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The storm abated.
The outburst was an aberration, out of keeping with her character.
She grew up in abject poverty; though she didn’t know it.
He began dating her on her annual two-week visits home, and although she still moved like a thirteen-year-old boy and abjured most feminine adornment, he found something so intensely feminine about her that he fell in love.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
She has abrogated her responsibility as a mother.
the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe
The committee absolved her of any wrong doing.
I abstain from alcohol
She had begun to drink, not heavily—what she drank did not even hesitantly slur her speech—but the three or four mild glasses of whiskey and water she downed during that gray wet afternoon comprised a surprising departure for one who, like Nathan, had been relatively abstemious.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
It’s a difficult situation, but she accentuates the positive and does not get overwhelmed.
Newt shook his head adamantly.
James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
adulterate the sample
adverse circumstances
She’s an affable, never-met-someone-she-didn’t-like kind of woman.
And in light of Luke’s newly affluent circumstances, the bank would consider extending a line of credit for any improvements he wanted to make as well.
Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
They made up the story to aggrandize the threat.
She is the most aggravating person I know.
It does not allay Israeli fears.
In Plato’s allegory, the prisoners in the cave represent people living in ignorance.
She is known for her kindness, compassion, and altruism.
On one side of her, a torch-juggler has amassed a large crowd, and on the other, a Tribal Kehanni spins her tales, her voice rising and swooping like a bird in flight.
Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
Although in the middle of Dallas, the restaurant has a Maui Beach ambiance.
the patient is ambulatory.
It was an amicable divorce.
If we cannot be close friends, we can at least live in amity.
Her art is as amorphous as the culture it reflects.
An anarchist group claimed responsibility for the explosion.
She won an award for best animated cartoon.
I was afraid she would be angry, but she responded without a hint of animosity.
antiquated ideas
Her theory is the antithesis of mine.
It is the apotheosis of Amy.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
The President is thought to have made the statement to appease the party faithful.
She is not motivated by popular approbation.
The government nationalized all arable land.
She was the final arbiter on all matters of fashion.
She identifies six boyfriend archetypes.
I am her most ardent fan.
She spoke with great ardor.
At last, they won their long and arduous fight for independence.
My skin dries in the arid desert climate.
She is rude and arrogant.
I resent the aspersion cast on my integrity.
I use an astringent where my skin is oily.
To atone for sins is a common religious theme.
HERE’S A TYPICAL day in the atypical new reality of Camp Haven.
Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
audiblecapable of being heard  — as in:  barely audible
She spoke in a barely audible whisper.
I am humbled to be chosen as a steward of this august institution.
The dis—United States would fragment into several petty, squabbling autocracies, proving the contention of European monarchists and reactionaries that this harebrained experiment in democracy could not last.
James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
The partitioning of India created two separate and autonomous economies.
He cultivates an avuncular image, but is ruthless as a shark.
She looked at him with two unblinking, baleful eyes.
Our teacher balked at the suggestion of an open-book test.
"Since our country’s birth, the rebel forces have been the bane of our society.
Kiera Cass  --  The One
These rules are a bastion against corruption.
She continued to stare at the photograph before turning toward him with a dazed and beatific smile.
Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
Few men could remain detached while looking into her beguiling eyes.
Please don’t belabor the obvious.
The gradualness of the change does not belittle its importance.
The poor, benighted innocent had never seen such a man.
Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
It is our duty to bequeath a better world to our grandchildren.
Nobody likes to work with her. She is always berating her colleagues.
She is bereft of hope.
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
Her library is the envy of every bibliophile.
I am not used to being bilked.
Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
She is blunt, uninterested in small talk, and irritated by blandishment.
I realize what he’s done and that the flirtation on his end is blatantly obvious.
Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
So I’d grabbed a book for myself and propped up a row of pillows for Mia to bolster her leg against, like she liked to at night.
Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
Our lifestyle upsets their bourgeois sensibilities.
But despite bowdlerizing content, my family has been entirely faithful about visiting.
Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
When I meet her eyes, brazen as a sailor fresh into port, she opens her mouth, as if to rip into me.
Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
I am looking for a way to tactfully broach the topic of her bad breath.
buffethit against repeatedly  — as in:  buffeted by
That’s what she looks like, actually—like a snowflake being buffeted around in the wind, twisting and turning on currents of air.
Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
She is a bumptious young editor who will change her ways or lose her job.
burnished bronze
The sound of the waves crashing on the shore had a comforting cadence.
The sport encourages teamwork and camaraderie.
He is a cantankerous old man who seldom has something good to say.
The child is spoiled, captious, and insolent.
carpto repeatedly complain about trivial matters  — as in:  carped incessantly
By November Piedmont had evidently tired of my carping and unrelenting bitching about conditions at the school.
Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
All signs point to you being the catalyst.
Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
It was very cathartic for a lot of people, myself included.
Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
Congress moved with surprising celerity.
The Chinese devote enormous resources to censoring the Internet.
The country entered a period of civil war and chaos.
She constantly chides me for my grammar.
She describes his dream as a political chimera.
A choleric cop blew his top.
marvelous choreography and amazing dancers
The explanation was circuitous and puzzling.
She isn’t known for circumlocution or subtlety.
She’s too circumspect to make that kind of mistake.
The President circumvented Congress by appointing the U.N. Ambassador after the Senate adjourned for the summer.
The battle axe was a weapon used to cleave skulls or decapitate.
leaves a cloying aftertaste
It is better to convince than to coerce.
But, exhausted by his cogitation, he’d have energy left for only one word, the name of the flower.
Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe
The websites lets you collaborate with others on documents.
The bank wouldn’t lend them money because they didn’t have anything to pledge as collateral.
She writes beautiful songs with colloquial lyrics that touch the heart.
The antitrust department tries to prevent supermarket collusion to raise grocery prices.
She gives a career-advancing performance as his comely female companion.
pay should be commensurate with the time worked
a commodious building suitable for conventions
If a person keeps faithfully busy each hour of the working day, he can count on waking up some morning to find himself one of the competent ones of his generation.
William James
Many suspect the complicity of top officials.
concedeto yield or admit — usually after dispute  — as in:  concede the point
The candidate conceded after enough votes had come in to show that he would lose
Both leaders expressed a desire for peace and concord in the region.
