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Expand your vocabulary

22 January, 2023

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

1. Adventurism

A. practicality

B. experience

C. exuberance

D. recklessness

2. Catcall

A. loud cry of disapproval

B. imitation

C. grievance

D. approval

3. Muckrake

A. to clean up

B. to expose misconduct

C. to make up lies

D. to forgive

4. Hoodwink

A. overlook

B. stall

C. to deceive

D. to fail

5. Autocratic

A. useful

B. stubborn

C. cruel

D. dictatorial

6. Palmy

A. flourishing

B. refreshing

C. fleshy

D. warm and soft

7. Paparazzo

A. close friend

B. innocent child

C. elderly man

D. aggressive photographer

8. Overweening

A. innocent

B. faithful

C. arrogant

D. obedient

9. Numinous

A. shadowy

B. supernatural

C. unusual

D. bold

10. Belittle

A. to joke

B. to disparage

C. to shrink

D. to bend

11. Foible

A. deception

B. agreement

C. minor fault

D. blunder

12. Omniscient

A. greedy

B. happy

C. lazy

D. knowing everything

13. Arbiter

A. judge

B. auctioneer

C. prophet

D. teacher

14. Primordial

A. earthy

B. primitive

C. modern

D. arrogant

15. Fallow

A. trustworthy

B. undecided

C. honest

D. inactive

16. Debauch

A. corrupt

B. to alter

C. inflate

D. to increase

17. Contention

A. proof

B. avoidance

C. assertion

D. admission

18. Malaise

A. irritability

B. discouragement

C. uneasiness

D. indifference

19. Coalesce

A. boil

B. unite

C. differ

D. spread out

20. Dispel

A. diminish

B. drive away

C. to ignore

D. to prove



1. D

2. A

3. B

4. C

5. D

6. A

7. D

8. C

9. B

10. B

11. C

12. D

13. A

14. B

15. D

16. A

17. C

18. C

19. B

20. B



10 – 14 Correct: Good

15 – 17 Correct: Excellent

18 – 20 Correct: Exceptional