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5 Matching Questions

  1. daunting
  2. pugnacious
  3. engage
  4. derive
  5. circumvent
  1. a (1) v. to cause someone to become involved in (a conversation or discussion)

    (2) to participate or become involved in.
    The students engaged in a heated discussion on reality television.
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    engaging
    adj. charming and attractive.
    Sophie had a sunny personality that was very engaging.
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    engagement (n.)
  2. b adj. intimidating; seeming difficult to deal with; formidable; unnerving.
    Running a marathon is a daunting challenge.
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    undaunted
    adj. not intimidated or discouraged by difficulty, danger, or disappointment
  3. c adj. eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight; combative; belligerent; bellicose.
    Ben's pugnacious attitude gets him in fights all the time.
  4. d (1) v. to get or obtain something from specified source.
    We derived great pleasure from watching him win the contest.

    (2) v. to come from or originate in (a specified source).
    The word "coffee" derives from the Turkish word "kahveh."
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    derivative
    (1) n. something that is based on another source

    (2) adj. (typically of an artist or work of art) imitative of the work of another person, and usually disapproved of for that reason; unoriginal; plagiarized
  5. e v. to find a way around (an obstacle); to overcome (a problem or difficulty), typically in a clever or sneaky way; to get around; to bypass.
    The thieves circumvented the museum's alarm system by climbing in through a skylight.

5 Multiple Choice Questions

  1. v. to alternate or waver between different opinions or actions; to be indecisive; to fluctuate; to waffle.
    Swing voters aren't people who vote in playgrounds; they're people who vacillate between supporting Democrats and supporting Republicans.
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    vacillation (n.)
  2. adj. able to recover or spring back quickly after being bent or compressed, or after difficult conditions.
    Even after a third knee surgery, the resilient ball player returned for another season.
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    resilience (n.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. v. 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.)

5 True/False Questions

  1. ineptadj. having or showing no skill; clumsy; incompetent.
    My cousin Brad is an inept athlete who can barely dribble a basketball.
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    ineptitude (n.)

          

  2. fanciful(1) v. to be of the same opinion; to agree.
    The judge concurred with the plaintiff and awarded her a $2 million settlement.

    (2) v. to happen or occur at the same time; to coincide

          

  3. allusionadj. having an ability to accurately assess situations or people and turn this to one's advantage; shrewd; discerning.
    The astute poker player could tell that his opponent was bluffing, and so continued to bet aggressively.

          

  4. benevolentadj. able to recover or spring back quickly after being bent or compressed, or after difficult conditions.
    Even after a third knee surgery, the resilient ball player returned for another season.
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    resilience (n.)

          

  5. tangentialadj. intimidating; seeming difficult to deal with; formidable; unnerving.
    Running a marathon is a daunting challenge.
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    undaunted
    adj. not intimidated or discouraged by difficulty, danger, or disappointment

          

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