Practice 1. Choose the best synonym.
1. Nothing could ever abash him.
2. The doctor gave him some medicine to abate his pain.
3. The king abdicated the throne in order to marry a commoner.
4. A rich kid was abducted yesterday.
5. The young man stole the money in a moment of aberration.
6. We abhor a traitor.
7. A good citizen abides by law.
(D) adheres to
8. We don't force anyone to abjure his religion.
(B) give up
9. Grace has abominable taste in clothes.
10. His garden abounds in beautiful flowers.
(A) teems with
1C 2B 3C 4B 5A 6B 7D 8B 9B 10A
Practice 2. Choose the best synonym.
1. It never pays off to abrogate the defense treaty.
2. Beware of the abrupt turn in the road ahead.
3. The doctor advised the patient to abstain from smoking.
(A) do without
(B) be absorbed in
(C) go with
(D) admit of
4. No one could solve such an abstruse problem.
5. Defeated, the ex-champion fell into the abyss of despair.
6. To accelerate growth, they work harder than ever.
(A) speed up
7. Without an accomplice the burglar could not have broken into the house.
8. The gentleman was accosted by a beggar who demanded money.
9. The manager has reached the acme of his career.
(B) apex ; peak
10. All the members acquiesced in his resignation.
(A) assented to
(B) disagreed with
(C) balked at
(D) dissented from
1C 2C 3A 4A 5C 6A 7B 8A 9B 10A
Practice 3. Choose the best synonym.
1. Are we living in an acquisitive society?
(C) greedy ; covetous
2. The tonic had an acrid aftertaste.
3. The dispute was renewed with increasing acrimony.
4. The merchant is noted for his business acumen.
5. A bad tooth may cause acute pain.
6. According to an old adage on Wall Street, the stock market can deal with good news and
bad, but it cannot tackle uncertainty.
(A) saying ; proverb
7. The stoic was adamant to temptations.
8. The boy is addicted to stealing.
(A) given up
(B) weaned from
(C) detached from
(D) adapted to
9. The reporter is adept in newswriting.
10. The brothers built on adjacent lots.
1C 2D 3B 4A 5B 6A 7A 8A 9B 10C
Practice 4. Choose the best synonym.
1. They voted to adjourn the meeting.
2. John admonished his brother against being late.
3. We all adore Charlie Brown.
4. Robin Hood was said to wear a hat adorned with feathers.
5. The workman is adroit in handling machinery.
(B) dexterous ; skilled
6. The politician enjoys public adulation.
7. The advent of spring makes the birds hilarious.
8. A courageous man smiles in the face of adversity.
(A) misfortune ; distress
9. Some parents advocate keeping the children at school as long as possible.
10. An affable countenance is pleasing to everybody.
1D 2C 3D 4A 5B 6A 7B 8A 9C 10D
Practice 5. Choose the best synonym.
1. The gambler was afflicted with debts.
2. America is an affluent nation.
3. The boy affronted the teacher by making a face at her.
4. All he desired was to aggrandize his estate.
5. Grief aggravated her illness.
6. The ill-intentioned aggregation was dispersed by the police.
7. The new teacher stood aghast at the students' lack of discipline.
8. One needs an agile mind to solve the puzzles.
9. The mind of man is agitated by various emotions.
10. Will Durant is an agnostic.
(D) one who believes that nothing is known about the existence of God
1B 2D 3B 4A 5D 6A 7D 8A 9D 10D
Practice 6. Choose the best synonym.
1. The patient is in agony.
2. Sometimes agrarian disputes are hard to settle.
(C) of land
3. It's simply a minor ailment.
4. Pity is often akin to love.
(A) related to
(B) different from
(C) alien to
(D) foreign to
5. The retarded child moved with alacrity.
6. The dog is always alert.
7. The troops aligned.
(D) lined up
8. Her fears were allayed by her mother's consolation.
9. To become a citizen, you must swear allegiance to the United States
10. Heat often alleviates pain.
1A 2C 3D 4A 5A 6B 7D 8C 9C 10D
Practice 7. Choose the best synonym.
1. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.
