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Vocab Level D Unit 8: choosing right word

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rejuvenated
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The outworn ideas of the past cannot be _____ simply by expressing them in snappy, modern slang
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preposterous
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Today scientists smile wryly at the ___ notion that the earth is flat, but in earlier times it was an accepted fact.
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dross
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We must clear away the ___ of false ideas from our minds and take a long hard look at reality.
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pugnacious
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Generally, ___ behavior on the football field is more effective in drawing penalties than in gaining ground.
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sparse
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As usual, there are plenty of talkers, but the supply of doers is ____.
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warped
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Patriotism is a fine quality, but not when it is ___ into a hatred of other nations.
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immunity
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A sound understanding of the principles of freedom and self-government is the best way to gain ___ from totalitarian propaganda.
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asylum
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Many Americans think that the United States should continue to provide ___ for people fleeing from tyranny in other lands.
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rabid
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I agree with some of the speaker’s ideas, but I find his ___ enthusiasm for crackpot causes hard to take.
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sterling
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I support the team captain because of the _____ leadership she has given us during the long, hard season.
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consoled
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Do you expect me to be ___ by the fact that I was not the only one to fail the exam?
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realm
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When you write so imaginatively about “life on other planets,” you are entering the ___ of science fiction.
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renumerate
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In spite of his talk about his great wealth, I noticed that the penny pincher did not offer to ___ us for expenses.
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assurance
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I would not agree to run for public office before receiving ___ of support from important groups in the community.
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liability
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An unwillingness to listen to suggestions from others is a grave ___ in a leader.
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dilate
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No doubt the instructor knows a great deal about ecology, but is there any need for her to ___ on threats to the environment at such great length?
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dwindles
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How quickly interest in the program ___ when students realize that it calls for so much work, with little chance for glory!
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institute
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In order to meet stricter industry standards, manufacturers will have to ___ new systems of quality control.
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venture
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I know better than to ___ into a canoe that a novice will paddle upstream against a crosswind.
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flippant
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I like humor as well as anyone, but I don’t believe in being ___ on so solemn an occasion.