They sent their condolences.
sparked the current conflagration by releasing the report
The confluence of race and sex was a powerful force in dismantling Reconstruction after the Civil War, sustaining Jim Crow laws for a century and fueling divisive racial politics throughout the twentieth century In the aftermath of slavery, the creation of a system of racial hierarchy and segregation was largely designed to prevent intimate relationships like Walter and Karen’s—relationships that were, in fact, legally prohibited by "anti-miscegenation statutes" (the word miscegenation…
Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
She confounded her critics.
She has a congenial relationship with her colleagues.
It was a congenital heart defect.
People congregated outside of City Hall to protest.
He thinks that he likes their talk and way of life because of some congruity between their spiritual state and his, when in fact they are so far beyond him that if he were not in love he would be merely puzzled and repelled by much which he now accepts.
C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
She fears his black magic will conjure up evil spirits.
The lack of consensus reflected differences in theoretical positions.
She stresses the last consonants or her words.
She tried not to look conspicuous as she slipped into class after the tardy bell.
With a look of consternation, her teacher asked if anyone had done the reading.
Juries can construe evidence to mean something it does not.
And then, in the middle distance, when you view the dense overlay of towns and villages laid out in contiguous patches, the multiple strands of the interstates and the parkways running straight through the heart of some and bending deferentially around others, bounded and marked by the shimmering waterways and reservoirs and the gently sloped hills, you feel as though this place in which you stand is a most decent and comely kingdom, even as it is a solemn province of the dead.
Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
Since an overpopulation of wolves above the carrying capacity of the country to maintain would mean a rapid decline in the numbers of prey animals — with consequent starvation for the wolves themselves — they are forced to practice what amounts to birth control through continence.
Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
This heretical suggestion had been squelched because, as one of Cleburne’s fellow officers said, "its propositions contravene the principles on which we fight."
James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
The court found the company’s explanations to be incomplete, inconstant, and willfully contumacious.
The political conundrum of national health care.
The lines converge at this point
The countries share a long border and have cordial relations.
Her time of corporeal suffering will soon pass.
a coterie of thinkers and power-brokers
She has a pleasant countenance.
We will not countenance torture.
She countermanded the order.
A successful coup with no bloodshed.
covert intelligence gathering
The company makes knockoffs for people who covet designer fashions, but can’t afford them.
the craven fellow turned and ran
he gave credence to the gossip
Campaigning reached a crescendo the day before the election.
I did a cursory search on Google and found several articles.
Only Florida and Alabama allowed the jury’s decision to be overridden by a judge—and Florida later put restrictions on the practice that severely curtailed it.
Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
Poor policy decisions have turned a minor event into an American debacle.
The article debunks the myth of true Internet anonymity.
I reached Hannibal in twenty minutes, drove past the glorious Gilded Age courthouse that now held only a chicken-wing place in its basement, and headed past a series of shuttered businesses—ruined community banks and defunct movie houses—toward the river.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
She is a delegate representing our state at the national convention.
The map delineates risk of flood.
In one week, we went from drought to deluge.
Demonizing minorities is a common tool of the demagogue.
When the sheriff apprehended him for grave-robbery and gold-hoarding, Mr. Fink demurred on the theory that if his own grandfather wasn’t his, whose was he?
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
Though the denizens of Coal hadn’t given us a second glance when we’d come through town earlier, now their heads swiveled like owls as we trudged by in single file, at gunpoint.
Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
We deplore the government’s treatment of political prisoners.
The lawyer deposed the witness.
We want to put those derelict buildings to better use.
Their desiccated remains were found in the old lake bed.
This may sound like an excuse, and perhaps even a little sad, but it’s hard for others to know how consuming one’s arrival in a new land can be, how it will take up every last resource of spirit, which too often can lead to the detriment of most everything else.
Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
The study found that video games improve hand dexterity and mental spatial ability.
As part of her diabolical plan, she spent the first year gaining their trust.
Her dress was white and silver too, as diaphanous as a sheet of ice; one could glimpse her body through it, though not clearly.
Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
another one-sided, political diatribe not worth listening to
Love whom you will but marry your own kind was a dictum amounting to instinct within her.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
a dilapidated old car
She disavowed her assistant’s comments.
As if she’d had to do it too many times before and it had gone badly—the admission of wealth that’s greeted with too much enthusiasm, the disclosure of a secret identity that she herself didn’t create.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
She was discomfited by such a rude question.
It is a rambling discursive book.
It is disingenuous to call it an "Education" bill as it did nothing to aid education.
The news is bad, but the company spokesperson is doing what she can to change the subject and dissemble.
Airborne radiation dissipates over time and distance.
And the Coast Guard, didn’t they routinely dissuade people from coming here?
Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
I had long since given up hope that the pilot who had brought me to Wolf House Bay would ever return, and so the sight of this plane sent me into a dither of excitement.
Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
studied the creature’s diurnal activities
Her pies are divine.
She claims she can divine the future with a crystal ball.
The Iraq war was divisive here at home, and has also divided the world community.
Adam B. Schiff
I never divulge information so freely, especially to people I barely know.
Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
She worked with dogged determination.
I appreciate her droll sense of humor.
She signed the confession under duress, so it did not hold up in court.
She is an effervescent and effective champion for public education.
Deep down, the dude who gave me the Jell-O knees was an effigy, a mask over a faceless face that probably ten thousand years ago looked like a squid or something.
Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
With that word the heat seemed to increase till it became a threatening weight and the lagoon attacked them with a blinding effulgence.
William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
the media was effusive in their praise
Picketing strikers may not block access to or egress from the premises.
Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood.
Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Her comments elicited public outrage.
Her eloquence is unquestioned even amongst those who disagree with her.
He received the Nobel Prize in medicine for elucidating electrical events in the nervous system.
People with dry skin should use an emollient for washing.
Politicians aren’t generally enamored with the suggestion that they surrender power to the marketplace.
Andy handed out encomiums to several productive fishing holes we passed and indicated an osprey’s nest on top of a utility pole.
Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
Digital distribution is encumbered by old copyright law.
In 1890 Wyoming was the first state to enfranchise women.
She’s suffering mid-life ennui with evaporating hopes.
