Vocab Final

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from the smell of burned muffins issuing from the kitchen, we _____ that the cook will not be in a good mood.
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inferred
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the government penalizes citizens who are ______ in paying their taxes
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dilatory
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Nellie Bly had cause for _____ after setting a new record: traveling around the world in fewer than the 80 days Phileas Fogg needed in Jules Verne’s novel.
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elation
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the _____ of the woodpecker drumming on a tree trunk signifies a search for insects or proclaims the bird’s territory and readiness to mate
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percussion
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La Bamba, a song with numerous verses, has become an ______ favorite, continuing to reflect life in Mexican fishing villages
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perennial
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The crew of the spaceship Discovery in the movie 2001: A space odyssey is ____ on finding proof that creatures from outer space influenced earth forms millions of years ago
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intent
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Balancing a budget is an ______ task for individuals as well as for governments
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tortuous
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when several people pass along information one by one, they inevitably ______ it
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distort
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although admirers were eager to lionize the Bronte sisters, they were _____, preferring their own company to that of the outside world
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introverts
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thomas carlyle says that “_____ is hard upon a man: but that prosperity is even harder to endure
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adversity
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A clever _____ may win admiration for wit but discourage gentler feelings
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retort
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Readers of Beverly Cleary’s _____ have met Henry Huggins, an amusing character who appears in a succession of her novels.
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prose
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As they leap, turn somersaults, and otherwise ____ their bodies, Olympic gymnasts prove their suppleness
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contort
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Although the nursery rhyme begins, “Mary, Mary, quite contrary,” the references to her garden and maids all in a row do not explain why she is _____
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perverse
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The _____ cost of houses in some parts of the country makes purchase of a first home difficult for many families
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exorbitant
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Makers of perfume create an _____ of oils from flowers and other plants, animal substances such as musk, alcohohl, and water
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compound
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a frequently quoted _____ from Shakespeare begins, “All the world’s a stage,/ And all the men and women merely players
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excerpt
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charged with faithlessness to her finance, Hero is ______ when the misunderstanding is explained in the play
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exonerated
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the ______ essay is a form students will often practice, especially if they plan to attend college
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exposition, (expository)
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As actors gain experience and prestige, they can more forcefully ____ their wills upon directors of plays and films
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impose
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exploring ____ phenomena gives astronomers clues to the millions of galaxies in the universe
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extraterrestrial
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at first considered a _____ in the art world, Consuelo Gonzales Amezcua has achieved distinction for her pictures drawn with colored ball-point pens on cardboard
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mediocre
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To say that she is not a sensitive person because she doesn’t like dogs is to use a ________
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non sequitur
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organizations like Al-Anon provide trained people to _____ in cases of family conflict
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mediate
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the satellite serves as an _____ of information about weather, alerting watchers to storms and atmospheric aberrations around the globe
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medium
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although the larval stage of the dragonfly may last for five years, the ____ stage as a gauzy-winged adult is brief, lasting perhaps five weeks.
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subsequent
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records of dolley madison’s elegant gowns and large parties, when as the president’s wife she was a White House hostess, strongly suggest that she was an ____
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extrovert
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for centuries before the discovery of treatment for leprosy, sufferers of the disease lived as social outcasts, _____ in remote colonies
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sequestered
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when expected to converse with a celebrity, some people become tongue-tied and _____ especially if they are taken by surprise
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obsequious
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I really feel sorry for you
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commiserate
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I hardly ever hold backi when I’m asked a question in class
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abstain
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you live in a pretty big house
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commodious
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when you want something badly you show the quality of really keeping at things, dont you?
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tenacity
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stop making those sassy remarks
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impertinent
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how do you make things fit together well?
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cohere
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when you said bubbler, instead of drinking fountain your everday speech let me know you are from the midwest
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colloquial
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An _____ to the flight of the satellite Voyager 2 past Neptune has been the discovery of that planet’s eight moons,k previously thought to be only two.
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adjunctive
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comedy teams like Abbott and Costello and Laurel and Hardy make us laugh because they are so ____ in handling objects and so ready to misunderstand one another
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inept
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Having not only an ____ for but also a love of flying, amelia earhart proved that women could play an important role in aviation.
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aptitude
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when you _____ the verb swim through six tenses in the third person plural, you supply the following; they swim, they swam etc.
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conjugate
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although adolescents often complain that parental rules about dating are too___ they usaully grow to appreciate the limitations
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astringent
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After persuading gullible victims to hand over their life savings, the trickster _______ed
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absconded
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univited sales pitches over the telephone ____ upon our time and privacy
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infringe
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although the confidante of many friends, she was always ___, never revealing any secrets.
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discreet
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hosts who have prepared a grand dinner do not want their guests to be ______
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abstemious
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driving above the speed limit is an _____ which, if it goes on file, may increase the cost of car insurance.
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infraction
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although american citziens are eligibale to vote at age eighteen, a sizeable number of them do not exercise their right of ______
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suffrage
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only when the fog lifted could we begin to _____ the outlines of New York’s skyscrapers
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discern
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In a series of victories against Spanish forces, simon bolivar was an _____ for the drive toward independence of south american countries and is significantly remembered in the name of one of them, bolivia.
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catalyst
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packing for an airplane trip usually foces us to leave ____ possessions at home.
