DIRECTIONS: Check the word or phrase you believe is closest in meaning to the key word.

 

1.

AURA
(A)       oppressive heat

(B)       a characteristic atmosphere.

(C)       pertaining to the sense of hearing.

(D)       by word of mouth.

 

2.

AVID

(A)       stingy.

(B)       rapid.

(C)       greedy.

(D)       bitter.

3.

AVER

(A)       to postpone.

(B)       to turn aside.

(C)       to declare positively.

(D)       to dismiss.

 

4.

AVOW

(A)       to deny.

(B)       to curse.

(C)       to swear allegiance to.

(D)       to declare openly.

5.

ALLAY

(A)       to spread out flat.

(B)       to procrastinate.

(C)       to connect with

(D)       to lessen.

 

6.

AVERSE

(A)       unpleasant.

(B)       opposed.

(C)       unfortunate.

(D)       in the opposite order.

7.

ARCH

(A)       playfully sly or roguish.

(B)       incriminating.

(C)       patriotic.

(D)       wandering.

 

8.

BASK

(A)       any large receptacle.

(B)       a native of Spain.

(C)       to luxuriate in pleasant warmth.

(D)       to swim slowly.

9.

CRASS

(A)       irritating

(B)       vulgarly stupid.

(C)       bitter

(D)       noisy

 

10.

CARP

(A)       to be boisterous.

(B)       to wander about.

(C)       to find fault unreasonably.

(D)       to insult.

11.

COY

(A)       shy or coquettish.

(B)       vain.

(C)       quiet.

(D)       authentic.

 

12.

CULL

(A)       to strip the leaves off.

(B)       to explain.

(C)       to select or pick out.

(D)       to gather.

13.

CHIDE

(A)       to scold or admonish

(B)       to insult.

(C)       to scream

(D)       to compensate for

 

14.

CHIC

(A)       stylish.

(B)       impudent.

(C)       youthful.

(D)       merry.

15.

CRUX

(A)       a laboratory report.

(B)       cleavage.

(C)       a problem.

(D)       the pivotal point.

 

16.

DIRE

(A)       very poor.

(B)       cold and damp.

(C)       angry.

(D)       dreadful or calamitous.

17.

ALLUSION

(A)       a false mental image.

(B)       an indirect reference.

(C)       a claim.

(D)       a temptation.

 

18.

APPREHENSION

(A)       approval.

(B)       fear of the past.

(C)       information.

(D)       dread of the future.

19.

AFFINITY

(A)       daintiness.

(B)       on and on without an end.

(C)       close relationship

(D)       strength.

20.

APPROPRIATE

(A)       to take for one’s own use.

(B)       to make fitting and suitable.

(C)       to express a favorable opinion.

(D)       to give away.

21.

ADAPTATION

(A)       imitation.

(B)       act of fitting into an environment.

(C)       surrender or yielding.

(D)       act of taking for one’s own.

22.

ABRIDGE

(A)       to shorten or cut off.

(B)       to delay.

(C)       to express resentment.

(D)       to bind together.

 

23.

APPEND

(A)       to shorten.

(B)       to judge.

(C)       to add to or attach.

(D)       to scold.

24.

AFFIX

(A)       to spread about.

(B)       to interfere with.

(C)       to make temporary.

(D)       to fasten on or attach.

 

25.

ACCENTUATE

(A)       to emphasize or intensify.

(B)       to speak in a dialect.

(C)       to collect.

(D)       to increase the cost.

26.

ASPIRATION

(A)       breathing.

(B)       discouragement.

(C)       facial expression.

(D)       ambition or lofty aim.

27.

ALIGN

(A)       to join with others in a cause.

(B)       to accuse or slander.

(C)       to measure.

(D)       to defame.

28.

APPURTENANCE

(A)       nasty remark

(B)       accessory.

(C)       unnecessary detail.

(D)       projecting corner.

 

29.

ADMONITORY

(A)       gloomy.

(B)       death-dealing.

(C)       terrifying.

(D)       warning.

30.

APPRECIABLE

(A)       perceptible.

(B)       grateful.

(C)       pleasant.

(D)       praiseworthy.

 

31.

INACTIVE

(A)       passed into law.

(B)       containing charcoal.

(C)       not engaged in activity; idle.

