Since he had been a steady, cheer ful worker for many years, his fellow postal workers did not expect his ______ burst of rage
- Aberrant: deviating from what is normal or expected.
- Aberration: A deviation from what is normal
The submarine dove into the ______ to chart the previously unseen depths.
- Abyss: an extremely deep hole.
- Abyssal: Pertaining to great depth
- Abysmal: Extremely bad.
During Lent, practicing Catholics _____ from eating meat.
: to choose not to do something
The vegetarian _____ a diet containing no meat.
- Advocate: to speak in favor of.
- Advocacy: active support for
As the hurricane's force ______, the winds dropped and the sea became calm.
: to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
- let up
The patron _____ from the restaurant without paying his bill by sneaking out the back door.
: to leave secretly
The restaurateur made his ketchup last longer by _____ it with water
- Adulterate: to make impure.
- Unadulterated: Pure.
- Adultery: An illicit relationship; an affair.
The supervisor sought to _____ himself by claiming that the achievements of his staff were actually his own.
: to increase in power, influence and reputation
The _____ Movement regarded the pursuit
of beauty to be the only true purpose of art.
- Aesthetic: concerning the appreciation of beauty
- Aesthete: Someone unusually sensitive to beauty
- Aestheticism : Devoted to beauty
Taking aspirin helps to _____ a headache.
: to make more bearable
The restaurant won a reputation for fine service since the wait staff responded to their clients' requests with _____.
: speed or quickness
The directions he gave were so _____
that we disagreed on which way to turn.
: doubtful or uncertain, can be interp reted several ways.
Giant Industries _____ with Mega Products to form Giant-MegaProducts Incorporated.
- Amalgamate: to combine, to mix together
- Amalgam: a mixture, especially of two metals.
The aged hippie used _____ phrases like 'groovy' and 'far out' that had not been popular for years .
- Anachronism: something out of place in time.
The doctor was able to _____ the
patient's suffering using pain-killers .
Ameliorate: to make better; to improve
Albino animals may display too great an _____
in their coloring to attract normally colored mates
- Anomaly: deviation from what is normal.
- Anomalous: Deviating from what is normal
His mother argued that not going to college
was _____ to throwing his life away.
- Analogous: similar or alike in some way; equivalent to
- Analogy: a similarity between things that are otherwise dissimilar.
- Analogue: something that is similar in some way to something else.
The _____ between the French and the
English regularly erupted into open warfare.
: extreme dislike
The child discovered that he could _____ the cat by pulling its tail.
- Antagonize: to annoy or provoke to anger
- Antagonistic : tending to provoke conflict
- Antagonist: someone who fights another
There is no hard or authoritative evidence to support the _____ tales that link the Roswell, New Mexico, incident to a downed V.F.O.
: of questionable authority or authenticity.
The _____ of voters is so great that less than half the people who are eligible to vote actually bother to do so.
: Lack of interest or emotion.
When you lack the information to judge what to do next, you will be forced to make an _____ decision.
: determined by chance or impulse
The _____ that Jerry Lewis received in
France included a medal from the Ministry of Culture.
- Approbation: approval and praise
- Approbate: to authorize.
Her _____ Commodore computer could not run the latest software
- Archaic: ancient , old-fashioned
- Archaism: an outdated word or phrase.
Since the couple could not come to agreement,
a judge was forced to _____ their divorce proceedings
- Arbitrate: to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
- Arbitration: a process by which a conflict is resolved
- Arbitrator: a judge
She _____ her pro-labor views so clearly
that unions are among her strongest supporters
: able to speak clearly and expressively
Bishop's _____ for landscape was evident when he passionately described the beauty of the scenic Hudson Valley
- Ardor: intense and passionate feeling
- Ardent: Expressing ardor; passionate
The Bill of Rights _____ the traditio nal
power of government to change laws at will.
: reduce in force or degree; weaken
Like many people, Philip Larkin used alcohol to
_____ his sense of meaningless and despair.
: to make something unpleasant less severe
The lack of decoration makes Zen
temples seem _____ to the untrained eye.
- Austere: severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
- Austerity: severity, especially poverty
The _____ peasant dared to insult the king' s mother.
