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Expand your vocabulary

27 November, 2022

Circle A, B, C, or D that most accurately fits the meaning and check your answers with the key.

1. Immutable

A. silent

B. unspeakable

C. exempt

D. unchanging

2. Bland

A. not reliable

B. without individuality

C. mixed

D. unusual

3. Ipso facto

A. contrary to nature

B. by the law itself

C. according to what was said

D. by that very fact

4. Dysfunctional

A. quiet

B. efficient

C. impaired

D. important

5. Risibility

A. wisdom

B. humorous awareness

C. wit

D. weak point

6. Pugilistic

A. high-spirited

B. basic

C. confrontational

D. unimportant

7. Thrall

A. fascination

B. disdain

C. hospitality

D. slavery

8. Propensity

A. vision

B. effectiveness

C. sensitivity

D. tendency

9. Lodestar

A. burden

B. novelty

C. guiding star

D. token

10. Deference

A. shyness

B. appearance

C. submission

D. indifference

11. Angst

A. trouble

B. anxiety

C. suspicion

D. annoyance

12. Elegiac

A. sorrowful

B. classy

C. elegant

D. towering

13. Empathize

A. to build an empire

B. testify

C. fish for sympathy

D. to experience vicariously

14. Patronizing

A. insulting

B. neighbourly

C. condescending

D. mocking

15. Enigma

A. boredom

B. puzzle

C. preoccupation

D. commitment

16. Ploy

A. dramatic reading

B. strategic manoeuvre

C. heavy equipment

D. elaborate illusion

17. Charlatan

A. volunteer

B. delicate lace

C. conniving fraud

D. singer

18. Grovel

A. whine

B. stumble

C. to laugh ominously

D. behave obsequiously

19. Archetype

A. school of architecture

B. anarchy

C. original model

D. a musical instrument

20. Lout

A. leader of the pack

B. comedian

C. noisy child

D. a boorish person


1. D

2. B

3. D

4. C

5. B

6. C

7. D

8. D

9. C

10. C

11. B

12. A

13. D

14. C

15. B

16. B

17. C

18. D

19. C

20. D


10 – 14 Correct: Good

15 – 17 Correct: Excellent

18 – 20 Correct: Exceptional