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At the beginning of the 20th century, wealthy business

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Joined: 07 Jun 2014
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GRE 1: Q167 V156
WE: Business Development (Energy and Utilities)
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Kudos [?]: 1659 [0], given: 396

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At the beginning of the 20th century, wealthy business [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2017, 08:42
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At the beginning of the 20th century, wealthy business leaders piteously (i) _________ that child labor laws would ruin them and corrupt the youth; one hundred years later, members of the modern (ii) _________ similarly bemoan that any government intervention will bankrupt them and contribute to the moral (iii) _________ of the less-moneyed classes.



Blank (i) Blank (ii)Blank (iii)
(A) besmirched (D) oligarchy (G) rectitude
(B) bleated (E) hierarchy(H) scruples
(C) postulated (F) monarchy(I) turpitude

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
Bleated, oligarchy, turpitude.

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Joined: 07 Jun 2014
Posts: 4749
GRE 1: Q167 V156
WE: Business Development (Energy and Utilities)
Followers: 93

Kudos [?]: 1659 [0], given: 396

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Re: At the beginning of the 20th century, wealthy business [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2017, 18:30
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Explanation

“Piteously” is the clue for the first blank. Bleated is used metaphorically here — to bleat is to make the weak, wavering cry of a sheep, goat, or calf. Basically, saying that someone is bleating is calling his complaints pathetic, which matches with the clue “piteously,” as well as the later “bemoan.”

The part of the sentence after the semicolon matches the first part in structure — the second blank parallels “wealthy business leaders,” and the third mirrors “corrupt the youth” (turpitude is “depravity or immorality”).

Bleated, oligarchy, turpitude.
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Re: At the beginning of the 20th century, wealthy business   [#permalink] 06 Nov 2017, 18:30
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