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(n.) a general pardon for an offense against a government; in general, any act of forgiveness or absolution
Many political prisoners were freed under the ________ granted by the new regime.
(n.) self-government, political control

S: home rule
A: dependence, subjection, colonial status
Even after the thirteen colonies gained ________ from England, many Americans clung to English traditions.
(adj.) self-evident, expressing a universally accepted principle or rule

S: taken for granted
A: questionable, dubious, controversial
One should not accept the idea that the camera never lies as an ________ truth.
(v.) to adorn or embellish; to display conspicuously; to publish or proclaim widely

S: broadcast, trumpet
A: hide, conceal, cover up, bury
They will ________ the results of the election across the Internet and every television set in the land.
(n.) a warning or caution to prevent misunderstanding or discourage behavior

S: admonition, word to the wise
The well known Latin phrase "________ emptor" means "Let the buyer beware."
(adj.) fair, just, embodying principles of justice

S: right, reasonable, evenhanded
A: unjust, unfair, one-sided, disproportionate
He did more work, so a sixty-forty split of the profits seemed an ________arrangement.
(v.) to free from entanglements or difficulties; to remove with effort

S: disentangle, extract, disengage
A: enmesh, entangle, involve
The ring must have slid off my finger as I was trying to ________ the fish from the net.
(v.) to steal, especially in a sneaky way and in petty amounts

S: pilfer, purloin, swipe
If you ________ pennies from the cash drawer, you are unlikely, after a while, to be satisfied with only pennies.
(v.) to mock, treat with contempt

S: scoff at, sneer at, snicker at, scorn
A: obey, honor, revere, uphold
She chose to ignore my advice, not because she wanted to ________ my beliefs, but because she had strong opinions of her own.
(adj.) tending to be troublesome; unruly, quarrelsome, contrary; unpredictable

S: refractory, recalcitrant, peevish
A: docile, tractable, cooperative
It seems as if even the smoothest-running organizations contain on or two ________ elements.
(n.) a rule of conduct or action

S: principle, maxim
Many religions follow the ________ that it is important to treat others as you, yourself, would like to be treated.
(adj.) beneficial, helpful; healthful, wholesome

S: salubrious, curative
A: detrimental, deleterious, pernicious
The cute new pupy had a ________ effect on her health.
(adj.) bitterly severe, withering; causing great harm

S: searing, harsh, ferocious, savage
A: bland, mild
Sometimes a carefully reasoned discussion does more to change people's minds than a ________ remark.
(v.) to whip, punish severely; (n.) a cause of affliction or suffering; a source of severe punishment or critcism

S: (v.) flog, beat; (n.) bane, plague, pestilence
A: (n.) godsend, boon blessing
Jonathan Swift used with to ________ the British government for its cruel treatment of Ireland. Competing teams consider my son the ________ of the lacrosse field.
(adj.) funeral, typical of the tomb; extremely gloomy or dismal

S: doleful, lugubrious, mortuary
My sister announced in a severe and ________ tone of voice that we were out of cookies.
(n.) something that induces sleep

S: (n.) narcotic, anesthetic
A: (adj.) stimulating; (n.) stimulant, stimulus
He claimed that the musical, despite its energy, was ________ and that he had slept throught the entire second act.
(adj.) extremely strict in regard to moral standards and conduct, prudish, puritanical

S: highly conventional, overly strict, stuffy
A: lax, loose, indulgent, permissive, dissolute
Travelers my find people overseas ________ in some ways but surprisingly free in others.
(adj.) lasting only a short time, fleeting; (n.) one who stays only a short time

S: (adj.) impermanent, ephemeral, evanescent
A: (adj.( permanent, imperishable, immortal
His bad mood was ________, and by the time he'd finished his breakfast, he was smiling. Many farm hands lived the lives of ________ during the Great Depression.
(adj.) not easily carried, handled, or managed because of size or complexity

S: cumbersome, bulky, clumsy, impractical
A: manageable, easy to handle
We loaded the truck with the chairs and the coffee table, but the grand piano was too ________.
(adj.) dull, uninteresting, tiresome; lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness, or force

S: insipid, lifeless, colorless
A: zesty, spicy, savory, colorful, lively
While critics called the movie ________, I thought the performers were very compelling.