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Expand your vocabulary

30 July, 2022

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

1. Impetus
A. self-denial
B. pattern of lies
C. an exercise
D. driving force
2. Hiatus
A. interruption
B. dismissal
C. holiday
D. holiday resort
3. Diffident
A. damaged
B. lacking confidence
C. insolvent
D. crazy
4. Postulate
A. narrate a story
B. to die down
C. assume to be true
D. fight corruption
5. Sanguine
A. hungry
B. depressed
C. optimistic
D. sinking
6. Sunder
A. increase
B. think
C. overlook
D. separate
7. Mulct
A. defraud
B. ponder a problem
C. earn steadily
D. be optimistic
8. Apocryphal
A. revelatory
B. religious
C. false or doubtful
D. full of regret
9. Cachet
A. prestige
B. hiding place
C. money
D. permission
10. Blandish
A. show off
B. to write off
C. to coax
D. navigate
11. Pathos
A. sense of compassion
B. happiness
C. sorrow
D. mental problem
12. Broach
A. blush
B. break
C. attack
D. bring up in conversation
13. Inculcate
A. implant
B. ridicule
C. swindle
D. insult
14. Laconic
A. intricate
B. bright
C. concise
D. timeless
15. Gambit
A. game
B. excuse
C. falsehood
D. smart move
16. Sinecure
A. embarrassing situation
B. wonder drug
C. sincere feeling
D. job with no duties
17. Classic
A. serious
B. humorous
C. of excellent quality
D. basic
18. Burly
A. big and strong
B. weak
C. round
D. innocent
19. Dinky
A. false
B. small and attractive
C. big and ugly
D. wet
20. Elation
A. a feeling of extreme happiness
B. a state of unhappiness
C. a stream of thoughts
D. a mental disease
1. D
2. A
3. B
4. C
5. C
6. D
7. A
8. C
9. A
10. C
11. A
12. D
13. A
14. C
15. D
16. D
17. C
18. A
19. B
20. A

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