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Expand your vocabulary

20 August, 2023

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

1. Jeremiad
A. lament
B. excuse
C. insult
D. promotion
2. Bedlam
A. distribution
B. uproar
C. disruption
D. explosion
3. Spartan
A. heroic
B. tough
C. austere
D. lenient
4. Jersey
A. helmet
B. jacket
C. trousers
D. pullover
5. Billingsgate
A. abuse
B. extravagance
C. garbage
D. wealth
6. Quisling
A. cheat
B. traitor
C. interrogator
D. thief
7. Surrey
A. van
B. light carriage
C. truck
D. car
8. Waterloo
A. brave stand
B. serious error
C. crushing defeat
D. storm
9. Tommy
A. commando
B. automatic rifle
C. grenade
D. British soldier
10. Morgue
A. repository
of bodies
B. embalming room
C. cemetery
D. funeral parlour
11. Gasconade
A. cheap wine
B. boastfulness
C. artillery salvo
D. gas container
12. Oxford
A. slipper
B. boot
C. man’s laced shoe
D. sandal
13. Mercurial
A. swift
B. evil
C. magical
D. powerful
14. Trove
A. goblin
B. valuable find
C. container
D. display cabinet
15. Delineate
A. to conclude
B. to postpone
C. to describe
D. to transfer
16. Reconstitute
A. to pay back
B. to repeat
C. to reconstruct
D. to refer to
17. Innate
A. lazy
B. colourful
C. passionate
D. born with
18. Moratorium
A. delay in activity
B. detailed
C. ancient tomb
D. speech
praising someone
19. Sovereignty
A. seriousness
B. supreme authority
C. majestic quality
D. humility
20. Waft
A. to drink deeply
B. to lift weights
C. to float
with the wind
D. to carry off


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

10 – 14 Correct:
15 – 17 Correct: Excellent
18 – 20 Correct: Exceptional