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In an era in which mass media is but a thrall of its corporate masters, the amateurish _____ of commercials for local businesses provide a tonic for the slick homogeneity of most advertising.
Despite having earned over two hundred million dollars during his career, the boxer`s _____ spending and bad investments left him insolvent within a few years of retirement.
When a Roman emperor visited a provincial city, an important part of the ceremony of reception was the delivery of _____, in which a local poet or orator would lavish praise on the imperial visitor.
Despite having steeled herself for the worst, the new band director was disheartened to hear the _____ sounds emanating from the freshman orchestra.
Bede, the author of A History of the English Church and People, was so widely _____ that he has been almost universally known as "The Venerable Bede" since the ninth century.
In addition to the detailed written regulations regarding play, a novice golfer must also learn the _____, but nonetheless important, rules of etiquette.
Based on the desire to restrict further water pollution, the Clean Water Act of 1972 began under _____ terms, but opponents soon assailed the bill in the court system and discouraged those who had fought for its ratification.
Jane Austen`s novel, Emma, paints a comedy of errors that results when its heroine tries her hand at creating love matches, an effort which she attributes to her own _____ instead of a selfish need to meddle.
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.

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