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/'ɒbdjʊrɪt/;/'ɑbdərɪt/ a. Syn. stubborn; inflexible
hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; not giving in to persuasion
He was [___] in his refusal to listen to our complaints.


Spelling Word: obdurate
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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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/'pɔ:sɪtɪ/ n. Syn. scarcity
scarcity; smallness of number; fewness
They closed the restaurant because the [___] of customers made it uneconomical to operate.


Spelling Word: paucity
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/pə'nɪʃəs/ a. Syn. deadly
very destructive; tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly
Crack cocaine has had a [___] effect on urban society: it has destroyed families, turned children into drug dealers, and increased the spread of violent crimes.


Spelling Word: pernicious
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/'pɪθɪ/ a. Syn. concise
precisely meaningful; forceful and brief
While other girls might have gone on and on about how un-cool Elton was, Liz summed it up in one [___] remark: "He's bogus!"


Spelling Word: pithy
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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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/prə'pɪʃəs/ a. Syn. favorable; fortunate; advantageous
presenting favorable circumstances; fortunate; advantageous
Chloe consulted her horoscope to see whether Tuesday would be a [___] day to dump her boyfriend.


Spelling Word: propitious
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/'pjʊəraɪl/;/-rəl/ a. Syn. childish
childish; belonging to childhood; immature
His [___] pranks sometimes offended his more mature friends.


Spelling Word: puerile
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/rɪ'bju:k/ v. Syn. admonish; scold
scold harshly; criticize severely
No matter how sharply I [___] Huck for his misconduct, he never talks back but just stand there like a stump.


Spelling Word: rebuke
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/'rɛstɪv/ a.
impatient under restraint or opposition; resisting control; difficult to control
Waiting impatiently in line to see Santa Claus, even the best-behaved children grow [___] and start to fidget.


Spelling Word: restive