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placid
pleasantly calm, peaceful
amiable
having pleasant personal qualities; friendly
to jar
to have a harshly unpleasant or disturbing effect on one's nerves; upset
presumptuous
unwarrantedly bold; forward
fancy (noun)
a caprice; whim; vagary
doggedly
persistent in effort
talisman
a good luck charm;anyting whose presence exercises a powerful influence on feelings or actions
to enthrall
to charm; enchant
to malign
to speak harmful untruths about
dubious
doubtful
credulity
willingness to believe; gullibility
to mar
to damage
prosaic
commonplace or dull
frivolous
silly, not serious
to attribute (v. t.)
to regard as resulting from a specified cause
coincidence
a striking occurrence of 2 or more events at the same time
avaricious
greedy
to disown
to refuse to acknowledge as belonging to oneself
to scurry
to move rapidly
at the expense of
at the sacrifice of another; to the detriment of
resolution
a resolve or determination
apparel
clothing
broach
to mention or suggest for the first time
resignation
an accepting, unresisting attitude, state, etc.
apathy
absence or sppression of passion, emotion or excitement
to shudder
to tremble with fear or dread
scarcely
barely; hardly; not quite
audible
capable of being heard
to resound
to utter loudly
to appeal
to evoke or attract interest
to reverberate
to reecho; resound
infamous
having an extremely bad reputation
superficial
shallow; on the surface; not penetrating deeply
disdain
an attitude of looking down upon others as unworthy; contemp, scorn
competent
having the required ability for a specific task; capable
pompous
showing self-importance; being overly formal
hostile
unfriendly; of an enemy
anarchy
an absence of ruling authority or government with resulting confusion and disorder
malicious
desiring to harm others; motivated by a wish to see anothre person suffer
dogmatic
holding strongly to opinion or statements as if they were facts not to be questioned
meticulous
very careful with details; exact
vulnerable
capable of being unjured or attacked; unprotected
indolent
lazy; not wanting to make an effort
tranquil
free from disturbance or agitation; calm
fastidious
showing careful attention to details; difficult to please
hypocritical
pretending to have virtue or goodness that one does not have; insincere
contempt
hatred of someone or something for being inferior
vilify
to attack someone's reputation by saying evil things
inquisitive
excessively curious; asking many questions; eager to learn
capricious
doing something for no apparent reason; impulsive; unpredictable; changeable
prolific
very productive; abundant
sycophant
a person who tries to win favor by flattering someone
sagacious
wise; showing wisdom based on one's experience and perception
servile
having the attitude of a servant or slave; excessively submissive
irascible
hot-tempered; easily angered
arrogant
feeling more important than others and superior to others
infamous
Adolf Hitler become ____________throughout the world for having imprisoned and killed thousands.
superficial
Jerry's knowledge of American history is just ___________; he only knows highlights.
disdain
In the movie Mean Girls, the pretty girls openly show _____ for those not as pretty as they.
competent
His ability to play basketball is ______ but not brilliant.
pompous
The teacher was a _____ blowhard, convinced that everything he uttered was just "pearls before swine."
hostile
The soldiers knew they were moving into _____ territory, much more dangerous than anything they had seen before.
anarchy
Mr. Dullard had left the room. Lacking a leader, the class erupted in _____.
malicious
Jerry was a sadistic lout; he loved making his classmates miserable by playing _____ tricks on them.
dogmatic
Mr. Dullard loved rules; his _____ application of them drove his students nuts.
meticulous
Mr. Dullard's _____ attention to detail was his greatest asset.
vulnerable
Jane felt wounded and still ______; she had been hurt too many times.
indolent
Jerry's _____ ways meant that he would never do anything more interesting than flipping burgers at McDonald's; he was just too lazy.
tranquil
The _____ setting relaxed Jane and nearly lulled her to sleep.
fastidious
Mr. Dullard was _____ in his dress; specks of dust that landed on his sportcoat were immediately picked off.
hypocritical
Mr. Dullard's criticism of Jerry's life as dull was ______; Dullard himself did nothing more than teach school.
contempt
The girls displayed sheer _____ for Mr. Dullard's sense of style - or his lack of same.
vilify
Dullard loved to _____ and malign his less gifted students.
inquisitive
Jerry's _____ nature led him to wonder why the car stalled out.
capricious
Men complain that women are _____ and change their minds too often.
prolific
Mozart was remarkably ______; he produced over 40 symphonies in his short life.
sycophant