2. Rewards allure men to confront danger.
3. We heard some remarks in allusion to his misconduct.
(A) slight mention
4. The plane is flying at a great altitude.
5. To give away alms is an altruistic deed.
6. To amble along the willow bank is an incomparable delight.
7. The government is trying to ameliorate workers' condition.
8. The amenity of his manners is irresistible.
9. The meeting ended on an amiable note.
10. The negotiators joined in amicable discussion.
1D 2B 3A 4D 5D 6D 7B 8B 9D 10D
Practice 8. Choose the best synonym.
1. There is amity between the two nations.
2. It is controversial whether amnesty should be granted to those criminals.
3. You have ample time to do your job.
4. The amplitude of the parking lot in front of the supermarket is amazing.
5. Born centuries too late, the scholar was anachronism in modern urban society.
(A) misdated person
6. It is risky to argue by analogy.
7. Complete anarchy followed the breakdown of communications.
8. Most children enjoy listening to anecdotes of great men's childhood.
9. To administer anesthetic requires utmost caution.
10. The patient's whole frame quivered with anguish.
1A 2D 3B 4B 5A 6A 7D 8C 9A 10A
Practice 9. Choose the best synonym.
1. The soul animates body.
2. Little animosity exists between classes in our society.
3. Matter cannot be annihilated
4. The contract was annulled.
5. Time is an anodyne of grief.
(A) soothing agent
6. Scientists often make anomalous findings.
7. Writing an anonymous letters is an irresponsible deed.
8. The two royal families are antagonistic.
9. An anthology of sacred music was recently published.
10. All the children were amused by the clown's antics.
1D 2D 3C 4D 5A 6B 7B 8A 9D 10C
Practice 10. Choose the best synonym.
1. Milk can serve as an antidote for some poisons.
2. Some people have a strong antipathy to modern art.
3. These antiquated notions should be erased.
4. Don't be apathetic toward people's suffering.
5. The manager has reached his apex of career.
6. " The style is the man himself " is an aphorism not always true.
7. An expert in one field will often show an appalling ignorance in other fields.
8. That publication was said to be a Communist espionage apparatus.
9. When spring comes, gay apparels are every seen.
10. Appeasement often brings blackmail.
1B 2C 3C 4B 5B 6C 7D 8A 9D 10B
Practice 11. Choose the best synonym.
1. King Alexander was given the appellation " the Great. "
2. Forestry appertains to geography, to botany, and to agriculture.
3. A personnel manager should be able to appraise ability and character.
4. The mother had the strongest apprehension about her son's health.
5. You should apprise the office of your temporary leave.
6. The parents ought to know how to express their approbation of their children's progress.
7. It is apt to be cool late in the evening.
8. Here is Taiwan we use our arable land intensively
9. You had better correct your arbitrary attitude.
10. The scholar uses a lot of archaic words.
1C 2B 3B 4B 5B 6B 7A 8D 9B 10A
Practice 12. Choose the best synonym.
1. He found many an interesting fact in the family archives.
2. It is hard for the students from Taiwan to stand the arctic weather.
3. Young as the boy is, he has an ardent longing for knowledge
4. Mining is an arduous job.
5. The executive gave a very arid speech.
6. Many people enjoy the aroma of coffee.
7. The troops were formed in battle array.
8. The salesgirl is arrogant toward customers.
9. There is a naval arsenal in the neighborhood.
10. A main road is sometimes called an artery of traffic.
1C 2A 3B 4A 5A 6D 7A 8A 9D 10A
Practice 13. Choose the best synonym.
1. Jane is the most articulate of the sisters.
2. Doubts and fears can assail the strongest.
(C) buoy up
3. Our soldiers made an assault upon the enemy's trenches.
4. She learned to speak English by assiduous practice.
5. Food is assimilated and converted into organic tissues through a process known as
6. The incident assuaged his passions.
7. He performed an astounding feat of magic.
8. Many a lawyer is astute.
9. You should atone for hurting her feelings.
(A) forget about
(B) make amends for
10. The atrocity of the Nazis will long be remembered.
1C 2A 3C 4D 5A 6A 7B 8D 9B 10A
Practice 14. Choose the best synonym.
