English: Word Usage Questions Set 29

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

  1. HEARTFELT
    After winning the award, the actress expressed her heartfelt gratitude to her parents.
    It began with a glance as we passed each other the first time, a smile the next two or three laps, and then a heartfelt rest stop.
    Because the apology was heartfelt, I accepted it without hesitation.
    After winning the award, the actress expressed her heartfelt gratitude to her parents.
    All are correct
    Option B
    HEARTFELT (ADJECTIVE): sincere Synonyms: genuine, unaffected Antonyms: insincere, pretended

     

  2. SERENE
    Because of my serene history with my mother, I find it difficult to establish lasting relationships with women.
    While James is usually upset about something, his wife has a serene personality and is incredibly laid-back.
    Danielle sleeps best in a serene environment.
    During the test, I tried to remain serene so I would not get nervous and make careless mistakes.
    All are correct
    Option A
    SERENE (ADJECTIVE): calm Synonyms: laid-back, placid Antonyms: clamorous, turbulent

     

  3. ABSOLVE
    After the traffic accident, the drunk driver tried to absolve himself of responsibility for the wreck.
    The fact you did not shoot the storeowner during your gang’s robbery does not absolve you of his death.
    If you wish to absolve yourself of your sins, you must first confess them and not repeat the same actions.
    Due to Peter’s location at the time of the incident, the police would absolve him of being an accomplice to murder.
    All are correct
    Option D
    ABSOLVE (VERB): To forgive; to free from guilt Synonyms: exculpate, pardon Antonyms: accuse, blame

     

  4. BUFFOONERY
    Jim got suspended because he failed to realize school was not the place to display a clown’s buffoonery.
    A buffoonery had befallen the family when they discovered that their father had died from cancer.
    Working together, the two comics were able to turn their buffoonery into a half-hour comedy show.
    Who ever thought the silly boys would become famous simply by making videos about their buffoonery?
    All are correct
    Option B
    BUFFOONERY (NOUN): Foolish behavior Synonyms: jocularity, clowning Antonyms: tragedy, seriousness

     

  5. GARISH
    Grated cheese and fancy pieces of tomato were used to garnish the salad bowl.
    The caterer worked to garnish the plates with lime wedges and other decorative staples.
    Bowling was not as garish as it seemed and ended up requiring a lot more effort than I expected.
    After dividing the meal onto six different plates, the only thing left to do was garnish the chicken with a dust of Parmesan.
    All are correct
    Option C
    GARISH (ADJECTIVE): Offensively bright Synonyms: gaudy, loud Antonyms: plain, simple

     

  6. BALK
    Jill wanted to balk Jack’s dinner offer, but she was too tired to climb the hill leading to his house.
    While my dog loves to go for walks in good weather, he will always balk if he gets the slightest whiff of rain in the air.
    Although Martin is pretty dependable about following the prescribed routine, he tends to balk at any tasks that call for extra effort.
    Monica knew that her husband would balk at going shopping for new clothes, so she told him they were going to see the new action movie.
    All are correct
    Option A
    BALK (VERB): hesitate Synonyms: resist, shirk Antonyms: accept, face

     

  7. CASTIGATE
    My mother was a cruel woman who never missed an opportunity to castigate my father.
    When the police chief discovers his officers let the criminal escape, he is sure to castigate them.
    If you want better results, you should praise your children and not castigate them.
    In order to castigate the birth of Jesus Christ, many people celebrate Christmas.
    All are correct
    Option D
    CASTIGATE (VERB): berate Synonyms: chastise, criticize Antonyms: praise, laud

     

  8. BOOR
    Jack was such a boor he would not even hold a door for his mother.
    James is a motorcycle boor who loves to wear a bandanna when he goes out for a ride.
    Because Frank is so rude, I tend to think of him as a boor.
    My aunt left her husband because he acted like a boor and never paid attention to her feelings.
    All are correct
    Option B
    BOOR (NOUN): clod Synonyms: barbarian, brute Antonyms: charmer, enthusiast

     

  9. PORTLY
    Because the portly woman was unhappy with her weight, she joined a weight loss program.
    The portly man ate ten donuts for breakfast each day.
    When the portly boy sat on the bench, his weight caused it to break in half.
    Each piece of meat was cut portly since the queen was on a diet and refused thick meat.
    All are correct
    Option D
    PORTLINESS (NOUN): overweight Synonyms: adiposity, corpulence Antonyms: slimness, thinness

     

  10. REVELRY
    At the funeral, the crowd was reveling and celebrating the loss and life of a loved one.
    After participating in a night of revelry, the college student woke up with a hangover.
    The people on the ground level of the hotel were disturbed by the revelry of Mardi Gras.
    The winner of the lottery was exhausted after enjoying a night of celebratory revelry.
    All are correct
    Option A
    REVELRY (NOUN): merrymaking Synonyms: debauchery, carousal Antonyms: sadness, mourning

     



 

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