- unwavering |ˌənˈwāv(ə)riNG| adjective-steady or resolute; not wavering: she fixed him with an unwavering stare.
- predominantly |prəˈdämənəntlē| adverb-mainly; for the most part: [sentence adverb] : it is predominantly a coastal bird.
- resolute |ˈrezəˌl(y)o͞ot| adjective-admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering: she was resolute and unswerving.
- dissent |dəˈsent| noun- the expression or holding of opinions at variance with those previously, commonly, or officially held: there was no dissent from this view.
- animus |ˈanəməs| noun-1 hostility or ill feeling: the author’s animus toward her.
- misconstrue |ˌmiskənˈstro͞o|-verb (misconstrues, misconstruing, misconstrued) [with object] interpret (something, especially a person’s words or actions) wrongly: my advice was deliberately misconstrued.
- crux |krəkskro͝oks| noun (plural cruxes or cruces |ˈkro͞oˌsēz| ) (the crux) the decisive or most important point at issue: the crux of the matter is that attitudes have changed.
- conservative |kənˈsərvədiv| adjective- holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion.
- masquerade|ˌmaskəˈrād| noun- a false show or pretense: his masquerade ended when he was arrested.
- stone face noun (informal) –a face that reveals no emotions.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins
The court voted 5 to 4, with the more conservative justices in the majority and with Justice Breyer writing his own dissent. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Justice Sotomayor’s.
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
Justice Sotomayor chose her words carefully.
The crowded courthouse fell silent.
She stated that Trump had never disavowed any of his statements regarding Islam.