger* the school's administration for a ___ to bring about such changes throughout the building.
compensatory
neutralize
catastrophic
He called it a ___ factor to ___ the ___ effects of the traditional policy.
malajusted
1. The Bureau of Child Guidance has been the salvation for some __________ children.
heterogeneous
2. Our algebra class is a __________ one in which bright students are juxtaposed with slower ones.
perspicacious
3. Senator Thorpe was __________ enough to realize that the scurrilous charge would have little effect upon the voters.
analogous
4. Although the lawyer acknowledged that the two cases were hardly __________, he still felt that he had a good precedent on his side.
gamut
5. The actress ran the __________ of emotions in a poignant* performance that thrilled the audience.
neurotic
1. Irritability is one of the salient* features of a __________ personality.
decade
2. After a __________ of connubial acrimony, the couple decided to consult with a marriage counselor.
mortality
3. If a miner were to ponder over the high __________ rate in his occupation, he might want to quit.
susceptible
4. Ethan Frome soon learned that his querulous wife was __________ to a variety of ailments.
phenomenon
5. There was no paucity* of witnesses to describe the __________ of the flying saucer.
enunciate
1. Reporters were expecting the candidate to __________ his policy on the escalation of the war.
irasciable
2. His profligate son made the parsimonious old crank even more __________.
introspective
3. Since Alice is so gregarious it surprised me to learn that she is also an __________ girl.
pedagogue
4. Mr. Ford is proud to be called a teacher, but he demurs at the title of __________.
inordinate
5. In an attempt to show how assiduous he was, the executive spent an __________ amount of time on his report.
perpetuate
1. Don Ricardo hoped that his son would __________ the family business, but Manuel was too involved with chimerical* schemes to want to run a restaurant.
catastrophic
2. If the draconian regulations are to continue unabated, they will have __________ results.
neutralize
3. Dr. Meyers prescribed medication to __________ the acid condition that had incapacitated my uncle.
mandate
4. As a prelude to his victory speech, the mayor announced that he considered the large vote to be a __________ from the people.
Compensatory
5. __________ education may help minority groups to cope with their plight.
gamut
____ a. range
perspicacious
____ b. acutely perceptive, shrewd
malajusted
____ c. poorly adjusted, disturbed
analogous
____ d. comparable, similar
heterogeneous
____ e. dissimilar
mortality
____ a. death
neurotic
____ b. suffering from a nervous disorder
decade
____ c. ten years
phenomenon
____ d. unusual occurrence
susceptible
____ e. easily affected, unusually liable
irascible
____ a. irritable
inordinate
____ b. excessive
enunciate
____ c. to utter, proclaim
introspective
____ d. looking into one's own feelings
pedagogue
____ e. teacher
compensatory
____ a. serving to pay back
mandate
____ b. an authoritative order or command
neutralize
____ c. to counteract
perpetuate
____ d. to cause to continue
catastrophic
____ e. disastrous
anthropologist
bizarre
In the course of their studies of other cultures, ___ have reported numerous customs and practices that seem ___ to the average American.
inanimate
Many primitive people believe that certain ___ objects have a will of their own and possess some magical powers.
fetish
The ___ might have derived its power, according to members of some tribes, from a god who lives within the object and has changed it into a thing of magic.
artifact
Fetishes need not only be natural objects, however. An ___ such as a sculpture or carving is also believed to possess supernatural powers.
taboo
An outgrowth of the idea of a fetish is the closely related practice of ___.
imprudent
prohibition
Whereas the gods or supernatural powers merely inhabit an object that is a fetish and lend it magic, they will punish the ___ native who violates their ___ of an act or use of an object or word that has become taboo.
imperative
If a taboo has been broken, it becomes ___ for the offender to be punished.
taint
In many cases, however, the ___ on the community may be removed after the priests have performed a special ceremony.
universal
contemptuous
absurd
Although it is probably ___ human behavior to be ___ of the bizarre superstitions practiced by inhabitants of unfamiliar cultures, it seems to be somewhat imprudent to laugh at others before one takes a good, hard look at the ___ taboos and fetishes one accepts as part of one's everyday life.
