Expand your vocabulary | Sunday Observer

Expand your vocabulary

12 March, 2023

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

1. Prodigious

A. arousing admiration

B. repentant

C. lavish

D. frightened

2. Elucidate

A. exaggerate

B. to make clear

C. to calm down

D. to complain

3. Vortex

A. rare disease

B. annoyance

C. whirling mass

D. enigma

4. Resonance

A. protest

B. evidence

C. solution

D. deep sound

5. Anomaly

A. abnormality

B. added clause

C. a type of lizard

D. large company

6. Debility

A. repayment of debt

B. weakened state

C. false accusation

D. difficult task

7. Intrinsic

A. shy

B. truthful

C. belonging to the very

nature of something

D. dedicated

8. Totemic

A. verbose

B. exclusive

C. rare

D. symbolic

9. Obliterate

A. speak aloud

B. to destroy

C. imitate

D. prohibit

10. Artifice

A. decoration

B. clever trick

C. introduction

D. auditorium

11. Clement

A. intellectual

B. clever

C. having compassion

D. stupid

12. Reconnoitre

A. discuss

B. avoid

C. evade arrest

D. inspect

13. Lacunae

A. missing parts

B. shallow water

C. local dialects

D. strangers

14. Acquiesce

A. bargain

B. accept a bribe

C. to weigh all opinions

D. to comply without protest

15. Paroxysm

A. moral lesson

B. contradiction

C. imitation

D. sudden outburst

16. Josh

A. to make a mess

B. rough up

C. run slowly

D. to joke

17. Fudge

A. to sweeten

B. smear

C. falsify

D. irritate

18. Snipe

A. to criticise slyly

B. cut with scissors

C. to move stealthily

D. to borrow

19. Tryst

A. fake money

B. meeting between lovers

C. sentimental story

D. great effort

20. Rend

A. to submit

B. to rip apart

C. to take over

D. to describe



1. A

2. B

3. C

4. D

5. A

6. B

7. C

8. D

9. B

10. B

11. C

12. D

13. A

14. D

15. D

16. D

17. C

18. A

19. B

20. B



10 – 14 Correct:  Good

15 – 1 7 Correct: Excellent

18 – 20 Correct: Exceptional