Enrich Your Word Power

by on Sep.20, 2012, under Other

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.

D: perceptive.

(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).

Vocabulary Ratings

20-19 correct       excellent

18-16 correct       good

15-14 correct       fair


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