The _____ flattered the teacher every chance she could.
sagacious
Because they did not understand her wisdom, they laughed at her _____ reply.
servile
Jane was frightened of authority, so her responses to all her bosses' demand were ______ and submissive.
irascible
As he grew older, Jerry's father became increasingly tempermental and _____.
arrogant
Sophomores are notorious for being at once _____ and ignorant; they always think they know more than they do, hence the term "sophmoric."
valid (1)
sound; well-grounded; legally acceptable
obscure (4)
not clearly seen; not clearly understood or expressed
ambiguous (5)
having two or more meanings; uncertain
diligent (7)
hardworking; putting effort and care into one's work
prodigal (8)
recklessly wasteful; extravagant
reverent (10)
feeling or showing deep awe and respect
reproach (12)
to blame a personfor something; to criticize sharply
diversity (13)
variety; difference
laudable (14)
worthy of praise; deserving of approval
rational (15)
having the ability to think clearly; sane; using logical thinking
enigma (17)
something thatis puzzling or mysterious
censor (18)
to examine a work for thepurpose of banning or removing harmful passages
innocuous (19)
harmless insignificant
valid
The results of the test were not _____ because some of the students had cheated.
obscure
William Shakespeare is not some unknown _____ writer; all students of English read his plays.
ambiguous
The answer seemed unclear and _____; I dont' know what he really meant.
diligent
Mary is a ______ worker; she comes in every day and works hard.
prodigal
The ______ son left home, spent all his money and then returned, expecting to be welcomed back into the family once again.
reverent
The citizens of South Korea are particularly _____ of their leader; his picture is everywhere.
reproach
Mother ______ her daughter for not having made the bed.
diversity
Universities look for ______ in their student populations; a group made up of only white Anglo-Saxon Protestant engineers would be boring.
laudable
Her attempts at quitting smoking, although _____, always ended in failure.
rational
Your thinking is not ______; it makes no sense to say that the schoolwork is impossible if you never try.
enigma
In one of the Batman movies Jim Carrey plays ______, a character whose costume is covered with question marks.
censor
Letters from soldiers on the front are frequently _______ for security purposes.
innocuous
The bite of a garter snake is _____; it will not harm you.
skeptical
doubting; questioning a statement or truth
relevant
related to the matter at hand; applicable
ameliorate
to improve; to make better
erratic
inconsistent; irregular in behavior or performance; wandering
banal
unoriginal; dull
candid
straightforward; openly honest
augment
to increase; to add to
discern
to perceive or detect with the senses or the mind
pious
having deep respect for religion and the religious service
zeal
enthusiasm; persistent effort in pursuing a goal or cause
profuse
plentiful; pouring forth freely and abundantly
distort
to twist out of shape
trivial
of little value or importance; ordinary
aesthetic
relating to an appreciation of beauty; loving beauty
biased
having an opinion or unthinking preference that prevents fair judgment
apathy (6)
The class showed only ______ when reading the story; they seemed entirely uninterested.
itinerant
wandering; someone whomoves from place to place
itinerant
James Braddock was a 24-year-old _____ heavyweight boxer.
notorious
infamous; well-known for bad deeds
notorious
Young Jimmy became _____ for his exploits as a playground fighter.
pugilism
boxing
pugilism
Jimmy's playground _____ ended abruptly after a recess dispute with a classmate.
to morph
to change
morphed
A recess dispute with a classmate named Elmer Fulong _____ into a full-blown brawl.
cordially
politely
cordially
The nuns at St. Joseph's _____ invited him to end his education.
epiphany
a sudden realization of truth
epiphany
Jimmy was a 14-year-old working as a Western Union deliveryboy when he experienced a/an _____.
incumbent
the person currently holding a position (usually a political office)
incumbent
The _____ champ, 37-year-old Jess Willard of Kansas, yielded the most coveted title in sports to Jack Dempsey.
to emulate
to imitate the actions of another
to emulate
Braddock grew up admiring Dempsey and longed _____ the champ's career.
to precipitate
to cause to happen; to result in
precipitated
Jimmy's homecoming ______ a fistfight.
to inaugurate
to swear into office; to begin
inaugurated
Jimmjy's homecoming resulted in a fistfight that _____ his boxing career.
provocation
the event that provokes/brings about something else
provocation
The _____ for the legendary "Battle of Nuge's Field" was Jimmy's decision to borrow his older brother's brand-new sweater.
pedagogy
teaching; education
pedagogy
The problem with this pugilism-as-pedagogy approach was that Jimmy gave as well as he got.
