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20 Cards in this Set

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(adj.) courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to
S: genial,amicable, agreeable, cordial
A: surly, cantankerous, dour, inhospitable
We spent a pleasant afternoon with our ________ neighbors.
(v.) to increase in greatness, power, or wealth; to build up or intensify; to make appear greater
S: augment, amplify, enhance, exalt
A: reduce, decrease, diminish
John D. Rockefeller worked to ________ his empire by purchasing oil wells, refineries, and pipelines.
(adj.) shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type or character; without organization, unity, or cohesion
S: formless, unstructured, nebulous, inchoate
A: definite, well-defined, clear-cut
The __________ body of the amoeba was fascinating to watch under the microscope.
(n.) that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); a distinctive air or personal quality
S: ambience, atmosphere
What people thought was her ________ of mystery was actually a mask for her shyness.
(n.) illegal traffic, smuggled goods; (adj.) illegal, prohibited
S: (adj.) illicit, bootleg, unlawful
A: (adj.) legal, lawful, licit
Three jeweled combs from the 17th century were among the ________ seized by the police.
(adj.) scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
S: profoundly educated, well-read
A: ignorant, uneducated, illiterate
For my paper, I would like to find an ________ history of the subject written in a clear and unbiased manner.
(adj.) thin, light, delicate, insubstantial; (n.) a very thin, light cloth
S: (adj.) filmy, diaphanous, sheer, airy, feathery, cauzy
A: (adj.) thick, dense, solid, massive
Ghosts are often depicted in literature as wearing ________ clothing that makes them seem all the more ethereal.
(v.) to find out by reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought; to hint, suggest, imply
S: gather, deduce, presume, guess, speculate
I can ________ nothing from his odd behavior.
(adj.) incapable of being understood; impossible to see though physically
S: impenetrable, incomprehensible, enigmatic
A: comprehensible, intelligible, penetrable
I could not tell by her ________ smile whether she was pleased or only amused with me.
(adj.) relating to, characteristic of, or situated on an island; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience
S: narrow-minded, parochial, provincial
A: catholic, cosmopolitan, liberal
You seem too sophisticated to hold such ________ opinions.
(adj.) incapable of being changed or called back
S: irreversible, unrecallable, unalterable
A: reversible, changeable
We tend to think of court verdicts as ________, but they are often overturned by higher courts.
(n.) a natural inclination or predilection toward
S: natural bent, proclivity, penchant
A: natural incapacity or inability
Mikey showed a strong ________ for turning on his my space as soon as he woke up in the morning.
(adj.) peevish, complaining, fretful
S: petulant, touchy, cranky, irritable
A: uncomplaining, stoical, serene, placid
Some flight attendants dread a ________ airline passenger more than they do rough weather.
(v.) to argue or plead with someone against something, protest against, object to
S: reason against, expostulate
Slowly, carefully, keeping his voice down, he argued with the caller as one might ________ with a child.
(v.) to disown, reject, or deny the validity of
S: disavow, abjure, renounce
A: avow, affirm, aver, avouch
He was forced to ________ a statement he had made before he'd had all the information.
(adj.) able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly
S: springy, elastic, buoyant, bouncy
A: rigid, stiff, inflexible, unyielding
The development of lightweight, ________ plastics revolutionized the design of many durable goods.
(v.) to re-echo, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeatedly
S: rumble, thunder, boom, echo
From the construction site, the noise of bulldozers and dump trucks ________ across the valley
(adj.) coursely abusive, vulgar or low (especially in language), foul-mouthed
S: obscene, filthy, abusive, vituperative
A: decorous, seemly, tasteful, dignified
His new CD was rated R because of the scurrilous content.
(adj.) persistent, showing industry and determination
S: assiduous, tireless, indefatigable
A: lackadaisical, listless, indolent, otiose
No one could say that he was lazy, for he was a careful, ________ copier of other people's work.
(adj.) thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean, or disreputable
S: inferior, cheesy, tawdry, tatty
A: superior, first-rate, quality, sturdy
The old lady made her clothes at home in order to avoid the ________ goods sold in the general store.