English: Word Usage Questions Set 9

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

  1. Tacit
    A)  Although no words were spoken, our nods represented our tacit agreement to a cease fire.
    B)  In my business, all that is needed for a tacit understanding is a handshake between men
    C) Even though my boyfriend and I have only been dating for three months, we have a tacit understanding to not date other people
    D) The two exchanged pleasantries and tacit flirtations as they walked to Chapman’s, an upscale men’s clothier.
    E) None of these
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      Option D
    Explanation:
    Tacit= Understood or implied without being stated.
                  
  2. Sporadic
    A)  The doctor decided to hospitalize my mother because of her sporadic heartbeat.
    B)  Sporadic gas shortages are making the summer miserable for many travelers.
    C) The latter, however, are widely distributed over the island, being especially frequent in the central and most inaccessible part.
    D) Over the years, many singers have discovered success can be sporadic.
    E) None of these
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      Option C
    Explanation:
    Sporadic= Occurring occasionally
                  
  3. Shun
    A)  You summoning me shows you’ve begun to shun your place, love.
    B)  Mom’s doctor told her that if she wants to live to see her grandchildren she must shun fatty foods.
    C) Investors began to shun our company’s stock, causing it to plummet in value.
    D) We laughed as we watched the scared cat shun the dog cage out of fear of the large hound.
    E) None of these
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      Option A
    Explanation:
    Shun= to avoid, especially persistently
                  
  4. Accolade
    A)  And to give Uthyr one grudging accolade, he had never loved another woman after her
    B)  When training your dog, you should give him a gentle accolade for negative behavior and a reward for positive behavior.
    C) could do little more as he watched the boy rise up from his seat to receive his accolade.
    D) Every success I had, every accolade, promotion, and medal… It was all a personal affront to him.
    E) None of these
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      Option B
    Explanation:
    Accolade= honour, praise
                  
  5. Relapse
    A)  Kelly could relapse into depression if she doesn’t see her therapist regularly.
    B)  To avoid having a relapse, the patient should rest and take his medications.
    C) The car abruptly halted its progress, slinging Lisa against the steering wheel with bone jarring force.
    D) You should stay away from drug users if you don’t want to relapse into addiction.
    E) None of these
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      Option C
    Explanation:
    Relapse= to fall backwards, usually in relation to a person’s health
                  
  6. Allegiance
    A) They see allegiance everywhere and are afraid of everything.
    B)  We took an oath of allegiance upon entering the military, and none of us plan on violating it.
    C) Having lived in Denver for most of my adult life, the Broncos have now captured my allegiance.
    D) Mark is a double agent who’s true allegiance is suspect.
    E) None of these
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      Option A
    Explanation:
    Allegiance= loyalty to some cause, nation or ruler
                  
  7. Flimsy
    A)  The judge was displeased with the lawyer, because he kept on interrupting the proceedings with one flimsy argument after another.
    B)  Secure in his flimsy arms, she wondered how she could have suspected him of anything sinister.
    C) I look so flimsy dancing in heels, that my friends worry that I might topple over.
    D) We huddled in the basement, worried that the hurricane would rip our flimsy door off of its hinges.
    E) None of these
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      Option C
    Explanation:
    Flimsy= likely to bend or break under pressure; weak, shaky, flexible, or fragile
                  
  8. Pertain
    A)  The discussion questions pertain to common themes found in romantic British literature.
    B)  Their pertaining hosts are mosquitoes of the Culex genus
    C) All of the evidence and documents that pertain to the murder case were presented to the jury.
    D) The statistics found in the study pertain to the relationship between coffee drinking and poor sleep habits.
    E) None of these
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      Option B
    Explanation:
    Pertain  = related or connected to the subject being referenced               
  9. Fidelity
    A) He now meditated a further enterprise against Geneva; but his attempt to capture the city by fidelity and with the help of Spain (the famous escalade) in 1602 failed completely.
    B)  These speakers reproduce sound with such fidelity, you’d think you were actually in a concert hall.
    C) Despite his apparent fidelity, she was never able to get over the feeling that he had another girlfriend on the side.
    D) This imitation of Aunt Debra’s secret recipe has absolutely no fidelity to the real thing, and I refuse to eat it.
    E) None of these
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      Option A
    Explanation:
    Fidelity = faithfulness to one’s duties; accuracy, or exact correspondence to some given quality or fact
                  
  10. Enigma
    A)  Sadly, the little girl’s disappearance continues to be an enigma.
    B)  Hopefully the teacher will help us understand the math enigma on the board.
    C) Even the psychiatrist found her patient’s behavior to be something of an enigma.
    D) There needs to be absolute enigma about the definition of an emergency.
    E) None of these
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      Option D
    Explanation:
    Enigma= someone or something that is mysterious and difficult to understand
                  

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