pseudonym
an assumed name; pen name
pseudonym
Fighting under the _____ "Jimmy Ryan," Braddock fought his first professional bout.
to jar
to upset; disturb; rattle
jarred
The 18-year-old repeatedly _____ his opponent with a powerful right hand.
potent
powerful
potent
The 18-year-old rattled his opponent with his _____ right hand.
to spar
to fight in a practice match
sparring
"Knock this bum out as quick as you can," Gould instructed Galfund instructed Galfund before the ______ match began.
to net
to make a profit
netted
The combined purses from his victories had _____ tens of thousands of dollars.
to maul
to beat someone/something up thoroughly
mauler
Braddock was scheduled to fight "Tuffy" Griffin, a corn-fed mauler from Iowa.
shamrock
clover, often a symbol of the Irish
shamrock
Braddock was wearing trunks adorned with a ______.
relentlessly
without stopping or letting up
relentlessly
Griffith continued to fire away _____.
to devastate
to destroy thoroughly
devastated
Braddock's financial future was _____ in March 1929.
to succumb
to give way to; to become sick with
succumbed
The Bank of the United States _____ to the accelerating wave of banki failures.
to prefigure
to foreshadow
prefigured
The bank failures _____ the Stock Market Crash of the following October.
to decapitate
to remove someone's head
decapitating
Loughran preferred the scalpel to the broadsword, carvign away at an opponent, rather than _____ him in one blow.
serpentine
a snake-like movement; zigzag movement
serpentine
The champ out-maneuvered Braddock, picking him apart with a _____ left jab.
to bob
to bounce up and down
bobbing
Loghran kept his cool, _____ and staying out of range.
to feint
to pretend to hit
feinting
Loughran kept his cool, bobbing and _____ and staying out of range.
to deflect
to turn aside
deflecting
The champ out-maneuvered Braddock, _____ the challenger's right hand.
hypothermia
a condition bought on by very cold temperature
hypothermia
With little food and no heat, his family was facing death by starvation or ____.
anachronistic
out of time; something that does not fit the given time period
anachronistic
These days, for a man to be embarassed by having to apply for money from the government is almost laughably _____.
ambidextrous
able to use both right and left hands with equal ease
ambidextrous
Braddock found himself using his left hand, so that, by June 1934, he was functionally _____.
to inveigle
to entice, win through flattery
inveigled
Gould had _____ himself into the good graces of the Boxing Commission.
to bludgeon
to beat with a cudgel, a very large stick
bludgeoning
Braddock dominated Griffin, _____ the heavily favored contender with both hands.
to capitalize
to make good on
capitalize
The victory did offer him a second chance in the ring --and he was determined to ______ on his opportunity.
calisthenics
exercises
calisthenics
The rest of the day was filled with shadowboxing, sparring, and _____.
dingy
dirty; dark
dingy
Braddock has labored in boxing's ______ clubs.
ascent
rise
ascent
The story of Braddock's incredible _____ from poverty was splashed across newspapers nationwide.
to budge
to move slightly
budge
The challenger didn't ______ a millimeter--and the champ knew he was beaten.
rapturous
filled with delight, ecstasy
rapturous
Braddock claimed the crown, setting off _____ celebrations nationwide.
allusion
a casual reference; a reference to another literary work
alteration
change
amiable
friendly
aristrocrat
a member of the nobility
averse to
opposed to
breach
a break; gap made in a wall
compliance
act of conforming
to confound
to confuse
convulsion
involuntary muscular contractions
cunning
clever
to dawdle
to waste time; to fool around
to deceive
to mislead, delude
to deduce
to reach a conclusion by reasoning
to defray
to lessen, help pay for
delirium
a disorder of mind brought on by fever, convulsions, etc.
to encompass
to surround
to engage
to rent, hire
gale
large storm
hoarse
rough, husky voice
to hurl
to throw
imperturbable
without being disturbed or distracted
imprudence
lacking caution
in vain
useless
insolence
lacking respect
invaluable
so valuable it cannot be counted
keen
sharp
to loom up
to rise up and appear huge
manifold
many faceted; many sided
meddle; meddler
to interfere; one who interferes
metropolis
large city
notorious
infamous
outset
beginning
parapet
a defensive wall
pauper
poor person
peculiar
odd, strange
pending
waiting until something is finished
perplexity
confusion, uncertainty
pretense
false show of
reverie
waking dream, dreamy thoughtfulness
scaffolding
temporary platform for workers
scoundrel
person without morality, principles, honor
to scrawl
to scribble
scruples
ethics, morals
to sear
to burn, char surface of
sinister
threatening, portending evil
trivial
unimportant, inconsequential
vagabond
wanderer, bum
vigil
act or period of observing, surveillance
zest
