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  1. Since he had been a steady, cheer ful worker for many years, his fellow postal workers did not expect his ______ burst of rage
    • Aberrant: deviating from what is normal or expected.
    • Aberration: A deviation from what is normal

    • abnormal
    • anomalous
    • divergent
    • errant
    • deviant
    • irregular
  2. The submarine dove into the ______ to chart the previously unseen depths.
    • Abyss: an extremely deep hole.
    • Abyssal: Pertaining to great depth
    • Abysmal: Extremely bad.

    • chasm
    • void
  3. During Lent, practicing Catholics _____ from eating meat.
    Abstain: to choose not to do something

    • forbear
    • refrain
    • withhold
  4. The vegetarian _____ a diet containing no meat.
    • Advocate: to speak in favor of.
    • Advocacy: active support for

    • back
    • champion
    • support
  5. As the hurricane's force ______, the winds dropped and the sea became calm.
    Abate: to reduce in amount, degree, or severity

    • ebb
    • lapse
    • moderate
    • relent
    • subside
    • let up
    • slacken
    • wane
  6. The patron _____ from the restaurant without paying his bill by sneaking out the back door.
    Abscond: to leave secretly

    • decamp
    • escape
    • flee
  7. The restaurateur made his ketchup last longer by _____ it with water
    • Adulterate: to make impure.
    • Unadulterated: Pure.
    • Adultery: An illicit relationship; an affair.

    • doctor
    • debase
    • load
  8. The supervisor sought to _____ himself by claiming that the achievements of his staff were actually his own.
    Aggrandize: to increase in power, influence and reputation

    • apotheosize
    • augment
    • elevate
    • enlarge
    • exalt
    • glorify
    • swell
    • uplift
    • amplify
    • dignify
    • ennoble
    • magnify
  9. The _____ Movement regarded the pursuit
    of beauty to be the only true purpose of art.
    • Aesthetic: concerning the appreciation of beauty
    • Aesthete: Someone unusually sensitive to beauty
    • Aestheticism : Devoted to beauty

    • artistic
    • tasteful
  10. Taking aspirin helps to _____ a headache.
    Alleviate: to make more bearable

    • assuage
    • lessen
    • palliate
    • comfort
    • lighten
    • relieve
    • allay
    • ease
    • mitigate
  11. The restaurant won a reputation for fine service since the wait staff responded to their clients' requests with _____.
    Alacrity: speed or quickness

    • celerity
    • dispatch
    • haste
    • swiftness
  12. The directions he gave were so _____
    that we disagreed on which way to turn.
    Ambiguous: doubtful or uncertain, can be interp reted several ways.

    • doubtful
    • dubious
    • nebulous
    • indeterm
    • inate
    • unclear
    • vague
    • cloudy
    • equivocal
    • obscure
  13. Giant Industries _____ with Mega Products to form Giant-MegaProducts Incorporated.
    • Amalgamate: to combine, to mix together
    • Amalgam: a mixture, especially of two metals.

    • blend
    • coalesce
    • admix
    • commingle
    • intermingle
    • commix
    • intermix
    • mix
    • compound
    • merge
    • unite
    • combine
    • fuse
    • mingle
  14. The aged hippie used _____ phrases like 'groovy' and 'far out' that had not been popular for years .
    • Anachronism: something out of place in time.
    • anachronistic

    • archaism
    • incongruity
  15. The doctor was able to _____ the
    patient's suffering using pain-killers .
    Ameliorate: to make better; to improve

    • amend
    • better
    • improve
    • pacify
    • upgrade
  16. Albino animals may display too great an _____
    in their coloring to attract normally colored mates
    • Anomaly: deviation from what is normal.
    • Anomalous: Deviating from what is normal

    • aberrant
    • aberration
    • abnormality
    • deviance
    • deviation
    • irregularity
    • preternat
    • uralness
  17. His mother argued that not going to college
    was _____ to throwing his life away.
    • Analogous: similar or alike in some way; equivalent to
    • Analogy: a similarity between things that are otherwise dissimilar.
    • Analogue: something that is similar in some way to something else.

