Test Your Vocabulary – Quiz #4

ACERBIC

The juice tastes acerbic

Acerbic describes a bitter taste or remark.

Although I appreciate constructive criticism, I see no value in acerbic remarks.

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CONCISE

His explanation was concise

Concise means brief.

Since I get bored easily, I only read concise stories under fifty pages.

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CAPRICIOUS

The capricious weather

Capricious describes something changeable.

Even though the couple wanted to get married outside, they knew their ceremony depended on the capricious weather.

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BEGUILE

I tried to beguile him

Beguile means to trick.

The con artist worked to beguile the innocent couple with promises of easy money.

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ABHOR

I abhor his decision

Abhor means hate.

Work at a job that you love, not one that you abhor.

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CHASTISE

She will chastise him

Chastise means to scold.

Sometimes, Mary will chastise her teenage daughter about texting while driving.

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BANAL

The meeting is banal

Banal means boring.

Professor Hamm’s lectures are so banal they cause me to fall asleep.

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DERELICT

The building is derelict

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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DAUNTING

My task is daunting

Daunting means challenging.

If you have never been skydiving, it might appear somewhat daunting to you.

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AFFLUENT

He is an affluent man

Affluent means wealthy.

When the economy crashed, many affluent people became poor.

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