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With the introduction of gunpowder and the use of cannons in siege warfare, castles that in earlier years had seemed _____ were easily breached by the new weapons.
Miss Post recommends that, in writing a note of apology, one should sound properly _____.
After the devastating eruption, fear of Mount Etna was great: people did not return to cultivate its rich hillside lands until the volcano had been _____ for two years.
Perry`s critics in the scientific world _____ that many of the observations he has made during more than a decade of research in Costa Rica have been reported as anecdotes in popular magazines rather than as carefully documented case studies in technical journals.
A _____ of errors led to a major malfunction in the operating system.
Her (i)_____ at office meetings was in surprising contrast to her (ii)_____ during off hours.
Although he did not consider himself (i)_____, he felt that the inconsistencies in her story (ii)_____ a certain degree of incredulity on his part.
The auctioneer prided himself on his imperturbability under the most hectic of circumstances; no matter how (i)_____ the bidding became or how immensely precious the items he auctioned, he allowed nothing to (ii)_____ his composure.
The shortcomings of Mr. Brooke`s analysis are (i)_____ by his (ii)_____ in explaining financial complexity and the sheer importance of his text.
Eager for precision in a field (i)_____ ambiguity and frustration and determined at all costs to find answers to (ii)_____ questions of provenance, curators of major museums have long used the methods of nuclear science—neutron activation analysis, accelerator mass spectrometry, proton-induced X-ray emissions—to analyze ancient artworks.
Appalled by the confused jumble of laws he had inherited from his predecessors, King Joseph II attempted to codify the existing (i)_____ of medieval law into a modern and (ii)_____ code.
It seems ironic that Elizabeth`s rejection, intended to discourage her importunate suitor, served only to _____ his ardor.
Written in epistolary form, and therefore strikingly unlike her earlier novels, Jane Austen`s incomplete novel Lady Susan nonetheless _____ several dramatic themes evident in those youthful works.
Although she had to _____ that her nephew was rather slow to draw an inference, she did so with reluctance, and pointed out that, to his credit, he did not often jump to conclusions.
In a sense, Constable`s art and politics were shaped by one dominant emotion: an abiding, even obsessive _____ the world of his rural childhood, the only world in which he probably felt at ease.
There is an essential _____ in human gestures, and when someone raises the palms of his hands together, we do not know whether it is to bury himself in prayer or to throw himself into the sea.
Because the ice grains in slush are so loosely bonded, it is _____ and thus can cause an avalance even on gentle slopes.
The two executives were a study in contrasts: where the chief financial officer was (i)_____ keeping accurate records and famous within the company for her (ii)_____, the chief executive officer was far more liberal in his spending habits and not particularly known for (iii)_____ recordkeeping.
Credit is (i)_____, and hard for even one person to hold onto, but (ii)_____, sticky as honey, goes everywhere and sticks to everyone.
By holding the balance of power in the sparsely settled borderlands between English and French settlements, and by their (i)_____ to use their power against one or the other nation if not appropriately treated, the Iroquois played the game of European power politics with (ii)_____.

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