    • alike
    • equivalent
    • comparable
    • corresponding
    • homogeneous
    • parallel
    • similar
  18. The _____ between the French and the
    English regularly erupted into open warfare.
    Antipathy: extreme dislike

    • abhorrence
    • animosity
    • animus
    • antagonism
    • aversion
    • dislike
    • enmity
    • hatred
    • hostility
    • loathing
    • repellence
    • repugnance
    • repulsion
    • revulsion
  19. The child discovered that he could _____ the cat by pulling its tail.
    • Antagonize: to annoy or provoke to anger
    • Antagonistic : tending to provoke conflict
    • Antagonist: someone who fights another

    • clash
    • conflict
    • incite
    • irritate
    • oppose
    • pester
    • provoke
    • vex
  20. There is no hard or authoritative evidence to support the _____ tales that link the Roswell, New Mexico, incident to a downed V.F.O.
    Apocryphal: of questionable authority or authenticity.

    • disputed
    • doubtful
    • fictitious
    • fraudulent
  21. The _____ of voters is so great that less than half the people who are eligible to vote actually bother to do so.
    Apathy: Lack of interest or emotion.

    • coolness
    • disinterest
    • disregard
    • impassivity
    • indifference
    • insensibility
    • lassitude
    • lethargy
    • listlessness
    • phlegm
    • stolidity
    • unconcern
    • unresponsiveness.
  22. When you lack the information to judge what to do next, you will be forced to make an _____ decision.
    Arbitrary: determined by chance or impulse

    • changeable
    • erratic
    • indiscriminate
    • random
    • wayward
  23. The _____ that Jerry Lewis received in
    France included a medal from the Ministry of Culture.
    • Approbation: approval and praise
    • Approbate: to authorize.

    • acclaim
    • commendation
    • extol
    • adulation
    • applause
    • compliments
    • exalt
    • hail
    • kudos
    • praise
  24. Her _____ Commodore computer could not run the latest software
    • Archaic: ancient , old-fashioned
    • Archaism: an outdated word or phrase.

    • ancient
    • bygone
    • obsolete
    • outmoded
    • superannuated
    • passé
    • superseded
    • prehistoric
    • vintage
    • archaic
    • fusty
    • outmoded
    • stale
    • antediluvian
    • antique
    • dated
    • dowdy
    • old-fashioned
    • outdated
  25. Since the couple could not come to agreement,
    a judge was forced to _____ their divorce proceedings
    • Arbitrate: to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
    • Arbitration: a process by which a conflict is resolved
    • Arbitrator: a judge

    • adjudge
    • determine
    • referee
    • adjudicate
    • judge
    • decide
    • moderate
    • rule
  26. She _____ her pro-labor views so clearly
    that unions are among her strongest supporters
    Articulate: able to speak clearly and expressively

    • eloquent
    • expressive
    • lucid
    • silver-tongued
    • fluent
    • smooth-spoken
  27. Bishop's _____ for landscape was evident when he passionately described the beauty of the scenic Hudson Valley
    • Ardor: intense and passionate feeling
    • Ardent: Expressing ardor; passionate

    • devotion
    • enthusiasm
    • fervency
    • fervor
    • fervidity
    • fervidness
    • fire
    • passion
    • zeal
    • zealousness
  28. The Bill of Rights _____ the traditio nal
    power of government to change laws at will.
    Attenuate: reduce in force or degree; weaken

    • debilitate
    • devitalize
    • dilute
    • enervate
    • enfeeble
    • rarefy
    • sap
    • thin
    • undermine
    • undo
    • unnerve
    • water
    • weaken
  29. Like many people, Philip Larkin used alcohol to
    _____ his sense of meaningless and despair.
    Assuage: to make something unpleasant less severe

    • allay
    • alleviate
    • appease
    • comfort
    • conciliate
    • ease
    • lighten
    • mitigate
    • mollify
    • pacify
    • palliate
    • placate
    • propitiate
    • relieve
    • soothe
    • sweeten
  30. The lack of decoration makes Zen
    temples seem _____ to the untrained eye.
    • Austere: severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
    • Austerity: severity, especially poverty

    • bleak
    • dour
    • grim
    • hard
    • harsh
    • severe
  31. The _____ peasant dared to insult the king' s mother.
    Audacity: the quality of being audacious