: the quality of being audacious
The presence of giant footprints _____
the argument that Bigfoot was in the area.
: support, prop up
His conversation consisted of _____ phrases like
'Have a nice day' or 'Another day, another dollar.'
- Banal: predictable, cliched, boring
- Banality: something that is banal
Faulkner neither confirmed nor denied stories
about himself, allowing rumor to _____ where it would.
: to grow and flourish
Mussoiini's speeches were mostly _____;
his boasting and outrageous claims had no basis in fact.
- Bombastic: pompous in speech and manner
- Bombast: pompous speech or writing
The junior high orchestra created an almost unbearable _____ as they tried to tune their instruments
: harsh, jarring noise
He _____ the silver coffee pot until it shone brightly.
Queen Elizabeth I was quite _____; her courtiers could never be sure which one would catch her fancy
- Capricious: changing one's mind quickly and often
- Caprice: whim, sudden fancy
The observations of a child can be charming
since they are _____ and unpretentious.
: impartial and honest in speech
The imposition of harsh taxes was the _____ that finally brought on the revolution.
Catalyst: something that brings about a change in something else
Americans are amazed at how harshly the authorities in Singapore _____ perpetrators of what would be only minor crimes in the United States
: to punish or crit icize harshly
In most religious traditions, God created
an ordered universe from a _____ void
- Chaos: great disorder or confused situation
- Chaotic: jumbled, confused
Dorothy Parker gained her _____ reputation from her cutting, yet witty, insults.
: biting in wit
Dishonest used-car salesmen often use
_____ to sell their beat-up old cars
: deception by means of craft or guile
The attitude that men must be obeyed since they are inherently superior to women is common among male _____.
- Chauvinist: someone prejudiced in favor
- of a group that he or she belongs to
The sun and planets eventually _____
out of a vast cloud of gas and dust.
: to grow together to form a single whole
She was very _____ in her language and behavior when first introduced to her fiancee 's parents.
- Circumspect : cautious, aware of potential consequences
- Circumspection: caution
Some theorists believe that failing to prosecute
minor crimes is the same as _____ an air of lawlessness.
: to overlook, pardon or disregard
Swayed by the _____ argument of the defense,
the jury had no choice but to acquit the defendant
- Cogent: convincing and well-reasoned
- Cognitive: to do with the powers of reasoning
- Cognition: knowledge
- Cogitate: to think deeply
Although many people bought A Brief History of Time few people could follow its _____ ideas and theories.
: intricate and complicated
Dr. Crane was a _____ of fine food and
wine, drinking and eating only the best.
: a person with expert knowledge or discriminating tastes
Although some 4 year-olds believe in the Easter Bunny, only the most _____ 9 year olds also believe in him.
- Credulous: too trusting; gullible
- Credulity: The quality of being credulous
Fingerprints provided _____ for the witness's testimony that he saw the defendant in the victim's apartment.
: support ing evidence
- bear out
- substa ntiate
The countess complained that the vulgar peasants lacked the _____ appropriate for a visit to the palace.
- Decorum: appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
- Decorous: conforming to acceptable standards
The _____ of tension became unbearable as Evel Knievel prepared to jump his motorcycle over the school buses.
Crescendo: steadily increasing in volume or force
The respectful young law clerk treated the
Supreme Court justice with the utmost _____.
- Deference: respect, courtesy
- Defer: either to delay or show someone deference .
- Deferent: courteous and respectful
Diane had a _____ academic record;
she had changed majors 12 times in 3 years.
: jumping from one thing to another; disconnected.
After a few weeks lying on the desert's baking sands the cow's carcass became completely _____.
- Desiccate: to dry out thoroughly
- Desiccant: something that removes water from another substance
Steve's _____ during the job interview stemmed from his nervous nature and lack of experience in the field.
: lacking self-confidence
The trucker bellowed a _____ at the driver who had cut him off."
: an abusive, condemnatory speech
The congressman used _____ measures
to delay the passage of the bill
: intended to delay
When you enter a darkened room, the pupils
of your eyes _____ so as to let in more light.
: to make larger, expand
The awkward child was often _____ by his 'cooler' peers
: to speak of or t reat with contempt, to mock