I am enthralled by her expressive voice.
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
I think Game of Thrones is the most epic fantasy written since The Rings Trilogy.
An epicure in Paris will eventually find her way to this restaurant.
It was dull, rambling, and full of those go-go-get-’emget-’em epigrams concerning the critical need for every human being to live up to his highest potential and to squeeze every possible morsel of knowledge from the textbook.
Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
Obnoxiously enough, Celeste was the epitome of gracefulness.
Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
She was the kind of girl who took equestrian and dance lessons as a girl and who received a Mercedes convertible on her sixteenth birthday.
Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
Her bumper sticker says "Eschew obfuscation."
They openly espouse an extremist ideology.
She gave the eulogy at his funeral.
She chooses words for euphony as much as meaning.
She’s been euphoric since they started dating.
She displays little knowledge of the political realities, nor does she evince any awareness of underlying economic forces.
I’m looking for a small liberal-arts college that exalts the undergraduate experience.
We must excoriate such behavior.
This may sound ludicrous, and even execrable under the circumstances, but I was youthful and naive enough that I possessed much more of a kind of hard focusing than any circumspection, which one may argue has remained with me for my whole life.
Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
an exhaustive study
Investigators want to exhume the body for analysis, but the family is objecting.
regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous
I knew it was likely that he was paid an exorbitant amount of money for his story and that he was probably worrying about a mountain of debt for his education.
Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
She knows she can’t expiate her sins, but hopes to heal some of the wounds.
In our state, you cannot expunge a conviction for most Class A and Class B felonies.
She gave an extemporaneous talk on picking a college.
People were exuberant with the initial success of the revolution.
A full machine shop allows them to quickly fabricate parts and create test fixtures.
Beneath the facade of ideology was an individual who wanted absolute power.
a facile plan, perfect for politics, but inadequate as a real solution
We think it was not a solitary fanatic, but a hired assassin.
We could always count on her to make a fatuous remark about the day’s headlines.
He was a felicitous speaker.
She was attacked by a pack of feral dogs.
a fervent desire to change society
She is fervid in her support for the candidate.
I can’t imagine depending upon the fickle wind to sail around the world.
He seemed at ease, listening as Marcia chattered on, her hands gesturing flamboyantly.
Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
She is more wealthy than her neighbors, but she never flaunts it.
Her response is entertaining, but the question deserves a less flippant answer.
Don’t flout the rules.
She didn’t know all my foibles and shortcomings.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
They plotting to foment another Shia uprising.
I forgo the blush, since there no longer seems to be a need for it.
Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
She is a formidable opponent.
The country must reject and forsake terrorism.
cooking is his forte
physical strength and mental fortitude
"Vienna," says Volkheimer, and Neumann Two fulminates about Hapsburg palaces and Wiener schnitzel and girls whose vulvas taste like apple strudel.
Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
She wants to garner more support in the community before bringing the proposal before the city council.
I had no idea what I was about to say—doubtless some gauche words of comfort—but it was she who spoke first, behind hands clenched to a tear-stained face.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
The world wide web is making genealogy easier than ever.
genialfriendly and good-natured  — as in:  a genial personality
She sent a genial messenger with a tough message.
Jazz is his favorite musical genre.
Any sound that was not germane to the night would make them alert.
John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
Elephants have about a 21 month gestation.
Jean Louise was about to make the worst mistake of her life, and she glibly quoted those people at her, she mocked her.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
A glutton is someone who digs his grave with his teeth.
French Proverb
She goaded him into an argument.
"Deo gratis," the choir sang back and the people stood to leave.
Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
He was the food, and the sight of him excited in her the gustatory sensations.
Jack London  --  White Fang
He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather
a hapless victim
My parents continuously harangue me about my grades.
The warm summer is a harbinger of things to come.
It was a harrowing journey through war-torn Afghanistan.
What could drive a person to commit such a heinous crime?
the population of the United States is vast and heterogeneous
The tremors were a first for him, and although he wanted to believe that it was because of the long hiatus, he knew the real reason.
Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
A supermarket deli tray full of hoary carrots and gnarled celery and a semeny dip sits untouched on a coffee table, cigarettes littered throughout like bonus vegetable sticks.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
another example of hubris preceding a fall
It’s not clear if she is guilty of moral hypocrisy or moral weakness.
She calls him a hypocrite for suggesting a green lifestyle except when it is personally inconvenient.
We stumbled upon a charming town filled with idiosyncrasy and surprise.
Her admiration borders on idolatry.
There is something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude.
I declined the snort, not out of any real reticence but because in those days I imbibed only cheap American beer.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
She imbues her lectures with a contagious enthusiasm.
Authorities warned of imminent danger of flooding.
We reached an impasse in the negotiations.
He remained impassive, showing neither interest in nor concern.
Though born into an impecunious family, she is a millionaire today.
a speech impediment
She dismissed the matter with an imperious wave of her hand.
A feeling that I was forgetting something impinged on my too-rare happiness.
Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
Not years of silence and implacable hatred.
Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
impregnableable to withstand attack  — as in:  the fort was impregnable
an impregnable fortress
I can’t take any more of her inane ideas.
an incandescent bulb
They bring in the Cobras and F-4s, they use Willie Peter and HE and incendiaries.
Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
She dealt with her problem with alcohol while it was still in an incipient state.
Once I was accepted in college, high school work seemed inconsequential.
We haven’t been invited, and the Fair Folk don’t like incursions into their territory—"
Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
the Ainu are indigenous to the northernmost islands of Japan
She is remembered for her indomitable spirit.
They were mystical experiences and were ineffable (incapable of being described in words).
Religion - MSN Encarta  -- 05/21/06)
She considers the Pope infallible.
She tried to ingratiate herself with her superiors.
The victim was a teacher named Kadow, head of a liberal political faction which the Nazis considered inimical to their interests.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
That was when I realized I had to climb up from the depths of iniquity.
I think they worried that my grandfather would infect me with some incurable dreaminess from which I’d never recover—that these fantasies were somehow inoculating me against more practical ambitions—so one day my mother sat me down and explained that I couldn’t become an explorer because everything in the world had already been discovered.
Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
The theft was motivated by her insatiable greed.
