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adj. respectful; obedient
The dutiful child grew up to be a conscientious adult, aware of her civic oligations.
v. recede; lessen.
His fortunes began to ebb during the Recession.
adj. odd; whimsical; irregular.
The comet passed close by the earth in its eccentric orbit.
adj. selective in choosing from a variety of sources.
The reviewers praised the new restaurant's eclectic selection of dishes, which ranged from Oriental stir fries to French ragouts and stews.
v. darken' extinguish; surpass.
The new stock market high eclipsed the previous record set in 1995.
adj. exuberant; bubbly and excited.
Nothing depressed Amy for long; she was so natually effervescent that she was soon as high-spirited as ever.
adj. excessively self-centered; self-important; conceited.
Typical egotistical remark: "but enough of this chit-chat about you and your little problems. Let's talk aobut what's really important: Me!"
n. addition of details; intricacy.
Tell what happened simply, without an elaboration.
adj. overjoyed; in high spirits.
Grinning from ear to ear, Bonnie Blair was clearly elated by her fifth Olympic gold medal.
n. expressiveness; persuasive speech.
The crowds were stirred by Martin Luther King's eloquence.
adj. reserved or aloof; cold in manner.
His distant greeting made me feel unwelcome from the start.
adj. differing; deviating.
Since graduating from medical school, the two doctors have taken divergent paths, one going on to become a nationally prominent surgeon, the other dedication himself to a small family practice in his home town.
adj. differing in some characteristics; various.
The professor suggested diverse ways of approaching the assignment and recommended that we choose one of them.
n. act of turning aside; pastime.
After studying for several hours, he needed a diversion from work.
v. reveal.
No lover of gossip, Charlotte would never divulge anything that a friend told her in confidence.
v. provide written evidence.
She kept all the receipts from her business trip in order to document her expenses for the firm.
adj. opionated; arbitrary; doctrinal.
We tried to discourage Doug from being so dogmatic, but never could convince him that his opinions might be wrong.
adj. sleeping; lethargic; latent.
At fifty her long-dormant ambition to write flared up once more; within a year she had completed the first of her great historical novels.
adj. doubtful; questionable.
Many critics of SAT I contend the test is dubious worth.
n. double-dealing; hypocrisy.
When Tanya learned that Mark had been two-timing her, she was furious as his duplicity.
n. difference; condition of inequality.l
Their disparity in rank made no difference at all to the prince and Cinderella.
adj. calm; impartial.
Known in the company for his cool judgment, Bill could impartially examine the causes of a problem, giving a dispassionate analysis of what had gone wrong, and go on to suggest how to correct the mess.
v. drive away; scatter; cause to vanish.
The bright sunlight eventually dispelled the morning mist.
v. cause to break up, scatter.
The police fired tear gas into the crowd to disperse the protesters.
adj. argumentative; fond of arguing.
Convinced he knew more than his lawyers, Alan was a disputatious client, ready to argue about the best way to conduct the case.
v. distribute; spread; scatter 9l;ike seeds0.
By their use of the Internet, propagandists have been able to disseminate their pet doctrines to new audiences around the globe.
v. disagree.
In the recent Supreme Court dicision, Justice o'Connor dissented from the majority of opinion.
v. sqander; waste; scatter.
He is a fine artist, but I fear he may dissipate his gifts if he keeps wasting his time on such trivial pursuits.
n. dissonance.
Composer Charles Ives often used dissonce-clashing or unresolved chords-for special effects in his musical works.
v. advise against.
Tom could not dissuade Huck from funning away from home.