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Expand your vocabulary

2 April, 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. arousing suspicion
C. repentant
D. lavish
2. Elucidate
A. to complain
B. to make clear
C. to assist
D. to hide
3. Vortex
A. sorcerer
B. conclusion of a story
C. whirling mass
D. unbelievable story
4. Somatic
A. noisy
B. mental
C. strong smelling
D. physical
5. Resonance
A. deep sound
B. loud noise
C. soft music
D. easy solution
6. Anomaly
A. large house
B. abnormality
C. strange animal
D. happy person
7. Debility
A. false accusation
B. difficult task
C. loud music
D. a weakened state
8. Intrinsic
A. obedient
B. shy
C. ruthless
D. belonging to the very nature of something
9. Totemic
A. verbose
B. symbolic
C. brief
D. short
10. Obliterate
A. to destroy
B. to walk slowly
C. to read aloud
D. to sing along
11. Clement
A. having compassion
B. outspoken
C. outrageous
D. innocent
12. Artifice
A. introduction
B. afterword
C. clever trick
D. ornate decoration
13. Reconnoitre
A. to hide
B. to inspect
C. to gather information
D. to restrict
14. Lacunae
A. tiny creatures
B. abnormal people
C. missing parts
D. lighted matches
15. Acquiesce
A. to gain an advantage
B. to commit to memory
C. to live long
D. to comply without protest
16. Paroxysm
A. moral lesson
B. sudden outburst
C. imitation
D. similarity
17. Ramble
A. to crash
B. to clash
C. to cover
D. to wander
18. Nugatory
A. worthless
B. tiny
C. very large
D. valuable
19. Dolefully
A. happily
B. sadly
C. gratefully
D. energetically
20. Ablution
A. drawing
B. beating
C. cleansing
D. bellowing


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


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