Vocabulary Workshop Level B Unit 12: Choosing the Right Word Essay

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Nomadic
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Nomadic groups of horse breeders still wander the plains of Central Asia in search of pasturage for their herds.
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cache
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As soon as I opened the book, I realized that I had stumbled on a rich cache of useful information for my report.
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heartrending
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In the heartrending conclusion of the film, the hero dies in the arms of his beloved friend.
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turmoil
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Although she appeared calm and composed, her mind was in turmoil.
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leisurely
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As I was in no hurry to get where I was going, I decided to set a rather leisurely pace for myself.
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quest
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The eternal quest for youth and beauty explains the huge sales of cosmetics, to men as well as women.
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braggart
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There is a great difference between being quietly confident of your own ability and being an obnoxious braggart.
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clarification
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Our present policy appears to be so contradictory that I believe some clarification of it is in order.
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abound
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Over the years, I have learned one thing about rumors: Where the facts are few, fictions abound.
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reinforced
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My experience on my summer job has reinforced many of the lessons I learned in the classroom.
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lethargic
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Only the fact that they cannot see the seriousness of the emergency can explain their lethargic response to our appeal for help.
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seclusion
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Why would w world-famous writer choose to live in the seclusion of a country village far form the “madding crowd”?
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mellowed
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At the time of our very public argument, I was angry, but over the years my emotions have mellowed.
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malady
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I believe that education, understanding, and experience provide the only cure for the malady of prejudice.
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despondent
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Many doctors believe that when sick people become despondent over their health, it is more difficult to recover.
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despondently
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After receiving his paper with a big red D in his teacher’s handwriting, the student sulked despondently for hours.
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random
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For weeks, a gang of muggers wandered the streets aimlessly, choosing their victims at random from those who happened by.
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rant
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The least useful thing you could do at this moment is to deliver a long, loud rant against your opponents.
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mellow
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People say that Brianna is a mellow person, but I’ve seen her lose her temper too often to believe them.
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rants
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Although he rants and raves about problems of the world, he has little to offer to believe them.
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leisurely
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They drove leisurely through the countryside, taking time to view hills, woods, and meadows full of blooming wildflowers.
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status
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The president went on the air to inform the general public of the present status of the negotiations with the enemy.
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piecemeal
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Instead of such piecemeal efforts to prevent air pollution, we need a unified campaign that will be continued for as long as necessary.
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embezzling
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People who waste the natural resources of this country are in a sense embezzling the wealth of future generations.
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piecemeal
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We repaired the house piecemeal, doing one small task after another.

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