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/kæn'tæŋkərəs/ a. Syn. irritable
ill humored; irritable; marked by ill-tempered contradiction or opposition; ugly; malicious
Constantly complaining about his treatment and refusing to cooperate with the hospital staff, he was a [___] patient.


Spelling Word: cantankerous
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/kærɪkə'tjʊə(r)/ n. Syn. distortion; burlesque
representation that is deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic effect
The [___] he drew yesterday emphasized a personal weakness of the people he burlesqued.


Spelling Word: caricature
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/koʊə'lɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. partnership; league; union
partnership; league; state of being combined into one body
The Rainbow [___] united people of all races in a common cause.


Spelling Word: coalition
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/kəm'pʌŋkʃ(ə)n/ n.
feeling of deep regret; strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt
The judge was especially severe in his sentencing because he felt that the criminal had shown no [___] for his heinous crime.


Spelling Word: compunction
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/kən'fɛdərət/ n. Syn. ally; collaborator
ally; form a group or unite
President Davis was captured at Irwinville, Georgia, on May 10, and the remaining [___] armies surrendered by June 1865.


Spelling Word: confederate
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/kɒnstə'neɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. dismay; shock; fear
intense state of fear or dismay; astonishment combined with terror
One would never think that a hunter would display such [___] when a bear closed to camp.


Spelling Word: consternation
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/kən'tɛmptjʊəs/ a. Syn. scornful
scornful; expressing contempt; showing a lack of respect
The diners were intimidated by [___] manner of the waiter.


Spelling Word: contemptuous
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/dɜrθ/ n. Syn. scarcity
scarcity; shortage of food; famine from failure or loss of crops
The [___] of skilled labor compelled the employers to open trade schools.


Spelling Word: dearth
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/'di:ɪtɪ/ n. Syn. god; divinity
god; divinity; supernatural things
The earmarks of such a religion are: faith in a supreme [___], hope of eternal survival, and love, especially of one's fellows.


Spelling Word: deity
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/dɪ'li:t/ v. Syn. erase
erase; strike out; remove or make invisible
Less is more: if you [___] this paragraph, your whole essay will have greater appeal.


Spelling Word: delete