Test Your Vocabulary – Quiz #19

COERCE

We must coerce him

Coerce means force.

It is against the law for someone to coerce you into giving away your belongings.

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WILY

The fox is wily

Wily means cunning.

The wily cartoon character was always thinking of ways to steal food.

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VIGILANT

A guard must be vigilant

Vigilant means watchful.

As the Secretary of Defense, it is your responsibility to remain vigilant to threats against Homeland Security.

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KUDOS

He received kudos

Kudos means praise.

The person who wrote that wonderful speech is worthy of kudos.

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CONCEDE

We must concede now

Concede means surrender.

The police will concede to the kidnapper’s demands if the hostages are released.

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PUERILE

She is too puerile for her age

Puerile means childish.

Since my son is thirty-three years of age, I do not find his puerile behavior amusing.

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DERELICT

The derelict building

Derelict means abandoned.

Because many businesses closed during the economic crisis, the city is now filled with derelict shops and empty factories.

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PLIABLE

His schedule is pliable

Pliable means flexible.

Compared to oak trees, the willow’s branches are pliable.

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MALEVOLENT

What malevolent intent

Malevolent means malicious.

With a malevolent look on the man's face, Leah knew she was in danger.

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ZEALOUS

Now is not the time to be zealous

Zealous means passionate.

No one was surprised when the zealous protestors tore down the fence.

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