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1. Using only a few descriptive phrases - Austen manages to _____ the character of Mr. Collins so deftly that we can predict his every move.
2. The president _____ the astronauts - whom he called 'the pioneers of the Space Age.'
3. 'Judicial activism' is the alleged tendency of some judges to _____ the power of elected legislatures by making the law rather than merely interpreting it.
4. Seeking the end of slavery - the abolitionists _____ freedom for the slaves.
5. Uncertain which suitor she ought to accept - the princess _____ - first favoring one and then the other.
6. Even the best-mannered students have trouble behaving with _____ on the last day of school.
7. The mayfly is an _____ creature; its adult life lasts little more than a day.
8. After medical school - the two doctors took widely _____ paths - one becoming a wealthy plastic surgeon - the other joining the nonprofit Doctors Without Borders.
9. With its worn-out dialogue and predictable plot - the sitcom struck me as unbearably _____.
10. Shrewdly purchasing valuable plots of land for small sums - John Jacob Astor gained a reputation as an _____ investor.
11. Pointing out that the candidate consistently had voted against strengthening antipollution legislation - the reporter _____ her claim that she was a fervent environmentalist.
12. Since both interpretations seemed possible - the judge could not decide which way to interpret a particularly _____ passage in the law.
13. The young princess made the foolish _____ that the regent would not object to her taking the reins of power.
14. Without additional funding - it may not be _____ to build a new stadium for the team on the city's highly developed West Side.
15. The defense called several respectable witnesses who were able to _____ the lying testimony of the prosecution's sole witness.
16. The costume designer _____ the leading lady's ball gown with yards and yards of ribbon and lace.
17. Although Georgia O'Keeffe painted many subjects over the years - she had a definite _____ for painting flowers.
18. Typically - partygoers are _____; hermits are not.
19. The inquisitors used both physical and psychological _____ to force Joan of Arc to deny that her visions were sent by God.
20. The uncrowned queen of the fashion industry - Diana was famous for her _____ taste.
21. When you place a phone call from an airplane - _____ is essential; you are charged for every minute.
22. Because Carmen believed in Juan's fidelity - she _____ the notion that he might be having an affair.
23. A doting mother - Emma was more likely to praise her son's childish finger paintings than to _____ them.
24. Paradoxically - _____ reasoning does not always produce incorrect results; even though your logic may be flawed - the conclusion you reach may still be correct.
25. By their use of the Internet - propagandists have been able to _____ their pet doctrines to new audiences around the globe.
26. Though Widow Douglas had hopes of reforming Huck - Miss Watson considered him _____ and swore he would come to no good end.
27. As far as I'm concerned - Apple's claims about its new computer are pure _____; no machine is that good!
28. Con artists take advantage of the _____ of inexperienced Internet users to gain access to their credit card information.
29. His coarse - hard-bitten exterior _____ his inner sensitivity.
30. Whenever Sue was angry - she tried to avoid raising her voice because she had no wish to sound _____.
31. The doctor assured the boy's parents that his fever would eventually _____.
32. Although Nancy enjoyed Bill's _____ - lighthearted companionship - she sometimes wondered whether he could ever be serious.
33. Is an old-fashioned hairstyle an apt _____ for being out of step with the times and in need of change?
34. Because a _____ examination of the ruins indicates the possibility of arson - we believe the insurance agency should undertake a more thorough investigation of the fire's cause.
35. Torn between loving her parents one minute and hating them the next - she was confused by the _____ of her feelings.
36. The reviewers heaped _____ on the novice playwright - ridiculing his pretentious dialogue - flat characters - and simple-minded plot.
37. My editors must assume I'm a _____ writer; they expect me to revise six books this year.
38. What _____ did you use when you selected this essay as the prizewinner?
39. In class - she tried to stay alert and listen to the professor - but the stuffy room made her _____; she felt as if she were about to nod off.
40. Although her _____ smile and gentle bearing made Miss Marple seem to be a sweet little old lady - in reality she was a tough-minded - shrewd observer of human nature.
41. Their _____ in rank made no difference at all to the prince and Cinderella.
42. The headmaster's _____ demeanor tended to care off the more timid students - who never visited his study willingly.
43. You can _____ your chances of being admitted to the college of your choice by learning to write well.
44. The architect realized that her design for the new school had to be in _____ with the local building code.
45. To revise a textbook properly - you must do more than make a few _____ changes to the manuscript.
46. The classic cowboy hero is a _____ figure - someone generally described as the strong - silent type.
47. Blind people sometimes develop a compensatory ability to sense the _____ of objects around them.
48. I was bowled over by the _____ of Amy's welcome. What an enthusiastic greeting!
49. Although the movie star was no genius - she was sufficiently _____ to tell her true friends from the countless phonies who flattered her.
50. Stop giggling and wriggling around in the pew; such _____ is improper in church.