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Expand your vocabulary

16 July, 2023

Expand your vocabulary

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

1. Impetus
A. negative remark
B. sensitivity
C. driving force
D. absence

2. Hiatus

A. interruption
B. prohibition
C. doubt
D. affection

3. Diffident

A. dangerous
B. lacking confidence
C. doubtful
D. beautiful

4. Postulate

A. to claim
B. to vilify
C. to assume to be true
D. to avoid

5. Sanguine

A. pessimistic
B. negligent
C. intelligent
D. optimistic

6. Sunder

A. to separate
B. to unite
C. to abbreviate
D. to assume

7. Mulct

A. to profit
B. to defraud
C. to think ahead
D. to postpone

8. Apocryphal

A. genuine
B. acceptable
C. false or doubtful
D. prohibited

9. Cachet

A. small bag
B. pointed implement
C. unknown cause
D. prestige

10. Blandish

A. to coax
B. to dance
C. to mark with a sign
D. to show off

11. Pathos

A. sorrow
B. sense of compassion
C. happiness
D. false appearance

12. Broach

A. to break
B. to violate a code of conduct
C. to bring up in conversation
D. to blush

13. Inculcate

A. to praise
B. to insult
C. to be frank
D. to implant

14. Laconic

A. concise
B. slow-moving
C. fast-moving
D. evident

15. Gambit

A. excuse
B. smart move
C. business trip
D. falsehood

16. Sinecure

A. award
B. demotion
C. job with few or no duties
D. embarrassing situation

17. Dillydally

A. to wait patiently
B. to repeat a prayer
C. to waste time
D. to dilute

18. Gridlock

A. computer lock
B. written test
C. interview
D. traffic jam

19. Counterpoint

A. melodic combination
B. fierce attack
C. verbal attack
D. thick mist

20. Nettlesome

A. puzzling
B. irritating
C. fussy
D. hurtful


1. C

2. A

3. B

4. C

5. D

6. A

7. B

8. C

9. D

10. A

11. B

12. C

13. D

14. A

15. B

16. C

17. C

18. D

19. A

20. B


10 – 14 Correct: Good

15 – 17 Correct: Excellent

18 – 20 Correct: Exceptional