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to choose not to do something
lack of interest or emotion
changing one's mind quickly and often
to produce, cause, or bring about
open to more than one interpretation; ambiguous
worthy of praise
to soften; to lessen
to soothe or pacify
easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive
to make impure
to make something unpleasant less severe
to provide supporting evidence
a puzzle; a mystery
learned; scholarly; bookish
of the same kind
impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light
practical, as opposed to idealistic
correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs
deviation from what is normal
fearless and daring
to dry out thoroughly
lasting a short time
intensely emotional; feverish
using few words
clear and easily understood
someone who shows off learning
to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation
to sway physically; to be indecisive
to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
to leave secretly
an extremely deep hole
to speak in favor of
concerning the appreciation of beauty
to increase in power, influence, and reputation
to make more bearable
to combine; to mix together
doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted several ways
to make better; to improve
something out of place in time
the aged hippie used ------ phrases like groovy, far out that had not been popular in years
similar or alike in some way; equivalent to
to annoy or to provoke to anger
to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
intense and passionate feeling
Bishop's ----for the landscape was evident when he passionately described the beauty of the scenic Hudson Valley.
able to speak clearly and expressively
to reduce in force or degree; to weaken
severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
- the lack of decoration makes military barracks seem ----- to the civilian eye.
predictable, cliche, boring
support; prop up
pompous in speech and manner
The ranting of the radio talk-show host was mostly ------; his boasting and outrageous claims had no basis in fact.
harsh, jarring noise
- the junior high orchestra created an almost unbearable--- as they tried to tune their instruments
impartial and honest in speech
to punish or criticize harshly
something that brings about a change in something else
- the imposition of harsh taxes was ---- that finally brought on the revolution
biting in wit
Dorothy Parker gained her reputation for ----- wit from her cutting, yet clever, insults
chaugreat confusion, disorder
someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
the attitude that men are inherently superior to women and therefore must be obeyed is common among male -----
deception by means of craft or guile
dishonest used car salespeople often use ---- to sell their beat up old cars
convincing and well-reasoned
to overlook, pardon, or disregard
(adj.) intricate, complicated (Grace's story was so ----- that I couldn't follow it.)
too trusting; gullible
steadily increasing volume or force
the ---- of tension became unbearable as Evel Knieve prepared to jump his motorcycle over the school buses.
appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
----- of a funeral service
The respectful young law clerk treated the Supreme Court justice with the utmost -----
to speak of or treat with contempt; to mock
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
Athena had ----academic record; she had changed majors 12 times in 3 years.
AN ABUSIVE, CONDEMNATORY SPEECH
The trucker bellowed a -----at the driver who had cut him off.
to make larger; to expand
When you enter a darkened room, the pupils of your eyes ----- to let in more light.
INTENDED TO DELAY
The congressman used ------ measures to delay the passage of the bill.
someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
Jerry friends were such ---- they seemed to have new jobs and hobbies every week
a funeral hymn or mournful speech
TO SET RIGHT; TO FREE FROM ERROR
Galileo's observations ----- scholars of the notion that the sun revolved around the Earth.
to perceive; to recognize
it's easy to ---- the difference
FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT; ENTIRELY UNLIKE
Although the twins are physically identical, their personalities are d------
to present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character
- the villain could--- to the police no longer. he admitted the deed and tore up the floor to reveal the body of the old man
a harsh and disagreeable combination, especially of sounds.
- cognitive ---- is the inner conflict produced when long-standing beliefs are contradicted by new evidence.
a firmly held opinion, often a religious belief
Linus's central ---- was that children who believed in the Great Pumpkin would be rewarded.
to deceive; a person who is easily deceived
Bugs Bunny was able to ---- Elmer Fudd by dressing up as a lady rabbit.
