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5 Matching questions

  1. hyperbole
  2. check
  3. benevolent
  4. palliate
  5. grounded
  1. a n. 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.
  2. b adj. well meaning and kindly; compassionate; altruistic; magnanimous.
    My benevolent boss always gives his workers a generous bonus around the holidays.
  3. c adj. well balanced and sensible.
    The kids have money and a celebrity dad, but they seem grounded.
  4. d (1) v. to examine or inspect

    (2) v. to stop or slow down the progress of (something undesirable); to curb; to restrain.
    In an effort to check the spread of disease, rules prevent people from bringing exotic plants and animals into the country.
  5. e (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 Multiple choice questions

  1. (1) v. to put (something) down

    (2) adj. not having professional qualifications or expert knowledge, especially in law or medicine; nonspecialist.
    Dr. Overbeck, would you please explain the experiment in language that a layperson could understand?
  2. 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.
  3. adj. (of a time) well-chosen or particularly favorable or appropriate; auspicious; felicitous.
    Julia chose an opportune time to open her new vegetarian restaurant, just as people were becoming particularly interested in healthy eating.
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    opportunist
    n. a person who exploits circumstances to gain immediate advantage rather than being guided by consistent principles or plans
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    opportunism (n.)
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    opportunistic (adj.)
  4. (1) v. to light (something) up

    (2) v. to help to clarify or explain (a subject or matter); to shed light on; to elucidate.
    The documentary was very illuminating; now I have a much better understanding of how fast food can destroy your health.
  5. v. to be a warning or indication of (a future event).
    The dark clouds and heavy rain foreshadow the turmoil that occurs in the following chapter.

5 True/False questions

  1. disdainn. the feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one's consideration or respect; contempt; scorn; derision.
    People who pride themselves on reading only the finest literature view comic books with disdain.
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    disdainful (adj.)

          

  2. appropriate(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

          

  3. 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.)

          

  4. 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

          

  5. derivev. to feel deep respect or admiration for (something); to honor; to esteem.
    Mrs. Greene's students revered her; many thought she was the wisest, kindest teacher in the world.
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    reverence (n.)
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    reverent (adj.)
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    reverential (adj.)
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    irreverent
    adj. showing a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously; disdainful; impertinent; impudent
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    irreverence (n.)

          

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