This is a test of your knowledge of the meanings of different words. It is a moderately difficult test and uses some rarely heard words.

The test will start with 3 example questions which will not be marked or timed. The test consists of 44 questions and you will have 10 minutes to answer these. Click on the "Go to First Example" button below to begin. Click on the button to the left of your answer to answer it. You can change your answer by clicking on another button.You can also go back to the previous question, by clicking on the previous question button.




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The answers to this test are as follows:


1) Chortle Laugh 23) Spurious Fake
2) Discrepancy Inconsistency 24) Puissant Powerful
3) Trudge Walk wearily 25) Mellifluous Sweet
4) Odious Dislikable 26) Lachrymose Tearful
5) Paradox Self-contradictory statement 27) Mollify Appease
6) Renege Break a promise 28) Expurgate Purge
7) Assuage Soothe 29) Celerity Speed
8) Pragmatic Practical 30) Clandestine Secret
9) Reticent Restrained 31) Bellicose Warlike
10) Salubrious Wholesome 32) Defenestrate Throw from window
11) Subterfuge Deception 33) Pusillanimous Lacking courage
12) Ubiquitous Omnipresent 34) Termagant Quarrelsome woman
13) Intractable Unsolvable 35) Crepuscular Twilight
14) Truculent Savage 36) Disgruntled Unhappy
15) Vortex Whirlpool 37) Sinecure Paid job with little work
16) Vex Annoy 38) Ptarmigan Type of bird
17) Immolate Fire sacrifice 39) Sepulchral Belonging to a tomb
18) Ignominious Shameful 40) Palimpsest Reused parchment
19) Hyperbole Exaggeration 41) Turpitude Depravity
20) Foible Weakness 42) Tryst A meeting
21) Macabre Gruesome 43) Diatribe Denunciation
22) Malevolent Hostile 44) Masticate Chew


  • He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary. William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)
    Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)
  • A hangover is the wrath of grapes


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