(D)       in action; working.

32.

ENACT

(A)       to be in action, to work.

(B)       to perform in a play.

(C)       to make into a law.

(D)       to do or perform again.

 

33.

INTERACT

(A)       to act on each other.

(B)       to perform in a play.

(C)       to interrupt.

(D)       to be angry.

34.

REACT

(A)       to give off atomic rays.

(B)       to explode.

(C)       to be startled or surprised.

(D)       to act in response to something.

 

35.

TRANSACT

(A)       to carry through; accomplish.

(B)       to sin.

(C)       to give or carry to someone else.

(D)       to move from one place to another quickly.

36.

MATRIARCHY

(A)      a country, tribe, or family ruled by a man or by male heirs.

(B)       a country, tribe, or family ruled by a woman or by female heirs.

(C)       lawless confusion and political disorder.

(D)       patriotic feelings.

 

37.

PATRIARCHY

(A)      a country, tribe, or family ruled by a male or by male heirs.

(B)       a country, tribe, or family ruled by an elderly person.

(C)       lawless confusion and political disorder.

(D)       patriotic feelings.

 

 

 

38.

ACUITY

(A)      bitterness; sharpness of taste.

(B)       an overabundance.

(C)       a lack or deficit.

(D)       acuteness, sharpness.

39.

ACUMEN

(A)      bitterness; sharp in taste.

(B)       quickness of insight; keenness of intellect.

(C)       an overabundance.

(D)       a lack or deficit.

40.

ENAMOURED

(A)      wearing protective armor.

(B)       inflamed with love; charmed

(C)       conceited.

(D)       shy; modest.

 

41.

ANTITHESIS

(A)       an expository essay

(B)       the direct opposite.

(C)       the subject.

(D)       a tentative theory.

42.

ANTIDOTE

(A)      an amusing story.

(B)       opposition to a plan or idea.

(C)       a story about times gone by.

(D)       a remedy to counteract the effects of poison.

 

43.

ADDUCE

(A)      to find a solution to.

(B)       to persuade.

(C)       to increase.

(D)       to cite or allege.

44.

AMITY

(A)      a pardon granted to a political prisoner.

(B)       a truce.

(C)       soundness of mind.

(D)       good will.

 

45.

ANTECEDENT

(A)      contemporary.

(B)       prior.

(C)       a future generation.

(D)       conflicting.

46.

ANTIPATHY

(A)      ancient times.

(B)       agreement.

(C)       deep dislike.

(D)       the opposite side of the earth.

 

47.

ACOUSTICS

(A)      the furniture and color scheme of a room.

(B)       a type of word puzzle.

(C)       the sound-reflecting qualities of a place.

(D)       shrewdness.

48.

ANGLOPHOBE

(A)      one who hates England.

(B)       one who loves England.

(C)       a member of the Anglo-Saxon race.

(D)       an instrument used in examining the eyes.

 

49.

ANNUITY

(A)      a flower that blooms yearly.

(B)       a yearly celebration.

(C)       a life-insurance policy.

(D)       a yearly allowance or income.

50.

ANIMATE

(A)      to enrage.

(B)       to cause to move or work faster.

(C)       to describe dramatically.

(D)       to make more alive.

 

 

 

 

 

ANSWER KEY

 

        1.      (B)                             2.     (C)                             3.     (C)                             4.     (D)                             5.     (D)

6.     (B)                             7.     (A)                             8.     (C)                             9.     (B)                          10.     (C)

11.     (A)                          12.     (C)                          13.     (A)                          14.     (A)                          15.     (D)

16.     (D)                          17.     (B)                          18.     (D)                          19.     (C)                          20.     (A)

21.     (B)                          22.     (A)                          23.     (C)                          24.     (D)                          25.     (A)

26.     (D)                          27.     (A)                          28.     (B)                          29.     (D)                          30.     (A)

31.     (C)                          32.     (C)                          33.     (A)                          34.     (D)                          35.     (A)

36.     (B)                          37.     (A)                          38.     (D)                          39.     (B)                          40.     (B)

41.     (B)                          42.     (D)                          43.     (D)                          44.     (D)                          45.     (B)

46.     (C)                          47.     (C)                          48.     (A)                          49.     (D)                          50.     (D)

 

 

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