bigot
abhor
Isn't it somewhat absurd when the "dyed-in-the-wool" ___, who illogically fears the taint* of close association with blacks (behavior that resembles fear of a taboo), spends most of the summer lying in the sun trying to acquire the color he claims to ___?
vulnerable
During the Middle Ages most people believed that the devil could enter our bodies when we sneezed, because at that propitious moment we left our bodies ___.
entreaty
However, this catastrophic event could be avoided if another person immediately made an ___ to God.
tradition
Although the ___ continues today, few people are aware of its history.
originates
A superstition ___ in ignorance when people are unsure of the causes of events.
inviolable
But it continues ___ over the years
because it usually represents our deepest fears.
inanimate
1. Stones are __________ objects that have no life of their own.
artifact
2. It has been suggested that the man who builds a better mousetrap will find the world beating a path to his door to possess this __________.
fetish
3. The explorers saw the golden statue and thought of how much money it would bring them. But their lives would be in danger if they moved it because it was a powerful __________ to the natives.
anthropologist
4. Margaret Mead, the famous __________, fascinated thousands of readers with her studies of South Seas islanders.
bizarre
5. It would be rather __________ for a young man to come to school wearing a dress.
taint
1. Unsanitary conditions in the bottling factory caused hundreds of cases of soda to be __________ by dirt and foreign objects. The health department refused to allow the soda to be sold.
prohabition
2. Although a New Jersey high school principal placed a __________ on boys wearing their hair long, one student fought in the courts and won his case.
imprudent
3. It is considered __________ to give your computer code word to anyone not fully known to you.
taboo
4. It is __________ for certain South Seas islanders to eat some foods before they marry.
imperative
5. In the nuclear age it has become __________ for the nations of the world to learn to live in peace.
contemptuous
1. Bob felt __________ of his best friend after he saw him cheating during an exam.
absurd
2. The teacher felt like laughing after he heard Sally's __________ excuse for not having done her homework.
bigot
3. One politician, a notorious __________, hopes to get support as a presidential candidate on the basis of his prejudices and intolerance.
abhor
4. I __________ some one who is constantly changing channels with a remote while I'm trying to read in the same room.
universal
5. Would relations between countries be simpler if a __________ language were spoken rather than hundreds of separate ones?
originates
1. Some bad habits __________ in adolescence and continue throughout a person's life.
entreaty
2. The murderer made a(n) __________ to the governor for a pardon.
invioable
3. Despite the inexorable torture, 007 kept the __________ secret of the labyrinth leading to the underground headquarters.
vulnerable
4. It appears that many computers are __________ to "viruses" that can cause great damage.
tradition
5. Eskimos have a(n) __________ of rubbing noses to show affection.
artifact
____ a. an object made by hand, rather than a thing as it occurs in nature
inanimate
____ b. lifeless
fetish
____ c. an object that is thought to have magic powers
anthropologist
____ d. an expert in the study of the races, beliefs, customs, etc. of mankind
bizarre
____ e. odd, peculiar, strange, weird
taint
____ a. contamination, undesirable substance that spoils something
prohibition
____ b. the act of forbidding certain behavior
imperative
____ c. urgent, necessary, compulsory
taboo
____ d. forbidden by custom or religious practice
imprudent
____ e. unwise, not careful
absurd
____ a. ridiculous
universal
____ b. present everywhere
contemptuous
____ c. expressing a feeling that something is worthless
bigot
____ d. a person who is intolerant of other people or ideas
abhor
____ e. to detest, to despise
originate
____ a. begin, arise
vulnerable
____ b. capable of being injured
tradition
____ c. custom that has been handed down
entreaty
____ d. appeal, plea
invioable
____ e. safe (from destruction, etc.)
awesome
There are few sights that are more impressive and ___ than the eruption of an active volcano.
puny
There are few natural events that so singularly dwarf man's ___ attempts to control his environment.
eruption
Perhaps the greatest volcanic ___ of modern times took place in 1883 when the island of Krakatoa in Indonesia blew up as the result of a volcanic explosion.
