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Expand your vocabulary

30 July, 2023

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

1. Draconian
A. harsh
B. loose
C. tight
D. dangerous
2. Doppler effect
Change in
A. sleep patterns
B. sound frequencies
C. evil habits
D. vision
3. Caesarean
A. oratory skills
B. leadership qualities
C. surgical procedure
D. winning attitude
4. Martinet
A. puppet
B. hero
C. animal lover
D. strict disciplinarian
5. Pyrrhic
One that is
A. gained at great cost
B. overwhelming
C. quick
D. efficient
6. Machiavellian
A. weird
B. crafty
C. foolish
D. wise
7. Maverick
A. wanderer
B. nonconformist
C. liar
D. loyal employee
8. Spoonerism
A. secret romance
B. hidden treasure
C. slip of the tongue
D. strange hobby
9. Cardigan
A. emblem
B. skirt
C. outer garment
D. open-front sweater
10. Retract
A. to revoke
B. to delay
C. to expedite
D. to initiate
11. Burble
A. to dot
B. to bubble
C. to swallow
D. to err
12. Acronym
A. witticism
B. puzzle
C. opposite word
D. word made from
other words’ initial
13. Reconcile
A. to make peace
B. to plan ahead
C. to give up
D. to rethink
14. Denote
A. to ignore
B. to indicate
C. to criticise
D. to apologise
15. Expedient
A. experimental
B. unnatural
C. temporarily suitable
D. disobedient
16. Gyrate
A. to agitate
B. to measure
C. to produce
D. to whirl
17. Ideology
A. beliefs
B. creativity
C. practicality
D. idolatry
18. Amorous
A. entertaining
B. passionate
C. kindhearted
D. noble-minded
19. Skein
A. secret
B. type of boat
C. coil of thread
D. cutting instrument
20. Vivid
A. important
B. attentive
C. ignorant
D. bright

1. A
2. B
3. C
4. D
5. A
6. B
7. B
8. C
9. D
10. A
11. B
12. D
13. A
14. B
15. C
16. D
17. A
18. B
19. C
20. D
19. C
20. D

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