THE word or phrase you believe is nearest in meaning to the key word. Answers are on the next page.
(1) hallow (hal’ oh) — A: to call out. B: honour. C: make holy. D: plough.
(2) stoical (stoh I kal) — A: brave. B: savage. C: stubborn. D: imperturbable.
(3) litigious (li tij’ us)—A: contentious. B: fact-finding. C: querulous. D: mediatory.
(4) denizen (den’ izen) — A: inhabitant. B: abode. C: reptile. D: removal.
(5) accolade (ak’ oh lade)—A: award.
B: gratitude. C: applause. D: reverence.
(6) rudiment (roo’ di mcnt)—A: rule.
B: basic principle. C: detail. D: vestige.
(7) talisman—A: juror. B: native guide.
C: headgear. D: charm.
(8) innocuous (1 nok’ ew us)—A: innocent. B: helpful. C: without definite characteristics. D: harmless,
(9) comprise (kom prize)—A: to consist of. B: agree. C: sum up. D: collect.
(10) denude—A: to untangle. B. lay bare.
C: cover. D: plant.
(11) tribulation (trib ew lay’ shun)—A: uneasiness. B: discomfort. C: praise.
D: great distress.
(12) provisional—A: substitute. B: temporary. C: lacking authority, D: limited.
(13) contumely (kon’ tume li)—A: complication. B: shapeliness. C: scornful rudeness. D: anger.
(14) metamorphosis (met a mor’ fo siss)— A : disintegration. B: transformation.
C: enfeeblement. D: hypnotic sleep.
(15) sylvan (sil’ van)—A: pertaining to woods. B: graceful. C: elfin. D: mythical.
(16) circumspect (sir’ kum spekt)—A: suspicious. B: indirect. C: cautious.
(17) nullify—A: to eliminate. B: make numb. C: inform. D: deprive of effect.
(18) predisposition (pree dis poh zish’ un) —A: attraction. B: preparation. C: tendency. D: viewpoint.
(19) pejorative (pe jor’ a tiv)—A: incriminating. B: unhealthy. C: cleansing. D: making worse.
(20) saga (sah’ ga)—A : heroic tale. B: medieval love song. C: vivid description.
D: word of advice.
hallow—C: To make hOly by deed or association; consecrate; as, a plholyhallowed by martyrs’ blood. Old English halgian (to make holy).
stoical—D: Imperturbable; unaffected by passion or feeling; indifferent to pain. Greek rtriikos, from Stoa, the Painted Portico at AthenstoikosZeno, founder of the philosophical system of Stoicism, taught.
litigious—A: Contentious ; disputatious; inclined to engage in lawsuits; as, litigious counsel. Latin litigare (to go to law).
denizen—A: Inhabitant; occupant; one who lives in a place; as, denizens of the sea. Latin deintus, from de- (from) and intus (within).
accolade—A: Award; honour; the touch of the sword in bestowing knighthood. French accoler (to embrace).
rudiment—B: Basic principle; fundamental skill ; beginning; as, the rudiments of a game. Latin rudimentum, from rudis (rough, raw).
talisman D: Charm; fetish; something supposed to have the power to protect or bring good luck. Greek telesma (consecration).
innocuous—D: Harmless ; not likely to produce ill effects; inoffensive; as, an innocuous remark. Latin innoculls.
comprise—A: To consist of; contain; ininnocuushe programme comprised three concertos.” French compris (understood, included).
denude—B: To lay bare; strip the covering from; as, to denude trees of foliage. Latin denudare.
tribulation—D: Great distress; long and severe trial or sorrow. Latin tribulatio, from tribulare (to oppress).
provisional—B: Provided for a temporary need; conditional ; as, a provisional government. Latin provisie, from providere (to see ahead).
contumely—C: Scornful rudeness ; haughty contempt; insult. Latin con-lamella (reproach).
metamorphosis—B: Transformation; as, the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. Greek metamorphosis (transformation).
sylvan—A: Pertaining to woods or forests ; abounding in trees ; rustic; as, a sylvan setting. Latin silva (wood).
circumspect—C: Cautious; discreet; as, to be circumspect in one’s behaviour. Latin circumspectus, from circumspicere (to look round).
nullify—D: To deprive of effect; make null or void; as, to nullify an agreement. Latin null:. ficare.
predisposition—C: Tendency; inclination; natural bent; as, a predisposition to obesity. Latin pre- (before) and disponere (to arrange).
pejorative—D: Tending to make or become worse ; disparaging; detrimental; as, a pejorative statement. Latin pejorare (to make worse).
saga—A: Heroic tale; epic ; long story, often poetic; as, a saga of the Vikings. Old Norse saga (tale).
20-19 correct excellent
18-16 correct good
15-14 correct fair