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Power Practice for use with Vocabulary Power Plus
for the New SAT
Book Four 21 Lessons 315 Words
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Practice ContextsBOOK FOUR
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Table of Contents
Preface
Lesson 1Lesson 2Lesson 3Lesson 4Lesson
5Lesson 6Lesson 7
Lesson 8Lesson 9Lesson 10Lesson 11Lesson
12Lesson 13Lesson 14
Lesson 15Lesson 16Lesson 17Lesson 18Lesson
19Lesson 20Lesson 21
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Each single word exercise is contained on a
three-part slide.The first slide provides a
context for the word. Examine the context and
think of words that would fit.
Practice
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The first click provides a bank of words.One of
the words will fit the context better than any of
the others.
Practice
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The second click identifies the correct choice.

Practice
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Lesson One
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Lesson One
The clock struck the ____ hour of midnight, and
the crypt door opened with a groan.
(A) arable (B) zealous (C) lugubrious (D)
tedious (E) joyful
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Lesson One
The race was highly competitive, but the runners
shared a congratulatory ____ when it was over.
(A) camaraderie (B) enmity (C) hostility (D)
litany (E) moratorium
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Lesson One
With uncanny ____, the bomb disposal expert
gently brushed the sand off the top of a buried
antitank mine.
(A) vernacular (B) equanimity (C) litany (D)
moratorium (E) hostility
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Lesson One
Every day, the employees gathered to share a ____
of grievances against their employer.
(A) camaraderie (B) moratorium (C) cessation
(D) litany (E) hostility
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Lesson One
Whenever Sam did something wrong, the ____ school
principal always seemed to be there to catch him.
(A) arable (B) interminable (C) replete (D)
indifferent (E) ubiquitous
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Lesson One
The editor ____ the novel, removing the juice and
the vigor from the authors prose.
(A) moistened (B) dampened (C) desiccated (D)
truncated (E) abbreviated
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Lesson One
It is dangerous to transport gasoline in a ____
container.
(A) sturdy (B) frangible (C) strong (D)
zealous (E) wrenching
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Lesson One
Prolonged droughts can turn ____ land into desert.
(A) interminable (B) arable (C) tedious (D)
zealous (E) frangible
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Lesson One
The ____ activist was willing to have a criminal
record if it meant she got her point across.
(A) frangible (B) delicate (C) breakable (D)
indifferent (E) zealous
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Lesson One
The ____ of the novel brought readers even closer
to the little known subculture living deep in the
Appalachian Mountains.
(A) vernacular (B) camaraderie (C) litany (D)
moratorium (E) continuation
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Lesson One
Jills ankle turned violently, and she felt a
____ pain that spread throughout her body.
(A) frangible (B) pleasant (C) comforting (D)
zealous (E) wrenching
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Lesson One
Aaron had trouble understanding the computer
system even though it was ____ with full
instructions.
(A) replete (B) zealous (C) passionate (D)
interminable (E) frangible
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Lesson One
After the earthquake, the city announced a ____
on driving in areas with damaged streets.
(A) litany (B) hostility (C) friendship (D)
moratorium (E) continuation
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Lesson One
The clock seemed to run backward as Edgar
listened to the ____ lecture.
(A) frangible (B) ubiquitous (C) breakable (D)
interminable (E) comforting
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Lesson One
The editor ____ the story to fit the limited
available space in the magazine.
(A) desiccated (B) truncated (C) lengthened
(D) desiccated (E) dehydrated
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Lesson Two
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Lesson Two
Uttering a mysterious ____, the carnival magician
made his assistant disappear.
(A) incantation (B) moratorium (C) vestige (D)
donnybrook (E) carte blanche
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Lesson Two
The company experienced a ____ during World War
II, during which it became more efficient at
manufacturing aircraft engines than making the
automobiles it made prior to the war.
(A) stasis (B) metamorphosis (C) camaraderie
(D) litany (E) moratorium
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Lesson Two
The ____ talked over each other, destroying the
value of their conversation.
(A) vernaculars (B) donnybrooks (C)
metamorphoses (D) vestiges (E) interlocutors
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Lesson Two
Some misguided people believe that well-dressed,
attractive ____ deserve celebrity treatment.
(A) interlocutors (B) litanies (C) incantations
(D) vestiges (E) brigands
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Lesson Two
The ____ debater minimized or exaggerated the
views of his opponents and forced them into
agreement with him.
(A) frangible (B) indifferent (C) procrustean
(D) arable (E) replete
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Lesson Two
The farmer applied some country common sense and
took advantage of the ____ visitors.
(A) frangible (B) lugubrious (C) wrenching (D)
cosmopolitan (E) stygian
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Lesson Two
Les disrespected his friends mother, and a ____
broke out.
(A) camaraderie (B) friendship (C) vernacular
(D) donnybrook (E) metamorphosis
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Lesson Two
The latest stealth aircraft was so shrouded in
secrecy that outsiders did not even know its ____.
(A) donnybrook (B) sophistry (C) nomenclature
(D) litany (E) moratorium
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Lesson Two
Terrorists conducted the execution without even a
small ____ of civility.
(A) moratorium (B) donnybrook (C) metamorphosis
(D) vestige (E) stasis
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Lesson Two
Marie blindly entered the ____ barn and at once
felt the cobwebs creep across her face.
(A) stygian (B) procrustean (C) arable (D)
ubiquitous (E) zealous
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Lesson Two
The ____ wine expert rejected twelve bottles of
fine wine and then abruptly left the restaurant.
(A) interminable (B) stygian (C) frangible (D)
arable (E) contemptuous
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Lesson Two
The owners gave the architect ____ to redecorate
their house, and she turned it into a showplace.
(A) sophistry (B) equanimity (C) carte blanche
(D) vernacular (E) metamorphosis
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Lesson Two
With flak bursting around his plane, the pilot
somehow maintained a ____ calm.
(A) frangible (B) replete (C) nonchalant (D)
ubiquitous (E) tedious
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Lesson Two
Instead of a rational and logical presentation,
the politician resorted to ____.
(A) metamorphosis (B) moratorium (C) equanimity
(D) sophistry (E) vestige
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Lesson Two
An overabundance of cynicism and greed is ____
within todays TV programming.
(A) zealous (B) rife (C) stygian (D)
procrustean (E) frangible
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Lesson Three
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Lesson Three
The lawyer hoped to have a(n) ____ jury when he
presented his complex and difficult case.
(A) archaic (B) frangible (C) interminable (D)
stygian (E) perspicacious
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Lesson Three
The hasty critic passed ____ judgment on the new
novel without considering it carefully.
