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acquisitive
able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with acquiring wealth or property
acquisitive
Never having any money in one's pockets can be a real trial for someone born with the ____________instincts of a pack rat.
banal
hackneyed, trite, commonplace
banal
Some episodes in the series were wonderfully fresh and original, others were just plain ________.
carping
tending to find fault, especially in a petty nasty or hairsplitting way.
carping
Most artists choose to ignore the________of critics and go on with their work.
belabor
His tendency to__________the small points often made him miss the big picture.
belabor
to work on excessively, to thrash soundly
arrogate
The amibitious noblemen will put the young king under house arrest and ________royal privileges to themselves.
arrogate
to claim or take without right
coherent
holding or sticking together, making a logical whole
coherent
The teacher gave a surprisingly ________ description of quantum mechanics.
intransigent
refusing to compromise, irreconcilable
intransigent
Little will get accomplished if the legislators of both parties maintain their ______attitudes.
insatiable
so great or demanding as not to be satisfied
insatiable
People with an _________appetite for gossip often do not have compelling stories of their own.
eschew
The athletes promised that they would train vigorously and ___________ bad habits.
eschew
to avoid, shun
germane
I don't object to the inclusion of anecdotes in a serious lecture but they should at least very least be _______to the subject.
germane
revelant, appropriate
encomium
a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute
encomium
Even the most sever critics showered _______on the young write for the remarkable narrative power of her 1st novel.
emulate
to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the mmodel
tenable
capable of being held or defended
tenable
The researchers put forth a _________ theory, but their conclusion would be reviewed carefully by others.
emulate
Most beginning artists ________ their models.
temporize
In any crisis, the longer a person __________, the greater the danger is likely to become.
temporize
to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, to avoid confrontation
congeal
If you do not wash your dishes right away, the food on them will__________.
congeal
to change from liquid to solid,to make inflexible
taciturn
habitually silent or quiet,inclined to talk very little
taciturn
Abraham Lincoln has the reputation having a dour and ___________ personality.
susbstantiate
to establish by evidence, prove, to give concrete form to
susbstantiate
The prospector was unable to __________ his claim to the land where the gold was found.
reconnaissance
The officer required a thorough _________ before ordering any troop movements
reconnaissance
a survey made for military purposes,a any find of preliminary inspection or examination
largesse
generosity in giving, lavish or bountiful contributions
largesse
The univeristy was fortune beneficiary of the __________ of many of its graduates.
invidious
offensive, hateful,tending to cause bitterness and resentment
invidious
Teachers should avoid making ___________ compassions between their students.