1. Science has somewhat attenuated illusions.
2. The child's good health attests his mother's loving care.
3. The queen wore rich attire.
4. Pebbles become smooth by attrition.
5. Audacious behavior will be frowned upon.
6. His income has been augmented
7. His father looks august.
8. The trade exhibition was held under the auspices of the city government.
9. Her father is an austere person.
10. The document bears an authentic signature.
1D 2B 3C 4A 5D 6D 7B 8A 9C 10A
Practice 15. Choose the best synonym.
1. The actress received an avalanche of letters.
(A) a few
(B) a great many
(C) not too many
2. His avaricious disposition led him to downfall.
3. The child has a strong aversion to hard work.
4. Young people tend to be avid of new experiences.
(A) averse to
(B) desirous of
(C) indisposed to
(D) indifferent to
5. The merchant said that he could avouch for quality.
6. It is axiomatic that a whole is greater than any of its parts.
7. The azure lake is so poetic.
1B 2C 3D 4B 5C 6B 7B
Practice 16. Choose the best synonym.
1. Silly people often babble on about trivia.
(D) talk nonsensically
2. A babel of voices was heard from a schoolroom window.
3. The soldier's scar on his forehead is a badge of courage.
(A) emblem; token
4. The puzzle baffled everybody.
5. The small industry will be bailed out by the government's timely loan.
(B) extricated from difficulties
6. We don't like his baleful looks.
7. The police balked the gangster's plan.
8. The ignorant voter spoiled his ballot.
9. We felt fine when a balmy breeze brushed by.
10. What he said was simply a banal remark.
1D 2A 3A 4B 5B 6A 7A 8A 9C 10B
Practice 17. Choose the best synonym.
1. Drink has become the bane of his life.
2. She was advised to banish fear a anxiety.
(B) cast out
3. The pilferer started to run away and barged into a passer-by.
4. The announcement was met with a barrage of protests.
5. What is the use of such a barren discussion.
6. Ancients used to barter one thing for another.
7. Taiwan is one of the strongest anti-communism bastions in the world.
8. The baby bawled and kicked when its bottle was taken away.
9. There is a beacon on the hill to warn of danger.
10. The merchant sent his ships wherever profit beckoned.
1B 2B 3A 4B 5C 6C 7A 8A 9D 10A
Practice 18. Choose the best synonym.
1. His pleasant ways beguiled everyone into thinking he was a good man.
2. The volcano belched smoke and ashes.
3. President Carter has been beleaguered with problems at home and abroad.
4. He is in a bellicose mood.
5. The minister made a belligerent reply to a diplomatic note.
6. When summer comes, the sun is no benediction here.
7. All the children in the neighborhood will be the beneficiaries of the new playground.
8. They organized a benevolent club to help the underprivileged.
9. Everybody likes the benign old lady.
10. One age bequeaths its civilization to the next.
(B) hands down
1D 2B 3B 4D 5B 6D 7C 8C 9A 10B
Practice 19. Choose the best synonym.
1. The councilman berated the mayor in the meeting.
2. Nothing can bereave us of such sweet memories.
3. The criminal finally besought mercy.
4. For ten years the Greeks besieged the city of Troy for the sake of Helen.
5. She deserved all the praises bestowed upon her.
6. Coffee, tea, wine, beer, and milk are beverages.
7. Almost every author has a biased estimate of his own book.
8. Man and wife tend to bicker over small things.
9. The employee wanted to ask a raise but bided his time until the right moment.
10. John is a bigoted young man.
1B 2B 3A 4A 5B 6C 7B 8A 9B 10B
Practice 20. Choose the best synonym.
1. They met with a problem that posed a bilateral difficulty.
2. The frost made bizarre figures on the windowpanes.
3. A bland smile is always welcome.
4. The boys blandished their parents into taking them out.
5. The trumpet blared, announcing the King's arrival.
6. Cursing God is blasphemous.
7. He made a blatant error.
8. This year they'll have a bleak winter.
9. One single evil deed may blemish a good name.
10. All his hopes were blighted.
1B 2C 3B 4B 5A 6D 7C 8B 9B 10A
Practice 21. Choose the best synonym.
