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Expand your vocabulary

4 June, 2023

Circle A, B, C or D that most accurately fits the meaning and check your answers with the key.
1. Concession
A. admission
B. rejection
C. approval
D. denial

2. Quagmire
A. pitfall
B. marsh
C. bonanza
D. quarry

3. Demographics
A. government approval
B. office procedure
C. population statistics
D. rule by the people

4. Vex
A. to shame
B. to enter
C. to withdraw
D. to annoy

5. Legerdemain
A. sleight of hand
B. nonsense
C. logical argument
D. shameless act
6. Palpably
A. secretly
B. obviously
C. carefully
D. sentimentally

7. Buttress
A. tower
B. sweet food
C. support
D. enemy action

8. Canvass
A. to convert
B. to criticise
C. to arrange in order
D. to ask for opinions

9. Onerous
A. burdensome
B. threatening
C. very big
D. foul-smelling

10. Rationalise
A. to explain
B. to justify
C. to ignore details
D. to be pessimistic
11. Philippic
A. humorous remark
B. encouraging words
C. bitter verbal denunciation
D. wise saying

12. Synonymous
A. boring
B. dissimilar
C. open for discussion
D. alike

13. Synthesise
A. to combine
B. to control
C. to create music
D. to avoid

14. Phobia
A. extreme happiness
B. fear
C. ignorance
D. sympathy

15. Cataclysm
A. exclusive rights
B. excitement
C. disaster
D. mixing machine
16. Gastric
Pertaining to
A. magic
B. fuel
C. nervous problems
D. stomach

17. Thesaurus
A. book of synonyms
B. disagreement
C. road map
D. dangerous animal

18. Ode
A. debt
B. poem
C. sweet smell
D. pleasant surprise

19. Eulogise
A. to shout
B. to sing
C. to praise
D. to dance

20. Mania
A. cleverness
B. mental disease
C. cheerfulness
D. craze



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

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