Test Your Vocabulary – Quiz #3


Explain the anomaly

Anomaly describes an abnormality; an oddity.

Since my son has a history of failing classes, his good grades are a welcome anomaly.

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The dogmatic individual

Dogmatic means opinionated; to strongly state unsupported opinions or beliefs as if they were absolute facts.

My teacher was dogmatic in her grading practices and would not even consider altering my grade!

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It looks askew

Askew means crooked; tilted to one side.

I’ve tried straightening out the poster three times, but it still looks askew.

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Mar his legacy

Mar means to damage, ruin or spoil.

The author’s last book is so poorly written it will probably mar his legacy.

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Her appearance became wizened

Wizened means shriveled; wrinkly from sickness or old age.

Jane was not surprised when her appearance became wizened in her early fifties.

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A fatuous choice

Fatuous means stupid; lacking intelligence.

It was a fatuous choice to carry so many glass cups at once.

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A coterie of readers

Coterie describes a group of individuals who hang out together for a certain reason.

With his latest novel, James hopes to reach a whole new coterie of readers.

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Her strong perspicacity

Perspicacity means good judgment; the ability to notice and understand things that are not obvious.

In order to be an effective editor, one must have a strong sense of perspicacity to catch mistakes that others miss.

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The computer savvy miscreant

Miscreant means criminal; an individual who has misbehaved.

For the computer savvy miscreant, it is a great age in which to be a hacker.

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Sally was intrepid

Intrepid means very brave.

Unlike her sister Mary, Sally was intrepid and had no problem going into the haunted house.

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