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While interviewing for a job as a computer consultant, Robert consciously provided a _____ of references, knowing full well that he had few former employers who would be laudatory about his past projects.
While most of the tasks undertaken by the interns were undemanding, a fact that led to the flood of applicants for the positions each year, there was one _____ duty: cleaning out the garbage bins in the laboratory.
In an attempt to _____ voters to support her, the incumbent politician beguilingly greeted a room full of constituents and pledged to lower taxes-even though she had only ever done the opposite while in office.
After a series of storms, the once arid landscape became _____ for the first time in many months.
Although he received many visitors, the _____ old man shooed them away after only a few minutes.
Eileen used to be a picky eater, but since a new complex of fine dining and ethnic restaurants opened in her neighborhood, she has become quite _____.
The SWAT team entered the dark building on high alert, their guns drawn and their night vision goggles on; each agent`s eyes and ears were attuned to the slightest disturbance in the _____ recesses of the rooms.
Under no delusions about his actual financial situation, the man`s desire to present a frugal picture to his friends and avoid being labeled _____ caused him to go to such an extreme that he ended up being called a Scrooge.
The _____ pirate plundered every trade ship that came near his own ship; it was almost as if he could never loot or pillage enough to satisfy his craving for gold and jewels.
The homicide detectives didn`t truly understand the _____ of the criminal until they found the secret hideout where he stored his instruments of torture and carried out his heinous acts.
While blood and human sacrifices performed to mollify the gods were ubiquitous in ancient cultures, the Mayans` propensity for sacrificing prisoners from neighboring tribes _____ all the other tribes.
In contrast to the stark facades of their surviving ruins, medieval castles were depicted in contemporary tapestries as _____ with colorful banners and pennants.
The young minister was startled to learn that his parishioners considered him _____; he had been unaware that his message was being undermined by his sanctimonious and self-righteous tone.
Many senior faculty members who were accustomed to being addressed in a more collegial and egalitarian manner were alienated by the _____ tone of the new department chair`s introductory remarks.
Meant to demonstrate an air of sophistication and worldliness, the comments that Hannah made upon exiting the building served only to emphasize her _____ mentality and reinforce Mr. Hassan`s conviction that her dismissal was justified because she was not yet mature enough for the corporate world.
Sylvia Plath was not as _____ a poet as was her husband Ted Hughes, having produced just two volumes of poetry in her short lifespan.
The unfounded fear that some children, and even adults, have of the circus clown is rather ironic considering that he is meant to be _____ character who invokes laughter and enjoyment.
The photographer _____ posed the bride for her portrait, carefully adjusting each fold of her dress and each curl of her hair before taking the picture.
After finishing the editing workshop, the writers found that they were able to give each other _____ comments, instead of the general and unhelpful suggestions they had been making beforehand.
Many admirers of art _____ the beauty of Jackson Pollock`s paintings, while others disparage the splatters of color as simplistic.

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