hearty enjoyment, gusto
metropolis
Young ladies wander about the _________________ at this hour of the morning and knock sleepy people out of their beds.
outset
Should it prove to be an interesting case, you would, I am sure, wish to follow it from the ______________.
keener
I had no _________ pleasure than in following Holmes in his professional investigations.
to defray
As to reward, my profession is its reward; but you are at liberty __________ whatever expenses I may be put to.
trivial
My suspicions depend so entirely upon small points, which might seem _______ to another.
aristocratic
The last squire dragged out his existence there, living the horrible life of a/an _____________ pauper.
pauper
The last squire dragged out his existence there, living the horrible life of an aristocratic ____________.
hurled
Last week he _________ the local blacksmith over a parapet into a stream.
parapet
Last week he hurled the local blacksmith over a ___________ into a stream.
vagabond
He had no friends at all save the wandering gipsies, and he would give these ___________ leave to encamp upon the ...family estate.
seared
Every event of that dreadful time is ______________ into my memory.
averted
He does not say so, but I can read it from his soothing answers and _________ eyes.
manifold
You can see deeply into the _____ wickedness of the human heart.
encompass
You may advise me how to walk amid the dangers which ________________ me.
gale
Suddenly, amidst all the hubbub of the _________, there burst forth the wild scream of a terrified woman.
blanched
I saw my sister appear at the opening, her face _________ with terror...
convulsion
She stabbed her finger into the air in the direction of the Doctor's room, but a fresh _____________ seized her and choked her words.
in vain
All efforts (to revive her) were __________, for she slowly sank and died.
deceived
It is my strong impression that I heard it, and yet among the crash of the gale, and the creaking of an old house, I may possibly have been _____________.
notorious
Dr. Roylott's conduct had long been ______________ in the country.
allusion
What did you gather from this __________ to a band - a speckled band?
delirium
Sometimes I have thought that it was merely the wild talk of ____________...
averse
You are not ___________ to the trip, Watson?
sinister`
It seems to me to be a most dark and ____________ business.
peculiar
His costume was a ___________ mixture of the professional and of the agricultual...
seared
A large face, ____________ with a thousand wrinkles, burned yellow with the sun...
imperturbably
"But I have heard that the crocuses promise well," continued my companion _______________________.
scoundrel
I know you, you __________! I have heard of you before. You are Holmes the meddler
meddler
I know you, you scoundrel. I have heard of you before. You are Holmes the ______________.
draft, draught
When you go out close the door, for there is a decided ________________.
amiable
"He seems a very __________ person," said Holmes, laughing.
insolence
Fancy his having the ___________________ to confound me with the official detective force!
confound
Fancy his having the insolence to ________ me with the official detective force!
zest
The incident gives __________ to our investigation.
imprudence
I only trust that our little friend will not suffer from her ____________ in allowing this brute to trace her.
scrawled
He held in his hand a sheet of blue paper, ________ over with notes and figures.
dawdling
This is too serious for ____________, especially as the old man is aware that we are interesting ourselves in his affairs...
cunning
He is so __________ that I never know when I am safe from him.
scaffolding
Some __________ had been erected against the end wall, and the stonework had been broken into...
pendng
"Exactly so. But I am now sleeping in the middle one."
"_______ the alterations, as I understand."
alterations
Pending the __________, as I understand. By the way, there does not seem to be any very pressing need for repairs at that end wall.
perplexity
"Hum!" said he, scratching his chin in some ___________, "my theory certainly presents some difficulties."
reverie
...neither Miss Stoner nor myself liking to break in upon his thoughts before he roused himself from his _________________.
compliance
Your life many depend upon your _____________.
pretense
false show of
looming up
At dusk we saw Dr. Grimesby Roylott drive past, his huge form ________ up beside the little figure of the lad who drove him.
hoarse
We heard the _____ roar of the Doctor's voice.
scruples
I have really some _____ as to taking you tonight. There is a distinct element of danger.
invaluable
"Can I be of assistance?"
"Your presence might be _____."
breaches
There was little difficulty in entering the grounds, for unrepaired _____ gaped in the old park wall.
vigil
How shall I ever forget that dreadful _____?
acquittal

