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Expand your vocabulary

3 September, 2023

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

1. Analogy
A. figurative similarity
B. oversimplification
C. remedy
D. disease
2. Geocentric
Pertaining to
A. nationalism
B. centre of the earth
C. army
D. politics
3. Implement
A. to repeat
B. to acquire
C. to activate
D. to spread
4. Coddle
A. to avoid
B. to reject
C. to dance
D. to pamper
5. Chastise
A. to scold
B. to cleanse
C. to accuse
D. to remand
6. Custodian
A. thief
B. caretaker
C. bully
D. doorman
7. Bemuse
A. to enjoy
B. to laugh
C. to bewilder
D. to mislead
8. Brigade
A. assembly
B. robber
C. bandit
D. organised group
9. Entrance
A. to spellbind
B. to overdo
C. to persuade
D. to intensify
10. Fallacy
A. humour
B. misconception
C. defamation
D. lie
11. Intimate
A. to threaten
B. to introduce
C. to hint
D. to enjoy
12. Disputatious
A. authoritative
B. uncertain
C. certain
D. argumentative
13. Tenable
A. defensible
B. worthwhile
C. real
D. fake
14. Nonentity
A. emptiness
B. insignificant person
C. foolishness
D. misplacement
15. Charade
A. happiness
B. idleness
C. pretense
D. mood
16. Rebuff
A. to polish
B. to steal
C. to annoy
D. to reject bluntly
17. Infamy
A. wickedness
B. demand
C. absurdness
D. affection
18. In flagrante delicto
A. with a flourish
B. in the act
C. wild delight
D. ignorance
19. Corporal
A. basis
B. earthy
C. bodily
D. heavenly
20. Sartorial
Relating to
A. comfort
B. cynicism
C. wealth
D. clothing


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: Excellent
18 – 20 Correct: Exceptional