1. They call the scenic spot Blithe Dale.
2. Blizzard is expected this winter.
3. The prospective promotion has bloated his ego to an alarming degree.
(B) swelled up
4. A blockade was enforced as soon as an accident took place.
5. His involvement in the corruption has become a blot on his character.
6. The cop holding a bludgeon was walking down the street.
(A) cudgel, club
7. The grocer bluffed the robber with a unloaded gun.
(A) deceived; fooled
8. To avoid making social blunders, you have to be familiar with norms and mores.
9. Time blunts the edge of sorrow.
10. Bias blurred him to the truth.
1A 2B 3B 4C 5C 6A 7A 8D 9A 10A
Practice 22. Choose the best synonym.
1. In his anger, he blurted out the whole story.
(A) blatted ; uttered
2. A cowardly bully often blusters.
3. The cart was stuck in the bog.
4. Look at those boisterous children.
(D) noisily cheerful
5. The children bolstered their morale by singing.
(A) buoyed up
6. The market is booming.
7. Parks are a great boon to people living in big cities.
8. John is proud of his vocabulary boost.
9. Bootlegging is against law.
10. She is a woman of bounteous nature.
1A 2B 3D 4D 5A 6D 7A 8A 9D 10D
Practice 23. Choose the best synonym.
1. Her friend sent her a bouquet of spring flowers.
2. You ought to brace yourself for the task.
(A) give up
3. The voters don't think very much of the braggart politician.
4. He who brandishes the sword will perish by the sword.
5. The brash adolescent has a long way to go to learn lessons.
6. Windows and furniture were broken in the barroom brawl.
7. The blacksmith has brawny arms.
8. His behavior was a gross breach of good manners.
9. To live in a more harmonious society, everyone has the obligation tobridle his temper.
10. That magazine is brimful of good ideas.
1D 2B 3A 4A 5B 6D 7A 8A 9A 10D
Practice 24. Choose the best synonym.
1. Those two countries are often on the brink of war.
2. The new novel enjoys a brisk sale.
3. She bristled up at the remark.
(A) got angry
(B) felt pleased
(C) became blithe
(D) grew jovial
4. Mr. Young has a brittle temper.
(D) easily angered
5. They had a broil over who was at fault.
6. The widow never ceased to brood over her lost husband.
(A) sit on to hatch
(B) dwell on in thought
(C) stand by to await
(D) run to meet
7. A great man often cannot brook a rival.
8. The student browsed through the book looking for illustrations.
(A) delved into
(B) dug into
(C) pored over
(D) leafed through
9. He got an ugly bruise when he fell.
10. Don't be shocked if you are greeted with a brusque welcome.
1A 2A 3A 4D 5A 6B 7A 8D 9D 10A
Practice 25. Choose the best synonym.
1. Once he reaches a decision, he won't budge.
(A) make up his mind
(B) change his mind
(C) follow suit
2. The box was so full that the sides bulged.
3. The student living away from home often received bulky parcels his parents sent him.
4. Don't try to bully him into doing anything he doesn't like to do.
5. The enemy's bulwark was woefully undermanned.
6. The two cars bumped with a great crumpling of fenders.
7. He is so clumsy that he bungles anything he does.
8. She buoyed up his hopes with promises.
9. The number of people moving to big cities is burgeoning.
10. Dick is a burly fellow.
1B 2A 3A 4D 5A 6D 7A 8B 9A 10B
Practice 26. Choose the best synonym.
1. Rabbits usually live in burrows.
(C) brush woods
2. There is always a bustling crowd at the station.
3. The queer boy becomes the butt of his friends' jokes.
4. The reasoning he presented was not strong enough to buttress up his argument.
5. The taxi driver bypassed the main street.
(A) rushed through
1D 2A 3B 4B 5B
Practice 27. Choose the best synonym.
1. We all enjoyed the melody with beautiful cadence.
2. It is difficult to cajole such a stubborn person into consent.
3. The manager is a man of caliber.
4. Only a callous person like him could see suffering without trying to relieve it.
5. They camouflaged the ship by painting it gray.
6. A candid assessment is sometimes offensive.
(A) frank; sincere
7. Boswell accepted Johnson's pats and insults with canine fidelity.
8. Money, when corruptly used, can be a canker.
9. You are dealing with a canny businessman
10. The candidate was canting brotherly love.
(A) talking insincerely about
1D 2A 3A 4A 5A 6A 7A 8D 9B 10A
Practice 28. Choose the best synonym.
