Grade 10 Unit 6 – Choosing the Right Word

Was Oscar Wilde being (*IRONIC, DEFT*) when he said that he could resist everything except temptation?
ironic

There’s a world of difference between a helpful research assistant and an (*EXPLICIT, OFFICIOUS*) one!
officious

She has the kind of (*SUPPLE, VENAL*) personalty that can easily adapt itself to a wide variety of needs and conditions.
supple

During the darkest hours of defeat, their only (*SOLACE, PINNACLE*) was the knowledge that they had fought hard to the very end.
solace

If the law is intended to limit nonessential use of gasoline and heating oil, it should state this (*EXPLICITLY, IRONICALLY*).
explicitly

He is in for a rude awakening if he thinks that as the son of a rich family, he will simply (*ACCEDE, SUPPRESS*) to a position of wealth and power.
accede

No matter how ticklish the situation, the hero of the cartoon always devised some (*DEFT, RAMPANT*) maneuver to avoid capture.
deft

The actress felt that she had reached the (*PINNACLE, SOLACE*) of fame when the principal of her former school asked for her autograph.
pinnacle

They tried to explain away their racial slur as a slop of the tongue, but in my opinion it was deliberate and (*PREMEDITATED, OMINOUS*).
premeditated

Coming at a time when I was flat broke, your suggestion that we have a bit to eat and go to the movies was highly (*OFFICIOUS, INOPPORTUNE*).
inopportune

Even in the concentration camps, some basic feelings of decency and humanity were not completely (*BRANDISHED, EXTIRPATED*).
extirpated

We were prepared for a sharp scolding but not for the (*OMINOUS, INOPPORTUNE*) silence with which the principal greeted us.
ominous

His speech at first seemed highly dramatic and impressive, but we soon realized that he was quite (*DESTITUTE, MUSTY*) of new ideas.
destitute

The way he (*BRANDISHES, COMPRISES*) his facts and figures reminds me of a butcher swinging a meat cleaver.
brandishes

Someone who insists that everyone has a price believes that human beings are (*PREMEDITATED, VENAL*) BY NATURE.
venal

No doubt there are some dishonest officials, but it is a gross exaggeration to say that graft and corruption are (*RAMPANT, EXPLICIT*) in our government.
rampant

Eliza Doolittle was a poor flower seller but she learned to conduct herself with the (*SUPPLE, STATELY*) bearing of a princess.
stately

The only sure way to (*SUPPRESS, BRANDISH*) social unrest is to make possible a decent, secure life for all people.
suppress

Let’s prepare a joint statement what will (*ACCEDE, COMPRISE*) the various objections of all civic groups to the freeway plan.
comprise

I have no patience with (*MUSTY, STATELY*) old ideas about family roles based on gender.
musty

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