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1

Complicity

Partnership in wrongdoing

Proceeding on the premise* that the broker was guilty of complicity in the swindle, the detective followed him surreptitiously*.

2

Liquidation

Disposal of, killing

After the liquidation of the gane leader, a mammoth* conflict arose among his ambitious lieutenants who aspired* to be boss.

3

Accomplice

An associate in crime

Although he was judged as a minor accomplice, the driver had actually played an integral* part in planning the crime.

4

Recant

Withdraw pervious statements

When the clergyman refused to recant, his superiors were so nettled* that they relegated* him to an isolated parish in Alaska.

5

Culpable

Deserving blame

Once the incontrovertible* evidence was offered, the servant was held culpable in the theft of the jewels.

6

Abrogate

Abolish

The wealthy uncle decided to abrogate his inane* nephew's sinecure*.

7

Alleged

Reported, supposed

It is symptomatic* of some newspapers that an alleged criminal is regarded in print as guilty.

8

Access

Admittance

One the druggist had been duped* into opening the store, the addict gained access to the pep pills.

9

Invalidate

To deprive of legal force, to nullify

The general was sure to invalidate the court-martial's decision once he learned of the flagrant* bias* of the presiding officer.

10

Preclude

Prevent

The maneger was distraught* when he realized that the slugger's sickness would preclude a World Series victory.

11

Persevere

Persist

If we persevere, we can overcome many of our inhibitions*.

12

Landmark

Historic, turning point of a period

The Battle of Midway was a landmark victory in the U.S. campaign for ultimate* victory over the Japanese in World War II.

13

Extrinsic

Foreign, coming from outside

Collectors avidly* sought the rare coin for its extrinsic value.

14

Declaim

Speak loudly

I knew that my father would declaim against Mother's choice of ostentatious* fabrics.

15

Fetter

To hamper

The senator inveighed* against the policy because he Felt it would fetter our Air Force.

16

Paragon

Model of excellence

The town planners looked upon their utopia* as a paragon for other communities.

17

Nomadic

Wandering

In the desert, nomadic tribes wander back and forth, enduring much privation*.

18

Asperity

Harshness of temper

We were amazed at the display of asperity from or normally phlegmatic* neighbor.

19

Epithet

Descriptive name

A bitter quarrel was precipitated* when both politicians hurled vile epithets at each other.

20

Controlversial

Debatable

Some schoold principals attempt to repress* the publication of controversial editorials.