1. Children like to engage in all kinds of capers.
2. A mature person will not act from caprice.
(D) change of mind
3. This is a matter of cardinal significance.
4. The party degenerated into an ugly carousal.
(C) drunken revel
5. He used to carol in the morning when he was happy.
(A) sing joyously
(B) feel downcast
(C) take a shower
(D) become moody
6. We could not appreciate the beauty of the many cascades as we were forced to make
detours around each of them.
(C) small waterfalls
7. A cataclysm such as World War II affected all the countries in the world.
(D) violent upheaval
8. The major catalyst in the English-language explosion was war.
9. The rain cataracted down the windowpanes.
10. The flood was a catastrophe.
1D 2D 3D 4C 5A 6C 7D 8A 9A 10A
Practice 29. Choose the best synonym.
1. It is said that our TV programs are designed to cater to low taste.
2. According to Aristotle, poetry served as catharsis.
3. The critic's caustic remarks angered the unlucky actors who were the subjects of his
4. Some people don't like his cavalier attitude.
5. He ceded his stock holdings to his children.
(C) kept back
6. Celerity is the soul of warfare.
7. We enjoyed the celestial music from the angelic choir.
8. He was censured for his misconduct.
9. The workers threatened a cessation of all activities if their demands were not met.
10. His refusal to go with us filled us with chagrin.
1B 2D 3C 4B 5D 6B 7A 8D 9A 10D
Practice 30. Choose the best synonym.
1. The Christians chanted the praise of God.
2. The typhoon left chaos behind it.
3. Political commentators have explored the importance of a candidate'scharisma in these
days of television campaigning.
4. Some professions are overrun with charlatans and rogues.
5. They could not see the bottom of the chasm.
6. The mother is going to chastise her son for his misdemeanor.
7. We should cherish no resentment toward those who decline our request.
8. Grandma chided Junior for his lying.
9. Look at those sparrows chirping on the tree.
10. The artist was chiseling a statue from the marble.
1A 2A 3C 4C 5D 6C 7B 8D 9A 10D
Practice 31. Choose the best synonym.
1. A chivalrous man is hard to find nowadays.
2. His flushed, angry face indicated a choleric nature.
3. Mark Twain's mother was a chronic invalid.
4. The chubby baby is the pearl to the family.
5. She was chuckling to herself over what she was reading.
6. Dismayed by his churlish manners at the party, the girls vowed never to invite him
7. Although I don't wish to circumscribe your activities, I must insist that you complete this
assignment before you start anything else.
8. You must be circumspect in your decision.
9. In order to circumvent the enemy, they will make two preliminary attacks in other
sections before starting their major campaign.
(C) succumb to
(D) yield to
10. The citadel overlooked the city like a protecting angel.
1A 2D 3B 4A 5B 6B 7B 8D 9B 10B
Practice 32. Choose the best synonym.
1. They were clamoring for war, but it was simply a bluff.
2. The gangsters had a clandestine meeting.
3. The Japanese people are said to be very clannish
4. The judge was noted for his clemency toward first offenders.
5. High school compositions are often marred by such clichés as " strong as an ox. "
(A) worn-out expressions
(B) creative phrases
(C) amusing remarks
(D) new words
6. Some people use patriotism as a cloak for making money.
7. The machinery was clogged with thick oil and dirt.
8. The playboy was cloyed with pleasure.
9. Fingerprints are the best clues for the investigation.
10. Harry is a clumsy boy constantly stumbling over his own feet.
1A 2D 3B 4D 5A 6C 7A 8D 9A 10C
Practice 33. Choose the best synonym.
1. Some flowers grow in clusters.
2. She coaxed her friend to help her with mathematics.
3. Mothers tend to coddle their children who are in poor health.
4. Don't coerce him into doing anything he has aversion to.
5. He presented cogent arguments to the jury.
6. Please cogitate on this problem; the solution will come up.
(A) think over
7. Solids have a greater tendency to cohere than liquids.
(C) stick together
8. Two writers collaborated in preparing that text book.
(C) worked together
9. If the aims of two countries collide, there may be war.
10. I enjoy our colloquy, but I hope it could be made more searching and formal next time.
(A) informal discussion
1B 2D 3A 4B 5C 6A 7C 8C 9A 10A
Practice 34. Choose the best synonym.