(A) peremptory (B) ubiquitous (C) cosmopolitan
(D) stygian (E) frangible
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Lesson Three
Instead of admitting his own errors, the
president first made ____ of his advisors and
then fired them.
(A) donnybrooks (B) moratoriums (C) scapegoats
(D) litanies (E) metamorphoses
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Lesson Three
The adventurer wore a magical ____ that protected
her from orcs.
(A) vernacular (B) scapegoat (C) axiom (D)
talisman (E) vestige
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Lesson Three
Sonia had a knack for making her complaints sound
nicer by expressing them in ____ tones.
(A) interminable (B) dulcet (C) stygian (D)
peremptory (E) procrustean
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Lesson Three
Marilyn remembered a lake that was so ____ she
could easily see the red bands on the rainbow
trout.
(A) archaic (B) pellucid (C) dulcet (D)
lugubrious (E) patronizing
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Lesson Three
Isolated in her lonely ____, the poet produced
works that had no real-world feeling in them.
(A) scapegoat (B) moratorium (C) incantation
(D) nomenclature (E) atelier
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Lesson Three
The mans use of ____ words revealed his age and
his familiarity with an earlier era of literature.
(A) atelier (B) axiom (C) donnybrook (D)
cosmopolitan (E) archaic
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Lesson Three
After many days of ____ behavior, Selma rewarded
herself with a huge slice of chocolate cake.
(A) peremptory (B) ubiquitous (C) abstemious
(D) arable (E) stygian
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Lesson Three
The perfectionists favorite ____ was, If you
want it done right, do it yourself.
(A) sophistry (B) vernacular (C) vestige (D)
axiom (E) atelier
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Lesson Three
Fearing censorship, the shock jock fled to
satellite radio, where no federal authority could
____ him.
(A) expurgate (B) moisten (C) waffle (D)
vacillate (E) increase
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Lesson Three
Seans ____ air turned friends into enemies.
(A) dulcet (B) procrustean (C) interminable
(D) patronizing (E) nonchalant
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Lesson Three
Professor Roberts urged Jaime not to ____ as
usual, but to make up her mind and take action.
(A) desiccate (B) vacillate (C) usurp (D)
truncate (E) waffle
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Lesson Three
A civilized society punishes ____ by applying
just and rational legal standards.
(A) scapegoats (B) equanimity (C) iniquity (D)
carte blanche (E) incantations
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Lesson Three
With his horde of vicious raiders, warlord Thulsa
Doom attacked the palace, deposed the king, and
____ the throne.
(A) usurped (B) desiccated (C) dehydrated (D)
abdicated (E) increased
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Lesson Four
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Lesson Four
The tsunami ____ the surrounding islands,
bringing death and destruction with it.
(A) vacillated (B) usurped (C) desiccated (D)
expurgated (E) inundated
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Lesson Four
After a(n) ____ adolescence, the prince became a
strong and disciplined king.
(A) sybaritic (B) ubiquitous (C) procrustean
(D) stygian (E) archaic
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Lesson Four
The various bags of fast food remnants created
a(n) ____ stench in the car that had been sitting
in the sun all week.
(A) stygian (B) putrid (C) efficacious (D)
risible (E) patronizing
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Lesson Four
Fans usually ____ athletes more for their
performance on the field than their behavior off
it.
(A) usurp (B) truncate (C) vacillate (D)
revere (E) expurgate
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Lesson Four
Federal authorities help assure that a
prescription drug is both safe and ____.
(A) procrustean (B) dulcet (C) efficacious (D)
ubiquitous (E) perspicacious
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Lesson Four
The coach uttered a steady stream of complaints
that eventually ____ her basketball team.
(A) desiccated (B) estranged (C) expurgated
(D) usurped (E) revered
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Lesson Four
After years of repetition, an ____ story becomes
an urban legend that defies facts.
(A) interminable (B) arable (C) apocryphal (D)
abstemious (E) archaic
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Lesson Four
World War I resulted in a truly ____ bloodbath,
claiming the lives of some 17 million people from
nine countries.
(A) cosmopolitan (B) internecine (C)
patronizing (D) nonchalant (E) dulcet
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Lesson Four
The props used in the movie were common household
items, but they held enormous ____ value to fans
and collectors.
(A) interminable (B) internecine (C) intrinsic
(D) arable (E) abstemious
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Lesson Four
Making the punishment fit the crime can bring
about a ____ within the general public.
(A) catharsis (B) sophistry (C) talisman (D)
nomenclature (E) carte blanche
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Lesson Four
Standing right behind the speaker, Sarah made
insulting gestures and produced ____ results.
(A) internecine (B) vernacular (C) peremptory
(D) risible (E) perspicacious
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Lesson Four
Though she received welcome ____ from the general
public, Sabrina placed more value on the approval
of her father.
(A) vestiges (B) iniquities (C) axioms (D)
sophistries (E) kudos
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Lesson Four
Sneaking home in the ____ morning hours, Kyle
entered the living room so quietly the family dog
never awakened.
(A) cosmopolitan (B) patronizing (C)
crepuscular (D) peremptory (E) pellucid
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Lesson Four
Mark Twain once wrote that an effective ____ must
contain a minimum of sound and a maximum of
sense.
(A) litany (B) vernacular (C) nomenclature (D)
scapegoat (E) maxim
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Lesson Four
Though the slave acted ____, it was merely a ruse
to cover his escape plan.
(A) patronizing (B) ubiquitous (C)
perspicacious (D) servile (E) frangible
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Lesson Five
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Lesson Five
One winter day, the temperature soared to 80
degrees in Buffalo, New York, and became a famous
weather ____.
(A) scapegoat (B) anomaly (C) sophistry (D)
axiom (E) maxim
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Lesson Five
TV shows fill the air with ____ that lowers the
tone and content of conversation.
(A) plethora (B) catharsis (C) flippancy (D)
atelier (E) camaraderie
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Lesson Five
The beautiful daffodil looks ____, but its bulbs
contain poisonous alkaloids.
(A) lugubrious (B) innocuous (C) cosmopolitan
(D) dulcet (E) arable
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Lesson Five
The sheriff and the outlaw stared briefly at each
other in ____ before the lawman drew and fired.
(A) catharsis (B) vernacular (C) moratorium
(D) iniquity (E) consternation
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Lesson Five
After 30 years of leading a brutal dictatorship,
the dying despot decided to ____ his sins.
(A) inundate (B) truncate (C) usurp (D)
expiate (E) revere
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Lesson Five
William ____ cubic zirconia on unsuspecting
customers, who thought the lab-created stones
were real diamonds.
(A) expiated (B) truncated (C) usurped (D)
foisted (E) estranged
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Lesson Five
The elderly man became ____ when the fast-talking
salesman tried to persuade him to invest in
worthless stock.