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superfluous
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The australian pediatrician Helen Caldicott has remained ____ in her opposition to nuclear weapons
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resolute
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every ice cream company contends that its product is _____
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superlative
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environmentalists deliver injunctions against harmful pesticides and ______
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herbicides
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your ______ directions brought us to your house without a moment of indecision
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concise
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rather than making ____ donations that get their name in the headlines, the family prefers to make anonymous contributions to charity
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ostentatious
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in many islamic cultures studnets learn the Koran by _____, repeating passages over and over until memorized
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reiterate
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although she engaged in easy repartee on most subjects, about her family life she remained _______
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reticent
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rosa parks whose refusal to sit in the back of the bus was one of the triggers of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, acted not because of ____ motives but because of fatigue after a long day’s work.
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visionary
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too poor after the civil war to afford to buy fabric, scarlett o hara ____ a new dress out of the green velvet parlor curatins
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improvised
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the ______ of folk singer Joan Baez includes songs in both spanish and english
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repertoire
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many religions encourage self-knowledge through meditations and ______
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introspection
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although police had the house under constant _____, the suspect managed to escape disguised.
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surveillance
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every year at the anniversary of their guru’s death, disciples kept a day-long ____ at the tomb
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vigil
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because they wish to harm no living things, buddhist monks walk _____ to avoid stepping on insects
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vigilantly
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steffi Graf’s talent, training, and record made her an ____ contender for the world tennis championship
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auspicious
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the botanical garden is trying to obtain at least one_____ of every native american tree
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specimen
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the ____ of nuclear war threatened the late twentieth century
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specter
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we need a special ____ commission to investigate these charges against the school board
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ad hoc
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hearing their national anthem often ____ tears from Olympic winners as they stand on the victors block
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evokes
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although her teacher ____ her that her grades were slipping, she did not take the warning seriously
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admonished
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because a piano’s wooden frame ____ when it is played, the instruments tone is intensified
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resonates
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the summer garden was ____ with the odors of roses and lavender
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redolent
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despite the ____ protests of the crowd, the referee declared the runner out at home base
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vociferous
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when whales sing they produce ____ patterns that can be heard for many miles underwater
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sonic
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the guest speaker was so____ that many upset students remained after class to ask questions
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provacative
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the blind develop very acute _____ sensitivity, their sense of touch somewhat replacing their sense of sight
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tactile
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though many claim to have sighted UFOs almost no ____ evidence has been offered to prove these occurrences
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tangible
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to demonstrate their ____ from the unions decision, a group of workers went on an unauthorized wild cat strike
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dissent
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since their property was ____ the neighbors agreed to share the expense of a new fence
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contiguous
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at every gate the commander of the fort posted a ___ to watch for an attack
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sentinel
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because of heavy rain, the ____ had to be moved into the gym
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fete
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she ____ her reputation by plagiarizing a term paper
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jeopardized
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although shy, he adopted an ____, sophisticated pose when he went off to college
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suave
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the princess could ____ Rumpelstiltskin only by promising him her baby if she could not guess his name
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assauge
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although I usually ____, this time i’ve finished my report a week early
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procrastinate
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after being stranded in the sierra through the winter, the survivors of the Donner Party greeted their rescuers with ____ thanks and relief
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profuse
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because he was so late in learning to talk, Albert Einstein’s parents never suspected he was a mathematical _____
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prodigy
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the voters expressed their ____ at the mayor’s dishonesty by voting her out of office at the next election
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ire
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at first dismissed as impractical ____ advocates of womens suffrage proved their political skill when women gained the vote in 1920.
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zealots
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although I rarely lose my temper, their insults made me so ___ that I left without saying goodbye
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irate
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Her ____ for excellence and her years of work and competition have led to a place on the Olympic gymnastics team
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zeal
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until his transforming Christmas Eve dream, Ebenezer Scrooge was an _____ miser, feared and disliked by everyone for his irritable personality
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irascible
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anyone who enjoys a good cry should see this _____ film
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doleful
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after the guilty verdict, many friends gathered to ____ with the prisoners parents
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condole
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I loathed dancing school and would never have set foot on a dance floor of my own _____
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volition
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the ______ of the constellation Ursa Major is like a bear or a dipper
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configuration
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During the nineteenth century few parts of the world were out of the _____ of British influence
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orbit
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after years of teaching, she has aquired a ____ grasp of French literature
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encyclopedic
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to avoid being followed, we took a ____ route that wandered around town
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circuitous
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although she strives to be as ____ and proper as her aunt requires, Anne of Green Gables often acts impulsively and gets into trouble
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circumspect
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along the _____ of the small park was an elegant wrought-iron fence
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circumference
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some ____ expressions like “as quick as a wink” have become cliches, statements worn out with use
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figurative
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our educational system is_____ witha new year beginning every september and ending every june, followed by a summer vacation
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cyclic
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the typical american state capitol has a dome with an ______ beneath
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rotunda
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Nazi _____ claimed Germans to be racially superior to all other people
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ideology
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Humpty Dumptys ____ shape resembled an egg
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rotund
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the _____ hangar was large enough to contain four large cargo planes
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cavernous
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the roman city of pompeii has been _____ from the volcanic rubble that burried it in ad 79
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excavated
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in thomas hardys navel the mayor of casterbridge, thomas henchard is prevented from suicide by drowning when he sees an ____ of himself that has been thrown into the river
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effigy

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