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Commonly Tested Vocabulary Words Help

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Updated on Sep 8, 2011

Commonly Tested Words

      anomaly        
      (noun)
      abnormality; irregularity; deviation from the norm or usual
      The one year the company did not break even was just an _____.
      badinage        
      (noun)
      playful and joking conversation or banter
      The two men never met without beginning a little _____ that entertained us all.
      brusque        
      (adj.)
      abrupt, blunt, or short in manner or speech
      His _____ manner was often mistaken for rudeness by people who did not know him better.
      cower        
      (verb)
      to shrink and tremble, as from someone's anger or threats; to cringe
      It was unnerving to watch the dog _____ in the corner when he misbehaved.
      diffident        
      (adj.)
      modest, shy, reserved, bashful, humble
      Her _____ smile seemed to indicate that she would dance if only someone would encourage her.
      dross      
      (noun)
      the worthless part of something that is separated from the better part; waste; garbage
      The cook trimmed the fillet and swept the _____ away.
      extricate      
      (verb)
      to set free or release; to disentangle, as from a difficulty or embarrassment
      She hung up the phone and wondered how she would ever _____ herself from really having to attend the luncheon.
      fodder      
      (noun)
      dry, coarse food for cattle, horses, or sheep, like hay or straw; often also used in expressions unrelated to animals
      We were waiting by the barn for the new _____ to be delivered.
      garrulous      
      (adj.)
      overly talkative about unimportant things; chattering
      I regretted striking up a conversation with him when I remembered how _____ he can be.
      hyperbole      
      (noun)
      exaggeration for effect, not to be taken literally
      He often spoke with _____, as when he said he was so hungry he could eat a horse.
      malapropism      
      (noun)
      a ridiculous or humorous misuse of words, usually due to a resemblance in sound
      She was quite amusing with her frequent _____(s), like when she excused herself from the table to go to the laboratory.
      pertinacity      
      (noun)
      firm or unyielding adherence to some purpose; stubbornness; persistence
      No matter what anyone said, there was no way to reason with his _____.
      pertinacity      
      (noun)
      firm or unyielding adherence to some purpose; stubbornness; persistence
      No matter what anyone said, there was no way to reason with his _____.
      plausible      
      (adj.)
      seemingly true and acceptable, but usually used with implied disbelief; possible
      The excuse seemed _____, so we had to accept their apology for not attending our dinner party.
      prehensile      
      (adj.)
      adapted to grasp, seize, or hold
      Chimpanzees and humans both have a _____ hand.
      rancor      
      (noun)
      a continuing and bitter hatred or ill will
      The negotiators worked for peace among the opposing factions, despite their obvious _____.
      resolute      
      (adj.)
      determined; firm of purpose; resolved
      I would try to stop you, but I can see you are _____ in your decision.
      ruminate      
      (verb)
      to meditate on or ponder something; to think over
      One could see him _____ over the question for a few moments before he answered.
      simian      
      (adj.)
      dealing with apes or monkeys; apelike
      The researcher was investigating several aspects of _____ behavior.
      stolid      
      (adj.)
      showing little or no emotion or awareness; unexcitable; expressionless
      We wondered how he could remain so _____ upon hearing such awful news.
      succor      
      (noun)
      aid; help; assistance, especially that which relieves and ends stress, need, or a difficulty
      She gladly offered _____ when he had nowhere else to turn.

Practice exercises for this study guide can be found at: Commonly Tested Words Practice

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