Level D Unit 6– Completing the Sentence

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The huge piles of snow that covers the roads will greatly _______ the efforts of the rescue team to reach the stranded skiers.
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hamper- (v.) to hold back
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When the stock market collapsed in 1929, many wealthy speculators found themselves as _______ as proverbial church mice.
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impoverished- (adj.) poor, in a state or poverty; depleted
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A student who is _______ and systematic in study habits will often do better than one is brilliant but lazy.
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diligent- (adj.) hardworking, industrious, not lazy
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For thousands of year Native Americans used stone implements to _______ canoes out of logs and tree trunks.
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hew- (v.) to shape or cut down with an ax; to hold to
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Lincoln said: “Familiarize yourself with the chains of _______ and you prepare your owns limbs to wear them.
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bondage- (n.) slavery; any state of being bound or held down
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A woman of strong character and noble bearing, she endured the jibes and _______ of her adversaries with great patience and fortitude.
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taunt- (v.) to jeer at, mock; (n.) an insulting or mocking remark
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I shall never forget the _______ sight that greeted us when we arrived at the scene of the accident.
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ghastly- (adj.) frightful, horrible; deathly pale
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Although the survivors were still in a stat of shock, some of them were _______ enough to answer the questions posed by the police.
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lucid- (adj.) easy to understand, clear; rational, sane
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“Since their heroic deeds clearly speak for themselves,” the president remarked, “further comment on my part would be _______.”
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superfluous- (adj.) exceeding what is sufficient or required, excess
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I know that he will say anything to save his own skin, but I feel that in his case his account of the incident is _______ and should be accepted.
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credible- (adj.) believable
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He is rather _______ sort of man whose sensibilities are easily shocked by other people’s less exacting standards of conduct.
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prim- (adj.) overly neat, precise, proper, or formal; prudish
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“Someone with such a(n) _______ grip of life doesn’t give up the ghost easily,” I thought as I watched the old man’s struggle to stay alive.
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incessant- (adj.) never stopping, going on all the time
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I suppose bloodhounds may be as happy as other dogs, but they have the _______ look of creatures who have lost their last friend.
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doleful- (adj.) sad; dreary
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In a touching scene on the steps of the Capitol, the president awarded _______ Medals of Honor to soldiers who had recently fallen in defense of the country.
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posthumous- (adj.) occurring or published after death
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The wildly old senator derived a certain amount of _______ amusement from watching his enemies turn on and destroy one another.
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sardonic- (adj.) grimly or scornfully mocking, bitterly sarcastic
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Our football team would do a great deal better if we mastered a few simple plays, instead of trying to use all those _______ formations.
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intricate- (adj.) complicated; difficult to understand
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Since my home is located at a busy intersection, I have been forced to accustom myself to the _______ hum of traffic outside.
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tenacious- (adj.) holding fast; holding together family; persistent
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During World War II, artificial rubber began to _______ natural rubber in American automobile tires.
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supplant- (v.) to take the place of, supersede
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Saying “I’m sorry” is a good way to begin to _______ for the suffering or harm that you have done to another person.
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atone- (v.) to make up for
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To help _______ the expenses that I would incur on the senior class trip to Washington, I worked as a baby-sitter.
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defray- (v.) to pay for

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