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Advanced World Literature and Culture

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approbation
the expression of approval or favorable opinion, praise; official approval
approbation
My broad hint that I had paid for the lessons myself brought smiles of ______ from all the judges at the piano recital
assuage
To make easier or milder, relieve; to quiet, calm; to put an end to, appease, satisfy, quench
assuage
Her eyes told me that more than a few well-chosen words would be needed to _____ her hurt feelings
coalition
A combonation, union, or merger for some specific purpose
coalition
the various community organizations formed a _____ to lobby against parking laws
decadence
decline, decay, or deterioration; excessive self-indulgence
decadence
Some characterized her love of chocolate as _____ because she ate at least two candy bars a day
elicit
to draw forth, bring out from some source (such as another person)
elicit
My attemp to _____ information over the phone was met with a barrage of irrelevent recordings
expostulate
to attempt to dissuade someone form some course of action or decision be earnest reasoning
expostulate
Shakespear's Hamlet finds it useless to _____ with his mother for siding with his stepfather
Hackneyed
used so often as to lack freshness or originality
Hackneyed
The Great Gatsby tells a universal story without being marred by _____ prose
Hiatus
a gap, opening, break (in the sense of having a missing element)
Hiatus
I was awakened not by a sudden sound but by a _____ in the din of traffic
Innuendo
a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference (often in a derogatory sense)
innuendo
Those lacking the facts or afraid of reprisals often tarnish an enemy's reputation by use of _____
Intercede
to plead on behalf of somone else; to serve as a third party or go-between in a disagreement
intercede
she will _____ in the dispute between the two children, and soon they will be playing happily again
jaded
wearied, worn-out, dulled (in the sense of being satisfied by excessive endulgence)
jaded
the wilted handclasp and the fast-melting smile mark the _____ refugee from too many parties
lurid
causing shock, horror or revulsion; sensational, pale or sallow in color
lurid
bright, sensational, and often _____, some old-time movie posters make todays newpaper ads look tame
meritorious
worthy, deserving of recognition and praise
mertitorious
many years of _____ service could not dissuade him from feeling he had not chosen work that he liked
petulant
peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset
petulant
an overworked parent may be unlikely to indulge the complaints of a _____ child
perogative
a special right or privilege, a special quality showing excellence
perogative
she seemed to feel that a snooze at her desk was not an annoying habit but the _____ of a veteran employee
provincial
pertaining to an outlying area, local; narrow in mind or outlook, countrified in the sense of being limited and backward OR a person with a narrow point of view; person form an outlying area
provincial
the banjo, once thought to be a _____ product of the southern hills, actually came here from Africa
simulate
to make pretense of, imitate
simulate
some skilled actors can _____ emotions they might never have felt in life
transcend
to rise above or beyond
transcend
a great work of art may be said to _____ time, and it is remembered for decades, or even centuries
unbrage
shade cast by trees; foliage giving shade; an overshadowing of influence or power; offence, resentment; a vague suspicion
unbrage
she hesitated to offer her opinion, fearing that they would take _____ at her criticism
unctuous
excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to give an impression of earnestness, sincerity or peity; fatty, oily
unctuous
her constant inquiring about the health of my family at first seemed friendly, later merely _____