(A) expiated (B) inundated (C) disconcerted
(D) vacillated (E) desiccated
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Lesson Five
Journalist H.L. Mencken called a ____ of his
writings a chrestomathy, which is derived from
a Greek word that means useful learning.
(A) preamble (B) scapegoat (C) talisman (D)
nomenclature (E) compendium
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Lesson Five
A boss with a bad back and a(n) ____ tongue makes
everyones life miserable.
(A) vitriolic (B) zealous (C) sybaritic (D)
intrinsic (E) arable
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Lesson Five
John wanted a brief outline, but George gave him
a ____ of mostly useless information.
(A) plethora (B) catharsis (C) kudos (D)
vernacular (E) moratorium
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Lesson Five
At first, Rhonda wanted to join the cool girls
____, but then she was put off by their meanness.
(A) preamble (B) coterie (C) sophistry (D)
catharsis (E) moratorium
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Lesson Five
Humor thrives on ____ situations, like seeing
fifty clowns emerging from a tiny car.
(A) archaic (B) nonchalant (C) incongruous (D)
crepuscular (E) putrid
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Lesson Five
Using his ____ skills, Ben Pridmore memorized the
order of a randomly shuffled, 52-card deck in
31.03 seconds.
(A) ubiquitous (B) wrenching (C) nonchalant
(D) risible (E) eidetic
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Lesson Five
Certain speakers treat a ____ like a long, slow
walk in the park while their audience is hoping
for a sprint.
(A) vestige (B) catharsis (C) scapegoat (D)
preamble (E) talisman
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Lesson Five
This simple usage rule helps students the whole
____ the parts the parts compose the whole.
(A) comprises (B) usurps (C) expiates (D)
expurgates (E) inundates
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Lesson Six
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Lesson Six
Griselda arrived at the vintage car show in a
shiny, ____ Ford Model T.
(A) intrinsic (B) wrenching (C) antediluvian
(D) dulcet (E) pellucid
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Lesson Six
Napoleons ____ caused him to invade Moscow and
then endure a disastrous and costly retreat.
(A) flippancy (B) talisman (C) interlocutor
(D) litany (E) hubris
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Lesson Six
The ____ leader of the neighborhood association
noticed when any of her neighbors hedges were
uneven, but never seemed to notice her own dog
running all over her neighbors lawns.
(A) frangible (B) crepuscular (C) procrustean
(D) sanctimonious (E) vitriolic
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Lesson Six
After miles of ____ across the empty desolation
of the moor, Simon entered an old tavern and
found werewolves.
(A) peregrination (B) carte blanche (C)
catharsis (D) flippancy (E) preamble
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Lesson Six
Back in the day, a shaman used bones to ____ the
sex of an unborn child.
(A) prognosticate (B) disconcert (C) estrange
(D) comprise (E) expiate
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Lesson Six
Talked down to by the ____ waiter during the
meal, Mary got in the last word by refusing to
leave a tip.
(A) nonchalant (B) haughty (C) arable (D)
pellucid (E) replete
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Lesson Six
The team sought inspiration from the coach, but
received useless ____ instead.
(A) accoutrements (B) nomenclatures (C)
sophistries (D) platitudes (E) coteries
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Lesson Six
Look closely, and youll find that even a boring,
____ experience can bring you an exciting
discovery.
(A) procrustean (B) peremptory (C) nonchalant
(D) archaic (E) quotidian
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Lesson Six
Emily spent a small fortune acquiring the ____
for her up-scale senior prom.
(A) scapegoats (B) vernaculars (C) ateliers
(D) accoutrements (E) brigands
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Lesson Six
The ____ violence swept across the country as
religious groups warred with one another over
conflicting beliefs.
(A) nonchalant (B) sectarian (C) innocuous (D)
pellucid (E) dulcet
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Lesson Six
The rebellious students received no sympathy from
the ____ principal.
(A) stygian (B) apocryphal (C) innocuous (D)
stringent (E) servile
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Lesson Six
When challenged, Dorian frequently turned an
awkward ____ into an all-out fight.
(A) kudos (B) metamorphosis (C) imbroglio (D)
carte blanche (E) scapegoat
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Lesson Six
Fans ____ the homerun king until they discovered
that he had used both steroids and a corked bat
to attain his status.
(A) venerated (B) expurgated (C) desiccated
(D) foisted (E) comprised
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Lesson Six
Stranded on the island, the professor ____ a way
to build a generator out of parts from the
wrecked fishing boat.
(A) putrid (B) servile (C) contrived (D)
nonchalant (E) internecine
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Lesson Six
Every employee in the prestigious company had to
spend time as a ____, fetching coffee and running
errands, before he or she was offered a
professional position.
(A) brigand (B) scullion (C) plethora (D)
metamorphosis (E) preamble
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Lesson Seven
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Lesson Seven
It is ____ to bite the hand that feeds you.
(A) peremptory (B) churlish (C) procrustean
(D) haughty (E) dulcet
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Lesson Seven
Logical people recognize the important ____ of
cause and effect.
(A) nexus (B) scapegoat (C) incantation (D)
kudos (E) flippancy
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Lesson Seven
Paparazzi followed the wayward actor day and
night, hoping for the chance to snap a(n) ____
photograph to sell to the tabloid newspapers.
(A) peremptory (B) stygian (C) lurid (D) staid
(E) internecine
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Lesson Seven
To express ideas clearly, avoid ____ phrases.
(A) servile (B) perspicacious (C) dulcet (D)
convoluted (E) livid
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Lesson Seven
Seth ____ his love for Cecile on a giant
billboard overlooking Times Square in New York
City.
(A) promulgated (B) truncated (C) expurgated
(D) comprised (E) usurped
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Lesson Seven
Shook up by his accident, Clyde could speak only
____ when asked what had happened.
(A) hubris (B) peregrination (C) metamorphosis
(D) talisman (E) gibberish
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Lesson Seven
When the Senator disliked legislation, he made
painfully ____ speeches to prevent its passage.
(A) stygian (B) dilatory (C) nonchalant (D)
ubiquitous (E) eidetic
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Lesson Seven
Beneath the librarians ____ and cautious
exterior, a wild personality was trying to escape.
(A) inimical (B) zealous (C) putrid (D) staid
(E) cogent
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Lesson Seven
Nathans ____ reasoning and respectful demeanor
got him out of a parking ticket.
(A) dilatory (B) cogent (C) antediluvian (D)
procrustean (E) churlish
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Lesson Seven
The criminal ____ the judge for mercy and
received 500 hours of community service mowing
the courthouse lawn.