    • adventuresome
    • aggressive
    • assertive
    • bold
    • brave
    • courageous
    • daring
    • dauntless
    • doughty
    • fearless
    • gallant
    • game
    • heroic
    • intrepid
    • mettlesome
    • plucky
    • stout
    • stouthearted
    • unafraid
    • undaunted
    • valiant
    • valorous
    • venturesome
    • venturous
  32. The presence of giant footprints _____
    the argument that Bigfoot was in the area.
    Bolster: support, prop up

    • brace
    • buttress
    • crutch
    • prop
    • stay
    • support
    • sustain
    • underpinning
    • uphold
  33. His conversation consisted of _____ phrases like
    'Have a nice day' or 'Another day, another dollar.'
    • Banal: predictable, cliched, boring
    • Banality: something that is banal

    • bland
    • bromidic
    • clichéd
    • commonplace
    • fatuous
    • hackneyed
    • innocuous
    • insipid
    • jejune
    • musty
    • platitudinous
    • prosaic
    • quotidian
    • shopworn
    • stale
    • stereotypic
    • threadbare
    • timeworn
    • tired
    • trite
    • vapid
    • worn-out
  34. Faulkner neither confirmed nor denied stories
    about himself, allowing rumor to _____ where it would.
    Burgeon: to grow and flourish

    • bloom
    • burgeon
    • flourish
    • prosper
    • thrive
  35. Mussoiini's speeches were mostly _____;
    his boasting and outrageous claims had no basis in fact.
    • Bombastic: pompous in speech and manner
    • Bombast: pompous speech or writing

    • bloated
    • declamatory
    • fustian
    • grandiloquent
    • grandiose
    • high-flown
    • magniloquent
    • orotund
    • pretentious
    • rhetorical
    • self-important
  36. The junior high orchestra created an almost unbearable _____ as they tried to tune their instruments
    Cacophony: harsh, jarring noise

    • discord
    • chaos
    • disharmony
    • noise
    • clamor
    • din
  37. He _____ the silver coffee pot until it shone brightly.
    Burnish: to polish

    • buff
    • luster
    • polish
    • scour
  38. Queen Elizabeth I was quite _____; her courtiers could never be sure which one would catch her fancy
    • Capricious: changing one's mind quickly and often
    • Caprice: whim, sudden fancy

    • arbitrary
    • chance
    • changeable
    • erratic
    • fickle
    • inconstant
    • mercurial
    • random
    • whimsical
    • willful
  39. The observations of a child can be charming
    since they are _____ and unpretentious.
    Candid: impartial and honest in speech

    • direct
    • forthright
    • frank
    • honest
    • open
    • sincere
    • straight
    • straightforward
    • undisguised
  40. The imposition of harsh taxes was the _____ that finally brought on the revolution.
    Catalyst: something that brings about a change in something else
  41. Americans are amazed at how harshly the authorities in Singapore _____ perpetrators of what would be only minor crimes in the United States
    Castigate: to punish or crit icize harshly

    • admonish
    • chastise
    • chide
    • rebuke
    • reprimand
    • reproach
    • reprove
    • scold
    • tax
    • upbraid
  42. In most religious traditions, God created
    an ordered universe from a _____ void
    • Chaos: great disorder or confused situation
    • Chaotic: jumbled, confused

    • clutter
    • confusion
    • disarrangement
    • disarray
    • disorder
    • disorderliness
    • disorganization
    • jumble
    • mess
    • muddle
    • scramble
    • snarl
    • topsy-turviness
    • turmoil
  43. Dorothy Parker gained her _____ reputation from her cutting, yet witty, insults.
    Caustic: biting in wit

    • acerbic
    • biting
    • mordant
    • trenchant
  44. Dishonest used-car salesmen often use
    _____ to sell their beat-up old cars
    Chicanery: deception by means of craft or guile

    • artifice
    • conniving
    • craftiness
    • deception
    • deviousness
    • misrepresentation
    • pettifoggery
    • shadiness
    • sneakiness
    • sophistry
    • subterfuge
    • underhandedness
  45. The attitude that men must be obeyed since they are inherently superior to women is common among male _____.
    • Chauvinist: someone prejudiced in favor
    • of a group that he or she belongs to

    • biased
    • colored
    • one-sided
    • partial
    • partisan
    • prejudicial
    • prepossessed
    • tendentious
  46. The sun and planets eventually _____
    out of a vast cloud of gas and dust.
    Coalesce: to grow together to form a single whole

