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/əb'si:kwɪəs/ a.
slavishly attentive; attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
Helen liked to be served by people who behaved as if they respected themselves; nothing irritated her more than an excessively [___] waiter or a fawning salesclerk.


Spelling Word: obsequious
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/ə'fɪʃəs/ a.
marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others
Judy wanted to look over the new computer models on her own, but the [___] salesman kept on butting in with "helpful" advice until she was ready to walk out of the store.


Spelling Word: officious
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/'pælɪd/ a. Syn. pale; wan
abnormally pale; lacking intensity of color or luminousness
Because his job required that he work at night and sleep during the day, he had an exceptionally [___] complexion.


Spelling Word: pallid
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/'pærɪə/ n. Syn. untouchable
social outcast; person who is rejected from society or home
Shortly Tom came upon the juvenile [___] of the village, Huckleberry Finn, son of the town drunkard.


Spelling Word: pariah
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/pɪ'dʒɒrətɪv/ a.
tending to make or become worse; disparaging or belittling
Instead of criticizing Clinton's policies, the Republicans made [___] remarks about his character.


Spelling Word: pejorative
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/prə'klɪvɪtɪ/ n. Syn. inclination
inclination; natural tendency; readiness; facility of learning
Watching the two-year-old boy voluntarily put away his toys, I was amazed by his [___] for neatness.


Spelling Word: proclivity
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/rɪ'kælsɪtrənt/ a.
obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority
Which animal do you think is more [___], a pig or a mule?.


Spelling Word: recalcitrant
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/raɪf/ a. Syn. current
excessively abundant or numerous; in widespread existence, practice, or use
In the face of the many rumors of scandal, which are [___] at the moment, it is best to remain silent.


Spelling Word: rife
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/sə'gæsətɪ/ n.
quality of being sagacious; quickness or acuteness of sense perceptions; keenness of discernment; shrewdness
She was half sorry her [___] had miscarried, and half glad that Tom had stumbled into obedient conduct for once.


Spelling Word: sagacity
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/sʌrəp'tɪʃəs/ a. Syn. secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden
secret; done or made by stealth, or without proper authority; made or introduced fraudulently
Hoping to discover where his mom had hidden the Christmas presents, Timmy took a [___] peek into the master bedroom closet.


Spelling Word: surreptitious