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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