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Expand your vocabulary

21 May, 2023

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

1. Hydra

A. many-headed monster

B. fountain in Greece

C. large boat

D. colourless gas

2. Sisyphean

A. shiny

B. laborious and futile

C. not sensible

D. having an important effect

3. Verbatim

A. having many different uses

B. spoken rather than written

C. word for word

D. containing unnecessary

4. Pince-nez

A. part of a garden

B. liquid put on a surface

C. illegal action

D. type of eyeglasses

5. Prosaic

A. dull

B. extremely offended

C. bad-tempered

D. having matter hair

6. Deduce

A. wait

B. infer

C. argue

D. judge

7. Forestall

A. support

B. offend

C. hinder

D. relieve

8. Sluice

A. comfort

B. soldier who enters acountry by force

C. passage of water

D. type of cow

9. Tremulous

A. angry

B. serious-minded

C. enjoyable

D. affected with trembling

10. Buttress

A. Strengthen

B. keep complaining

C. fasten something to something else

D. to treat someone unfairly

11. Crystalline

A. feeling sorry

B. sparkling

C. relating to punishing criminals

D. drawn using pastels

12. Subside

A. to stick something to something else

B. to obey

C. to sink or fall

D. read something carefully

13. Aberration

A. liquid obtained from petroleum

B. long wooden seat

C. expensive apartment

D. unsoundness

14. Proficiency

A. advancement in skill

B. book with stiff paper cover

C. combination of two words

D. honesty

15. Cower

A. to intimidate

B. to shrink away

C. manipulate through flattery

D. call out to

16. Erratic

A. by design

B. in sequence

C. characterised by inconsistency

D. irrelevant

17. Motto

A. catch-phrase

B. method of operation

C. contractual agreement

D. half-share

18. Decant

A. to mislead

B. to censor

C. transfer

D. to purify

19. Approbation

A. punishment

B. understanding

C. mischief

D. approval

20. Emaciated

A. thin

B. fat

C. hard-hearted

D. uncomfortable



1. A

2. B

3. C

4. D

5. A

6. B

7. C

8. C

9. D

10. A

11. B

12. C

13. D

14. A

15. B

16. C

17. A

18. C

19. D

20. A



10 – 14 Correct: Good

15 – 17 Correct: Excellent

18 – 20 Correct: Exceptional