(12AM)
(law) setting free by legal process from the charge of an offense; finding of "not guilty"
defendant

(12AM)
(law) aperson required to make answer in an action or suit
prosecutor

(12AM)
(law)one who carries on a suit or legal proceeding in a court of law
foreman of a jury

(12AM)
the chief of a jury who acts as spokesman
sadist

(12AM)
one who loves cruelty
to lunge

(12AM)
to plunge forward
verdict

(12AM)
(law)the finding or decision of a jury
insignificant

(12AM)
unimportant
recognition

(12AM)
formal acknowledgement of a claim or a person
sheepishly

(12AM)
acting meekly, timidly, apologetically
to simulate

(12AM)
to assume the appearance of without the reality; to feign
to stimulate
to excite, rouse, spur on
to hobble
to walk lame, limp
to drone
to make a low, monotonous, buzzing sound
homicide
the killing of one human being by another
reasonable doubt

(12AM)
a doubt especially about the guilt of a criminal defendant
monopoly

(12AM)
exclusive control or possessive
timid

(12AM)
shy
coroner

(12AM)
a public officer who inquires into circumstances surrounding the death of someone
el

(12AM)
an elevated train
testimony

(12AM)
(law) solemn declaration, evidence
to shrug

(12AM)
to draw up the shoulders to express dislike or disapproval
to bicker

(12AM)
to argue irritably
dialogue

(12AM)
a conversation between two people
monologue

(12AM)
a speech by one person with others present
soliloquy

(12AM)
a speech by one person who is alone
interior monologue

(12AM)
a speech that represents the thoughts of a character
sarcastic

(12AM)
biting, cutting (comment)
casually

(12AM)
informally, without previous thought
rapport

(12AM)
an agreeable relationship between people
proposition

(12AM)
the point to be discussed, a plan
to glare

(12AM)
to stare with fierce, piercing eyes