(A) entreated (B) prognosticated (C) venerated
(D) truncated (E) usurped
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Lesson Seven
Mutually ____ combatants glared at one another
across the conference table and forced an end to
the truce talks.
(A) antediluvian (B) pellucid (C) ubiquitous
(D) inimical (E) putrid
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Lesson Seven
She was so ____ she couldnt speak through her
clenched teeth.
(A) livid (B) efficacious (C) nonchalant (D)
patronizing (E) eidetic
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Lesson Seven
Maria made her guests watch a slide presentation
of her trip and accompanied it with embarrassing
____.
(A) kudos (B) vestiges (C) anecdotes (D)
scapegoats (E) scullions
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Lesson Seven
The woman was so old that she seemed ____ with
her antique, tumbledown apartment building.
(A) peremptory (B) haughty (C) quotidian (D)
servile (E) coeval
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Lesson Seven
The club owner said that it was ____ on the
audience to laugh at the comedians lame jokes.
(A) stygian (B) eidetic (C) abstemious (D)
incumbent (E) pellucid
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Lesson Eight
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Lesson Eight
The players were embarrassed by the ____ rule
that each team receive a trophy whether it had
won or lost.
(A) staid (B) eidetic (C) puerile (D) coeval
(E) dilatory
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Lesson Eight
Luxury ____ the despots judgment, and his
country fell into decay and anarchy.
(A) inveighed (B) allayed (C) expurgated (D)
vitiated (E) revered
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Lesson Eight
After serving a prison sentence for hacking,
Shannon went straight and became an honest and
____ network security consultant.
(A) unimpeachable (B) putrid (C) nonchalant
(D) inimical (E) intrinsic
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Lesson Eight
The publisher ____ to its audiences low tastes
and sold many trashy magazines.
(A) entreated (B) prognosticated (C) inundated
(D) pandered (E) usurped
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Lesson Eight
The city ____ the mayor, who had led flawlessly
during the major catastrophe.
(A) estranged (B) comprised (C) desiccated (D)
inveighed (E) lionized
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Lesson Eight
Youll need more than a small bandage to ____ a
deep wound.
(A) lionize (B) ameliorate (C) usurp (D)
vacillate (E) expurgate
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Lesson Eight
In most instances, gambling is a futile, ____
exercise the odds are always for the casino and
against the gambler.
(A) livid (B) aleatory (C) ubiquitous (D)
servile (E) abstemious
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Lesson Eight
The ____ resident refused to evacuate his home,
even though it would surely be destroyed in the
volcanic eruption.
(A) recalcitrant (B) wrenching (C) lurid (D)
dulcet (E) staid
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Lesson Eight
The college fraternity residing in the
dilapidated house had a reputation for ____
behavior and poor academics.
(A) intrinsic (B) perspicacious (C) innocuous
(D) profligate (E) apocryphal
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Lesson Eight
____ was often a job requirement for the editor,
because only the best writing was allowed in the
publication, and there was no time for writers
who failed to follow the magazines guidelines.
(A) Nomenclature (B) Catharsis (C) Equanimity
(D) Asperity (E) Nexus
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Lesson Eight
The airlines perfect safety record ____
Raymonds fear of flying.
(A) promulgated (B) foisted (C) allayed (D)
pandered (E) entreated
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Lesson Eight
When no one is paying attention, advice is just
____ words.
(A) otiose (B) cogent (C) crepuscular (D)
haughty (E) apocryphal
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Lesson Eight
To lose weight, Elise decided on a(n) ____ of
binge eating and an acceptance of exercise.
(A) hubris (B) nexus (C) renunciation (D)
equanimity (E) preamble
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Lesson Eight
It is a citizens duty to ____ against unfair and
unjust government acts and legislation.
(A) truncate (B) inveigh (C) expurgate (D)
prognosticate (E) expiate
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Lesson Eight
Dr. Smith told her class that reading a
superficial ____ was a poor substitute for the
original textbook.
(A) nexus (B) talisman (C) vestige (D)
iniquity (E) exegesis
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Lesson Nine
The dancing was ____, the noise was deafening,
and then the police arrived.
(A) patronizing (B) frenetic (C) dulcet (D)
stygian (E) unimpeachable
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Lesson Nine
The ____ did everything to get the promotion
except shine the bosss shoes.
(A) donnybrook (B) sophistry (C) moratorium
(D) preamble (E) toady
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Lesson Nine
Suffering from insomnia, Carol was forced to take
a ____ medication.
(A) soporific (B) profligate (C) cogent (D)
haughty (E) nonchalant
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Lesson Nine
Even when relaxing at home, the actor spoke in
____ tones, as if he were still in the theater.
(A) sybaritic (B) eidetic (C) orotund (D)
livid (E) arable
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Lesson Nine
Ben and Queenie changed seats to escape the ____
loudmouth talking on his cell phone in the
restaurant.
(A) pervasive (B) indecorous (C) vitriolic (D)
pellucid (E) antediluvian
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Lesson Nine
None of the inmates believed they had committed
any ____ acts.
(A) ubiquitous (B) unimpeachable (C) nonchalant
(D) culpable (E) dulcet
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Lesson Nine
The doctor detected a growth on Johns liver, but
fortunately determined that it was ____.
(A) recalcitrant (B) pellucid (C) putrid (D)
procrustean (E) benign
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Lesson Nine
The trip from Point A to Point C requires a ____
stop at Point B.
(A) frangible (B) procrustean (C) sectarian
(D) culpable (E) penultimate
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Lesson Nine
The ____ finally cracked open the computer with
his crowbar, but he still couldnt find the files
he had heard about.
(A) bumpkin (B) scapegoat (C) toady (D)
aleatory (E) sectarian
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Lesson Nine
Falsely shouting fire in a crowded room is a
____ act.
(A) livid (B) provocative (C) dulcet (D)
crepuscular (E) quotidian
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Lesson Nine
Raising his saber in a ____ gesture, Captain
Jenks led his troops out of the gully and into
the fight.
(A) lurid (B) staid (C) hortatory (D) inimical
(E) risible
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Lesson Nine
Despite having lost her home to the fire, Celine
kept her ____ spirit and sought to help the rest
of her family.
(A) patronizing (B) sectarian (C) puerile (D)
blithe (E) antediluvian
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Lesson Nine
The poisonous smell of sulfur was so ____ that
people in all five boroughs could smell it.
(A) puerile (B) convoluted (C) pervasive (D)
quotidian (E) frangible
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Lesson Nine
The couple loudly exchanged ____ for an hour, but
never really figured out who started the whole
thing.
