English: Word Usage Questions Set 15

Directions: A word is given followed by its usage in options. Find the option in which there is inappropriate usage of word.

  1. Squat
    A) The ballerina put herself in a position to plie, but lost her balance as she began to squat.
    B) Positioning himself to squat down in the field, the player prepared for the pitch.
    C) Twiggy’s long-legged, squat look helped launch her into fashion modeling stardom.
    D) As she squat down, the trainer could feel her leg muscles growing stronger.
    E) The tight space made it difficult to squat, but the electrician was still able to rewire the outlet.
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       Option C
    Squat = to bend deeply at the knees while resting on one’s feet; Synonyms: crouch (down), hunker (down), sit on one’s haunches, sit on one’s heels, sit, bend down, bob down, duck down, hunch; C, squat = lanky
  2. Dissentient
    A) Dissentient voices opposed all of those in congress that supported the bill.
    B) The box was so heavy I needed assistance from my dissentient to move it.
    C) Dissentient rebels decided to fight against the current government even though most of the people still supported the regime.
    D) Dissentient protestors stood outside of the courthouse, boycotting the election and refusing to give in to the majority.
    E) Five dissentient Republicans were able to stop the law, even though all of the other party members wanted it put into place.
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       Option B
    Dissentient = opposing the majority; Synonyms: conflict, clash, brush, fight, battle, contest, encounter, head-to-head, face-off, engagement, tangle, skirmish, collision, meeting, duel, incident. B dissentient = comrade
  3. Capricious
    A) Because of his capricious nature, Jeremy found it hard to keep a steady job.
    B) Since he started taking the medication, Henry has been less capricious.
    C) Even though the couple wanted to get married outside, they knew their ceremony depended on the capricious weather.
    D) You need to settle down and stop being so capricious!
    E) The Joker from Batman is not a capricious individual in any way.
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       Option E
    Capricious = sudden behavior change; Synonyms: fickle, inconstant, changeable, variable, unstable, mercurial, volatile, erratic, vacillating, irregular, inconsistent, fitful, arbitrary.E, capricious = stable
  4. Proclivity
    A) Because I am allergic to spiders, I have an proclivity to the creatures.
    B) As a young child, the award-winning singer had a proclivity for music.
    C) His proclivity for cooking made him a big hit in the homeowner’s association.
    D) His proclivity for cooking made him a big hit in the homeowner’s association.
    E) His proclivity for cooking made him a big hit in the homeowner’s association.
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       Option A
    Proclivity = a tendency to choose or do something regularly; Synonyms: liking, inclination, tendency, leaning, disposition, propensity, bent, bias, penchant, predisposition, predilection, partiality, preference, fondness, weakness, A, proclivity = aversion
  5. Steadfast
    A) My mother really loved my father and remained steadfast to her marriage vows even after my father died.
    B) The steadfast weather soon had me changing from my shorts into my thick slacks.
    C) The priest was steadfast in his belief that Christ had died for the sins of all mankind.
    D) Devout Christians believe God’s love is steadfast and unwavering.
    E) Because of the poor economy, many donors have been unable to remain steadfast to their charitable pledges.
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       Option B
    Steadfast = faithful to a person, belief, or goal; Synonyms: loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, true. B, steadfast = fickle
  6. Competitive
    A) Because she’s so competitive, the tennis player can’t stand for someone else to win a match.
    B) The competitive salesman works day and night to outsell all of his coworkers.
    C) Crying at her desk, the competitive student couldn’t believe that she had failed her test.
    D) After twenty years as a competitive worker, he finally got the opportunity to lead.
    E) A more competitive player will replace Randy since he acts like he doesn’t care about winning anymore.
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       Option D
    Competitive = having a strong desire to win or be the best at something; D, competitive = humble
  7. Detractor
    A) Once the controversial movie was released into theaters, a detractor verbally disapproved in the local newspaper of its success.
    B) After the disgraced restauranteur opened her latest diner, every detractor reported poor opinions of the future of her eatery.
    C) The United States was Britain’s detractor during World War II.
    D) Even though there wasn’t any evidence to prove the defendant committed the crime, a detractor told the press that he was 100% guilty.
    E) Since everyone in the audience believed in the magician’s awestruck tricks, understandably there was not a detractor in the audience.
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    Detractor = a critic usually freely skeptical of something; Synonyms: critic, disparager, denigrator, deprecator, belittler, attacker, censurer, fault-finder, carper, backbiter, caviller, reviler, vilifier, slanderer, libeller, calumniator, defamer, traducer; c, detractor = ally
  8. Vex
    A) I get irritated when people go out of their way to vex me with their small problems.
    B) If you attempt to vex the dog by pulling his tail, he is sure to bite you!
    C) The job of the government is to eliminate the problems which vex our country.
    D) Because you are having a bad day, do not assume the entire world is out to vex you.
    E) The judge hoped the guilty verdict would vex the victim’s family.
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       Option E
    Vex = to bring trouble, distress, or agitation to; Synonyms: annoy, irritate, infuriate, anger, incense, inflame, enrage, irk, chagrin, exasperate, madden, pique, provoke, nettle, disturb, upset, perturb, discompose, put out; E, vex = appease
  9.  Espionage
    A) Digging through someone’s trash to get information is one of the oldest acts of espionage in the spy business.
    B) The espionage finally parted and out walked someone dressed like a cowboy.
    C) Espionage is a secret way of finding out what your enemy doesn’t want you to know.
    D) Espionage took place in the White House when President Nixon had the phones wire tapped to automatically record all of his conversations.
    E) The Chancellor learned he was a victim of espionage when tiny cameras and microphones were found throughout his home.
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       Option B
    Espionage = the obtaining of information considered secret or confidential without the permission of the holder of the information; Synonyms: spying, undercover work, cloak-and-dagger activities, surveillance, reconnaissance, intelligence, eavesdropping, infiltration, cyber espionage, counter-espionage, counter-intelligence.; B , Espionage = curtain
  10. Distraught
    A) While working in a high stress environment, it is important to practice staying distraught.
    B) When my father died, I was so distraught I dropped out of school.
    C) Jerry became distraught when his wife approached him with divorce papers.
    D) After Carrie lost her job, she became distraught and went on a drinking binge.
    E) Losing your life savings is enough to make anyone distraught.
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       Option A
    Distraught = so upset that one cannot behave normally; A Distraught = composed

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18 Thoughts to “English: Word Usage Questions Set 15”

  1. %%%

    Thanku mam/ sir jiii very much for explanation :)))

    1. Navyaaaa

      hey how r u.. how was RRB exam.

      1. deepali

        Hi navya …thk thak hi hua .. :/

        1. the walking dead

          attempt and state?

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  3. gomathy priya

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        1. deepali

          Kese ho…kesi chlri preparation… bna kuch 😛

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          2. deepali

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          3. deepali

            Thnkew same to u :))

  4. gomathy priya

    ty az:))

  5. Navyaaaa

    hindi diwas to khali celebrate krne k liya hai, naukari k liye to eng hi chaiye ;(

  6. Navyaaaa

    shi the ques 9 aa gye..:)

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