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Vocab Unit 9 Choosing the Right Word

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sophomoric
Paul tries to sound well-informed, but his pretentious answers only betray his _____ knowledge of world affairs.
allocate
Our meeting last week was marred by a heated debate over how to _____ the funds in ths year's budget.
emaciated
In the concentration camps, the liberating troops found thousands of victims horribly _____ as the result of starvation diets.
brash
Sylvia was _____ enough to tell her mother she was going to the dance in spite of the doctor's orders.
palatable
Since their loud talk and crude manners were anything but _____ to me, I decided to travel by myself.
ardent
Her _____ interest in ecology shows that she cares deeply about the welfare of this planet.
capricious
The tastes of the TV audience are so _____ that no one can predict in advance which programs will be successful.
rancor
Perhaps you have been treated unfairly, but what good will it do to alloq your sense of _____ to control your mood and behavior?
chastise
He seems to fell that it is his mission to _____ all those who fail to live up to his standards.
omnipotent
The lecturer explained that th UN is not _____ and that it can do only what the member states allow it to do.
assiduous
What he lacks in skill, he makes up in ______ attention to every last detail and requirement of the job.
copious
During the depression of the 1930's. the entire nation seemed to take new strength from Roosevelt's _____ energy and enthusiasm.
inkling
George Gershwin's early songs gave only a dim _____ of the genius that was to express itself in Porgy and Bess.
exulted
After so many years of losing teams, the entire student bogy _____ when our team finally won the cirywide basketball championship.
spontaneous
Her simple, _____ expression of appreciation meant more to me that all the elaborate, carefully phrased tributes I recieved.
indemnity
The destruction wrought by a nuclear war would be so vast that any form of _____ to the injured would be impossible.
deviate
We must show understanding and acceptance of those who _____ somewhat from our own standards of what is "right."
limpid
Far from being "effortless" her simple, _____ writing style is the result of the most painstaking efforts.
gnarled
His weathereaten, shaggy, and _____ appearance did not conceal entirely traces of the handsome boy I had once known.
poignant
Tennyson speaks of "sorrow's crown of sorrow," by which he means the _____ experience of remembering happier things.