The computer gave some inscrutable error message I can’t remember.
an elegantly insouciant manner
The group is accused of instigating the violence in the area.
The committee is isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless.
This objection would be insuperable if Homer had been an Ithakan.
Homer  --  The Odyssey
The insurgents in Iraq are fighting against the new Iraqi government.
We are prepared for attacks on the palace, and when the rebels attack the public, we intercede as best we can.
Kiera Cass  --  The One
"The young Cossack made his mighty interlocutor smile," says Thiers.
Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
She requested interment in a crypt rather than beneath the ground.
Her speech was interminable.
If a straight line crosses through 2, 4, and 8, we can interpolate that it passes through 6.
Where were their voices when the lips of Governor Barnett dripped with words of interposition and nullification?
Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
He is an introvert by nature
She is inured to the cold.
But all suppositions of this kind are invidious, and ought to be banished from the consideration of the great question before the people.
Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton
The iridescent bubbles were beautiful.
Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
We must have appeared quite a pair, dressed in our heavy canvas gardening trousers and work shirts beneath our wide-brimmed sun hats, clodding along in black rubber boots like an odd pair of itinerant landscapers.
Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
I never grew jaded, the way so many city kids do.
Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
She walks with a jaunty step.
She is in jeopardy of being kicked off the team.
"Oops!" her father agreed jocularly.
Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
She is judicious when spending her money.
It is an important decision in the Supreme Court’s affirmative action jurisprudence.
A large ball may not fall faster than a small one, but it has more kinetic energy.
The poll should be interpreted as the death knell of her campaign.
a bittersweet lachrymose story about...
She cannot tell if she is stirred more by Durrfeld’s ideas or by his physical presence—perhaps it is a mingling of both—but she feels an honest, heartfelt reasonableness in what he has said, and certainly he does not in the least resemble the paradigmatic Nazi who has been the object of so much savage lampooning rage at the hands of the tiny liberal and radical elements around the university.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
No urging could increase his languid pace.
They did not go hunting at all that night, but stayed near the den and rested, The next morning dawned fine and warm, and a general air of contented lassitude seemed to overcome all three.
Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
She worked her legerdemain on the company ledger.
Furthermore, before they adjourned, Mr. Tuffett would say he knew who did it, and if the party wished leniency he would appear at his office not later than two o’clock with a statement in writing.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
We have all manner of licentious people in the village!
Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
And though it’s clear to anyone with an ounce of logic that they are a pack of charlatans, they’re lionized throughout the Empire not just as immortal, but as oracles and mind-readers.
Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
he was listless and bored
The lithe dancers seem to float across the stage.
I’m hoping we won’t have to litigate the matter.
I make New Year’s resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
One thing was a puzzle, though: despite Junior’s reported loquaciousness, his grandchildren never formed a very clear picture of him.
Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
Though she was serious, her suggestion was so ludicrous, I couldn’t suppress a laugh.
It’s hard to say "No" to that lugubrious hound-dog face.
The sky was luminous with stars.
Her comment placed her in the center of a maelstrom of criticism.
She gazed at him, touched by the discomfort he seemed to suffer over his own maladroitness.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
Not a whining, restless child’s boredom (although I was not above that) but a dense, blanketing malaise.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
Her malediction of all bureaucracy.
malignspeak unfavorably about  — as in:  malign his character
I glared at her—the woman had maligned me—and then I noticed for the first time the swell in her belly and realized she was pregnant again.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
Ed Seger, the doctor who examined George, mysteriously concluded that he was not mentally ill but was "malingering" or faking symptoms of mental illness.
Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
Having been elected by overwhelming majority, he claimed a mandate from the American people.
Domestic violence doesn’t always manifest as physical abuse.
I reverse it to that quaint period, the thirties, when the huge middle class of America was matriculating in a school for the blind.
Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
"We’re getting maudlin here," Sim broke in, knocking his glass against the table.
Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
Although Mama had been a teacher at Great Faith for fourteen years, ever since she had graduated from the Crandon Teacher Training School at nineteen, she was still considered by many of the other teachers as a disrupting maverick.
Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
The advisor often quotes the maxim that all politics is local.
The path meanders through the vineyards.
The story takes place during medieval times.
a medley of vegetables
said in a mellifluous baritone voice
She described it as malicious, fallacious, and mendacious.
Suddenly I was stabbed with alarm, sensing an unholy and unnatural presence of flapping vulturous black, until I realized in an instant that the two mendicant nuns had blundered into the wrong facility.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
He enlisted as a mercenary.
the metamorphosis of the old house into something new and exciting
Jem, sitting beside him, was squint-eyed, miasmal, and mute, as he always was in the morning.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
It was an evening of many stories and great mirth.
I’m pretty sure I don’t need to say this, but you are not Go, you might misconstrue, so I will: My sister and I have never screwed or even thought of screwing.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
We expect at least a modicum of eccentricity in our artists.
The cafeteria food is good, but it gets monotonous after a while.
In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.
Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
The skeletal singers, withered beneath bedazzled tuxes, spin slowly, carefully, on replaced hips, the dance of the moribund.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
Of all her multifarious descendants, Calpurnia took most pride in Frank.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
a mutable substance
Calpurnia was past middle age and her body had thickened a little, her kinky hair was graying, and she squinted from myopia.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
American optimism was probably at it’s post-war nadir when Jimmy Carter was president.
You—Aunty, do you know the stuff in that thing makes Dr. Goebbels look like a naive little country boy?
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
The narcissistic teenage girl spent hours checking her makeup in a mirror everyday.
... all of which fell into the nebulous category of we’re-building-up-God’s-house,
James McBride  --  The Color of Water
Like his lesser satellites, over the years Tom-Carl had assumed an ill-fitting air of respectability and did not care to be reminded of his nefarious beginnings.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
The effect was negligible.
She finally defeated her nemesis in the finals her senior year.
"You’re beautiful when you’re nihilistic," says the smirker.
Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
The mice are nocturnal, so we never see them, but we see their droppings.
the noisome atmosphere of the Nairobi slum
The novice receiver did not know all of his routes yet.
We want older employees to help nurture the talents of new employees.
He was not candid. Instead he tried to obfuscate and even deceive.
I sat up: oblique strain to the cartilage between the lower ribs.
Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
She is oblivious to the dangers.
