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1100 Words Week 19

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megalomania
abnormal desire for wealth
Hitler's _____ was a veneer for his insecurity and feelings of inferiority.
profilgate
wasteful
With a singular disregard for his family, the _____ husband spent his salary on alcohol.
strife
discord, disagreement
Each spouse said that the other was culpable for their conjugal _____.
legion
a large number
"The number of my followers is _____," said the flamboyant politician.
coup
revolution
The necessity for executing the leaders of the abortive _____ was obviated when they committed suicide.
amnesty
a general pardon
We recognized the dictator's _____ as an obvious feint that would be withdrawn after Christmas.
expatriate
an exile
The itinerant poet, living abroad for twenty years, was a voluntary _____.
exonerate
to free from guilt
When the jury began to deliberate, they were unprepared to_____ the culprit.
fiat
an official order, a decree
One cannot govern by _____ , the sedentary mayor quickly learned; it is necessary to get out and meet the citizens if you want their cooperation.
mendacious
lying, untrue
The publisher's _____ claims led to a myriad of law suits.
parsimonious
miserly
Unless my boss modifies his _____ attitude, a fractious picket lines going to be erected.
pecuniary
financial
Clarence Day deemed that _____ matters are best handled by men.
dismantle
to strip of covering, take apart
I plan to _____ the stereo set and clean all the components.
sumptuous
lavish
The _____ feast was prepared with impeccable care.
underwrite
agree to finance
When our rivals agreed to _____ the cost of our trip, a myriad of suspicions began to form in my mind.
restrictive
harsh, confining
The rebel's innate hatred of _____ decrees led him to a crave freedom all the more.
balk
to refuse to move
Jimmy was a lawbreaker, but he would _____ at the idea of carrying a lethal weapon.
blunt
plain spoken
A string of caustic epithets was directed at the recruit by his _____ sergeant.
nostalgia
yearning for the past
Although the former farm girl pretended to be urbane, a feeling of _____ always came over her when she heard country music.
rife
widespread
Criticism of the author was _____ among the coterie of intellectuals who used to praise him.