English: Word Usage Questions Set 20

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

  1. Wanton
    A) Jim’s wanton disregard for others was obvious when he drove home drunk.
    B) The judge sentenced the teenage boy to two hundred hours of community service for his wanton acts of vandalism.
    C) Most traditional stories have a wanton element and attempt to teach children how to behave while entertaining them.
    D) The man is probably going to get the death penalty for his wanton killing of six schoolchildren.
    E) None of these
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       Option C
    Explanation:
    Wanton(Adj): destructive behaviour Synonyms-malicious, inconsiderate
  2. Exalt
    A) In church, we exalt our god in prayer.
    B) The cruel prison guard did everything he could to exalt inmates and make them feel worthless.
    C) For a fee, most celebrities will exalt a product by pretending to like it.
    D) The purpose of the brochure is to exalt the beauty of the small island nation.
    E) None of these
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       Option B
    Explanation:
    Exalt(Adj): celebrate Synonyms-august, elevated
  3. Discern
    A) A young child will likely get in big trouble if he has the audacity to discern the things his parents tell him to do.
    B) A detective’s job is to discern who is guilty of a particular crime by evaluating the evidence.
    C) In order to find a cure for the disease, the medical researchers must first discern the actual cause of the condition.
    D) We used a staffing agency to help us discern which nanny would work best with our family.
    E) None of these
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       Option A
    Explanation:
    Discern(v):to be aware of, detect Synonyms-ascertain, apprehend
  4. Arcane
    A) The elderly teacher had an arcane way of teaching mathematics.
    B) Since Mary loved to bake, an arcane smell wafting through the house was of freshly baked bread or cakes in the oven.
    C) People always inquired why the identity of my grandfather was kept arcane.
    D) An arcane band was playing in an underground location.
    E) None of these
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       Option B
    Explanation:
    Arcane(adj): understood by only a few Synonyms-esoteric, mysterious
  5. Dilatory
    A) My daughter used dilatory tactics to stay up past her bedtime.
    B) The concert hall used a dilatory maze to prevent overcrowding at the main entrance.
    C) Could it be that the post office staff deliberately works at a dilatory pace to make all the customers crazy?
    D) The post office is not always known for being dilatory.
    E)  None of these
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       Option D
    Explanation:
    Dilatory(Adj): intending to delay Synonyms-enlarge, improve
  6. Capitulate
    A) If Henry does not capitulate and turn himself in to authorities, he will spend the rest of his life running.
    B) I never thought my brother would capitulate and allow me to drive his car for a week.
    C) Greatly outnumbered, the soldiers had no alternative but to capitulate to their enemies.
    D) Kim decided to capitulate authority by violating the dress code as evidenced by her purple hair!
    E) None of these
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       Option D
    Explanation:
    Capitulate(V): to submit, yield Synonyms-bow, buckle
  7. Baleful
    A) With baleful eyes, the vulture stared at the injured rabbit.
    B) Instead of being so selfish, why don’t you be a baleful giver?
    C) When we approached the frightened dog, it gave us a baleful growl.
    D) Pam got baleful looks in the theater because she would not stop talking.
    E) None of these
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       Option B
    Explanation:
    Baleful(Adj): threatening evil, harmful Synonyms-noxious, sinister,
  8. Embargo
    A) If you embargo your friend to do something harmful instead of forcefully stopping them, what they suffer will be on your hands.
    B) Decades ago Western nations faced a fuel shortage when the Arab countries placed an embargo on petroleum trades.
    C) With the wall gradually falling down between the U.S. and Cuba, the travel embargo should soon be lifted.
    D) The embargo on transporting fresh fruits and vegetables into our country was enacted to prevent the spread of diseases and harmful insects.
    E) None of these
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       Option A
    Explanation:
    Embargo(N):any legal restriction of commerce synonyms: injunction,censorship
  9.  Pauper
    A) The pauper had no money and slept under a bridge.
    B) John was basically a pauper after his wife took all his money in the divorce.
    C) My pauper neighbors have more money than they know what to do with.
    D) In the book, the main character is a pauper who goes to prison for stealing a loaf of bread.
    E) None of these
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       Option C
    Explanation:
    Pauper(N):Extremely poor synonyms:bankrupt, insolvent
  10. Tantamount
    A) To leave a dog in a hot car is tantamount to torture.
    B) Some parents say that spanking is tantamount to child abuse while others believe it’s effective discipline.
    C) Since Frank enjoys a number of hobbies, he tells people he has tantamount interests.
    D) Taking money from your mother’s purse without asking her first is tantamount to stealing.
    E) None of these
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       Option C
    Explanation:
    Tantamount(Adj):equivalent,parallel synonyms:comparable, commensurate

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