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/ru:/ v. Syn. regret; lament; mourn
feel regret, remorse, or sorrow for; mourn
Tina seemed to [___] the night she met Tony and wondered how she ever fell for such a jerk.

Spelling Word: rue
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/'sækroʊsæŋkt/ a. Syn. inviolable
regarded as sacred and inviolable
The brash insurance salesman invaded the [___] privacy of the office of the president of the company.

Spelling Word: sacrosanct
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/sə'geɪʃəs/ a. Syn. perceptive; shrewd
perceptive; shrewd; having insight
My father was a [___] judge of character: he could spot a phony a mile away.

Spelling Word: sagacious
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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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/sæŋktɪ'moʊnɪəs/ a. Syn. hypocritical
excessively or hypocritically pious; possessing sanctity; sacred; holy; saintly; religious
What we need to do is not fool ourselves and remain [___] about the issue of doping in baseball.

Spelling Word: sanctimonious
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/'sæŋgwɪn/ a. Syn. cheerful; hopeful; ruddy
cheerfully confident; optimistic; of healthy reddish color; ruddy
Let us not be too [___] about the outcome; something could go wrong.

Spelling Word: sanguine
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/sɑr'tɔ:rɪəl/ a.
relating to a tailor, tailoring, or tailored clothing
He was as famous for the [___] splendor of his attire as he was for his acting.

Spelling Word: sartorial
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/'sætəlaɪt/ n. Syn. subordinate
small body revolving around a larger one; subordinate
U.S. officials say the [___] is a cover for Pyongyang's efforts to perfect missile technology.

Spelling Word: satellite
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/skɜrdʒ/ n. Syn. lash; whip
whip used to inflict punishment; severe punishment
They feared the plague and regarded it as a deadly [___].

Spelling Word: scourge
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/'skru:tɪnaɪz/;/-tənaɪz/ v.
examine closely and critically
Searching for flaws, the sergeant wanted to [___] every detail of the private's uniform.

Spelling Word: scrutinize
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/'sɪmpə(r)/ v. Syn. smirk
smirk; smile in artificial way to make an impression
. Complimented on her appearance, Stella had to self-consciously [___].

Spelling Word: simper
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/'saɪnɪkjʊə(r)/ n.
well-paid position with little responsibility
My job is no sinecure; I work long hours and have much responsibility.

Spelling Word: sinecure
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/'sɪnɪstə(r)/ a. Syn. evil
suggesting or threatening evil
In sudden panic, she's convinced someone [___] is trying to push her from the train.

Spelling Word: sinister
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/sɒpə'rɪfɪk/ a.
sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness
Professor Pringle's lectures were so [___] that even he fell asleep in class.

Spelling Word: soporific
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/'sɔ:dɪd/ a. Syn. filthy; vile; dirty; foul
filthy; unethical or dishonest; dirty; foul; morally degraded
Many of these files contain [___] details about the personal lives of the litigants.

Spelling Word: sordid
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/'sɒvrɪn/ a. Syn. excellent; independent
having supreme rank or power; self governing; excellent; independent
Belarus, Albania, the Ukraine also have [___] currencies, not using euro, they also have crashed.

Spelling Word: sovereign
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/spə'rædɪk/ a.
occurring at irregular intervals; having no pattern or order in time
Although you can still hear [___] outbursts of laughter and singing outside, the big Halloween parade has passed; the party's over till next year.

Spelling Word: sporadic
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/spɜrn/ v. Syn. reject; scorn
reject disdainfully or contemptuously; scorn
The heroine had to [___] the villain's advances.

Spelling Word: spurn
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/'stoʊɪk/ a. Syn. impassive
indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain
I wasn't particularly [___] when I had my flu shot; I squealed like a stuck pig.

Spelling Word: stoic
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/'strɪndʒənt/ a. Syn. binding; rigid
demanding strict attention to rules and procedures; binding; rigid
I think these regulations are too [___].

