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The incumbent was so roundly trounced in the latest polls that any notion he had at winning the election was illusory, nothing more than a(n) _____.
That the psychopharmacological journal had already published the findings of the clinician`s experiment rendered _____ any prior misgivings she had regarding the validity of her control group.
Revolutions do little to cure a nation`s _____ – the very agitation that allowed for a change in previous rule often precludes the formation of a viable government.
The politician spoke in a tedious, pompous manner, _____ the entire duration of his speech.
It behoves the president elect to forth will _____ the policies that kept his predecessor in good standing on both sides of the political divide.
While she was unfailingly _____ to her superiors, such slavish obedience and unquestioning sycophancy never helped her ascend beyond the role of a lackey.
Though the accounting firm was exonerated of any corporate malfeasance, the perception that it is not completely _____ has persisted.
In censuring the academic committee for apparently being _____ in appointing a chancellor, the university president mistook deliberation for procrastination--the committee had been guilty of nothing more than a scrupulous vetting of all candidates.
History has recast the 15th century Florentine monk Girolamo Savonarola as a rabble-rousing zealot lording over the "bonfire of the vanities"; yet this so-called _____ --mainly because he directed his censure at the church--was a crusader for austerity and thus a check on a papacy that had run a course of profligacy.
For Nancy, teatime was no mere _____: she was so persnickety that each step of the process-heating, steeping, and stirring-was executed with the solemnity and exactitude of a surgeon.
The choreographer was mainly concerned with _____ details, as the period production required the leads to don a number of different outfits.
The effects of radiation are _____: only after many years, once a chronic disease surfaces, do people realize they had, at some point in their lives, been exposed.
Because the corporation has suffered consecutive quarter losses, at times arbitrarily terminating jobs, employees fondly recall the _____ days.
In August 27th, 1883, the Indonesian island of Krakatoa, home to a highly volatile volcano, disappeared overnight in a display of stunning geological prowess that continued _____ even after the island had vanished, as a series of massive seismic shocks created a tsunami with waves of 150-feet high that traveled nearly a thousand miles.
That, though no fault of his own, George Cuvier, the father of extinction theory, has mostly slipped into obscurity, his name typically surfacing only in paleontology journals, is an outcome that-given his field and his claim that his work would endure-smacks of _____.
For all her brilliance, Ada was undone by a(n) _____ that led her to disparage those who took any speculation too seriously, averring that the philosophical mind worked best when it did not attach itself too strongly to any one line of thought.
With the critics waiting in the flanks, their pens flourished like rapiers, Henderson _____ what would inevitably be a media circus regarding the release of yet another of his popular--though always pilloried in the press--series of books featuring a dashing heroine capable of unlimited physical prowess and endless derring-do.
Rubens, for all his high-flown rhetoric, churns out book reviews that have come to seem _____: from decades of critiquing other`s prose, he now relies on a familiar and tired formula.
Meticulous to a fault, Sarah is often considered _____; unless, of course, her consummate eye for detail works in one`s favor.
With all the trappings of a "successful" novelist, Farminghouse perhaps will most likely experience a(n) _____ fame: posterity rarely looks kindly on those writers who bedazzle the hoi polloi.

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