debris
New islands were formed by the lava that poured out, and ___ was scattered across the Indian Ocean for hundreds of miles.
disperse
Volcanic material, ___ seventeen miles into the atmosphere, created startlingly beautiful sunsets for years afterwards.
obliterate
Man's ability to ___ life on this planet has increased at a rapid rate.
deplorable
We are now faced with the ___ prospect of new weapons that can cause destruction of life and property on a scale far beyond our imagination.
initiate, conflagration
No matter who takes the first step to ___ a conflict, the possibility exists that the ___ will spread and envelop the world.
rue
Some consider it mandatory that the nuclear powers seek agreement on methods of limiting and controlling these weapons, for in the absence of such an agreement, we may ___ the day atomic energy was made practical.
congenial
Unfortunately, this ___ condition is fast disappearing.
hoard
There is no way to ___ water; there are many ways to conserve it.
sage
Only then did the residents begin to heed the ___ advice to limit the wasteful uses of water.
aegis
Under the ___ of the Water Commissioner, citizens were encouraged to develop habits that would save water.
detriment
The continued imprudent waste by each of us of this most basic resource will work to the ___ of all.
longevity
The natural question is, to what do these people owe their ___?
imbibe
Frequently, the answer concerns the fact that the ancient one liked to ___ regularly of some hard liquor.
virile
The photograph will show an apparently ___ man or robust woman.
senile
There are no signs that they have become ___.
doddering
Smoking a pipe, or sewing on some garment, these rare specimens of hardy humanity are far from the ___ folk we expect to see.
eruption
1. Fred had been known for his gentle ways, so his friends were stunned by the __________ of angry words that issued from him.
puny
2. We were surprised by the __________ resistance put up by the voracious tiger to its capture.
debris
3. After her house had burned to the ground, Mrs. Wiley searched through the __________ for her valuable jewelry.
awesome
4. Many of those who witnessed the first atomic explosion reported that it was an __________ sight.
dispersed
5. The fluffy seeds of the milkweed are __________ by the wind.
conflagration
1. Who could imagine a more bizarre* story than the one having to do with a cow causing the __________ in Chicago?
obliterate
2. No matter how one tries to delete material from a computer, it is almost impossible to __________ it.
rue
3. You will __________ that display of histrionics when I asked you to help.
initiate
4. She could not imagine how she was going to get him to __________ a conversation about marriage.
deplorable
5. The hometown fans thought the umpire's decision was __________.
hoard
1. Isn't it a pity we can't __________ the ideal days of autumn?
sage
2. A man may be a __________ everywhere, but at home he's called a "square" by his youngsters.
congenial
3. The tree in front of my house has the dubious honor of being the spot voted the most __________ by the dogs of the neighborhood.
aegis
4. It was fortuitous that at the last moment the mayor offered the __________ of his office in finding a solution to the problem.
detriment
5. A settlement that causes __________ to neither side is imperative.
senile
1. Far from being __________, the old woman was considered the sage of the neighborhood.
longevity
2. Scientists have placed the __________ of the planet earth unbelievably into the future.
doddering
3. It was deplorable for us to see her __________ around the house with the aid of a cane.
imbibe
4. If you __________, don't drive!
virile
5. The boys struck __________ poses to attract the girls on the beach.
dispersed
____ a. scattered, spread, broken up
puny
____ b. weak, unimportant
awesome
____ c. inspiring terror, weird
debris
____ d. ruins, fragments
eruption
____ e. bursting out
rue
____ a. regret
deplorable
____ b. sad, pitiable
obliterate
____ c. erase, wipe out
initiate
____ d. start, set going
conflagration
____ e. great fire
detriment
____ a. injury, damage, hurt
congenial
____ b. sympathetic, agreeable
aegis
____ c. shield, protection, sponsorship
hoard
____ d. hide, store, accumulate
sage
____ e. wise man, philosopher
longevity
____ a. long duration of life
virile
____ b. masterful, manly
imbibe
____ c. drink
senile
____ d. infirm, weak from old age
doddering
____ e. trembling, shaking