(A) maxims (B) ateliers (C) kudos (D)
recriminations (E) nomenclatures
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Lesson Nine
In surprise testimony, the shifty pickpocket ____
the detectives version of events.
(A) corroborated (B) desiccated (C) pandered
(D) foisted (E) inundated
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Lesson Ten
When winter arrives, bears stop raiding
campgrounds and enter a state of ____ hibernation.
(A) provocative (B) circuitous (C) indolent
(D) peremptory (E) patronizing
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Lesson Ten
After taking the strength-and-conditioning class,
Sandra lost her ____ demeanor and found an
aggressive attitude.
(A) apocryphal (B) pellucid (C) timorous (D)
crepuscular (E) ubiquitous
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Lesson Ten
Students having ____ inclinations might enjoy
their schools debate team.
(A) otiose (B) crepuscular (C) eidetic (D)
polemical (E) soporific
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Lesson Ten
Wherever Samuel wandered in the mansion, the
ubiquitous ____ seemed to be there, attending to
his every need.
(A) majordomo (B) nexus (C) kudos (D)
scapegoat (E) renunciation
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Lesson Ten
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and famously
rich, is also known for the ____ of his
charitable foundation.
(A) donnybrook (B) largesse (C) preamble (D)
vernacular (E) nexus
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Lesson Ten
Receiving only a small hourly wage, the waitress
used her charm and good service to gain major
____.
(A) recriminations (B) perquisites (C)
sophistries (D) toadies (E) bumpkins
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Lesson Ten
When Attila the Hun, well recognized for his
savagery, decided to ____ provinces, not many
people resisted.
(A) revere (B) entreat (C) prognosticate (D)
comprise (E) depredate
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Lesson Ten
The teacher liked ____ lectures and seldom
arrived at the main point.
(A) circuitous (B) apocryphal (C) frangible
(D) livid (E) indecorous
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Lesson Ten
Most people have at least some ____ beliefs,
adopted with little or no analytical thought.
(A) soporific (B) untenable (C) recalcitrant
(D) stygian (E) crepuscular
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Lesson Ten
Reading between the lines, the book club members
thought they understood the authors ____
opinions.
(A) aleatory (B) orotund (C) frangible (D)
eidetic (E) tacit
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Lesson Ten
With intensive coaching, Tarzan acquired a thin
____ of social graces to hide his wild background
of surviving on his own in the jungle.
(A) flippancy (B) gibberish (C) atelier (D)
veneer (E) moratorium
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Lesson Ten
Gifted in the art of ____, the senator could
speak for an hour and not even come close to
answering a simple question.
(A) circumlocution (B) donnybrook (C) scapegoat
(D) aleatory (E) metamorphosis
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Lesson Ten
Thaddeus enjoyed ____ things, so he slapped a
coat of glow-in-the-dark paint on his car.
(A) intrinsic (B) cosmopolitan (C) stygian (D)
luminous (E) incumbent
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Lesson Ten
Francis ____ down the main drag, lazily enjoying
displays of goodies in the upscale stores.
(A) estranged (B) allayed (C) truncated (D)
venerated (E) perambulated
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Lesson Ten
Despite long exposure to opportunities for
bribes, the Senator had earned a reputation for
____.
(A) probity (B) vestiges (C) litanies (D)
talismans (E) carte blanche
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Lesson Eleven
Silence fell over the crowd, and then came the
____, a sense that something bad was about to
happen.
(A) malaise (B) exegesis (C) scapegoat (D)
sophistry (E) talisman
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Lesson Eleven
To the mournful muttering of snare drums, the
slow ____ accompanied the casket to the burial
site.
(A) brigand (B) procrustean (C) largesse (D)
cortege (E) majordomo
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Lesson Eleven
The lawyer questioned the witness relentlessly,
but could not drag the ____ information out of
her.
(A) patronizing (B) penultimate (C) crepuscular
(D) indolent (E) requisite
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Lesson Eleven
The author is ____ to trash others and make
herself look good.
(A) recalcitrant (B) frangible (C) wont (D)
luminous (E) stygian
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Lesson Eleven
The ____ of noise culminated in a giant explosion.
(A) incantation (B) scapegoat (C) crescendo
(D) largesse (E) anecdote
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Lesson Eleven
Displaying a keen ear for ____ language, the
author excelled at writing realistic dialogue.
(A) demotic (B) culpable (C) recalcitrant (D)
aleatory (E) staid
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Lesson Eleven
The foolish, ____ leader ignored the dissenting
but reasonable voices of others.
(A) intransigent (B) frangible (C) aleatory
(D) ubiquitous (E) lurid
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Lesson Eleven
My reputation for dishonesty is a great ____,
said the Senator at his carefully controlled
press conference.
(A) nexus (B) catharsis (C) circumlocution (D)
canard (E) axiom
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Lesson Eleven
Enemy artillery pounded away at the ____,
attempting to clear a path for the advancing
infantry.
(A) simian (B) bulwark (C) majordomo (D) kudos
(E) recrimination
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Lesson Eleven
With ____ humility, the expert in quantum physics
pretended not to understand simple mathematics.
(A) recrimination (B) luminous (C)
perspicacious (D) disingenuous (E) circuitous
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Lesson Eleven
Whom shall I say is calling? said the
secretary, committing a ____ by not using Who.
(A) scapegoat (B) probity (C) nexus (D)
recrimination (E) solecism
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Lesson Eleven
The ____ was brilliant at handling difficult
celebrity divas, notorious for their faultfinding
ways.
(A) toady (B) plethora (C) hubris (D)
impresario (E) nexus
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Lesson Eleven
With ____ determination, the coyote chased the
road runner across the desert.
(A) timorous (B) orotund (C) dogged (D)
innocuous (E) nonchalant
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Lesson Eleven
According to strict ____, myriad means ten
thousand, but now it is more often used to
indicate a great multitude.
(A) etymology (B) recrimination (C) talisman
(D) toady (E) gibberish
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Lesson Eleven
With ____, close-set eyes and a continual smirk,
the official resembled his less-than-human
policies.
(A) circuitous (B) simian (C) dilatory (D)
frangible (E) demotic
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Lesson Twelve
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Lesson Twelve
Usually a quiet soul, Ed became annoyingly ____
when the subject of English grammar and usage
came up.
(A) efficacious (B) internecine (C) voluble
(D) unimpeachable (E) innocuous
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Lesson Twelve
A ____ attitude will neither win friends nor
influence people positively.
(A) luminous (B) dulcet (C) perspicacious (D)
pellucid (E) condescending
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Lesson Twelve
An unexpected ____ helped Sandra instantly
understand everything about her boyfriend.