Spelling Word: stringent
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/stju:'pɛndəs/;/stu:-/ a.
astonishing; wonderful; amazing, especially, astonishing in magnitude or elevation
The lads came back and went at their sports again with a will, chattering all the time about Tom's [___] plan and admiring the genius of it.

Spelling Word: stupendous
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/'sʌkjʊlənt/ a. Syn. delectable
full of juicy; full of richness; highly interesting or enjoyable; delectable
Beyond, the blue smoke of the sugar house curled into the bluer skies, and the odor of the kettles reached in [___] deliciousness far and wide.

Spelling Word: succulent
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/'sʌltrɪ/ a.
burning hot; extremely and unpleasantly hot
He could not adjust himself to the [___] climate of the tropics.

Spelling Word: sultry
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/'tændʒɪb(ə)l/ a. Syn. real; palpable
able to be touched; real or concrete; palpable
It'll take awhile before GM's new direction shows up in [___] new products at the dealership.

Spelling Word: tangible
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/'tæntəmaʊnt/ a.
equivalent in effect or value
Though Rudy claimed his wife was off visiting friends, his shriek of horror when she walked into the room was [___] to a confession that he believed she was dead.

Spelling Word: tantamount
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/tɔ:nt/ v.
reproach in a mocking, insulting, or contemptuous manner; make fun of , often in an aggressive manner
Perhaps later tonight I will dream up something else to [___] you.

Spelling Word: taunt
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/tɪ'mɛrɪtɪ/ n. Syn. boldness; rashness
boldness; rashness; foolhardy disregard of danger
Do you have the [___] to argue with me?.

Spelling Word: temerity
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/'tɛmpər(ə)l/ a. Syn. secular
not lasting forever; limited by time; secular or civil; of material world; worldly
By passing both laws in [___] proximity to one another, Arizona has revealed itself to have great anxiety not merely about illegal immigration in this nation, but about diversity itself.

Spelling Word: temporal
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/'tɛmpəraɪz/ v.
act evasively in order to gain time, avoid argument, or postpone a decision
I cannot permit you to [___] any longer; I must have a definite answer today.

Spelling Word: temporize
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/'tɛnɪt/ n. Syn. doctrine; dogma
opinion, doctrine, or principle held as being true by person or organization
The agnostic did not accept the any [___] of their faith.

Spelling Word: tenet
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/'tɛnjʊəs/ a. Syn. thin; rare; slim
long and thin; slender; having little substance
The allegiance of our allies is held by rather [___] ties; we all should see it's in dangerous.

Spelling Word: tenuous
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/'træŋkwɪl/ a. Syn. serene; pacific
free from disturbance; pacific
Though I look comfortably accommodated, I am not very [___] in my mind.

Spelling Word: tranquil
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/træns'grɛs, trɑr-/ v.
pass over or beyond; surpass
You may [___] this programming if the circumstances are right.

Spelling Word: transgress
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/'trɛmjʊləs/ a. Syn. trembling; wavering
marked by trembling, quivering, or shaking; timid or fearful; timorous
She was [___] more from excitement than from fear.

Spelling Word: tremulous
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/'trɪvɪəl/ a. Syn. unimportant; trifling; commonplace
unimportant; of little significance or value; ordinary; commonplace
Mr Madhi escaped from Iran in February 2008 after being sentenced to 73 years in jail for what he described as a [___] charge.

Spelling Word: trivial
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/'trukjələns/ n. Syn. aggressiveness; ferocity
aggressiveness; ferocity; ferociously cruel actions or behavior
Tynan's reviews were noted for their caustic attacks and general tone of [___].

Spelling Word: truculence
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/'trukjələnt, 'trʌkjʊlənt/ a. Syn. belligerent
disposed to fight; belligerent; aggressively hostile
The bully was initially [___] but eventually stopped picking fights at the least provocation.

Spelling Word: truculent
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/'tɜrdʒɪd/ a. Syn. swollen; distended
swollen; distended; excessively ornate or complex in style or language
The [___] river threatened to overflow the levees and flood the countryside.

