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Expand your vocabulary

6 August, 2023

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

1. Acrimonious

A. bitingly hostile

B. subtly ironic

C. polluting

D. excitable

2. Bullion

A. work of art

B. gold or silver

C. group of animals

D. common stock

3. Inequality

A. fairness

B. steadiness

C. unfairness

D. uncertainty

4. Suave

A. tough

B. ancient

C. modern

D. polished

5. Compilation

A. collection

B. assumption

C. analysis

D. thinking process

6. Hewn

A. mangled

B. carved

C. stained

D. painted

7. Reminisce

A. to ensure

B. to assist

C. to recall

D. to neglect

8. Plait

A. to elongate

B. to shorten

C. to chop

D. to interlace

9. Casual

A. incidental

B. halfhearted

C. indifferent

D. conventional

10. Gambol

A. to fight

B. to frolic

C. to fall

D. to win

11. Hackneyed

A. uncommon

B. unsuitable

C. common

D. broken

12. Jaded

A. wise

B. happy

C. ignorant

D. tired

13. Panache

A. verve

B. weakness

C. disability

D. noise

14. Rostrum

A. gathering

B. platform

C. long list

D. crowded place

15. Shrewd

A. stingy

B. generous

C. clever

D. mocking

16. Urchin

A. sea shell

B. pickle

C. short person

D. child

17. Vermilion

A. red pigment

B. small animal

C. greenhouse

D. offensive person

18. Quarry

A. old building

B. prey

C. bait

D. wall

19. Sleuth

A. detective

B. robber

C. judge

D. ferocious animal

20. Niche

A. unique offer

B. persuasive point

C. initial bid

D. suitable place



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. A

20. D



10 – 14 Correct: Good

15 – 17 Correct: Excellent

18 – 20 Correct: Exceptional