(A) solecism (B) epiphany (C) bulwark (D)
vestige (E) moratorium
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Lesson Twelve
A ____ old bum emerged from the alley and told
Eileen the secret of life.
(A) pervasive (B) luminous (C) crepuscular (D)
wizened (E) sectarian
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Lesson Twelve
After pocketing his two dollars, the con man
handed the bumpkin a supposed ____ that looked
suspiciously like useless colored water.
(A) solecism (B) panacea (C) talisman (D)
majordomo (E) scapegoat
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Lesson Twelve
The hit man executed his targets without ____ or
remorse.
(A) compunction (B) etymology (C) donnybrook
(D) talisman (E) axiom
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Lesson Twelve
Stella ____ in the wealth of luxury items that
decorated every corner of her five-star luxury
suite.
(A) depredated (B) expurgated (C) usurped (D)
reveled (E) inveighed
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Lesson Twelve
The greedy man had a five-story ____ built as a
memorial to himself, but the price did not
include people to care that he died.
(A) impresario (B) circumlocution (C) sepulcher
(D) today (E) scapegoat
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Lesson Twelve
Oversensitive Harold took ____ at the slightest
real or imagined put-down.
(A) peregrination (B) umbrage (C) sophistry
(D) catharsis (E) largesse
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Lesson Twelve
Years of squinting at the sun and salty wind had
given the sea captain a ____ full of wrinkles and
character.
(A) physiognomy (B) scapegoat (C) nomenclature
(D) flippancy (E) probity
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Lesson Twelve
The toddler had a ____ for shocking his parents
with his wild crayon drawings on their walls.
(A) recrimination (B) malaise (C) propensity
(D) circumlocution (E) metamorphosis
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Lesson Twelve
Pierre enjoyed the ____ but not the philosophy of
Miss Universe.
(A) catharsis (B) malaise (C) litany (D)
asperity (E) pulchritude
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Lesson Twelve
Since the fifth century BC, countless ____
workers have built and rebuilt the Great Wall of
China.
(A) indolent (B) putrid (C) apocryphal (D)
luminous (E) assiduous
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Lesson Twelve
Though the critic ____ about the play, it still
closed after one performance.
(A) promulgated (B) depredated (C) entreated
(D) rhapsodized (E) desiccated
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Lesson Twelve
Laurie, who believed the best defense was a good
offense, unnerved everyone with her ____ manner.
(A) soporific (B) bellicose (C) simian (D)
pellucid (E) circuitous
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Lesson Thirteen
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Lesson Thirteen
Years of excessive alcohol consumption gave Grace
a ____ complexion.
(A) florid (B) pellucid (C) condescending (D)
voluble (E) circuitous
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Lesson Thirteen
Marketers love consumers loaded with ____ income
who buy far more than they really need.
(A) assiduous (B) soporific (C) nonchalant (D)
stygian (E) discretionary
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Lesson Thirteen
Odors of decay mingled in an especially ____
manner and drove swamp residents from their homes.
(A) zealous (B) blithe (C) noisome (D) demotic
(E) polemical
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Lesson Thirteen
The evidence ____ many high officials in the
conspiracy.
(A) reveled (B) depredated (C) promulgated (D)
implicated (E) desiccated
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Lesson Thirteen
I may be ____, but Im not gone yet, said the
old man to his greedy family waiting for their
inheritance.
(A) polemical (B) punctilious (C) simian (D)
nonchalant (E) moribund
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Lesson Thirteen
Jimmy hid his ____ turnips unsuccessfully under a
wide, white covering of mashed potatoes.
(A) dilatory (B) orotund (C) cogent (D)
unpalatable (E) disingenuous
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Lesson Thirteen
In the latest action movie, a helicopter crashes
into a fuel tank, and the hero leaps away from
the resulting ____ just in time.
(A) scapegoat (B) renunciation (C)
conflagration (D) flippancy (E) circumlocution
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Lesson Thirteen
Winners of the first war imposed ____ reprisals
on the losers and thus unwittingly helped to
cause the second.
(A) frenetic (B) indolent (C) risible (D)
dilatory (E) draconian
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Lesson Thirteen
The ____ coach ordered players to run one lap for
each minute they were late to practice.
(A) stygian (B) soporific (C) apocryphal (D)
punctilious (E) timorous
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Lesson Thirteen
Censors fear that the unchecked portrayal of sex,
violence, and crime in movies and on television
will foster ____ among younger viewers.
(A) turpitude (B) exegesis (C) kudos (D)
etymology (E) scapegoat
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Lesson Thirteen
The arbitrator had a natural talent for
convincing ____ groups to work together.
(A) eidetic (B) fractious (C) soporific (D)
arable (E) crepuscular
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Lesson Thirteen
Greek philosopher Socrates ____ authorities by
asking them questions they were unable to answer.
(A) rhapsodized (B) flummoxed (C) inveighed
(D) inundated (E) contrived
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Lesson Thirteen
Expensive cargo from the wrecked ship washed up
on the beach and gave looters a ____ department
store on the shore.
(A) convoluted (B) luminous (C) veritable (D)
vitriolic (E) penultimate
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Lesson Thirteen
The actors ____ made his performance appear
forced.
(A) etymology (B) crescendo (C) recrimination
(D) preamble (E) histrionics
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Lesson Thirteen
Instead of an efficacious ____, the doctor gave
Seth a lollypop and told him to stop whining.
(A) compunction (B) gibberish (C) analgesic
(D) carte blanche (E) donnybrook
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Lesson Fourteen
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Lesson Fourteen
The ____ scar on Waynes neck was the only
remnant of what had been a major surgical
procedure.
(A) indiscernible (B) moribund (C) punctilious
(D) penultimate (E) cosmopolitan
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Lesson Fourteen
As much as he tried, Dan could not find one ____
reason to trade in his ugly, old, paid-for car
because it ran just fine.
(A) florid (B) moribund (C) noisome (D)
soporific (E) tenable
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Lesson Fourteen
The ____ stand-up comedian had an insult for each
person in the front row of the audience.
(A) repugnant (B) nonchalant (C) pellucid (D)
blithe (E) discretionary
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Lesson Fourteen
Mel became a(n) ____ at a young age, draining the
pleasure out of everyone elses life.
(A) potentate (B) majordomo (C) curmudgeon (D)
etymology (E) metamorphosis
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Lesson Fourteen
Though the mentor got the recognition, his ____
quietly did all the work and gradually emerged
from his shadow.
(A) atelier (B) protégé (C) etymology (D)
nexus (E) veneer
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Lesson Fourteen
Belinda ____ high standards into her employees
until top performance became second nature to
them.
