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English: Word Usage Questions Set 25

Directions (1-10): In each of the following questions one sentence is given with a word in bold, choose the most similar meaning of that word and mark it as your answer.

  1. Rebuff: Since your offer does not benefit me, I will have to rebuff it and walk away empty-handed.
    approve
    scrutinise
    acquiesce
    snub
    All are correct
    Option D
    Rebuff = reject (someone or something) in an abrupt or ungracious manner.
  2. Relegate: Mr. Pierce eases his workload by having his secretary pick out the mail that is most important and relegate everything else to the recycling bin.

    upgrade
    deport
    assume
    admit
    All are correct
    Option B
    Relegate = assign an inferior rank or position to.
  3. Pelf: The penny-pincher refused to part with any of his pelf, choosing to only spend on things that were absolutely necessary.

    hay
    debt
    money
    paucity
    All are correct
    Option C
    Pelf = money
  4. Enmesh: The student needs to enmesh himself in his science work, but can’t seem to stay focused.

    abrogate
    entrap
    acquit
    deliver
    All are correct
    Option B
    Enmesh = cause to become entangled in something.
  5. Indemnity: After Janet received several speeding tickets, the cost of her indemnity insurance skyrocketed.

    redress
    penality
    fetters
    prosecute
    All are correct
    Option A
    Indemnity = security or protection against a loss or other financial burden.
  6. Laggard: There is always one laggard who comes in the theater after the movie has started.

    tardy
    drone
    sluggish
    remiss
    All are correct
    Option C
    Laggard = a person who makes slow progress and falls behind others.
  7. Terrain: When walking mountainous terrain, it is essential you protect your feet by wearing boots.

    sweep
    expanse
    orbit
    landscape
    All are correct
    Option D
    Terrain = a stretch of land, especially with regard to its physical features.
  8. Obdurate: With his obdurate personality and intense dislike for people, Jonathan had all the makings of a professional killer.

    complaint
    obstinate
    submissive
    obedient
    All are correct
    Option B
    Obdurate = stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or course of action.
  9. Travesty: Your comedy show was a travesty, and I cannot believe you expected people to laugh at your unfunny jokes.

    ferocious
    legitimate
    praise
    parody
    All are correct
    Option D
    Travesty = a false, absurd, or distorted representation of something.
  10. Credence: Because the experiment had been performed over a hundred times, a great deal of credence was given to the results.

    incertitude
    assurance
    agnosticism
    infidelity
    All are correct
    Option B
    Credence = belief in or acceptance of something as true.




 

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