DICTATORIAL IN ONE'S OPINIONS
The dictator was dogmatic, claiming he, and only he, was right.
selecting or choosing from various sources
-budapest's architecture is an --- mix of eastern and western styles
a sad or mournful poem
persuasive and moving, especially in speech
to reduce in strength
the graduate student sought to --- her professor in every way, copying not only how she taught but also how she conducted herself outside of class
to count, list, or itemize
to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
- when faced with criticism f her policies , the politician ----- and left all parties thinking she agreed with them.
wandering and unpredictable
The plot seemed predictable until it suddenly took a series of ---- turns that surprised the audience.
known or understood only by a few
- only a handful of experts are knowledgeable about the ---- world of particle physics
speech in praise of someone
use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one
the funeral director preferred to use the ---- " sleeping" instead of the word dead
to make worse
urgent; requiring immediate action
to clear of blame
to clear from blame; prove innocent
The adversarial legal system is intended to convict those who are guilty and to ------ those who are innocent
CLEARLY STATED OR SHOWN; FORTHRIGHT IN EXPRESSION
The journalist wrote an -----
description of the gruesome murder.
acting excessively enthusiastic; filled with extreme, unquestioned devotion
the stormtroopers were ----- in their devotion to their emperor, readily sacrificing their lives for him
- the understudy ---- over the director in hopes of being cast in the part on a permanent basis
to arouse or incite
The protesters tried to ------ feeling against the war through their speeches and demonstrations.
a tendency to be thrifty or cheap
excessively decorated or embellished
The palace had been decorated in an excessive ---- style.
- since he was not fast enough to catch the road runner on foot, the coyote resorted to --- in an effort to trap his enemy
one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
- his lack of regard for traditional beliefs soon established him as an -----
not capable of being disturbed
incapable of being affected
- a good raincoat will be ---- to moisture
quick to act without thinking
unable to be calmed down or made peaceful
- his rage of betrayal was so great that he remained ----- for weeks
not fully formed; disorganized
acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner
bright; brilliant; glowing
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
flexible; can be shaped
- gold is the most ---- of precious metals. it can easily be formed into almost any shape
figure of speech comparing two different things without using like or as
extremely careful; particular about details
a person who dislikes others
to calm or make less severe
- their argument was so intense that it was difficult to believe any compromise would ---- them
lack of variation
lacking sophistication or experience
Having never traveled before, the elementary school students were more than their high school counterparts on the field trip.
eager to please
hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
- the president was completely --- on the issue, and no amount of persuasion would change his mind.
the ----- child could not be made to eat any food that he disliked
to prevent; to make unnecessary
- the river was shallow enough to wade across at many points, which ---- the need of a bridge
to stop up; to prevent the passage of
a contradiction or dilemma
- it's a ----- that those most in need of medical treatment attention are often those least able to obtain it.
(n.) a model of excellence or perfection (The mythical Helen of Troy was considered a ----- female beauty
troublesome or oppressive; burdensome
- the assignment was so extensive and difficult to manage that it proved ----- to the team in charge of it
willing to betray one's trust
done in a routine way; indifferent
This miraculous new cleaning fluid is able to -----stains and dissolve them in minutes!
charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness
able to be molded, altered or bent
to lie or deviate from the truth
fresh and clean; uncorrupted
to increase in number quickly
to conciliate; to appease
- the management ----- the irate union by agreeing to raise wages for its members
WISDOM; CAUTION OR RESTRAINT
The college student exhibited ----- by obtaining practical experience along with her studies, which greatly strengthened her résumé.
sharp or irritating to the senses
- the smoke from the burning tired was extremely ----
- many animals are ---- over the winter months to conserve energy.
to make thinner or sparser
TO REJECT THE VALIDITY OF
The old woman's claim that she was Russian royalty was ----- by other known relatives.
effective writing or speaking
to satisfy fully or indulge
- his desire for power was so great that nothing less than complete control of the country could ----- it.
causing sleep or lethargy
- the movie proved to be so --- that soon loud snores were heard throughout the theater.
deceptively attractive; seeming plausible but fallacious.
- the student's ----- excuse for being late sounded legitimate but was proved otherwise when her teacher called her home.
a mark of shame or discredit
unemotional; lacking sensitivity
- the prisoner appeared ---- and unaffected by the judge harsh sentence
lofty or grand
- the music was so --- that it transformed the rude surroundings into a special place
done without using words
silent, not talkative
long, harsh speech or verbal attack
extreme mental ad physical sluggishness
temporary, lasting a brief time
to respect deeply
- the professor's answer was ----- that his student forgot what the original question had been.
- the old man who loved his peace and quiet was --- by his neighbor's loud music
to fluctuate between choices
acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable.
- the ballet was ------, delighting the children with it's imaginative characters and unpredictable sets
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