Spelling Word: turgid
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/ju:'bɪkwɪtəs/ a. Syn. omnipresent
being or existing everywhere; omnipresent
That Christmas "The Little Drummer Boy" seemed ubiquitous; we heard the tune everywhere.

Spelling Word: ubiquitous
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/ʌn'tɛnəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. indefensible
indefensible; not able to be maintained
Wayne is so contrary that, the more [___] a position is, the harder he'll try to defend it.

Spelling Word: untenable
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/jʊtɪlɪ'tɛərɪən/ a. Syn. practical; useful
practical and functional, not just for show
Do not forget those [___] steel tables when moving.

Spelling Word: utilitarian
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/'væŋkwɪʃ/ v. Syn. conquer; overcome; defeat
conquer; overcome; come out better in a competition
The time it takes to [___] is greatly increased by lots of unnecessary backtracking.

Spelling Word: vanquish
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/vɪ'nɪə(r)/ n.
thin layer; coating consisting of thin layer; ornamental coating to a building
Casual acquaintances were deceived by his [___] of sophistication and failed to recognize his fundamental shallowness.

Spelling Word: veneer
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/'vɛnərəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. revered; honored
deserving high respect; impressive by reason of age; profoundly honored
We do not mean to be disrespectful when we refuse to follow the advice of our [___] leader.

Spelling Word: venerable
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/'vɜrn(ə)l/ a. Syn. fresh
related to spring; suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh
Bea basked in the balmy [___] breezes, happy that winter was coming to an end.

Spelling Word: vernal
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/'vɜrsətaɪl/;/-tl/ a. Syn. flexible; pliable
having many talents; capable of working in many fields
She was a [___] athlete, especially in basketball, hockey, and track.

Spelling Word: versatile
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/vɪ'kɛərɪəs/ a.
acting as substitute; done by deputy; experienced at secondhand
Many people get a [___] thrill at the movies by imagining they are the characters on the screen.

Spelling Word: vicarious
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/vɪ'sɪsɪtud/ n.
change, especially in one's life or fortunes; regular change or succession of one thing to another; alternation
Humbled by life's [___], the last emperor of China worked as a lowly gardener in the palace over which he had once ruled.

Spelling Word: vicissitude
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/vaɪ'tupərətiv/ a. Syn. abusive; scolding
marked by harsh spoken or written abuse; scolding
He became more [___] as he realized that we were not going to grant him his wish.

Spelling Word: vituperative
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/weɪv/ v. Syn. yield; relinquish
give up temporarily; yield; give up voluntarily; defer
If they can [___] the fees for all charities, we think the others could lower their charges.

Spelling Word: waive
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/wɪm/;/hwɪm/ n. Syn. fancy; caprice; impulse
sudden turn or start of mind; temporary eccentricity; fancy; capricious notion
We shouldn't be changing our constitution to suit a short-term [___] or agenda.

Spelling Word: whim
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/'wɪmzɪk(ə)l/ a. Syn. capricious
determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason; capricious
The hero is a playful, [___] man who takes a notion to dress up as a woman so that he can look after his children, who are in the custody of his ex-wife.

Spelling Word: whimsical
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/raɪð/ v. Syn. contort
move in twisting or contorted motion; contort in pain
In Dances with Snakes, the snake dancer wriggled sinuously and made her python [___] around her torso.

Spelling Word: writhe
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/'zɛlət/ n. Syn. fanatic
fanatically committed person; person who shows excessive zeal
Though Glenn was devout, he was no [___], he never tried to force his beliefs on his friends.

Spelling Word: zealot
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/'zɛləs/ a. Syn. enthusiastic; fervent
enthusiastic; filled with or motivated by zeal
The company will offer you the most reliable price and satisfied service with its most [___] and most professional service.

Spelling Word: zealous
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/'zɛnɪθ/ n. Syn. summit
point directly overhead in sky; summit
When the sun was at its [___], the glare was not as strong as at sunrise and sunset.

Spelling Word: zenith