Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Brain Power -

1. em­u­la­tion – [B] im­i­ta­tion. Mrs Adams knew her young stu­dents would learn their man­ners by em­u­la­tion, so she was al­ways po­lite to them.

2. ne­far­i­ous – [A] wicked and im­moral. The ne­far­i­ous art thief planned to re­place the Mona Lisa with a fake.

3. au­rif­er­ous – [C] con­tain­ing gold. The ex­pe­ri­enced gold prospec­tor im­me­di­ately recog­nised the au­rif­er­ous ter­rain.

4. in­oc­u­late – [C] in­ject with a weak form of a dis­ease for pro­tec­tion. Vol­un­teer doc­tors came to the re­mote vil­lage to in­oc­u­late the chil­dren.

5. ex­ul­ta­tion – [A] tri­umphant re­joic­ing. Ri­hanna whooped with ex­ul­ta­tion when she re­alised she’d won the race.

6. oleagi­nous – [A] ex­ag­ger­at­edly com­pli­men­tary. Lianne’s oleagi­nous praise of the cus­tomer’s taste did not pro­duce a sale.

7. delu­sional – [B] be­lieved de­spite ev­i­dence to the con­trary. Jon’s friends urged him to aban­don his delu­sional no­tion that Jenna was at­tracted to him af­ter she re­jected him for the third time.

8. eu­pho­ria – [A] ex­treme hap­pi­ness. The ini­tial eu­pho­ria af­ter the can­di­date’s vic­tory was re­placed with a re­al­i­sa­tion of the hard work that lay ahead.

9. gelati­nous – [C] vis­cous like jelly. Shuji’s first at­tempt at mak­ing gravy pro­duced a gelati­nous dis­as­ter.

10. flu­o­ri­date – [C] add flu­o­rides. Many coun­tries flu­o­ri­date their wa­ter to help fight den­tal cav­i­ties.

11. am­bidex­trous – [A] able to use both hands equally well. The am­bidex­trous fencer deftly switched hands and scored the win­ning point.

12. ad­ven­ti­tious – [C] by chance rather than by de­sign. Meet­ing his favourite au­thor at the book­shop was ad­ven­ti­tious for Barat, since he’d had no idea she had a sign­ing there.

13. re­nun­ci­a­tion – [B] act of re­fus­ing or giv­ing up. Anita de­clared her re­nun­ci­a­tion of potato chips to her friends in the hope they would hold her to it.

14. mous­ta­chioed – [B] with a mous­tache. Her­cule Poirot is the fa­mous mous­ta­chioed sleuth cre­ated by Agatha Christie.


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