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- One must take appropriate* precautions* when approaching* fierce dogs.
- He took one look at his fierce opponent* and ran.
Barry was so fiercely angry that he thrust* his hand through the glass.
dislike very much; hate
- The world detests people who aren't valiant.* Wally was certain that his girlfriend's parents would detest him because he had been a delinquent.*
- I detest Chinese food but I won't deprive* you of the chance to eat it.
show scorn or contempt by looks or words; a scornful look or remark
- The journalists* were cautious* about sneering at the Secretary of Defense.
- "Wipe that sneer off your face!" the dean told the delinquent.*
- When offered a dime as a tip, the taxi driver sneered at his rider.
ook angry by lowering the eyebrows; frown
- Laverne scowled at her mother when she was prohibited* from going out.
- I dread* seeing my father scowl when he gets my report card.
- Because of a defect* in her vision,* it always appeared that Polly was scowling.
give courage to;
We encouraged the coach to devise* a plan for beating jefferson High.
increase the confidence of
- Some unstable* persons need to be encouraged to find a vocation.*
- A valiant* person rarely* needs to be encouraged.
think about in order to decide
- jon considered whether a comprehensive* report was necessary.
- Do you consider that dress to be a bargain at the wholesale* price?
- The wrestler was always considered to be the underdog* in every match.
small animals that are troublesome or destructive; fleas, bedbugs, lice, rats, and mice are vermin
- We should try to eliminate* all vermin from our house.
- Some reptiles* eat vermin as their food.
- Although vermin are not always visible,* they probably inhabit* every house in the city.
cry loud and long because of grief or pain
- When tragedy* struck, the old people began to wail.
- In some countries the women are expected to wail loudly after their husbands die.
- When the Yankees lost the World Series, there was much wailing in New York.
something that stands for or represents something else
- The statue outside the court building is considered* a symbol of justice.*
- Symbols for God are prohibited* in their religion.
- An olive branch is a symbol of peace.
the right to command or enforce obedience; power delegated to another; an author or volume that may be appealed to in support of an action or belief
- No one should have the authority to dictate our career choice.
- Today a monarch* does not have the authority he once enjoyed. c. The Supreme Court is entrusted with the authority to interpret our Constitution.
on neither side of a quarrel or war
- It is logical* to remain neutral in a violent* argument between spouses.*
- Switzerland was a neutral country in World War II.
- Adolph did not reject* the idea but remained neutral about it.
a small amount; little bit; something of little value
- I ate a trifle for dinner rather than a vast* meal.
- Walter spends only a trifle of his time in studying French.
- At our meetings Alex always raises trifling objections to any new plan.
a person who makes plans for buildings and other structures; a maker; a creator
- The famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, designed his buildings to blend* with their surroundings.
- An architect must have a knowledge of the materials that will be used in his structures.
- General Eisenhower was the architect of victory over the Nazis in World War II.
married life; ceremony of marriage
- Though matrimony is a holy state, our local governments still collect a fee for the marriage license.
- Because of lack of money, the sweetness of their matrimony turned sour.
- Some bachelors* find it very difficult to give up their freedom for the blessings of matrimony.
the trunks and suitcases a person takes when he or she travels; an army's equipment
- When Walt unpacked his baggage, he found he had forgotten his radio.
- Mrs. Montez checked her baggage at the station and took the children for a walk.
- The modern army cannot afford to be slowed up with heavy baggage.
spend foolishly; waste
- Do not squander your money by buying what you cannot use.
- Because Freddy squandered his time watching television, he could not catch up on his homework.
- In his will, Mr. Larson warned his children not to squander their inheritance.
- outside one's country; going around; far and wide
- More people are going abroad for vacations.
- Is there any truth to the rumor abroad that school will be open all summer?
- The news of the president's illness spread abroad.
- Paul was a fugitive from the slums, abandoned* by all his friends.
- After escaping from prison, Tom led an unhappy life as a fugitive from the law.
