You might say we’re using strong language this month. Our vocabulary quiz features words about power—having it, getting it, or lacking it. After
flexing your mental muscles, turn to the next page for answers.
1. anneal (uh-'neel) v.—A: toughen. B: weaken gradually. C: submit to authority.
2. doughty ('dow-tee) adj.—
A: hesitant. B: willing to yield power. C: stouthearted.
3. enervated ('eh-nur-vay-ted) adj.—A: lacking vigor. B: strengthened. C: glorified.
4. dint (dihnt) n.—A: heavyweight. B: power. C: electrical unit.
5. proxy ('prahk-see) n.—
A: strong liking. B: authority to act for another. C: king’s royal guard.
6. thew (thoo) n.—A: muscular strength. B: castle wall. C: term of surrender.
7. buttress ('buh-tress) v.—
A: shore up. B: challenge head-tohead. C: dethrone.
8. preponderate (pre-'pahnduh-rayt) v.—A: seize control.
B: influence by insidious means. C: have greater importance.
9. duress (du-'rehss) n.—
A: queen’s sister. B: sovereign rule. C: compulsion by threat.
10. puissant ('pwee-sahnt) adj.— A: powerful. B: subdued by fear. C: cowardly.
11. arrogate ('ehr-uh-gayt) v.— A: supply with weapons. B: seize unjustly. C: crown.
12. effete (eh-'feet) adj.—
A: marked by weakness. B: brawny. C: able to get things done.
13. attenuate (uh-'ten-yoo-wayt) v.—A: make firmer. B: make longer. C: make weaker.
14. coup (coo) n.—A: strong signal. B: head honcho. C: power grab.
15. ex officio (eks uh-'fih-shee-oh) adj.—A: out of power. B: by virtue of position. C: abstaining from a vote.