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stage magicians performing prodigious feats for rapt audiences
profligate movie producers hoping to create the next blockbuster with special effects and big-name stars
apples grow in profusion in this valley
She believes the noises are made by ghosts, but I think there's a more prosaic explanation.
regulations proscribe the use of electronic devices on board a plane while it is landing
the tree trunk had several mossy protuberances where branches had once grown
politically astute person
the new mini laptop has gotten a thumbs-up from industry pundits
put down, suppress
quash a rebellion
in this age of giant chain stores, any attempt at operating an independent bookstore must be regarded asquixotic
obstinate, resisting control
believing that rules are only for other people, he's been refractory virtually his entire life
assign to an inferior position
courtiers and generals who incurred the emperor's disfavor were soon relegated to the farther reaches of the empire
your behavior towards the other team was trulyreprehensible, so you're being suspended from the next three games
- 1. (v) condem, reject
- 2. (adj) depraved
- 3. (n) miscreant
3. a program for rehabilitating hard-core reprobates and turning them into hard-working, law-abiding citizens>
She says she has evidence which repudiates the allegations.
her husband is by nature a reticent person, never making an openly bold statement
a sanctimonious moralist
Their policy has legal sanction.
an impressively sedulous suitor, he was constantly sending her flowers and other tokens of his affection
I appreciated his solicitous inquiry about my health.
His sophistry had me reeling, doubting my own arguments and unable to contradict his false claims.
ended up with a surfeit of volunteers who simply got in each other's way
understood without being spoken
She felt that she had her parents' tacit approval to borrow the car.
she had the temerity to ask my boyfriend if she could go out with him should he and I ever break up
a torpid sloth that refused to budge off its tree branch
This new, improved approach should make the problem moretractable.
even the most trenchant sword could not sever the bonds of loyalty between them
a writer with a trenchant wit
a theater critic who was notorious for his titanicallytruculent reviews
The company's advertisements are ubiquitous. I'm sick of seeing them everywhere.
perverse, improper, unruly
tried, unsuccessfully to reason with the untoward child
his appearance was utterly untoward, tatters in the courtroom
the type of provocative magazine article that is guaranteed to engender vituperative threats of subscription cancellations