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(of persons) noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline; unwilling to submit to authority
Walk in to any preschool and I am sure that you will find an _________ and chaotic scene—unless it's nap time.
worthy of high praise
The efforts of the firefighters running into the burning building were ___________.
expel from a community, residence, or location; drive away
The most difficult part of the fast was ____________ thoughts of food.
(sometimes followed by "to") causing harm or injury
Many know that smoking is ___________ to your health, but processed sugar in large quantities is equally bad.
a conceited and self-centered person
An __________, Natasha had few friends because of her inability to talk about anything except her dream of becoming the next American Idol.
a slight or superficial understanding of a subject; a small amount of something
I know only a __________ of German, but Helen is able to read German newspapers and converse with natives.
gnaw into; make resentful or angry
His constant whistling would _________ her, sometimes causing her to leave in a huff.
cleverly amusing in tone
___________ behavior will not be tolerated during sex education class; it's time for all of you to treat these matters like mature adults.
enlarge or increase; improve
Ideally, the restaurant's ____________ menu will expand its clientele and increase its profits.
lasting an indefinitely long time; eternal; everlasting
Even at the old-timers games, Stan Musial would get the loudest cheer: he was a __________ favorite of the fans there.
inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace
Every morning, Bhavin was a __________, unhappy person, but once he ate breakfast, he became loving, laughing, and a joy to be around.
Unspoiled, untouched (usu. of nature)
The glacial lake was __________ and we filled our canteens to drink deeply.
Immaculately clean and unused
Drill sergeants are known for demanding __________ cabinets, uniforms, and beds, and often make new recruits clean and clean and clean until they meet the expected high standards.
devoid of intelligence, matter, or significance
To the journalist's pointed question, the senator gave a ___________ response, mixing a few of his overall campaign slogans with platitudes and completely avoiding the controversial subject of the question.
happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally
Although Prohibition was rooted in noble ideals, the ___________ and costly consequences of making alcohol illegal in the U.S. led to its repeal.
made ineffective or powerless
The FBI has made so many restrictions on the local police that they are absolutely ___________, unable to accomplish anything.
suggesting war or military life
Americans tend to remember Abraham Lincoln as kindly and wise, not at all __________, despite the fact that he was involved in the fiercest war America has even fought.
a feeling of great (usually exaggerated) elation
The __________ of winning her first gold medal in the 100 meter dash overwhelmed Shelly-Ann Fraser and she wept tears of immense joy.
contrary to or forbidden by law
Though Al Capone was engaged in many __________ activities, he was finally arrested for income tax evasion, a relatively minor offense.
determined by impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason
Adults look to kids and envy their __________ nature at times, wishing that they could act without reason and play without limitation.
reject with contempt
She _________ all his flattery and proposals, and so he walked off embarrassed and sad.
an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time
The principal explained that even though one student had done modelling work outside of school, the outfits that student wore in those photographs in no way established a ____________ for what could be worn at school dances.
reduce the quality or value of something
The third-rate script so __________ the film that not even the flawless acting could save it from being a flop.
an abundant supply of something good
The International Food Expo was a ___________ of culinary delights: gourmet foods from every continent were under one roof.
show submission or fear
Every time Susan comes to the office, Frank __________ as if she were about to fire him.
scornful, looking down at others with a sneering attitude
Always on the forefront of fashion, Vanessa looked __________ at anyone wearing dated clothing.
I remember my grandfather's face was wrinkled, __________, and calm.
(medicine) not dangerous to health; not recurrent or progressive
The tumor located in your ear lobe seems to be __________ and should not cause you any trouble.
liable to sudden unpredictable change, esp. in affections or attachments
She was so __________ in her politics, it was hard to pinpoint her beliefs; one week she would embrace a side, and the next week she would denounce it.
cause to continue
If you do not let him do things for himself, you are merely ___________ bad habits that will be even harder to break in the future.
making a situation or outcome more likely to happen
Studying in a quiet room is ___________ to learning; studying in a noisy environment makes learning more difficult.
uncertain how to act or proceed
He stood ___________ at the split in the trail, not sure which route would lead back to the camp.
marked by refinement in taste and manners
A live string quartet would provide a more __________ air to the wedding than would a folk singer.
the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others
Albert Schweitzer spent most of his life doing missionary work as a doctor in Africa, seeking no reward, apparently motivated only by __________.
tastelessly showy; cheap and shoddy
Carol expected to find New York City magical, the way so many movies had portrayed it, but she was surprised how often ___________ displays took the place of genuine elegance.
marked by complexity and richness of detail
Thomas, on returning from Morocco, replaced his dirty gray carpet with an ___________ one he'd brought back with him.
explain in more detail
Most high school physics teachers find themselves ___________ the same point over and over again, since many concepts confuse students.
The profits at our firm _________ the general downturn that affected the real estate industry.
attack in speech or writing
In the weekly paper, the editor __________ the governor for wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars in public projects that quickly failed.
a characteristic language of a particular group
To those with little training in medicine, the __________ of doctors can be very difficult to understand.
agreeable, conducive to comfort
Betty is a __________ young woman: everyone she meets is put at ease by her elegance and grace.
not making concessions
The relationship between Bart and Hilda ultimately failed because they were both so _______________, never wanting to change their opinions.
(of a person) speaking with ease but without sincerity
I have found that the more ________ the salesman, the worse the product.
effusively or insincerely emotional, especially in art, music, and literature
I don't like romanticism for the same reason I don't like melodramatic acting and soap operas—overly _____________.
without fault or error
He was ___________ dressed in the latest fashion without a single crease or stain.
make something intense less severe
Her fear that the new college would be filled with unknown faces was ____________ when she recognized her childhood friend standing in line.
(of language) transparently clear; easily understandable
Though Walters writes about physics and time travel, his writing is always __________, so readers with little scientific training can understand difficult concepts.
showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience
Because of his service as an intelligence officer and his refined tastes, W. Somerset Maugham became the inspiration for the __________ and sophisticate spy James Bond.
abusing vocally; expressing contempt or ridicule
I was surprised by her ___________ tone; usually, she is sweet, soft spoken, and congenial.
belief in something
He placed no __________ in psychics, claiming that they offered no special powers beyond the ability to make people part with their money.
having precise or logical relevance to the matter at hand
While the salaries of the players might draw attention in the media, such monetary figures are not ____________ to the question of who plays the best on the field.
showing understanding and ready comprehension of other peoples' states and emotions
Most discrimination and hatred is based on a lack of ____________ awareness of people that have the same aspirations and fears.
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