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His wife’s icy stare and aloof demeanor told Johann

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His wife’s icy stare and aloof demeanor told Johann [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2017, 17:55
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His wife’s icy stare and aloof demeanor told Johann unequivocally that his propitiatory gifts had failed to _______ her anger.

A. vilify
B. garner
C. exacerbate
D. aggravate
E. placate
F. appease


[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
E and F
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: His wife’s icy stare and aloof demeanor told Johann [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2017, 18:42
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Explanation

you’re comfortable with the meaning of propitiatory, you can recycle the verb propitiate into the blank; if not, the clue icy stare and aloof demeanor can tell you—like Johann—that the gifts didn’t calm her anger. Both exacerbate and aggravate are nearly the opposite of what you’re looking for, so eliminate choices (C) and (D). Neither vilify, which means to speak ill of, nor garner, which means to amass or acquire, make sense in the blank, so eliminate choices (A) and (B). Both placate and appease can mean to calm, so choices (E) and (F) give you appropriate, equivalent sentences.

Hence options E and F are suitable!
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