- The fugitives from the unsuccessful revolution were captured.
a great misfortune; serious trouble
- Failure in one test should not be regarded as a calamity.
- The death of her husband was a calamity that left Mrs. Marlowe numb.*What is more dismal* than one calamity following upon the heels of another?
a very poor person
- The fire that destroyed his factory made Mr. Bloomson a pauper.
- The richest man is a pauper if he has no friends.
- Since he was once a pauper himself, Max is willing to help the needy whenever he can.
jealousy; the object of jealousy; to feel jealous
- Marilyn's selection as Prom Queen made her the envy of every senior.
- My parents taught me not to envy anyone else's wealth.
- Our envy of Nora's skating ability is foolish because with practice all of us could do as well.
a breakdown; to fall in; break down; fail suddenly; fold together
- A heavy flood caused the bridge to collapse.
- His failure in chemistry meant the collapse of Bob's summer plans.
- Collapse the trays and store them in the closet.
bring before a court; follow up; carry on
- Drunken drivers should be prosecuted.
- The district attorney refused to prosecute the case for lack of evidence.
- The general prosecuted the war with vigor.*
having two wives or two husbands at the same time
- Some people look upon bigamy as double trouble.
- Mr. Winkle, looking at his wife, thought bigamy was one crime he would never be guilty of.
- Some religious groups are in favor of bigamy even though it is against the law of the land.
able to be, be done, or happen; able to be true; able to be done or chosen properly
- Call me tomorrow evening if possible.
- It is now possible for man to walk on the moon.
- Considering* Melissa's weakness in writing, it is not possible for her to help you with your composition.
force; get by force
- It is not possible* to compel a person to love his fellow man.
- Heavy floods compelled us to stop.
- Mr. Gorlin is a teacher who does not have to compel me to behave.
clumsy; not well-suited to use; not easily managed; embarrassing
- Sally is very awkward in speaking to the class but quite relaxed with her own group of friends.
- The handle of this bulky* suitcase has an awkward shape.
- Slow down because this is an awkward corner to turn.
a daring undertaking; an attempt to make money by taking business risks; to dare; to expose to risk
- Ulysses was a man who would not reject* any venture, no matter how dangerous.
- John Jacob Astor made his fortune by a lucky venture in animal furs.
- Medics venture their lives to save wounded soldiers.
causing or showing great fear, wonder, or respect
- The towering mountains, covered with snow, are an awesome sight.
- Connie had such an awesome amount of work to complete before graduation she doubted* she would have everything ready in time.
- The atom bomb is an awesome achievement for mankind.
a person who shows the way; to direct; to manage
- Tourists often hire guides.
- The Indian guided the hunters through the forest.
- Use the suggestions in the handbook as a study guide.
put an end to; drown or put out
- Foam will quench an oil fire.
- Only iced tea will quench my thirst on such a hot day.
- He reads and reads and reads to quench his thirst for knowledge.
give away to the enemy1
; be unfaithful2
; show 4
- Nick's awkward* motions betrayed4 his nervousness.
- Without realizing what he was doing, the talkative soldier betrayed1 his unit's plans.
- The child's eyes betrayed4 his fear of the fierce* dog.
; make known2
- When Violet accidentally stepped on the nail, she uttered3 a sharp cry of pain.
- Seth was surprised when he was told that he had uttered1,2 Joan's name in his sleep.
- When Mr. Fuller saw that his house had not been damaged in the fire, he uttered3 a sigh of relief.*
; quiet down2
; bring peace to 3
- This toy should pacify2 that screaming baby. We tried to pacify1 the woman who was angry at having to wait so long in line.
- Soldiers were sent to pacify3 the countryside.
; react 2
- Greg responded1 quickly to the question.
- My dog responds2 to every command I give him.
- Mrs. Cole responded2 to the medicine so well that she was better in two days.
signal by a motion of the hand or head; attract
- Jack beckoned to me to follow him.
- The delicious smell of fresh bread beckoned the hungry boy.
- The sea beckons us to adventure.