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Expand your vocabulary

18 September, 2022

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

1. Petulant
A. irritable
B. arrogant
C. wise
D. timid
2. Misanthropic
A. short
B. distrustful
C. human
D. eccentric
3. Orotund
A. greedy
B. generous
C. pompous
D. round in shape
4. Pungent
A. silly
B. stinking
C. fat
D. sharp
5. Frenetic
A. frantic
B. bossy
C. fatal
D. humorous
6. Redoubtable
A. innocent
B. strong
C. formidable
D. questionable
7. Sullen
A. gloomy
B. happy
C. harsh
D. doubtful
8. Quicksilver
A. open-minded
B. cunning
C. favourite
D. unpredictable
9. Pedantic
A. wise
B. narrow-minded
C. passionate
D. trustworthy
10. Languid
A. sluggish
B. broken
C. strong
D. heavy
11. Winsome
A. ugly
B. creative
C. charming
D. unofficial
12. Visceral
A. instructive
B. well-behaved
C. longstanding
D. instinctive
13. Uncanny
A. reckless
B. inexplicable
C. serious
D. offensive
14. Volatile
A. unstable
B. carefree
C. happy
D. unhappy
15. Ecumenical
Relating to
A. ruins
B. people
C. churches
D. orphans
16. Ingenuous
A. skilled
B. secretive
C. candid
D. innocent
17. Itinerant
A. polite
B. rude
C. jobless
D. travelling
18. Poky
A. tedious
B. heavy
C. light
D. non-existent
19. Sanguine
A. confident
B. hopeless
C. ferocious
D. kind-hearted
20. Desultory
A. arrogant
B. random
C. witty
D. unwilling

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

10 – 12 Correct: Good
13 – 16 Correct: Excellent
17 – 20 Correct: Exceptional