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Commonly Tested Vocabulary Words Practice (page 4)

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Updated on Sep 8, 2011

Antonyms

  1. Dross means the waste or worthless part of something, the opposite of the words listed.
  2. Hyperbole means an exaggeration for effect, not to be taken literally, the opposite of the words listed.
  3. Cower means to shrink and tremble, the opposite of the words listed.
  4. Stolid means showing little emotion or awareness, the opposite of the words listed.
  5. Rancor means continuing hatred or ill will, the opposite of the words listed.
  6. Garrulous means overly talkative about unimportant things or chattering, the opposite of the words listed.
  7. Fodder means dry, coarse food for cattle, horses, or sheep, the opposite of the words listed.
  8. Resolute means determined and firm of purpose, the opposite of the words listed.
  9. Extricate means to set free or release, the opposite of the words listed.
  10. Plausible means seemingly true and possible, the opposite of the words listed.

Choosing the Right Word

  1. ruminate. Extricate means free or release, so surely the person will have to think over or ruminate on the offer.
  2. prehensile. Context clues indicate that the hand evolved to be an advantage, so it is logical that it is capable of holding something, or prehensile.
  3. pertinacity. Pertinacity means persistence or stubbornness, so undoubtedly, this quality is what helped her persist and eventually persuade the entire room.
  4. diffident. Diffident means shy and reserved, so it is logical that he would act that way if the others made him feel uncomfortable when they met. But he would not act simian or apelike.
  5. garrulous. Garrulous means overly talkative and chattering, which would be something an employee might be warned against. Dross means the unusable part of something, or waste.
  6. anomaly. Since the one good player stands out on the team, he or she must be an anomaly, or an abnormality or deviation from the norm. A malapropism is a humorous misuse of words that sound alike.
  7. brusque. Brusque means abrupt, blunt, or short in manner or speech. Badinage is playful or joking banter.
  8. plausible. Plausible means seemingly true and possible, so it would apply to a theory that the speaker believes but still wants to research further. Prehensile means adapted to seize or hold something.
  9. simian. Simian means apelike, so if the boy was acting that way, it may be an exaggeration, but the neighbor might easily be shocked and want to notify the parents. Diffident means shy and reserved, so that would not be shocking.
  10. cower. Cower means tremble or cringe in fear, which could be an appropriate response to approaching bears. Succor is aid or assistance in a time of need.

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