Unit 5


Throughout the trial and the lengthy appeal process that followed, the defendant_____________ed her innocence.


asserted


New developments in medicine often lead to discussions of important ____________ questions.


ethical


Some high-frequencey sounds are _____________ to even the keenest human ear.


inaudible


Cases involving robbery and asssault are usually tried under the ______________ of the state courts.


jurisdiction


Their story didn't sound _______________ to me.


plausible


We had to laugh at her _________ remarks.


facetious


The _________ slaughter of right whales brought that species to the brink of extinction.


indiscriminant


We have a tight budget, but we make an exception for ______________ celebration on family birthdays.


prodigal


At many old mills in Vermont, granite stones were used to ______________ the grain.


pulverize


A person who is usually calm and collected may nevertheless somethimes behave in a ____________ manner.


volatile


Most people never stop to consider the words that might one day appear as their own ___________.


epitaph


People were _______ at the senseless brutality of the crime.


agahast


Thanks to the wet spring weather, birds and other animals will have an _____________ supply of food for the rest of the year.


ample


The tiny kittens ____________ in the corner, obviously frightened by the huge, growling dog.


cowered


Fair-minded people have only _________ for racism in all its forms.


disdain


Investigators uncovered a shocking network of lies and international ______________.


intrigue


The vivid _________ seemed so real that it completely unnerved me.


apparition


Readers are eagerly awaing the ________ to the latest bestseller.


sequel


Despite the couple's enormous weatlh, their taste in cars and houses is surprisingly __________.


plebeian


People who have children often choose a house due to its _____________ to good schools.


proximity