English: Word Usage Questions Set 14

Directions (1-10): In each of the following questions one sentence is given with a word in bold, choose the most similar meaning of that word and mark it as your answer.

  1. Brink :- France was on the brink of war after the vicious attacks on its citizens.
    A) Interior
    B) Axis
    C) Edge
    D) Crux
    E) Ditch
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      Option C
    Explanation: edge; especially : the edge at the top of a steep place  : a bank especially of a river  : the point of onset : verge on the brink of war  : the threshold of danger
  2. Peevish :- Our maid quit because she said I had a peevish attitude and did not appreciate her hard work
    A) Affable
    B) Happy
    C) Irritable
    D) Docile
    E) Genial
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      Option C
    Explanation: peevish : querulous in temperament or mood : fretful : perversely obstinate a peevish child : marked by ill temper
  3. Rigorous :- With rigorous commitment to his studies, the student was able to pass with an A.
    A) Lax
    B) Strict
    C) Inexact
    D) Mild
    E) Compensate
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      Option B
    Explanation: rigorous  : manifesting, exercising, or favoring rigor : very strict  : marked by extremes of temperature or climate  : harsh, severe : scrupulously accurate : precise
  4. Hermit :- Living alone as a hermit allowed the man to focus on God.
    A) Local
    B) Team
    C) Recluse
    D) Wanderlust
    E) None of these
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      Option C
    Explanation: hermit  : one that retires from society and lives in solitude especially for religious reasons : recluse  obsolete : beadsman  : a spiced molasses cookie
  5. Cajole :- Using dry tuna, I was able to cajole the kitten out of the corner.
    A) Belittle
    B) Browbeat
    C) Bully
    D) Repel
    E) Persuade
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      Option E
    Explanation: a : to persuade with flattery or gentle urging especially in the face of reluctance : coax, ; to deceive with soothing words or false promises
  6. Espionage:- Espionage is a secret way of finding out what your enemy doesn’t want you to know.
    A) Tradecraft
    B) Intelligence
    C) Lowdown
    D) Bugging
    E) Surveillance
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      Option B
    Explanation: the practice of spying or using spies to obtain information about the plans and activities especially of a foreign government or a competing company
  7. Niggard :- Nature has been niggard of rain but lavish in soil and sun.
    A) Generous
    B) Altruistic
    C) Hospitable
    D) Skinflint
    E) Free
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      Option D
    Explanation: a meanly covetous and stingy person : miser
  8. Diabolical :- A devilish and cunning plan to take over the world is an example of a diabolical plan.
    A) Angelical
    B) Moral
    C) Infernanl
    D) Nice
    E) Cherubic
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      Option C
    Explanation: of, relating to, or characteristic of the devil : devilish
  9. Trepidation :- Any initial trepidation you may have had about your ability to inspire a class will have been banished.
    A) Consternation
    B) Bravery
    C) Assurance
    D) Delight
    E) Backbone
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      Option A
    Explanation: a nervous or fearful feeling of uncertain agitation : apprehension trepidation about starting a new job
  10. Vivacious :- Vivacious actresses typically get picked for comedic roles where the characters are very active by running around.
    A) Dull
    B) Peppy
    C) Languid
    D) Sertion
    E) Inert
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      Option B
    Explanation: lively in temper; conduct; spirit

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