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Expand your vocabulary

29 January, 2023

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

1. Colloquium
A. poem of praise
B. large auditorium
C. ancient church
D. conference
2. Stodgy
A. strong
B. brief
C. dull
D. foolish
3. Ennui
A. boredom
B. sarcasm
C. annoyance
D. snobbishness
4. De facto
A. practical
B. true
C. in fact
D. for example
5. Riven
A. broken
B. split
C. forced
D. illicit
6. Bombast
A. threat
B. pompous language
C. outburst
D. boast
7. Minuscule
A. delicate
B. minimal
C. exact
D. very small
8. Urban
Relating to
A. gardens
B. villages
C. the city
D. social status
9. Candour
A. frankness
B. emptiness
C. humour
D. wordiness
10. Deem
A. insist
B. enact
C. correct
D. believe
11. Narcissism
A. companion
B. jealousy
C. self-love
D. anger
12. Cognitive
Based on
A. rumour
B. knowledge
C. emotion
D. inspiration
13. Jettison
A. accept
B. reprint
C. to discard
D. speed up
14. Demigod
A. rebel
B. angel
C. hermit
D. revered person
15. Tangentially
A. boldly
B. imaginatively
C. slightly
D. vividly
16. Coalition
A. armed struggle
B. temporary alliance
C. large gathering
D. deal
17. Stigmatise
A. cast a slur upon
B. to praise
C. to criticise
D. to pinpoint
18. Palliative
That which
A. binds
B. gives temporary relief
C. tastes sweet
D. creates problems
19. Nuance
A. newly-coined word
B. mild criticism
C. gradation
D. joke
20. Ambiguity
A. authority
B. complexity
C. superiority
D. uncertainty


1. D
2. C
3. A
4. C
5. B
6. B
7. D
8. C
9. A
10. D
11. C
12. B
13. C
14. D
15. C
16. B
17. A
18. B
19. C
20. D

10 – 14 Correct: Good
15 – 17 Correct: Excellent
18 – 20 Correct: Exceptional