By chance she had chosen the three most obstreperous pupils in the school to be her thieves and robbers.
Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
The web site has a lot of ads, but they are unobtrusively placed on the far right of the screen.
obtuseslow to learn or understand  — as in:  he is obtuse
too obtuse to grasp the implications of his behavior
There was supposed to be a presentation about the future of CircleMoney—a way to send all online purchases through the Circle and, eventually, obviate the need for paper currency at all—but then the presentation was cancelled.
Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
Though they think the country’s government is odious, they’re unwilling to help topple it for fear of the consequences.
I’m beginning to hear ominous rumblings of discontent.
She believes God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.
Most bear species are omnivorous, but individuals’ diets can range from almost exclusively herbivorous to almost exclusively carnivorous depending on what food sources are available locally and seasonally.
paraphrased from: 03/25/08)
They argue that onerous regulation is driving business from the city.
They are engineering a window that can convert from transparent to opaque with the push of a button.
They launched their company at an opportune time.
Her opponents describe her as a self-serving opportunist who will say anything and stab anyone in the back to get what she wants.
he delivered an oration on the decline of family values
The needle on the meter was oscillating.
His ostensible purpose was charity, his real goal popularity.
Her essay is a paean to mothers.
We can palliate, but not cure the disease.
On either side stand people, dark, calling out the numbers of the brigades, the battalions. And at each call a little group separates itself off, a small handful of dirty, pallid soldiers, a dreadfully small handful, and a dreadfully small remnant.
Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
The tension in the room was palpable.
I lick my lips, already thirsty, and hunch beneath the paltry shade of the Jack tree to consider my predicament.
Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
I am skeptical of political panaceas and always look for the unintended consequences.
It’s the grandfather paradox of time travel in which a man cannot travel to a time before he was born and kill his grandfather.
She is viewed as a paragon of integrity.
The scandal made her a political pariah.
The economist is studying male/female wage parity.
She is very practical, but I’m bored by her parochial outlook.
I was hoping for a balanced report, but heard only partisan praise.
The City Council means well, but they are too paternal. Adults should be allowed to make more of their own decisions without having to leave town.
The Environmental Protection Agency Administrator has degrees in biology and pathology.
The film captured all the pathos of their situation and brought tears to my eyes.
She is well known as a patron of the arts in our city.
I’m annoyed by her patronizing tone — as though she knows more about my situation than I do.
he received thanks but no pecuniary compensation for his services
Ever the passionate pedagogue, he had hobbled after Eva in order to correct, or explain, or elaborate on something he had taught her in her most recent lesson—a matter of fingering or phrasing—what?
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
a pedestrian movie plot
) the pellucid indecencies Leslie had uttered, and as I did so—the viewfinder of my mind reshaping each crevice of her moist and succulent lips, the orthodontically fashioned perfection of the sparkling incisors, even a cunning fleck of foam at the edge of the orifice—it seemed the dizziest pipe dream that this very evening, sometime before the sun should fulfill its oriental circuit and rise again on Sheepshead Bay, that mouth would be—no, I could not let myself think about that…
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
She was murdered in the penultimate episode.
She lay in a state of percipience without volition, and the rustle of the straw and the cutting of the ears by the others had the weight of bodily touches.
Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
s assurances no career was Fischer’ twithstanding, his peripatetic alpine rough on his family.
Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
She was not found guilty of the theft, but was found guilty of perjury during her testimony to the grand jury.
The contact lenses are gas-permeable, so the eye can breath.
An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration
Scientists are perplexed by the mystery.
We will persevere through these difficult times. Better days are ahead.
pertattractively small & well-shaped  — as in:  pert nose
—to turn into some pert-mouthed, strident angry-girl.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
as pertinacious as a bulldog’s mouth
She took perverse satisfaction in spoiling his plans.
"You guys," Mae said, knowing she had to make this statement very clear, knowing this was a pivotal moment, for their own health and the overall health data—gathering system the Circle was trying to make possible.
Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
a ribbon of sand between the angry sea and the placid bay
plethoraan excessive number of something  — as in:  a plethora of products
A plethora of problems plagued Paula.
Half way through the book it changed from a dispassionate history to a polemic.
I hear the word Kennedy, I know they ain’t discussing no politic.
Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
She gave another pompous speech.
The findings were presented in a ponderous three-volume report.
I fear the election results portend greater violence in the region.
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen," Oscar said.
Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
Her footing on the ladder looked precarious.
NIGHT HAD FALLEN by the time Grace returned, her arrival presaged by the glow of a lamp expanding in the hall outside.
Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
She is prescient in her political predictions.
The doctor prescribed an antibiotic for the infection.
Malaria is prevalent in that region.
), he made the friendly Indian runner his prisoner, and he moved farther north until his forces became hopelessly lost in the forest primeval, where they sat out the wars in considerable bewilderment.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
All his life he’d worn white—a pristine absence of color that defined him—but now there was no comfort in wearing it.
Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
The blockade is causing widespread privation.
I should have started the paper last week, but I procrastinated until last night.
He had sojourned among various tribes, and perhaps left progeny among them all; but his regular, or habitual wife, was a Sioux squaw.
Irving, Washington  --  Astoria or Anecdotes  of an enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains
Mac didn’t join in on the prognostication.
Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
…now, and he knew she had a sense of humor, and she knew he did, too, and somehow he made her feel safe, made her trust that he would never bring it up again, that this terrible thing she said would remain betWeen them, that they both understood mistakes are made by all and that they should, if everyone is acknowledging our common humanity, our common frailty and propensity for sounding and looking ridiculous a thousand times a day, that these mistakes should be allowed to be forgotten.
Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
While she took comfort in propriety, he saw it as a straitjacket.
Chaplains were instructed to make clear to soldiers that they should not proselytize Christianity to Muslims.
Given the conditions, and given what Professor Lord calls the protean nature of the themes, we can no longer-take inconsistencies in the poems as proof of multiple authorship.
Homer  --  The Odyssey
protracted negotiations
Mark Twain was Samuel Clemens’ pseudonym.
I guess my dad considered it a matter of time before one of us was faced with a low-flying pugilist and either hurt someone badly or got badly hurt himself.
Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
The plastic surgeon thinks of herself, not as a doctor, but as a purveyor of pulchritude.
punctilious in his attention to rules of etiquette
Political pundits will make a big deal of this, but most people will hardly notice.
Today there’s something else, though: the smell of smoke and something earthier, more pungent.
Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
The museum’s night watchman purloined the artifacts.
The study will shed some light on the putative cause of the recession.
The meat was putrid and covered with maggots.
She fears another quagmire like Vietnam.
She has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to win.
The government declared a state of emergency in an attempt to quell political unrest.
Though now, or in the recent now, I’ve begun to understand how easily one can stand by and watch a pile of dross steadily grow, allow the fetter of one’s quotidian life to become an unwieldy accumulation, which seems somehow much more daunting to clear away once it has settled, gained a repose.
Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
An accomplished raconteur, he made Andy giggle hysterically on the trip to Yamacraw by relating stories salted with a rural flavor.
Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
First of all, word is that the Flare is running rampant through this whole shuck city and that all kinds of corruption is going on to hide it because the ones who are sick are government bigwigs.
James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
She is a rapacious land developer with no concern for the environment.
She stopped the car in Dr. Finch’s driveway, climbed the high front steps to his house, knocked on the door, and went in, singing in a raucous voice: "Old Uncle Jack with his cane and his crutch When he was young he boogie-woogied too much; Put the sales tax on it—"
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
"I’m wondering if you ever think of razing it, just to show mercy?"
Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
She was stung by the rebuke.
At this point, Tate and his investigators had little interest in Myers’s recantation.
Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
She recapitulated the motives which no doubt explained Robert’s reserve.
Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
The recidivism rate for sexual predators is very high.
some recondite problem in theoretical mathematics
I am doing what I can to rectify the error.
They remain, I suspect, a redoubtable seduction tool.
Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
Action must be taken to redress the wrongs of the past.
Please refrain from swearing.
as i review the records and data on algernon, i see that although he is still in his physical infancy, he has regressed mentally.
Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
I’ve relinquished—or been relieved of—my seat at the Hall family table.
Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
a remedial reading course
It was inadequate remuneration to make up for his expenses.
Israel asks that they renounce their stated intention of wiping it off the map.
It was also desperately in need of renovation.
Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
He smiled then laughed heartily, as if he’d just realized anew the humor in his repartee.
Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
The recent storms helped replenish the city’s water supply.
They had a bad argument, replete with personal attacks.
reposeto rest or lie

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  — as in:  repose on the sofa
She was reposing on the couch
She could barely repress a smile as she scolded her son for fidgeting.
While we are thus unconstrained in our private business, a spirit of reverence pervades our public acts; we are prevented from doing wrong by respect for the authorities and for the laws, having a particular regard to those which are ordained for the protection of the injured as well as those unwritten laws which bring upon the transgressor of them the reprobation of the general sentiment.
Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
Her behavior is shocking and repugnant.
It is a reputable business.
The commander rescinded the order.
Will hands me a test, and in the time it takes to complete it I do my best to focus entirely on the questions at hand, hoping I’ll find momentary respite from my new reality.
Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
a resplendent uniform
—be arriving with his entire retinue, my Lord Nightbringer.
Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
The cat retracted her claws.
In the face of increasing foreign competition, the company had to retrench, refocus, and rebuild based on its core competencies.
"You done knocked up mah precious baby again!" he boohooed in female plaint, his voice a heavenly facsimile—down to the perfect shading of falsetto—of that of some weak-witted and godforsaken wife and victim, blighted by wedlock, history and retrograde genes.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
sounds of drunken revelry
On the surface, it was a ribald little tune about a donkey who wanted to be an arcanist.
Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
NEWLY ZEN thanks to Yoga Janet, well fed by Pop, and now proficient in concrete-mixing as well as rudimentary electrical work, I felt as if I were making the most of this prison thing.
Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
She pretended to need help with her homework as a ruse to see him again.
saccharineoverly sweet

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  — as in:  saccharine sentiment
I enjoyed the movie, but I thought the end was too saccharine.
They consider it sacrilege to depict Muhammad in a drawing.
Freedom of speech is sacrosanct in the United States.
Some call Warren Buffett the "Sage of Omaha".
Please tell us just the salient facts.
the salutary influence of mountain air
Everyone is tired of her sanctimonious attitude.
She writes sardonic editorials in the school newspaper.
She was backed in a doorway with her gin and lime, being addressed by a saturnine spritely old gentleman with a hard red face and a hard clear voice and a puff of gray hair over each ear.
Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
I had a strong suspicion, but scanty evidence.
We shared a scintillating conversation.
That is a false and scurrilous accusation.
forced by illness to lead a sedentary life
Too often, she answers a tough question with a sententious banality.
Pinocchio was a puppet that became sentient—a little boy.
While I lie awake worrying, she sleeps serenely.
In the United States, it is extremely difficult for someone famous to win a slander lawsuit—almost no matter what is said.
Grim would be, I suppose, a sobriquet for your grandfather, based on his demeanor.
Rodman Philbrick  --  Freak the Mighty
I’m a little disappointed when the U-Haul is finally empty; I no longer have an excuse to solicit Will’s help.
Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
It’s a mid-price hotel in a great location with a solicitous staff.
She is a solipsist who refuses to move beyond Descartes’ "I think; therefore I exist."
The doctor said I should include more soluble fiber in my diet.
The company is no longer solvent.
Before she said anything, I knew it was bad news from her somber face.
The candidate discussed weighty matters in rich, sonorous tones.
stagnant water
But then, that’s who Helene is: Her faith is steadfast.
Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
After a few hours’ stint here, I’d deal with the third clue.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
That seemed to be his only stipulation.
Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
She listened to both arguments thoughtfully, but with a face as stolid as a cow’s.
—to turn into some pert-mouthed, strident angry-girl.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
The lawyer said his client was stupefied by the accusation.
Treatment for drug addiction is often stymied by unaddressed psychiatric conditions that underlie the addiction.
I love good movies, from the silly to the sublime.
She has become silently submissive.
I should show my subservience.
Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
"Blood," he said succinctly.
Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
Everyone insisted she attend and she finally succumbed.
Engineers used slide rules before they were superseded by calculators.
Death supplants everything.
Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
The dictator suppressed criticism in the press.