1. Radio City Music Hall has a colossal stage.
2. He is a colt in his field.
(A) old hand
3. The man lay in a coma for five hours.
4. Combustible materials should be stored away from open fire.
5. He would rather have a comely wife than a rich one.
6. A spirit of comity should exist among nations.
(D) courtesy; goodwill
7. Your reward will be commensurate with your effort.
(A) equal in extent to
(B) contrary to
(C) different from
(D) commemorable to
8. We commiserate with him on his recent bereavement.
(A) feel sympathy
9. The found their hotel room commodious.
10. The city was in commotion during the electric blackout.
1A 2B 3B 4C 5A 6D 7A 8A 9C 10C
Practice 35. Choose the best synonym.
1. The students enjoyed his compact speech.
2. We should be compassionate toward the miserable.
3. Health and hard work are often compatible.
4. The philanthropist looks upon all men as his compatriots.
(A) fellow countrymen
5. He writes with a compendious style.
6. The boss found his assistant very competent.
7. The upstart has a complacent air of superiority that often mars an ignorant self-made
8. The courtier obeyed the king's orders in a complaisant manner.
9. Your story puts a different complexion on the matter.
10. He was compliant and ready to conform to the pattern set by his parents.
1A 2B 3C 4A 5C 6D 7D 8C 9C 10C
Practice 36. Choose the best synonym.
1. A chemist can separate a medicine into its components.
2. She is cool, composed, mistress of herself and her destiny.
3. Have you no compunction when you see the result of your act?
4. He lost a lot of money in a con game.
5. They finally conceded defeat.
(D) gave up
6. His constant boasting is an indication of conceit.
7. We must take concerted action.
8. John tried to conciliate her with a gift.
9. The essay is concise and explicit.
10. Do you concur with the speaker in his viewpoint?
1C 2D 3D 4A 5C 6A 7D 8D 9C 10A
Practice 37. Choose the best synonym.
1. Some male chauvinists never condescend to help their wives with housework.
2. The widow's friends condoled with her at the funeral.
(A) expressed sympathy
3. We cannot condone his recent criminal cooperation with the gamblers.
4. Wealth does not always conduce to happiness.
5. The conduit got clogged.
6. The robber was arrested, but his confederate was still at large.
7. The university conferred an honorary degree upon him.
8. If you try to smuggle goods into this country, they may be confiscated by the
9. A conflagration destroyed a lot of buildings.
10. He confronted his accusers with perfect aplomb.
1B 2A 3C 4B 5D 6B 7B 8A 9A 10D
Practice 38. Choose the best synonym.
1. The speaker confuted his opponents by facts and figures.
(A) concurred with
2. His passion for the actress soon congealed.
(D) froze; cooled
3. The free system of government is congenial with reason and common sense.
4. He is a congenital liar.
5. The congregation of sightseers increases in summer.
6. These clothes are congruous with her military bearing.
7. When he failed to arrive on time, she conjectured that he was drinking again.
8. The magician could conjure a pigeon out of an empty hat.
9. A policeman should not connive at gambling.
10. Mr. Smith is a self-claimed connoisseur of fine wines.
(B) critical judge
1B 2D 3D 4D 5B 6A 7D 8D 9D 10B
Practice 39. Choose the best synonym.
1. Foreigners frequently are unaware of the connotations of the words they use.
(A) explicit meanings
(B) implied meanings
2. The boy felt happy because he had done a conscientious piece of work.
(A) upright ; honest
3. We had better consecrate our lives to noble purposes.
4. It rained for five consecutive days.
5. The consensus indicates that we will not enter into this pact.
(A) in harmony
(B) general agreement
6. Say something, or he will take your silence for consent.
7. Kissinger used to be a consequential man in the field of international diplomacy.
8. Energy should be conserved.
9. We'll consign the goods by express.
10. Time is said to be able to console anyone's grief.
1B 2A 3C 4B 5B 6C 7D 8C 9B 10A
Practice 40. Choose the best synonym.
