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5 Matching questions

  1. supine
  2. vacuous
  3. deracinate
  4. bibulous
  5. syndrome
  1. a [L. syn=with + dramein= to run] (n) a group of symptoms or signs that collectively characterize or indicate a disease, disorder, abnormality, etc.
  2. b [L. vacuus=empty] (adj.) having/showing lack of thought or intelligence; mindless
  3. c [L. de=from + racine=rock] (vt) to pull up from the roots; to root out, uproot, or dislocate; to eliminate all traces of
  4. d [L. bibere=to drink] (adj) fond of drinking alcohol; absorbent
  5. e (adj) lying flat on one's back; listless, lazy, lethargic; apathetic or passive

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. [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
  2. (vt) to spoil or impair the quality of (something); weaken, debase, corrupt, adulterate
  3. (adj) ill-tempered; quarrelsome; difficult to get along with
  4. [Gk. aigis=goatskin] (n) a shield or breastplate, made of goatskin, emblematic of majesty used by Zeus or Athena; protection, patronage, or sponsorship
  5. [Gk. "depth"] (n) grossly insincere or exaggerated sentimentality; trite material presented in an elevated tone; the lowest phase, nadir; an anticlimax, comedown

5 True/False questions

  1. morass[Gk. merse=swamp, moor, or bog] (n) a patch of soft, wet ground; a swamp; a quagmire; a confusing situation in which one is entrapped, as in quicksand


  2. empathy[Gk. en=in + pathos=emotion] (n) a sympathetic understanding of or identification with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of someone or something else


  3. lachrymose[L. lacrima=tear] (adj) tearful; prone to weeping; mournful; tear-inducing


  4. bilk(vt) to defraud, to cheat (someone) out of something valuable; to evade payment of or to; to slip away from; to block the development of; to frustrate


  5. hidebound[L. bibere=to drink] (adj) fond of drinking alcohol; absorbent