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This type of small turtle 'seldom' grows over four inches in length.

in few instances : rarely, infrequently


... this latest animal circus has sparked 'apoplexy' among some environmentalists.

a state of intense and almost uncontrollable anger; unconsciousness or incapacity resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage or stroke


I 'blandished' her into doing my work by complimenting her productive character.

to coax with flattery : cajole


We will not tolerate such 'deplorable' behavior in a house of worship

deserving censure or contempt : wretched; lamentable


Investigators want to establish if the crash was an accident or caused by his 'skylarking'.

to run up and down the rigging of a ship in sport; frolic, sport, silly behaviour


His 'obstinate' refusal to obey our rules...

stubbornly adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course in spite of reason, arguments, or persuasion


The 'confluent' streams of water created cool winds.

flowing, coming, or merging together


There was a short, 'derisive' laugh from a heckler.

expressing or causing contemptuous ridicule or scorn : ridiculing


A 'jocular' man who could make the most serious people smile...

said or done as a joke : characterized by jesting : playful


An eccentric who claimed to have photographed an 'apparition' in the empty house...

an unusual or unexpected sight : phenomenon; a ghostly figure; the act of becoming visible : appearance


There were a hundred or so hotels in the 'vicinity' of the railway station.

a surrounding area or district : neighborhood; the quality or state of being near : proximity


A 'vindictive' woman desperate for revenge against the man who loved and left her...

disposed to seek revenge : vengeful; intended for or involving revenge


He cleared off all the 'superfluous' items of his desk to make room for the new computer.

exceeding what is sufficient or necessary : extra;


An 'opulent' mansion filled with priceless art and luxurious furniture...

having a large estate or property : wealthy; amply or plentifully provided or fashioned often to the point of ostentation


She has endured major disappointments with 'fortitude' and patience.

strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage


I find it difficult to 'abide' the narrow-minded attitude of a prejudiced person.

to endure patiently : tolerate; to wait for : await; to accept without objection; to remain stable or fixed in a state