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5 Matching questions

  1. heresy
  2. circumscribe
  3. lugubrious
  4. clandestine
  5. appropriate
  1. a adj. kept secret or done secretively, especially because illicit; covert; furtive; surreptitious.
    We acted in clandestine fashion because our actions could lead to legal trouble if we were caught.
  2. b (1) adj. suitable or proper

    (2) v. to take (something) for one's own use, typically without the owner's permission; to seize; to commandeer.
    The pushy new researcher appropriated all the good lab equipment for himself.
  3. c n. an opinion contrary to orthodox religious doctrine or what is generally accepted; blasphemy.
    The fundamentalist religious leader denounced the doctrine of the atheists as heresy.
  4. d v. to restrict (something) within limits; to surround; to confine.
    The lake was circumscribed on all sides by mountains.
  5. e adj. looking or sounding sad and dismal; mournful; gloomy; glum; melancholy.
    Eeyore is the most lugubrious cartoon character that I remember from my childhood—he's always down about something.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. v. to engage in plots and intrigues; to scheme.
    Hoping to devise a plan to steal identities over the web, Harry and Kim sat in the back room and machinated.
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    machination
    n. a scheme
  2. v. to begin or continue a course of action; to move forward
  3. adj. uncomplicated and easy to do or understand; honest; unambiguous.
    His straightforward answer to the question could not be interpreted in any other way.
  4. adj. at risk of suffering physical or emotional attack or harm.
    Out in the open field, the rabbit was vulnerable to predators, so he tried to stay in the thick brush where he could hide.
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    vulnerability (n.)
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    invulnerable
    adj. impossible to harm or damage; impervious; inviolable
  5. adj. well meaning and kindly; compassionate; altruistic; magnanimous.
    My benevolent boss always gives his workers a generous bonus around the holidays.

5 True/False questions

  1. provincial(1) adj. concerning a province or region outside the capital city of a country; regional.
    In researching her book on provincial cooking, she traveled all over the countryside.

    (2) adj. unsophisticated or narrow-minded; parochial.
    People from New York sometimes look down on people from West Virginia as provincial and backward.
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    provincialism
    n. the way of life typical of regions outside the capital city

    (2) n. narrow-mindedness, insularity, or lack of sophistication

    (3) n. concern for one's own region at the expense of national unity

          

  2. hyperbolen. exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally; overstatement.
    It's hard to believe the hyperbole of the advertisement; there is simply no way an energy drink can give you wings.

          

  3. palliate(1) v. to make (a disease or its symptoms) less severe or unpleasant without removing the cause

    (2) v. to allay or moderate (fears or suspicions); to alleviate; to relieve; to assuage.
    The mayor's reassuring speech palliated the worries of the townspeople.
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    palliative
    (1) adj. soothing, alleviating

    (2) n. a remedy or medicine that palliates

          

  4. allusion(1) v. to make (a disease or its symptoms) less severe or unpleasant without removing the cause

    (2) v. to allay or moderate (fears or suspicions); to alleviate; to relieve; to assuage.
    The mayor's reassuring speech palliated the worries of the townspeople.
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    palliative
    (1) adj. soothing, alleviating

    (2) n. a remedy or medicine that palliates

          

  5. eradicatev. to destroy completely; to put an end to.
    Smallpox was once a widespread disease, but it has been eradicated by modern vaccines.
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    eradication (n.)

          

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