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Expand your vocabulary

18 June, 2023

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

1. Salacious
A. lustful
B. scornful
C. playful
D. greedy

2. Placate
A. to please
B. to calm down
C. to annoy
D. to interfere

3. Flighty
A. serene
B. dull
C. erratic
D. amusing

4. Sardonic
A. frustrated
B. irritable
C. happy
D. mocking

5. Languorous
A. weary
B. carefree
C. gentle
D. serious

6. Sleazy
A. vexed
B. corrupt
C. insulted
D. confused

7. Intrepid
A. defiant
B. timid
C. fearless
D. energetic

8. Devoted
A. submissive
B. frightened
C. long-lasting
D. loyal

9. Baleful
A. menacing
B. unhappy
C. happy
D. sad

10. Devious
A. offensive
B. deceitful
C. apologetic
D. cunning

11. Stricken
A. anxious
B. lonely
C. sorrowful
D. deranged

12. Strident
A. surprised
B. awkward
C. abrupt
D. harsh

13. Aghast
A. shocked
B. disgusted
C. exhausted
D. terrified

14. Mardy
A. nervous
B. sullen
C. happy
D. grateful

15. Hone
A. mourn
B. hum
C. sharpen
D. whisper

16. Hulk
A. rotten tree trunk
B. fat man
C. pile of garbage
D. broken-down ship

17. Wield
A. exercise authority
B. support
C. to reject
D. to ignore

18. Creed
Statement of
A. confidence
B. belief
C. proof
D. qualification

19. Girth
A. knot
B. ornament
C. circumference
D. type of dance

20. Crop
A. to steal
B. to bundle
C. to winnow
D. to cut short



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

10 – 14 Correct:
15 – 17 Correct:
18 – 20 Correct: Exceptional