Does your lexicon need a lift? Try these terms guaranteed to impress even the most well-versed wordsmiths – from the vocabulary-building book Talk Like a Genius by Ed Kozak. Stumped? Check the next page for answers.
1. capitulate v. – A: provide funding. B: stop resisting. C: state formally.
2. unequivocal adj. – A: cool under pressure. B: untamed or out of control. C: leaving no doubt.
3. cavalier adj. – A: nonchalant or marked by disdainful dismissal. B: dome shaped. C: undefeated or worthy of praise.
4. leery adj. – A: untrusting. B: odd. C: off balance.
5. levity n. – A: taxation. B: merriment. C: departure.
6. penchant n. – A: recital. B: strong liking. C: deep thought.
7. stalwart adj. – A: loyal. B: lefthanded. C: disguising one’s weakness. 8. bifurcate v. – A: tell lies. B: flash like lightning. C: divide into parts.
9. craven adj. – A: chiselled. B: needy or famished. C: cowardly.
10. coterie n. – A: exclusive group. B: takeover. C: birdcage.
11. travesty n. – A: wardrobe. B: long journey on foot. C: absurd imitation.
12. hedonism n. – A: espionage. B: sun worship. C: pursuit of pleasure.
13. obviate v. – A: watch over. B: prevent or render unnecessary. C: leave unfinished.
14. excoriate v. – A: hollow out. B: criticise harshly. C: sketch in detail.
15. penurious adj. – A: given to fits of rage. B: wordy. C: poor.