This Vocabulary Test is Really Tough. If You Pass, We'll Think You Deserve a Nobel Prize!

By: Heather Cahill
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This Vocabulary Test is Really Tough. If You Pass, We'll Think You Deserve a Nobel Prize!
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About This Quiz

So, you think you can define any vocabulary word? On this quiz, you'll have to prove it! Think back to English class, and famous literature that taught you the most vocabulary words. There might even be a few of these that you haven't heard before! There is only one way to find out.

Do you know what words like "acquiesce", "dialect" and "anachronism" mean? What about "circumspect", "proposition" and "vocational"? If those are too easy, then can you tell us the meaning of the word "clandestine"? If you can, then we already know that you're a word wizard with a strong vocabulary!

Do you know which word is most commonly used after the death of someone? What about the word that is used for anyone who believes in God or multiple gods? Which word is synonymous with the word "egregious"? You'll have to know all about the definitions, synonyms and words themselves in order to ace this quiz.

Get ready to take a trip back to English class! If you think that you've got what it takes to prove that you're a vocabulary whiz, then what are you waiting for? Take the quiz to see how much you truly know about vocabulary!

What does the word "acquiesce" mean?
to agree
a small object
to have a great time
something that tastes good
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This word means to agree with something or someone. Here is an example of it used in a sentence: "The two friends came to acquiesce after a short time."

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What is another word for pain?
oddity
frowzy
scruple
twinge
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The word "twinge" may not sound like it is used to describe pain, but it does! This type of pain is usually rapid and sharp, and can take place at any part of the body.

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What is the meaning of the word "innate"?
to have a need for speed
to become highly mobile
to travel without fear
to know without learning
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Wrong Answer

The word "innate" is used for something that is known, but not learned. In some ways, it is similar to instinct. For example, you could have an innate ability to swim.

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Which word is used to mean a belief in a god?
clandestine
twinge
theism
paucity
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If you believe in any type of God, you are a theist. Theism is the opposite of atheism in that atheism is the belief that there is no god.

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Is it true or false that one of the meanings of "fabricated" is something that is fake?
true
false
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This is true. Fabrication is to be fake or for something to be fake. Don't fabricate! It's better to be truthful in the long run.

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What does "anachronism" mean?
a highly intelligent person
to be out of breath
a living thing
something is dated wrong historically
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The word "anachronism" is used to describe something that is historically inaccurate according to date. For example, it could be used like this: "The man wearing a digital watch in the 18th century film was an anachronism."

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What is an "antonym"?
something noisy
to follow through on a promise
a happy feeling
opposite words
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An "antonym" is all about words that are opposites. A few examples of antonyms are loud and quiet, short and tall and long and wide.

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What does the word "circumspect" mean?
to think of the past
an organism
to be on guard
to be healthy
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The term "circumspect" is used for someone who is being very careful and on guard. Someone who is acting circumspect might be looking around themselves or listening for things that are out of the ordinary.

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What does the word "clandestine" mean?
something hidden or secret
to be needy
someone who enjoys adrenaline rushes
a type of organism
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"Clandestine" is used for something hidden or secret from others. For example, in a sentence you could say: "Her clandestine thoughts never reached the outside world."

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Is it true or false that "alienate" means that someone is extremely happy?
true
false
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This is false. To alienate someone is to leave them out of push them away from a group. It could be for any reason.

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What does "conundrum" mean?
to be found
something that is indirectly related
to attend a gathering
a riddle
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"Conundrums" are a riddle according to the dictionary. What runs, but never walks? It's a river! This is an example of a conundrum.

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What does the word "deference" mean?
a judgement
a hard surface
to complete a job
respect
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The word "deference" is used similarly to the word "respect." Here it is used in a sentence: "The ceremony was completed in deference to him."

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Which word is used for other words that come before others?
formative
euphoric
literary
prefix
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The word "prefix" is used in grammar for words that come ahead of others. An example of a prefix is "Mrs." which comes before a name.

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What is a "dialect"?
a feeling of gratitude
to embark on a new journey
a branch of language
an animal
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The term "dialect" is used to speak about branches of a language. For example, it could be used behind something specific such as "European dialect."

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Is it true or false that the meaning of "cadence" is how someone delivers their voice?
true
false
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This is true. Cadence is something that is in the voice or sound in general. It's the rhythm of the way the sound is delivered.

