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His gloom was now compounded by the failing mark on his geometry test.

1. gloom(n.) the feeling of having no hope

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I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon.

1. preoccupation(n.) a state in which you think about something so much that you do not think about other things

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He didn't say any more, but we've always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understand that he meant a great deal more than that.

1. communicative [kə`mjunə͵ketɪv] (adj.) willing to tell things to other people

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How paradoxical that the world's greatest chefs have all been men!

1. paradoxical [͵pærə`dɑksɪk!] (adj.) strange because of being the opposite of what you expect

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A British scientist has prognosticated that within ten years every suburban matron will have her own robot servant.

1. prognosticate[prɑg`nɑstɪk](v.)[ very formal ] to say what you think will happen in the future

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The youngster who reads voraciously, though indiscriminately, does not necessarily gain in wisdom over the teenager who is more selective in his reading choices.

1. voracious [vo`reʃəs](adj.) a voracious person or animal eats a large amount of food

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1.synthesize [`sɪnθə͵saɪz](v.) to combine different ideas, styles, or systems into a single idea or system

   Example: The final chapter attempts to synthesize the arguments.

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