Fruitless*, useless, failing
The divers made an abortive attemp to rescue the dog from the murky* waters.
Because Phil refused to modify his philosophy, the directors were forced to invalidate* his appointment.
To make fit, adjust to
A quarrel was percipitated* when the dietician refused to accommodate the patient's special needs.
Without preparetion, unrehearsed
My English teacher admonished* me: " I realize that the speech was to be spontaneous, but it was not supposted to be incoherent* or fraught* with fallacious* statements."
His innate cunning allowed him to see through the spy's subterfuge*.
The lieutenant confessed to a veneer of ignorance in order to properly evaluate* his corporal's resourcefulness*.
Once the hoax* had been concocted*, a myriad of problems arose.
By embellishing* her work with urbane humor, the sophisticated playwirhgt succeeded on Broadway.
Why did Silas Marner crave wealth and practice cupidity*?
Not related to the subject
The defendant was alleged* to have been an army deserter, but the judge said that was irrelevant to the case.
Believe, to judge
Whom do you deem to be the bulwalk* of the Republican party?
Certain mice have an inherent alertness that enables them to conquer the researchers' labyrinth.
A fan, follower
The firemen did not have to cajole* the enthusiatic buff into helping them extinguish the blaze.
To move in a lively manner
When the intercity competition began, our team was supposed to romp over our hapless* rivals.
At the age of 42, the artist first became cognizant* of his latent genuis.
The other drivers were nettled* about the ease with which our car ascended* the tortuous road.
Signs were posted in the lobby to prevent itinerant beggars and others of that ilk* from entering.
The sedentary* twin was content to follow his brother's peregrination on a map.
Relating to marriage
Arguments over money have often led to conjugal havoc*.
Instrument for measuring change
The warmth of Mr. Smythe's greeting each morning may be construed* as an excellent barometer of his health.