    • amalgamate
    • blend
    • condense
    • consolidate
    • fuse
    • unite
  47. She was very _____ in her language and behavior when first introduced to her fiancee 's parents.
    • Circumspect : cautious, aware of potential consequences
    • Circumspection: caution

    • alert
    • cautious
    • heedful
    • mindful
    • prudent
    • solicitous
    • vigilant
    • wary
  48. Some theorists believe that failing to prosecute
    minor crimes is the same as _____ an air of lawlessness.
    Condone: to overlook, pardon or disregard

    • exculpate
    • excuse
    • pardon
    • remit
  49. Swayed by the _____ argument of the defense,
    the jury had no choice but to acquit the defendant
    • Cogent: convincing and well-reasoned
    • Cognitive: to do with the powers of reasoning
    • Cognition: knowledge
    • Cogitate: to think deeply

    • convincing
    • persuasive
    • solid
    • sound
    • telling
    • valid
  50. Although many people bought A Brief History of Time few people could follow its _____ ideas and theories.
    Convoluted: intricate and complicated

    • Byzantine
    • complex
    • elaborate
    • intricate
    • knotty
    • labyrinthine
    • perplexing
    • tangled
  51. Dr. Crane was a _____ of fine food and
    wine, drinking and eating only the best.
    Connoisseur: a person with expert knowledge or discriminating tastes

    • authority
    • epicure
    • expert
    • gastronome
    • gourmet
  52. Although some 4 year-olds believe in the Easter Bunny, only the most _____ 9 year olds also believe in him.
    • Credulous: too trusting; gullible
    • Credulity: The quality of being credulous

    • naive
    • susceptible
    • trusting
  53. Fingerprints provided _____ for the witness's testimony that he saw the defendant in the victim's apartment.
    Corroborate: support ing evidence

    • authenticate
    • back
    • bear out
    • buttress
    • confirm
    • substa ntiate
    • validate
    • verify
  54. The countess complained that the vulgar peasants lacked the _____ appropriate for a visit to the palace.
    • Decorum: appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
    • Decorous: conforming to acceptable standards

    • correctness
    • decency
    • etiquette
    • manners
    • mores
    • propriety
    • seemliness
  55. The _____ of tension became unbearable as Evel Knievel prepared to jump his motorcycle over the school buses.
  56. Crescendo: steadily increasing in volume or force
  57. The respectful young law clerk treated the
    Supreme Court justice with the utmost _____.
    • Deference: respect, courtesy
    • Defer: either to delay or show someone deference .
    • Deferent: courteous and respectful

    • courtesy
    • honor
    • homage
    • obeisance
    • respect
    • reverence
    • veneration
  58. Diane had a _____ academic record;
    she had changed majors 12 times in 3 years.
    Desultory: jumping from one thing to another; disconnected.

    • aimless
    • disconnected
    • erratic
    • haphazard
    • indiscriminate
    • objectless
    • purposeless
    • random
    • stray
    • unconsidered
    • unplanned
  59. After a few weeks lying on the desert's baking sands the cow's carcass became completely _____.
    • Desiccate: to dry out thoroughly
    • Desiccant: something that removes water from another substance

    • dry
    • parch
    • dehydrate.
  60. Steve's _____ during the job interview stemmed from his nervous nature and lack of experience in the field.
    Diffident: lacking self-confidence

    • backward
    • bashful
    • coy
    • demure
    • modest
    • retiring
    • self-effacing
    • shy
    • timid
  61. The trucker bellowed a _____ at the driver who had cut him off."
    Diatribe: an abusive, condemnatory speech

    • fulmination
    • harangue
    • invective
    • jeremiad
    • malediction
    • obloquy
    • tirade
  62. The congressman used _____ measures
    to delay the passage of the bill
    Dilatory: intended to delay

    • dragging
    • flagging
    • laggard
    • lagging
    • slow
    • slow-footed
    • slow-going
    • slow-paced
    • tardy
  63. When you enter a darkened room, the pupils
    of your eyes _____ so as to let in more light.
    Dilate: to make larger, expand

    • amplify
    • develop
    • elaborate
    • enlarge
    • expand
    • expatiate
  64. The awkward child was often _____ by his 'cooler' peers
    Deride: to speak of or t reat with contempt, to mock

    • gibe
    • jeer
    • mock
    • ridicule
    • scoff
    • sneer
    • taunt

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