To men like that, time was a surfeit, a barrel they watched slowly drain.
Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
The candidate stays positive by using surrogates to attack his opponent.
There was a tacit understanding that Jessica would play good cop and Tyler would play bad cop.
I’ll think I’m responding to the play, when it’s only a tactile reaction to vibration.
Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
Her statement was tantamount to an admission of guilt.
I’m. pleased to have found a friend at these balls, where I expected to find only tedium… Does Ella (oops) Lela want more than friendship?
Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
She had the temerity to oppose the popular proposal.
The last variable measures the temporal dimension.
And that would leave Jane with her tepid tea and her bone china and these girls who could make an hour’s conversation out of nothing.
Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
Unless we’ve launched some kind of classified aircraft, no way this thing is terrestrial."
Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
Her tweets are terse and insightful.
"I assume you did it to thwart me," Ty said.
Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
I’m a foot from Marcus, my fists hungry for his flesh, when two of his toadies, Thaddius and Julius, grab me from behind, wrenching my arms back.
Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
She fell into a deep torpor.
And then after a horrendous dry spell, I met Katherine XVI on the roof deck of a hotel in Newark, New Jersey, during an Academic Decathlon tournament in October of my junior year, and we had about as wild and torrid an affair as you can possibly have over the course of fourteen hours at an Academic Decathlon tournament, which is to say that at one point we had to kick her three roommates out of her hotel room so we could make out properly, but then even after I emerged from the…
John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
A tortuous road up the mountain
The book transcends our expectations from a romance novel.
Her actions transgressed the boundaries of acceptable behavior.
I could see a vague form through the translucent glass.
They’d traversed about half of what they could see of its length when Mark heard voices, then saw their source.
James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
Helene’s face is white as bone, her mind, like mine, unable to take in the travesty occurring in front of our eyes.
Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
She spoke timidly in a tremulous voice.
Her most trenchant criticism was aimed at the President.
There is tumult in Tijuana as drug cartels fight for control.
The announcement was greeted with such a tumult that the speaker couldn’t be heard.
I’m afraid of such turbulent rapids.
His German is mellifluous—but now Durrfeld, sidetracked from his righteous rage at the British and the Dutch, subsides into his previous detached self, gazing at the turgid Professor beneath arched eyebrows, looking remotely irritated and bored.
William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
But she kept her attention on me, unctuously gesturing, and even as he leaned and bucked into her she held out her open hand to me, as if I should take it when I crept my way inside.
Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
This kid has long, unkempt hair and a hardened look about him.
Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
She unwittingly bought and sold stolen merchandise.
He will be upbraided.
Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
James Bond is seen as urbane, witty, and intelligent.
This is a kind of usury, banker, that I do not understand.
Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
I became distracted with myself and my vainglorious attempt to act as a symbolic bridge between the children of Yamacraw and the outside world.
Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
Its teeth were smooth, variegated.
Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
Betrayed by his vaunted memory!
John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
They looked to the venerable old woman for advice.
She is known for her verdant landscape paintings.
It is a vexing problem.
I prefer to defy death vicariously.
the project was subject to the usual vicissitudes of exploratory research
We need to remain vigilant when interacting with websites we don’t know.
punishments...essentially vindictive in their nature
He says it is a myth that glass as a very, very viscous fluid.
Sarah had long ago perfected the art of the addict’s vitriolic tirade.
Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
Bennington was sitting near Piedmont and shot me a few vituperative glances that could have turned back the angel of death.
Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
She left the company of her own volition.
And it was ironic to note that one of my most voluble supporters at the meeting was Iris Glover, the alleged root doctor and mistress of darkness whom I once had identified as the greatest threat to my survival on the island.
Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
In seconds the fire had gone from being something to scoff at under a table to a voracious beast ready to engulf the entire room.
Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
Our passion has waned over the years, but our love has grown.
Yes, Amy is using a Madness song to give me a clue to my own freedom, if only I can decipher their wily, ska-infused codes.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
"Xenophobia," as The Economist put it, "seems to be creeping into American politics."
James K. Glassman  --  Threats to Security, Threats to Economy  --,pubID.23969/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
yokean oppressive burden

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  — as in:  the yoke of bondage
They threw off the yoke of slavery.
I’ll never forget her deceit.
I think she’s made a good case. I can neither add to it nor detract from it.
distill the essential ideas to fit on a single page
The landfill emits a noxious effluvium.
endureto continue to exist

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  — as in:  endure through the ages
She is gone, but her teachings endure through the ages.
The robber evaded the police and blended into the crowd.
She evaded his question by asking one of her own.
Certainly there were plenty of Guatemalans in California, and certainly they would be more than happy to have a trophy like Mae, to punish her for her opprobrium.
Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
Not as well as my mother, but I’m pretty proficient."
Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
Nothing will grow in this parched soil.
I endured insult and injury without complaint.
She has been secluded in her bedroom since receiving the information.
As the company grew larger, she had to delegate more responsibility to others.
She is his paternal grandmother.
A laudatory remark
He lauded U.S. efforts to broker peace.
The law mandates that an appeal be filed for all convicts on death row.
Mercifully, he delivered the coup de grace.
Her critics impute a more cynical motive.
This sent Albert into a frenzy of abasement.
Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
She looked baffled by the question.
The car’s tail pipe has an acoustic baffle to reduce noise.
It was Nemesis who condemned the vain Narcissus to spend the rest of his days admiring his own reflection in the waters of a pool.
the forte passages in the composition
She abstained from the vote because her sister was bidding for the job.
aggravatemake worse

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  — as in:  aggravated his illness
The offense is aggravated by...
In addition to the fingerprints, there was other collateral evidence.
They risked bombing from low altitude to try to minimize collateral damage.
At that time, the franchise was limited to male property owners.
The bracketed line on that page of the Odyssey is thought by some to be an interpolation added long ago.
She fabricated the story and repeated it under oath.
With a sublime ignorance of human nature, she set out to save the world.
She answered in a polite tone, but her answer was opaque.
She has mercenary motives.
Water is the most common solvent.
They are derelict in not addressing this problem sooner.
They both attended parochial elementary schools. Hers was Catholic and his was Lutheran.
The book contains some of her most astringent remarks.