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What is a synonym for the word "egregious"?
unintentional
absorption
incredibly bad
green
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"Incredibly bad" is a synonym for "egregious". Here it is used in a sentence: "His failure to pay taxes for 10 years was an egregious mistake."

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Which of the following words means to be eerie?
ghastly
imply
optimism
strait
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The word "ghastly" means just what it sounds like, to be eerie. Did you know that there is also a Pokemon named Gastly? Just drop the "h" from the word!

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What does the word "eloquence" mean?
to be highly reactive
an independent thought
something new and improved
to be fluent
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The word "eloquence" is used to describe fluency. For example, you could say, "She carried the speech with great eloquence."

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What does "enigma" mean?
a person who is angry
a common occurence
something that is odd
something lackluster
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An "enigma" is used as a way to describe something weird or odd. It can also be used in reference to a joke or other plays on words.

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Is it true or false that the meaning of "delicacy" is that something is delicate?
true
false
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This is true. The meaning of "delicacy" is not only that something is delicate but it has another meaning as well. It can also be used in reference to some delicious food.

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What does the word "formative" mean?
to mold something
to become stubborn
a closed in feeling
forgetfulness
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The word "formative" is all about something being molded, whether it's a person or an idea. You might have heard the word in phrases such as "formative years" or "formative assessments".

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What word means to attempt to gain attention?
circumspect
didactic
ostentatious
acquiesce
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The word "ostentatious" takes on this meaning. When used in a sentence you could say: "The performance was quite ostentatious at the play last night."

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What does the word "epitaph" mean?
someone with flair
to experience something odd
a tribute to someone who is deceased
something unused
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The word "epitaph" is used for the respectful tribute to any deceased person. This can come in different forms such as written and spoken to honor the person.

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Which of the following words is used after the death of someone?
deference
juxtaposition
posthumous
oxymoron
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"Posthumous" is a word that you'll often hear after a death of a person. The word is often used in reference to something happening in relation to the deceased after their passing, as in a posthumous award.

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Is it true or false that a synonym for "elicit" is "bring out"?
true
false
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This is true. You can elicit many things from someone, such as answers or thoughts. Don't get it confused with the word "explicit"!

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What word is synonymous with the word "proposition"?
millet
frivolous
egregious
premise
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The word "premise" is one that is synonymous with many different words, "proposition" included. You might have heard it in phrases such as, "This is the premise of the speech."

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What is a "homonym"?
words that sound the same
a feeling of stress
a type of magic
a method of teaching
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A "homonym" is a term you might have learned in English class. It is used for words like mist and missed that sound the same, but have different spellings.

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Which word is used for something that's odd?
eccentric
grimace
aura
placate
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The word "eccentric" describes a person or thing that may not be considered ordinary. For example, you could say: "The party was very eccentric last night!"

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What is the meaning of the word "jargon"?
something that creates passion
something that causes resistance
something euphoric
something that is hard to understand
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The word "jargon" is often used alongside subjects that are hard to understand. You've probably heard about legal jargon or medical jargon every now and then!

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Is it true or false that "forgery" is a fraud transaction?
true
false
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This is true. Forgery is the act of passing something off as legitimate when it is in fact fraudulent. This most often applies to bank transactions and signatures.

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What is the meaning of the word "meticulous"?
to be particular and precise
to come in contact with something
to consume something
to intercept
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The word "meticulous" is likely one that you may have heard before when something was very thorough. Here is an example of it used in a sentence: "They were very meticulous with the work that they completed."

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What is the meaning of the word "myriad"?
a changing temperature
a shape
many of something
something effortless
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The word "myriad" is often used to express that there is a lot of something. For example, a "myriad of people" or a "myriad of thoughts".

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Is it true or false that the meaning of the word "exhibition" is that it is a fair?
true
false
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This is true. There are all types of exhibitions, but they are usually pretty similar to fairs. Think back to the many World Expos and all the interesting things that have come out of them!

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Which word is used to mean ridicule and poking fun?
satire
vocational
accomplice
festive
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The word "satire" is used for this meaning of ridiculing or poking fun at something. Satire is often considered a genre as well.

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What word means to speak to yourself, commonly in a performance?
eloquence
anachronism
genesis
soliloquy
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The word is "soliloquy", which you may witness when watching a movie or a play. The character in question will often speak out loud to themselves.

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