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1

Inclement

Unfavorable, stormy

She blamed her absence from the game on the inclement weather, but we knew that was sour grapes.

2

Peruse

To read carefully

After being admonished* by his farther, he began to peruse the want ads daily.

3

Premonition

Forewarning

When the black cat crossed her path, Ellen had a premonition of disaster.

4

Desist

Cease

The pickets promulgated* a warning that they would not desist in the effort to enhance* their standard of living.

5

Recoil

Draw back

As the snake prepared to strike, the girls recoiled in horror.

6

Pertinent

To the point, appropriate 

During the trial the astute* lawyer was able to elicit* the pertinent information from the key witness.

7

Mastiff

Large dog

My nervous neighbor bought a pugnacious* mastiff to frighten burglars.

8

Obsess

To haunt, preoccupy

The Stockbroker was obsessed with the idea of becoming a painter.

9

Doleful

Sad, melancholy

Doleful expressions abounded* throughout headquarters on the night of the election.

10

Wan

Sickly pale

After the tension, his normally ruddy face was wan and tired.

11

Histrionics

Display of emotions

Saying that he would not tolerate* her histrionics, the director fired the temperamental actress.

12

Elusive

Hard to grasp

All his life he found happiness elusive, but wealth easy to come by.

13

Frustrate

Counteract, foil, thwart

The warden frustrated the prisoners' attempt to escape by adding more guards.

14

Symptomatic

Having to do with signs or symptoms, indicative

The sordid* rioting was symptomatic of the problems facing the large cities.

15

Interject

Insert, interrupt

Most viewers hate it when a commercial is interjected into a suspense drama.

16

Inert

Without power to move

Seeing the inert player the manager dashed out onto the field.

17

Salient

Outstanding, prominent

One of the salient features of her poetry is a dependence upon euphemisms*.

18

Imminent

Likely to happen, threatening

The senator loathed* it when people said that an atomic war was imminent.

19

Squeamish

Easily shocked, over sensitive

When his squeamish partner complained about a lack of ethics*, the businessman laughed at his innocence.

20

Engrossed

Absorbed

Engrossed in his crossword puzzle, he failed to notice the paucity* of customer in the restaurant.