1. His performance was seldom consonant with his very real ability.
2. We frequently judge people by the company with whom they consort.
3. A traffic sign should be conspicuous.
4. Events seemed to be conspiring to bring about his downfall.
5. Ursa Major is the most conspicuous of the constellations in the northern sky.
(D) groups of stars
6. The lightning threw the boy into consternation.
7. Flour, liquid, salt, and yeast are constituents of bread.
(A) components ; ingredients
8. If I construe your remarks correctly, you disagree with the theory already advanced.
9. The difficult allegro passages displayed her consummate skill.
10. Enthusiasm is often contagious.
1A 2B 3C 4B 5D 6C 7A 8B 9A 10B
Practice 41. Choose the best synonym.
1. The sewage system of the city so contaminated the water that swimming was forbidden.
2. All day she did nothing but contemplate her plan.
3. This is not a time for contention.
4. You must set aside some money for contingent expenses.
5. The clown contorted his face.
6. The contour of the Atlantic coast of America is very irregular.
7. Her contrite tears did not influence the judge when he imposed sentence.
8. He contrived a useful camp store from a few bricks and a piece of screen.
9. The nobles used to treat the peasants with contumely.
10. The patient is convalescing.
(B) getting worse
1C 2D 3D 4A 5C 6D 7A 8D 9C 10D
Practice 42. Choose the best synonym.
1. The council convened at 10 o'clock.
2. The main streets converge on a central square.
3. Mr. Brown is thoroughly conversant with modern painting.
(A) ignorant of
(B) familiar with
(C) contemptuous of
(D) fond of
4. Chinese missionaries converted many Japanese to Buddhism.
5. Words often fail to convey our feelings.
6. The convivial celebrators of the victory sang their college song.
7. The merchant ship was convoyed by a destroyer.
8. That regime is undergoing a political convulsion.
9. The company is trying to secure the closest coordination of effort from its employees.
10. She had copious reasons to reject the proposal.
1B 2A 3B 4A 5B 6A 7D 8B 9A 10D
Practice 43. Choose the best synonym.
1. We received the guest with a cordial welcome.
2. He is interested only in corporeal matters.
3. The corpulent man resolved to reduce.
(A) fat; obese
4. A satire should expose nothing but what is corrigible.
5. Rust has corroded the steel rails.
(C) worn away
6. Cosmic forces produce stars and meteors.
7. A real philosopher usually has a thoroughly cosmopolitan outlook on life.
8. Go and counsel him to wait for a more propitious occasion.
9. Nature has given the Indian a hard and stern countenance.
10. He was arrested for using counterfeit money.
(A) bona fide
1D 2D 3A 4A 5C 6A 7B 8C 9D 10D
Practice 44. Choose the best synonym.
1. Night and day are counterparts.
2. They drafted a covenant to defend their religion.
3. The shy boy took a covert glance of her.
4. The covetous eye of the avid collector never left the curio.
5. The frightened child cowered in the corner of the room.
6. She was coy in her answer to his offer.
7. Reading in a cozy room is an incomparable pleasure.
8. The crabbed old man was avoided by the children because he scolded them when they
(D) sour; peevish
9. The politician is as crafty as a fox.
10. She crammed all her clothes into the bag and had to sit on it to close it.
1A 2A 3A 4B 5A 6D 7B 8D 9C 10B
Practice 45. Choose the best synonym.
1. The secretary is working in a cramped cubbyhole of an office.
2. The philosopher deplored the crass commercialism.
(B) grossly insensible
3. Most young people nowadays crave a college education.
4. The prisoner crawled through a hole and escaped.
5. Skateboarding is the latest craze in the United States.
6. The old man is living in a creaky old house.
7. The bachelor is always wearing a badly creased suit.
8. Don't place any credence in his promises.
9. Her academic credentials were excellent.
10. The witch doctor took advantage of the credulity of the superstitious natives.
(A) readiness to believe
1A 2B 3D 4B 5A 6C 7D 8D 9A 10A
Practice 46. Choose the best synonym.
1. In any loyal American's creed, love of democracy must be emphasized.
(A) statement of faith
2. The boys went wading in the creek.
3. The national emblem of Turkey is a crescent.
(A) shape of the moon in its first or last quarter
4. We were surprised at his reaction to the failure of his project; instead of
being crestfallen, he was engaged in new plans.
