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voracious
desiring or consuming great quantities.

greedy in eating;ravenous,gluttenous 2)very eager.
indiscriminate
choosing at random without careful selection.

making no distinctions.
eminent
of high reputation, outstanding.
steeped
soaked, drenched, saturated.
replete
completely filled or supplied with.
The football game was ? with excitement and great plays.
replete
The ? author received the Nobel Prize for literature.
eminent
My cousin is so ? in schoolwork that his friends call him a bookworm.
steeped
After skiing, I find that I have a ? appetite.
voracious
Modern warfare often results in the ? killing of combatants and innocent civilians alike.
indiscriminate
abound
to exist in great numbers.

to be plentiful;teem
technology
a branch of knowledge dealing with engineering, applied science,etc.
prognosticate
to predict or fortell a future event.
automaton
a robot; a mechanical person.

a person acting like a robot.
matron
an older married woman.(mature)

a woman manager of the domestic arrangements of a hospital,prison etc.
The mayor refused to ? as to his margin of victory in the election.
prognosticate
The time is approaching when human workers may be replaced by ?
automaton
A clever salesman will always ask a ? if her mother is at home.
matron
The western plains used to ? with bison before those animals were slaughtered by settlers.
abound
Man may be freed from backbreaking labor by the products of scientific ?.
technology
paradox
a statement that at first seems to be absurd or self-contradictory but which may in fact turn out to be true.
realm
a special field of something or someone; kingdom.
annals
historical records.

a written account of events year by year
compound
to increase or add to.

an area enclosing a building or buildings.

to compute(compound interest).

a substance containing two or more elements chemically combined.

to intensify by adding new elements.
tinge
a trace, smattering, or slight degree.
His gloom was now ? by the failing mark on his geometry test.
compound
The ? of sports are replete with the names of great black athletes.
annals
One of the great ? of American life is that though minority groups have suffered injustices, nowhere in the world have so many varied groups lived together so harmoniously.
paradox
A ? of garlic is all that's necessary in most recipes.
tinge
The cruel king would not allow the prince to enter his ?, restricting him to the forest, which bounded with wild animals.
realm
badger
to pester, nag, annoy persistently.

a burrowing animal with a broad back and thick, short legs.
implore
to plead urgently for aid or mercy.
drudgery
unpleasant, dull, or hard work.
interminable
unending

lasting or seeming to last forever;endless
perceive
to understand, know, become aware of(through the senses).
She does her homework on Fridays to save herself from the ? of having to do it during the week.
drudgery
The teacher continually ? the pupil for the missing assignments.
badgered
The eminent scientist ? the difficulties in putting the invention into practice.
percieved
The sick child's mother ? the doctor to come immediately.
implored
I listened to the boring lecture for what seemed an ? fifty minutes.
interminable
Idiom: to eat humble pie
to admit your error and apologize.
Idiom: a pig in a poke
an item you purchase without having seen; a dissappointment.
Idiom: a flashin in the pan
promising at the start but then disappointing.
Idiom: to pour oil on troubled waters
to make peace, to calm someone down.
laconic
expressing much in few words.

terse in expression;concise
throng
crowd.

any great number of things considered together
intrepid
brave.

bold,fearless,brave
accost
to approach and speak to

(in a bold forward kind of way)
reticent
silent.
His speech was usually rambling, but this time I found it brief and ?
laconic
If a surly panhandler should ? you, keep on walking.
accost
Even under repeated questioning, the witness remained ?
reticent
A howling ? of teenage girls surrounded the rap artists.
throng
The corporal received the Silver Star for his ? deeds in combat.
intrepid
IDIOM:
The sword of Damocles
an imminent danger.

Story behind idiom:a king seated one of his subjects underneath a sword that was hanging by a hair, in order to teach him the dangers a king faces.

Ex:Although the president of the company seemed quite secure, he always complained that there was a sword of Damocles hanging over his head.
furtive
secret, stealthy.

sneaky
felon
a person guilty of a major crime.
plethora
excess.

an overabundance
hapless
unfortunate.

unlucky
irate
angry, incensed.
The ? contest winner was unable to locate the lucky ticket.
hapless
My uncle was ? when the drunken driver swerved in front of us.
irate
In a ? manner she removed her shoes and tiptoed up to her room.
furtive
When the teacher asked why the homework had not been done,he was greeted by a ? of incredible alibis.
plethora
Since the boss learned that Bob associated with a known ? , he fired him.
felon
IDIOM: Pyrrhic victory
a too costly victory.

Story:King Pyrrhus defeated the Romans but his losses were extremely heavy.

Ex:In heavy fighting the troops managed to recapture the hill but it could only be considered a Pyrrhic victory.
pretext
an excuse.


a false reason put forth to hide the real one
fabricate
to lie; to construct.
adroit
skillful

skillful and clever
gesticulate
move the arms energetically


to make gestures
vigilant
watchful


staying watchful and alert to danger or to trouble
The shootings at Columbine High School made educators much more ?
vigilant
My nephew is quite ? at making model airpalnes.
adroit
Most fisherman can ? a story about the size of the one that got away.
fabricate.
Her ? of being tired did not fool us for an instant.
pretext
I often marvel as I watch the traffic officer ? at the onrushing cars.
gesticulate
IDIOM:A wet blanket
one who spoils the fun


Ex:Everyone wanted the party to go on, but Ronnie, the wet blanket, decided to go home to bed.
avid
eager

very eager or greedy
cajole
coax

to coax with flattery and insincere talk
rudimentary
elementary
enhance
intensify,heighten


to make better or greater
nuance
slight variation in meaning, tone,color,etc
Since my grasp of algebra is ?, I cannot solve the problem.
rudimentary
The parakeet refused to be ? into entering her cage.
cajoled
It will ? your enjoyment of an opera if you know what the plot is about in advance.
enhance
In reading the satires of Jonathan Swift, one must be vigilant in order to catch each ?.
nuance
Bill Clinton is an ? reader of myster stories.
avid
IDIOM:to beard the lion in his den
to visit and oppose a person on his own grounds

Ex: Having decided to beard the lion, I stormed into the manager's office to ask far a raise