Expand your vocabulary | Sunday Observer

Expand your vocabulary

9 July, 2023

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

1. Sumptuous

A. honest

B. lavish

C. heavy

D. sweet

2. Cascade

A. waterfall

B. long hair

C. river

D. praise

3. Insatiable

A. likely to happen

B. trustworthy

C. impossible to satisfy

D. rudimentary

4. Fetish

A. polite behaviour

B. reliable witness

C. new recruit

D. object of obsessive


5. Penchant

A. liking for something

B. elaborate plan

C. dangerous


D. compartment

6. Explicit

A. dim-witted

B. clear

C. knowledgeable

D. innocent

7. Arcana

A. reliable

B. sociable

C. unexpected

D. mysterious

8. Flippery

A. showiness

B. arrogance

C. innocence

D. brilliance

9. Heinous

A. kind

B. wicked

C. ruined

D. rare

10. Nemesis

A. friend

B. opponent

C. stranger

D. uninvited guest

11. Scurrilous

A. shocking

B. noteworthy

C. abusive

D. careless

12. Mendacious

A. truthful

B. indecent

C. loyal

D. not truthful

13. Vindication

A. justification

B. defamation

C. honour

D. rivalry

14. Commemorate

A. remember

B. honour

C. to advise

D. celebrate

15. Meld

A. purchase

B. shine

C. to merge

D. to reduce

16. Mordant

A. sharply sarcastic

B. alarming

C. funny

D. deadly

17. Proselytize

A. to confront

B. to convert

C. to establish

D. to destroy

18. Duplicity

A. imitation

B. repetition

C. deceit

D. double standard

19. Hegemony

A. unlawfulness

B. democracy

C. mass killing

D. dominance

20. Rant

A. to speak wildly

B. to praise

C. to honour

D. to hide



1. B

2. A

3. C

4. D

5. A

6. B

7. D

8. A

9. B

10. B

11. C

12. D

13. A

14. B

15. C

16. A

17. B

18. C

19. D

20. A



10 – 14 Correct: Good

15 – 17 Correct: Excellent

18 – 20 Correct: Exceptional