VCR Presentation 6

Rhea Parikh

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word from lesson 6

Every day, there are customers who complain about the terrible service at Sam's diner, but the employees must _______ their annoyance and patiently acknowledge all the complaints.

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Definition: To turn aside an instinctual, perhaps primitive impulse in favor of a more socially or culturally accepting activity.

Part of Speech: tr. and intr. verb.

  • other parts of speech: Sublimate (noun & adjective) and Sublimation (noun)

Roots: Sublimate comes from the Latin root sub meaning "under" and from the Latin root limen meaning "threshold."


  • channel
  • divert
  • redirect


  • preserve
  • uphold

Alternate Definition

In science, sublimation is a chemical process where a solid turns into a gas without going through a liquid stage. An example of this is when ice cubes shrink in the freezer.
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The word sublimate began as a psychological term. For example, it would be used when therapists helped their patients control certain impulses. However, sublimate is now used in a more general sense.

Choose the letter of the sentence in which the word in bold is used incorrectly.

A. Jake tried to pick a fight with me, but I chose to sublimate my temptation to punch him by taking deep breaths and walking away.

B. After her father's death, Janet went through a severe depressive episode, so her psychiatrist tried to sublimate her suicidal urges by making her recall the happy memories she had with her father.

C. President Herbert Hoover tried very hard to sublimate the country during the mid 1900s, but the Great Depression was inevitable.

D. Many celebrities sublimate their emotions into their music, allowing their audience to relate to it more.

Answer choice C is correct because sublimate does not fit with the context.