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Expand your vocabulary

26 March, 2023

Circle A, B, C or D that most accurately fits the meaning and check your answers with the key.
1. Complement
A. complete number
B. flattering comment
C. strong criticism
D. freight shipment
2. Compliment
A. powerful party
B. expression of praise
C. cargo
D. copy
3. Resource
A. request
B. demand
C. reserve source of supply
D. origin
4. Recourse
A. repetition
B. racing track
C. horse racing
D. application of help
5. Tortuous
A. burning
B. cruel
C. kind
D. rough
6. Torturous
A. wonderful
B. painful
C. late
D. shining
7. Conscript
A. danger signal
B. image
C. reproduction
D. compulsorily
enrolled recruit
8. Transcript
A. alteration
B. news
C. copy
D. serious charge
9. Disquisition
A. formal discourse
B. lethargy
C. intelligence
D. cross examination
10. Inquisition
A. long speech
B. curiosity
C. thorough investigation
D. severe punishment
11. Disport
A. to be wasteful
B. exaggerate
C. plead
D. amuse
12. Deport
A. banish
B. leave
C. imprison
D. avoid punishment
13. Colloquy
A. conference
B. long speech
C. sacred place
D. giving up
14. Obloquy
A. ownership
B. abusive language
C. honesty
D. humility
15. Temporise
A. to deliver a speech
B. pursue a policy of delay
C. to praise
D. to get angry
16. Extemporise
A. to talk against
B. to honour
C. to borrow
D. to make on the spur of the moment
17. Hypercritical
A. very honest
B. humble
C. completely insincere
D. very strong
18. Hypocritical
A. careless
B. fussy
C. arrogant
D. pertaining to one who professes to be what he is not
19. Prescribe
A. reject
B. order
C. accept
D. explain
20. Proscribe
A. prohibit
B. protect
C. announce
D. command


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

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