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acrimonious
stinging, bitter in temper or tone
bovine
resembling a cow or ox; sluggish, unresponsive
consternation
dismay, confusion
corpulent
fat; having a large, bulky body
disavow
to deny responsibility for or connection with
dispassionate
impartial; calm, free from emotion
dissension
disagreement, sharp difference of opinion
dissipate
to cause to disappear; to scatter, dispel; to spend foolishly, squander; to be extravagant in pursuit of pleasure
expurgate
to remove objectionable passages or words from a written text; to cleanse, purify
gauntlet
an armored or protective glove; a challenge; two lines of men armed with weapons with which to beat a person foreced to run between them; an ordeal
hypothetical
based on an assumption or guess; used as a provisional or tentative idea to guide or direct investigation
ignoble
mean, low, base
impugn
to call into question; to attack as false
intemperate
immoderate, lacking in self-contgrol; inclement
odium
hatred, contempt; disgrace or infamy resulting from hateful conduct
perfidy
faithlessness, treachery
relegate
to place in a lower position; to assign, refer, turn over; to banish
squeamish
inclined to nausea; easily shocked or upset; excessively fastidious or refined
subservient
subordinate in capacity or role; submissively obedient; serving to promote some end
susceptible
open to; easily influenced; lacking in resistance
dispassionate
We have had enough of high-powered, excited oratory; what we need now is a(n) _____ examination of the facts.
bovine
Although she seems rather plodding in her behaviou and rarely becomes excited, I think it is unfair to call her "_____."
ignoble
She is a person of such fine moral standards that she seems incapable of a(n) _____ act.
dissipate
Instead of using all their forces in one concerted attack on the enmy, they _____ their strength in minor engagements.
relegate
The job of cleaning up the field and the stands after the big game was _____ to the freshmen.
hypothetical
Our discussion that day was a(n) _____ one, based on the possibility-- still far from definite-- that I would take the job.
dissension
Far from presenting a unified front, the party is torn by all kinds of strife and _____.
impugn
I am not trying to _____ his truthfulness, but I still do not see how the facts support his claims.
disavow
Now that these ugly facts about his business dealings have come to light, I must _____ my support of his candidacy.
acrimonious
Vigorous debate is fine, but is there any real need for such unrestrained and _____ name-calling?
susceptible
He is so _____ to flattery that with a few complimentary words I can get him to do almost anything I want.
intemperate
Though her overall position seemed to be sensible, her language was so unrestrained and _____ that people wouldn't support her.
squeamish
Anyone as _____ as that trainee will have trouble accustoming himself to the sights, sounds, and smells of hospital work.
perfidy
Because Vidkun Quisling cooperated with the Nazis, his name has become a symbol of _____ in his home country of Norway.
odium
The _____ for this tragic failure does not belong to any individual or small group but to the community as a whole.
consternation
To the _____ of the people in the stands, the lion leaped out of the cage and bounded toward the exit.
expurgated
Thomas Bowdler _____ certain words from Shakespeare's plays because he felt that they were unfit to "be read aloud in a family."
subservient
Under the American form of government, all branches of the military are clearly _____ to the civilian authority.
guantlet
The bold candidate threw down the _____ and dared her opponent to face her in a televised debate.
corpulent
People with a tendency toward being _____ must wage a lifelong struggle against rich foods.