(A) revered (B) reveled (C) inculcated (D)
reciprocated (E) implicated
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Lesson Fourteen
After smashing her thumb with the hammer again,
Sarah hired a(n) ____ to finish remodeling her
living room.
(A) panacea (B) circumlocution (C) malaise (D)
artisan (E) scapegoat
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Lesson Fourteen
The accountant took a ____, but not a personal,
interest in his sisters estate.
(A) phlegmatic (B) florid (C) fractious (D)
simian (E) fiduciary
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Lesson Fourteen
After the thief kicked the dog, the animal ____
by biting the intruders knee.
(A) reciprocated (B) implicated (C) depredated
(D) expiated (E) expurgated
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Lesson Fourteen
Most employees simply took the train or the bus
the ____, however, jumped aboard her private
helicopter parked on the roof of her downtown
headquarters building.
(A) toady (B) carte blanche (C) potentate (D)
scullion (E) toady
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Lesson Fourteen
The evil microbiologist engineered an especially
____ form of plague for which there was no
vaccine.
(A) blithe (B) punctilious (C) voluble (D)
virulent (E) quotidian
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Lesson Fourteen
The greedy real estate agent always made sure he
got the largest ____ from every deal.
(A) veneer (B) maxim (C) toady (D) talisman
(E) moiety
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Lesson Fourteen
The judges earned public ____ for rendering an
extremely unpopular decision.
(A) pulchritude (B) sophistry (C) nexus (D)
opprobrium (E) etymology
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Lesson Fourteen
The ____ scientist dryly recited the
controversial facts.
(A) discretionary (B) bellicose (C) phlegmatic
(D) archaic (E) livid
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Lesson Fourteen
Twenty years and twenty billion dollars later,
the ____ somehow produced a five-mile tunnel.
(A) turpitude (B) boondoggle (C) analgesic (D)
nexus (E) majordomo
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Lesson Fifteen
American ____ tends to favor those who can afford
teams of highly effective lawyers.
(A) recrimination (B) catharsis (C) hubris (D)
circumlocution (E) jurisprudence
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Lesson Fifteen
The ____ devils sprang at her and tried to drag
her back into their hellish world.
(A) indiscernible (B) soporific (C) nonchalant
(D) chthonian (E) timorous
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Lesson Fifteen
Believing that only he spoke the truth, the ____
started writing angry, brutal, and honest essays.
(A) malaise (B) bumpkin (C) misanthrope (D)
nexus (E) talisman
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Lesson Fifteen
The ____ of the kings army did not offset its
poor organization.
(A) conflagration (B) opprobrium (C)
compunction (D) puissance (E) etymology
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Lesson Fifteen
After working in a huge, bureaucratic
corporation, Rhonda enjoyed the ____ of writing a
gossip column from home.
(A) turpitude (B) moiety (C) boondoggle (D)
histrionics (E) autonomy
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Lesson Fifteen
The ____ of the railroad fortune lacked the work
ethic that had enabled their grandfather to build
the familys empire.
(A) scions (B) scapegoats (C) artisans (D)
simians (E) axioms
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Lesson Fifteen
The DEA tried to ____ illegal methamphetamine
labs by destroying each one they discovered.
(A) reciprocate (B) revel (C) extirpate (D)
expiate (E) revere
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Lesson Fifteen
The ____ food critic had a knack for identifying
the subtle faults of even the finest cuisine.
(A) phlegmatic (B) chthonian (C) soporific (D)
supercilious (E) timorous
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Lesson Fifteen
Any publicity is good publicity, according to the
____ real estate mogul, whose picture can be
found on every other billboard and poster in the
city.
(A) indiscernible (B) prominent (C)
discretionary (D) moribund (E) soporific
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Lesson Fifteen
The ____ nomad walked all day and sold his
homemade trinkets in the markets at night.
(A) chthonian (B) fiduciary (C) florid (D)
circuitous (E) peripatetic
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Lesson Fifteen
As a restaurant critic, Craig savored the ____
delights of free food from venues trying to
please him.
(A) gustatory (B) moribund (C) noisome (D)
unpalatable (E) phlegmatic
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Lesson Fifteen
Because the parents were rarely home, the nanny
became the main ____ figure in the childrens
lives.
(A) indiscernible (B) tutelary (C) repugnant
(D) noisome (E) lugubrious
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Lesson Fifteen
The bullfighter looked across the ring at the
pawing, snorting animal and sensed ____ intent.
(A) blithe (B) apocryphal (C) malevolent (D)
moribund (E) phlegmatic
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Lesson Fifteen
In three months time, the milk in Peters
refrigerator had ____ into something smelly and
scary.
(A) coagulated (B) implicated (C) depredated
(D) desiccated (E) entreated
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Lesson Fifteen
Among the amusing ____ of Charles Dickens
fictional characters is Mr. Gradgrind, an
unimaginative bore.
(A) histrionics (B) scapegoats (C) donnybrooks
(D) appellations (E) veneers
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Lesson Sixteen
Marys ____ tendencies were a boon to her acting
career because they made her characters seem
unpredictable.
(A) gustatory (B) tutelary (C) fiduciary (D)
discretionary (E) mercurial
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Lesson Sixteen
Keeping up with the Joneses has long been
considered a habit of ____ life.
(A) indiscernible (B) peripatetic (C) moribund
(D) bourgeois (E) dogged
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Lesson Sixteen
What didnt kill us made us strong, said the
old man, remarking on the many ____ of his
familys journey west.
(A) autonomies (B) paladins (C) scions (D)
vicissitudes (E) kudos
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Lesson Sixteen
Politeness is the ____ of a civilized society.
(A) sine qua non (B) curmudgeon (C) protégé (D)
boondoggle (E) hubris
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Lesson Sixteen
Kims unique knowledge of caves allowed her to
____ into the spelunking program at Montana State.
(A) coagulate (B) extirpate (C) matriculate
(D) perambulate (E) prognosticate
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Lesson Sixteen
While others circled around the issue, Antoinette
issued ____ remarks that struck at the heart of
the matter.
(A) supercilious (B) trenchant (C) gustatory
(D) punctilious (E) otiose
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Lesson Sixteen
In the 1800s, the treatment of deadly
tuberculosis was usually limited to ____ stays in
the country.
(A) salubrious (B) arcane (C) supercilious (D)
tutelary (E) frangible
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Lesson Sixteen
In compliance with the knightly code of honor,
the ____ engaged only the largest, bravest
opponents during the skirmish.
(A) misanthrope (B) protégé (C) paladin (D)
majordomo (E) interlocutor
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Lesson Sixteen
Touristy ____ are conspicuous for their
Im-lost looks and ever-present cameras.
