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5 Matching questions

  1. lampoon
  2. prescience
  3. harbinger
  4. nepotism
  5. pièce de résistance
  1. a [Fr.] (n) an outstanding accomplishment; the best part of something excellent; the main dish of a meal; the main event, incident, or item
  2. b (n) a sign that something is coming; a portent, herald (vt) to indicate the approach of
  3. c [L. nepos=nephew or grandson] (n) unethical favoritism to or excessive patronage of one's relatives
  4. d [L. prae=before + scire= to know] (n) knowledge of events/actions before they happen; foresight
  5. e (n) a harsh satire, usually directed against a person/institution. (vt) to make (someone) the subject of a _______ ; to ridicule

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. [L. por=forth + tendere=stretch] (adj.) foreshadowing an event to come; having future significance; causing wonder or awe; pompous, done in an overly solemn manner as to impress
  2. [L. "of the fact"] (adj) actually existing or in effect, although not legally required or sanctioned (adv) in reality, actually
  3. (vt) to spoil or impair the quality of (something); weaken, debase, corrupt, adulterate
  4. [L. corpus=body] (adj) having a large, bulky body; obese; fat
  5. [L. inter=between + necare=to kill] (adj) mutually destructive; characterized by great slaughter and bloodshed

5 True/False questions

  1. supine(adj) lying flat on one's back; listless, lazy, lethargic; apathetic or passive


  2. waggish(adj) fond of making jokes; characteristic of a joker; playfully humorous or droll (having a wonderful sparkling wit)


  3. epitomize[L. polus=pole] (vt) to break up into opposing factions or groupings, to cause to concentrate around two conflicting/ contrasting positions ("polar opposites"); to cause light to vibrate in a pattern


  4. aberration[L. praedari= to plunder/rob] (n) the act of preying upon or plundering


  5. salubrious[L. salus=health] (adj.) conducive to health