The apple wasn’t ripe, so it had a drying, puckering, or astringent taste.
We consider it a coup for the University to get the new presidential library.
She focuses more on the spiritual while his main concern is with temporal existence.
The New Testament quotes the Old Testament twice in saying, "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to this wife, and they become one flesh."
The song has a catchy refrain.
She is one of our regular patrons.
Saint George is the patron saint of soldiers.
He served leg of lamb with sage and thyme.
The expedition was dogged by one problem after the next.
They are trying to divine the outcome of next year’s election.
She wouldn’t make a direct statement, but she implied that she supported our position.
She is at the convention in Las Vegas.
It was once conventional wisdom that the earth was flat.
Which of the following facts can you infer from the first paragraph?
She gave us explicit instructions.
The computer has a filter that blocks explicit photos and pornography.
He alluded to Susan without mentioning her name.
The defending World Champions dominated their unranked opponent.
These clothes aren’t appropriate for work.
most teenagers are surprisingly conformist within a subgroup
I object to her implication that my work was sub-standard.
substantiateprove or strengthen an argument or theory  — as in:  substantiated by the report
I knew that the mouse—wolf relationship was a revolutionary one to science and would be treated with suspicion, and possibly with ridicule, unless it could be so thoroughly substantiated that there would be no room to doubt its validity.
Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
I don’t think she comprehends how dangerous this has become.
She is apprehensive about her new job.
The hotel is decorated with ornate furniture, lots of carved designs, and gold leaf gilding.
Is her theory supported by empirical data?
The money has been appropriated, but it hasn’t been spent yet.
I’m inclined to believe him.
Her analogy is flawed.
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
She is suspected of implication in three burglaries.
A computer model is used to simulate the effects of wind.
Cattle markets tend to fluctuate a lot, and some years, you don’t make much of anything.
Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
She used subtle reasoning to expose the absurdity of his argument.
She is working subtly against us.
a subtle, but unmistakable warning
The puppy approached us tentatively until it knew we wouldn’t harm it.
My plans are still tentative.
contendto compete

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  — as in:  She contended for the gold medal
Militant groups are contending for control of the country
Her lawyer contends that the contract isn’t valid.
I appealed to Boney now, Detective Rhonda Boney with the sympathetic air that seemed at least partly authentic.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
She resolved to never drink again.
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
I am not interested in hearing malicious gossip.
I am skeptical about her plan.
He was raised in a static village community where most people farmed in the same manner as their grandparents.
The road through Afghanistan’s Kabul gorge is even more treacherous than the Road of Death in Bolivia.
I had a heatstroke and that’s why I zoned in forensics and Chinese and didn’t rise to the bait when Diaz asked me what I thought about the legacy of Andrew Jackson.
Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
He was a big, good man with a soft baritone, who ruled with easy tact a choir of repressed soloists, and who had an unerring memory for the favorite hymns of District Superintendents.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
Her father had a way of undermining his sister’s lectures on the innate superiority of any given Finch: he always told his daughter the rest of it, quietly and solemnly, but Jean Louise sometimes thought she detected an unmistakably profane glint in Atticus Finch’s eyes, or was it merely the light hitting his glasses?
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
Human impact on the environment is increasing at an unprecedented rate.
apprehendto understand

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  — as in:  apprehend the situation
She doesn’t yet apprehend the seriousness of the charge against her.
Police are determined to apprehend the murderer.
She offered a plausible excuse.
The poorer a country’s people are, the greater the temptation to deplete the country’s forests and fisheries.
She made a perceptive observation.
We consider the accident an anomaly — not a reason to change standard procedures.
The incident threatens Arab solidarity.
My earlier plan to get the stats and eavesdrop for quotes first period Monday was still viable and even more attractive than it had been on the bus.
Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
"Can’t that kid go get validation somewhere else ?"
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
the book was released to great acclaim
The physical altercation between opposing players led to suspensions on both sides.
I’m not sure they appreciated her speech, but I know they liked its brevity.
When he said "Let’s roll," his courage exemplified America’s determination to defend itself.
She lamented the loss.
The music makes me feel nostalgic.
Then, again, our military training is in many respects superior to that of our adversaries.
Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
She is an eminent scholar.
It is my hope that over the years our organization has in some part paid the price for the unspeakable act committed against humanity by our predecessors in government.
James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
The children’s well-being is paramount.
We always invite the neighbors and they never reciprocate!
They are working in concert to promulgate the Administration’s view.
Switzerland remained neutral during the Second World War.
Protons have a positive charge. Electrons have a negative charge. Neutrons are neutral.
All the bathrooms in the dorm are gender neutral.
The painting would look best in a room of neutral colors, so it will stand out.
Put the car in neutral and we’ll push it.
Her verbal attack rendered me speechless.
The pianist rendered the Beethoven sonata beautifully.
We’re waiting for the jury to render a verdict.
It was an arbitrary decision.
The child persisted in asking questions despite my obvious desire to be left alone.
She has a gift for breaking a complex task into a simple series of sequential steps.
This sauce will enhance the flavor of the meat.
A diverse committee will provide a better solution than a committee that is uniform.
She was suffering from alcohol-induced stupidity.
The baby wasn’t getting enough nutrients and oxygen, so we induced labor.
She has a bias against young people.
The committee will decide how best to implement the plan.
They found a skeleton along with a number of implements belonging to the Stone Age era.
She lacks empathy and is very selfish.
Although reasoning by induction is useful in practice, many argue that it is not as reliable as reasoning by deduction.
Mathematical induction is not a form of inductive reasoning. Mathematical induction is a form of deductive reasoning.
I trust her to be discreet.
They agreed to have her judge the contest because everyone admires her integrity.
The antivirus software helps to assure system integrity.
In the summer, our afternoon breezes come predominantly from the southwest.
It is published in simultaneous print and electronic editions.
He is thoughtful and articulate.
sanctionformal penalty

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  — as in:  sanctions against them
When they withdraw their troops from the country, international sanctions should be lifted.
sanctionformal approval

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  — as in:  cannot sanction such behavior
The General insists that he does not sanction any form of torture and that he has placed procedures in place to prevent it.
The accident precipitated the union strike for better working conditions.
a highly derivative prose style
philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
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