(A) curmudgeons (B) scions (C) boondoggles (D)
toadies (E) tyros
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Lesson Sixteen
In 1983, the Internet was a ____ network created
for limited university use.
(A) nascent (B) moribund (C) phlegmatic (D)
circuitous (E) nonchalant
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Lesson Sixteen
The district attorney ____ Joey Fingers in
exchange for his testimony against mobster Nice
Guy Eddie.
(A) rhapsodized (B) depredated (C) usurped (D)
exculpated (E) desiccated
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Lesson Sixteen
Some kids consider whatever the best word to
____ pushy grownups.
(A) exculpate (B) squelch (C) venerate (D)
revel (E) ameliorate
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Lesson Sixteen
The adventurers took the ancient scroll to the
oracle for translation of the ____ text.
(A) arcane (B) arable (C) assiduous (D)
indolent (E) eidetic
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Lesson Sixteen
The watchdog group warned citizens to protect the
____ rights that the constitution affords them.
(A) indolent (B) arable (C) indecorous (D)
indiscernible (E) indefeasible
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Lesson Sixteen
During business sessions with colleagues, Senator
Bluster delighted in ____ gossip about his
opponents indiscretions.
(A) tenable (B) tangential (C) peripatetic (D)
punctilious (E) crepuscular
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Lesson Seventeen
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Lesson Seventeen
When the assembly line exceeded the factory
workers ____, auto parts began falling off the
rollers and rattling across the floor.
(A) jurisprudence (B) potentate (C) sine qua
non (D) celerity (E) metamorphosis
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Lesson Seventeen
In the Mutual Admiration Society, all members had
to exchange ____ each time they met.
(A) moieties (B) tyros (C) encomiums (D)
toadies (E) scapegoats
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Lesson Seventeen
Suddenly wealthy and famous, the undisciplined
actor lived a life of ____ and succumbed to his
drug and alcohol addictions before he had reached
the age of thirty.
(A) histrionics (B) depravity (C) jurisprudence
(D) moiety (E) circumlocution
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Lesson Seventeen
The charitable volunteers built houses for the
poor without any expectation of ____.
(A) probity (B) metamorphosis (C) pulchritude
(D) conflagration (E) remuneration
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Lesson Seventeen
When the insurance company found out about
Reginas ____ abnormality, they refused to issue
her a policy.
(A) congenital (B) supercilious (C)
indiscernible (D) punctilious (E) peripatetic
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Lesson Seventeen
Reaching into the pigs slop to recover a lost
gold ring was a(n) ____ experience that Howard
hoped hed soon forget.
(A) arcane (B) indefeasible (C) alimentary (D)
tactile (E) nascent
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Lesson Seventeen
John, whose dogs had always lived on table
scraps, never understood why pet owners worried
about their animals ____ habits more than their
own.
(A) assiduous (B) internecine (C) alimentary
(D) indolent (E) arcane
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Lesson Seventeen
A relativist believes that ethical standards are
____ and merely reflections of temporary social
conditions.
(A) tactile (B) phlegmatic (C) mutable (D)
tutelary (E) soporific
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Lesson Seventeen
Consumed by ____, the doughnut magnate refused to
rest until he had built a shop in every nation on
Earth.
(A) megalomania (B) incantation (C) maxim (D)
nexus (E) epiphany
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Lesson Seventeen
On the tennis court, Althea had an almost ____
quality, floating, not running, for each ball.
(A) servile (B) lugubrious (C) circuitous (D)
aleatory (E) ethereal
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Lesson Seventeen
Short sayings reach peoples minds better than
long ____.
(A) potentates (B) misanthropes (C) paladins
(D) discourses (E) scapegoats
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Lesson Seventeen
The ____ settled down for a happy nights sleep
on his bed of nails.
(A) ascetic (B) boondoggle (C) scapegoat (D)
majordomo (E) curmudgeon
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Lesson Seventeen
Aspirin has been shown to ____, but not
eliminate, the risk of heart attack.
(A) implicate (B) attenuate (C) inculcate (D)
desiccate (E) foist
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Lesson Seventeen
Sondra ____ her skills not to practice, but
perfect practice.
(A) estranged (B) allayed (C) attributed (D)
desiccated (E) vacillated
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Lesson Seventeen
That joke was so old that dinosaurs sitting in
____ ooze were the first audience to hear it.
(A) prominent (B) primordial (C) arcane (D)
tutelary (E) luminous
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Lesson Eighteen
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Lesson Eighteen
The editor improved the article by removing ____
words from the writers prose.
(A) nascent (B) superfluous (C) peripatetic
(D) procrustean (E) indolent
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Lesson Eighteen
After the heavy meal had ____ him, Walt lumbered
over to the couch and fell asleep.
(A) satiated (B) extirpated (C) attenuated (D)
contrived (E) desiccated
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Lesson Eighteen
Constant nagging ____ the normally calm old man
into fits of lunacy.
(A) attributed (B) goaded (C) pandered (D)
desiccated (E) allayed
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Lesson Eighteen
On TV, ____ often take minor incidents,
exaggerate their importance, and fill airtime
with fact-free opinions.
(A) boondoggles (B) paladins (C) majordomos
(D) pundits (E) scullions
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Lesson Eighteen
A ____ of chefs will almost certainly ruin a
recipe.
(A) protégé (B) paladin (C) surfeit (D)
brigand (E) toady
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Lesson Eighteen
Fernando had had many romances, but he regarded
every one as a ____ disappointment.
(A) peripatetic (B) tutelary (C) blithe (D)
simian (E) poignant
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Lesson Eighteen
The seasoned burglar dodged the laser tripwires
with ____, catlike agility.
(A) lithe (B) draconian (C) phlegmatic (D)
moribund (E) chthonian
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Lesson Eighteen
The few ____ errors in the book do nothing to
detract from its astonishing value.
(A) mercurial (B) venial (C) bourgeois (D)
moribund (E) stygian
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Lesson Eighteen
Though accused of participating in the crime, the
important witness was allowed to testify with
____.
(A) impunity (B) turpitude (C) vicissitude (D)
discourse (E) metamorphosis
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Lesson Eighteen
Year after year of unjust criticism had a
negative, ____ effect on the principal, and she
finally quit.
(A) fiduciary (B) supercilious (C) cumulative
(D) soporific (E) dulcet
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Lesson Eighteen
Myra cut the seatbelt and ____ the passenger from
the burning vehicle.
(A) revered (B) depredated (C) entreated (D)
coagulated (E) extricated
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Lesson Eighteen
Making it through the tough Marine Corps boot
camp gave Ed a feeling of ____ that has lingered
in his memory.
(A) exhilaration (B) turpitude (C) moiety (D)
circumlocution (E) talisman
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