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Expecting Tom to protest the poor grade on his psychology paper, the professor was disheartened when he _____ tossed it in his bag and left the room.
The stock market having plunged drastically, the investor`s _____ mood on the trading floor seemed incongruous.
Hundreds of _____ fans waited in line for hours at the comic book convention to talk to their favorite artists and buy limited-edition toy variants otherwise unavailable.
The group`s final paper, replete with errors in spelling, diction, and idiom, showed every sign of having been given only _____ proofreading.
Releasing a series of solo recordings, collaborating with such musicians as David Byrne and Robert Fripp, and producing artists from Devo to U2 made Brian Eno so _____ for a time that one music industry observer was moved to note that "Brain Eno is everywhere-like God, or salt."
Some of Dr. Seuss`s most famous characters had _____ meanings that would be lost on his young readers until adulthood; the title character in Yertle the Turtle, for instance, was based on Hitler, and the imperiled Who people in Horton Hears a Who represented the citizens of post-World War II Japan.
Oblivious to the magnitude of his costly mistake, Whitman was unprepared to be _____ at so public a forum as the annual shareholder`s meeting.
Because they were written to entertain both parents and children, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies served an unexpectedly _____ purpose: vex, parry, and overture, for example, are among the advanced vocabulary that the young audience could learn in context from The Bugs Bunny Show.
Not known to go out of his way to get along with people, the reclusive author nonetheless managed to surprise the interviewer with his _____ comments.
The decision to continue the investigation was not so much about doubting the veracity of the witness`s statement, which had been corroborated by other reliable interviews, as it was about a conviction that there was further evidence that could play a _____ role in the case.
Boycotting companies that engage in unethical behavior, such as promoting wars or violating privacy rights, can be an effective way to pressure corporations to stop inherently unacceptable behaviors; nonetheless, such demonstrations of consumer _____ can also have negative consequences including inflation and increased unemployment.
Instead of saying "killed" when reporting on war situations, the military often uses more anodyne phrases such as "neutralizing the target" or "collateral damage;" these attempts to gloss reality with _____ do nothing to alleviate the impact of the news.
Truly understanding literary theory requires a greater academic investment than simply memorizing descriptions of aestheticism, deconstructionism, and post-modernism; one must also be willing to study philosophy, history, and society to develop an interdisciplinary _____ of how humans build meaning.
Many animals such as the poison dart frog, the tiger moth, and the black widow spider give predators advanced warning of their unpalatability or danger through aposematic warning signs, while other animals such as the harmless scarlet kingsnake simply mimic the bright colors of the _____ species to keep predators away.
While some mummies, those of Egyptian pharaohs for example, were intentionally preserved with substances such as natron to dry out the bodies and prevent decomposition, others, such as the Tarim mummies found in present-day Xinjiang, China, were _____ naturally by the searing desert conditions.
As the valedictorian of his graduating class, Thomas was tasked with delivering a(n) _____ speech, dutifully rehearsing in front of both his mirror and the cat.
Worried that he had lost the support of his party, the Prime Minister forcefully _____ his controversial statement that healthcare would not be a priority.
With recent advances in technology allowing for convenient online access to reading material, many forecasters expect to see hardcover book sales _____.
Pulled over for speeding and nervous about receiving an unpleasant lecture, Natalie`s fears were easily relieved by the _____ policeman.
Even among statisticians, who fully understand that true randomness includes repetition, there is often a misguided attempt to _____ one`s chances of winning the lottery by declining to select numbers that have recently appeared on winning tickets.

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