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Common Words IV
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interpreted in a particular way
The author's inability to take a side on the issue was ___________ by both his opponents and supporters as a sign of weakness.
extreme generosity and giving
Uncle Frank was known for his __________, so his nephew was sad when he did not receive a present for his birthday.
give extra weight to (a communication)
While the hiking instructor agreed that carrying a first aid kit could be a good idea under certain circumstances, he ____________ the importance of carrying enough water.
marked by repeated turns and bends; not straightforward
Because the logic behind McMahon's side of the debate was so ___________, his audience came out either completely confused or, worse, feeling they'd been tricked.
the trait of seeming not to care
In an effort to fight ___________, the president of the college introduced a new, stricter grading system.
without scruples or principles
In the courtroom, the lawyer was _____________, using every manner of deceit and manipulation to secure a victory for himself.
praise or glorify
The teenagers _________ the rock star, covering their bedrooms with posters of him.
acking foresight or imagination
The company ultimately went out of business because the ___________ managers couldn't predict the changes in their industry.
easily irritated or annoyed
Although the three year old was often described as mature for his age, he was __________ and whiny whenever his father forgot to remove the crust from his sandwiches.
available when required or as promised
The President announced that the senators were about to reach a compromise, and that he was eager to read the ____________ details of the bill.
at ease in talking to others
As a husband, Larry was not __________: if Jill didn't demand to know details, Larry would never share them with her.
unwilling to change one's beliefs or course of action
Despite many calls for mercy, the judge remained ____________, citing strict legal precedence.
describing a statement that is not believable
The teacher found it ____________ that the student was late to school because he had been kidnapped by outlaws on horseback.
marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
Professor Thompson was regarded as an expert in his field, but his lectures were utterly ___________, focused on rigorous details of the most trivial conventions in the field.
to cause confusion
Though Harry loved numbers, calculus ___________ him.
mistake one thing for another
Americans often ___________ sweet potatoes with yams, and refer to both vegetables by the same name.
serving to warn; expressing reproof or reproach especially as a corrective
At the assembly, the high school vice-principal gave the students an ____________ speech, warning them of the many risks and dangers of prom night.
the trait of avoiding excesses
Welles wasn't known for his _____________--he usually ate enough for two and drank enough for three.
charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
Count Rumford ___________ the new theory of heat, demonstrating that it was wholly inadequate to explain the observations.
without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious
Allen was often punished in school for ____________ disrespecting teachers.
worthy of high praise
To say that Gandhi's actions were ____________ is the greatest understatement; he overthrew an empire without violence.
lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands
Within a week of starting, the ___________ new waiter was unceremoniously fired.
markedly different from an accepted norm
When the financial director started screaming and throwing food at his co-workers, the police had to come in to deal with his __________ behavior.
being of questionable authenticity
The web is notorious for sandwiching ___________ stories between actual news.
constituting a separate entity or part
What was once known as Czechoslovakia has since split into two ___________, independent nations.
in abundant supply
In midsummer, there are __________ popsicle stands at the beach; in the winter, there are none.
difficult to understand; incomprehensible
Physics textbooks can seem so ___________ to the uninitiated that readers feel as though they are looking at hieroglyphics.
characteristic of a limited perspective; not fashionable or sophisticated
Maggie's enthusiasm about her high school teams seemed ____________ to her college classmates, all of whom were following a nationally ranked college team.
prove to be false or incorrect
No one could __________ his theories or propositions, and that is why he was esteemed by all his colleagues in the philosophy department.
lacking significance through having been overused
Cheryl rolled her eyes when she heard the lecturer's _____________ advice to "be true to yourself."
propriety in manners and conduct
"You will obey the rules of ___________ for this courtroom or spend the night in a jail cell," said the judge to the prosecutor.
to adopt or support an idea or cause
As a college student, Charlie ___________ Marxism, growing his beard out and railing against the evils of the free-market.
a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
Peggy's numerous ____________ include wearing mismatched shoes, laughing loudly to herself, and owning a pet aardvark.
a gathering of persons representative of some larger group
A small ___________ of those loyal to the king have gathered around the castle to defend it.
dependent on (usually used with upon)
Whether the former world champions can win again this year is ____________ upon none of its star players getting injured.
intended to attract notice and impress others; tawdry or vulgar
Matt wanted to buy stone lions for front of the house, but Cynthia convinced him that such a display would be too _____________ for a modest house in an unassuming neighborhood.
harsh in tone
Most movie critics are __________ towards summer blockbusters, often referring to them as garbage.
someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
Steven Pinker's credentials are unquestioned as a ____________; he has taught at MIT and Stanford, teaches at Harvard, and has published a number of influential books on cognition, language, and psychology.
incapable of making less angry or hostile
Win or lose, the coach was always ____________, never giving the athletes an easy practice or a break.
to completely destroy
I tried ___________ the mosquitos in my apartment with a rolled up newspaper, but there were too many of them.
make (one thing) compatible with (another)
Peggy was unable to ____________ her kind friend Jane with the cruel and merciless character Jane played on television.
guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory
Rather than make a philosophical appeal to the Congressmen, the Speaker decided to take a far more ___________ approach, making small side-deals that would add votes to his bill.
refusing to change one's mind
Civil rights icon Rosa Parks will forever be remembered for __________ refusing to give up her seat on a public bus--even after the bus driver insisted, she remained rooted in place.
not clearly understood or expressed
The meaning of the professor's new research was ___________ to most people, so no one asked any questions.
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
The document clearly indicated that Nick was out of the state at the time of the crime, and so served to ___________ him of any charges.
In 1919, the World Series was rigged--an ___________ act which baseball took decades to recover from.
defying tradition or convention
Jackson Pollock was an ____________ artist, totally breaking with tradition by splashing paint on a blank canvas.
add details or explanation; clarify the meaning; state in depth
The CEO refused to __________ on the decision to merge our department with another one, and so I quit.
grow and flourish
China's housing market is _____________, but some predict that the growth is merely a bubble and will burst much like the U.S. real estate bubble of 2008.
requiring and demanding accuracy
Though his childhood piano teacher was so __________, Max is thankful now, as a professional pianist.
impervious to correction by punishment
Tom Sawyer seems like an ____________ youth until Huck Finn enters the novel; even Sawyer can't match his fierce individual spirit.
nducing mental lethargy; sleep inducing
Although the professor is brilliant, his bland monotone gives his lectures a __________ effect.
gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts
Even though Tom didn't like his new boss, he decided to ___________ himself to her in order to advance his career.
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