5. The mountain climbers found footholes in the tiny crevices in the mountainside.
6. Their banner is crimson in color.
(A) navy blue
(B) deep red
(C) light green
7. Business was crippled by the strike.
8. She gave us a crisp reply.
9. Success in money-making is not always a good criterion of real success in life.
10. Frogs begin to croak when it gets warmer.
(A) make a deep, hoarse sound
1A 2C 3A 4D 5A 6B 7C 8A 9A 10A
Practice 47. Choose the best synonym.
1. It is everybody's knowledge that Bert is Jimmy's crony.
(B) buddy; chum
2. Being a stranger in town, he inadvertently took a crooked road.
3. The bushman crouched behind a rock and watched the white men.
4. During the stagflation, the company was undergoing a crucial test.
5. Their nation has stood the crucible of war.
(A) severe test
6. I wonder if he understands the crux of the matter.
7. The mother cuddled her baby in her arms.
8. The cop beat the mad dog with a cudgel.
(C) short, thick stick
9. The stranger took his cue from the actions of the natives.
10. Chinese cuisine is known all over the world.
(D) style of cooking
1B 2C 3B 4D 5A 6B 7A 8C 9A 10D
Practice 48. Choose the best synonym.
1. Many chefs attribute their culinary skills to the wise use of spices.
2. Every month the farmer culls the nonlaying hens from his flock and sells them tot he
(C) picks out
3. The manager has reached the culmination of his career.
(D) apex; acme
4. Corrupt politicians who condone the activities of the gamblers are equally culpable.
5. The culprit of the mess deserved punishment.
(A) guilty person
6. Buddhism includes many cults.
7. You'd better travel light; you will find your luggage very cumbersome.
8. The defeated people could not satisfy the cupidity of the conquerors.
9. Please curb your passions.
10. Terror curdled her blood.
1B 2C 3D 4B 5A 6A 7C 8B 9B 10C
Practice 49. Choose the best synonym.
1. All the courtiers tried to curry the favor of the king.
2. A cursory glance revealed no trace of the missing book.
3. The salesgirl gave us a curt answer.
(B) rudely brief
4. During the oil shortage, we had to curtail our use of this vital commodity.
5. The orphan was placed in the custody of his uncle.
6. They turned pale upon hearing a cyclone nearby.
7. A cynic at all times, he was suspicious of all altruistic actions of others.
(A) sardonic person
1B 2D 3B 4A 5A 6B 7A
Practice 50. Choose the best synonym.
1. The newspaper reported that a gangster was stabbed with a dagger by another gangster.
(A) short, pointed weapon
2. The violet is a dainty spring flower.
3. Leartes told his sister Ophelia that Prince Hamlet could only dally with her affections.
4. Almost no one likes damp weather.
5. The leaves dangled in the wind.
(A) hung and swung
6. The snake darted out its tongue.
(B) shot and threw
7. Despite the dangerous nature of the undertaking, the dauntless soldier volunteered for
8. Inasmuch as we must meet a deadline, don't dawdle over this work.
9. The bright sunlight dazed him.
10. The dearth of skilled labor compelled the employers to open trade schools.
1A 2C 3B 4C 5A 6B 7C 8A 9C 10B
Practice 51. Choose the best synonym.
1. America's debacle in Vietnam will long be remembered.
2. Overindulgence debilitates character as well as physical stamina.
3. The debonair youth was liked by all who met him.
4. The street was covered with debris from the explosion.
(B) scattered fragments
5. The actress' debut on the stage was a success.
(A) first public performance
(C) farewell party
6. The oak is a deciduous tree.
(D) shedding leaves annually
7. Her decorous behavior was praised by her teachers.
8. They found his conduct quite lacking in decorum.
9. Many people still believe in decree of fate.
10. The decrepit car blocked traffic on the highway.
1A 2D 3A 4B 5A 6D 7C 8A 9D 10B
Practice 52. Choose the best synonym.
1. Don't attempt to increase your stature by decrying the efforts of your opponents.
2. The members decided to defer voting until the next meeting.
(A) put off
3. Do you treat your parents with deference?
(D) great respect
4. The clerk assumed a defiant attitude toward his employer.
(D) disobedient; rebellious
5. The hoodlums defiled the church with their scurrilous writing.
6. The pianist has extremely deft fingers.
7. It is a pity that liberty often degenerates into lawlessness.
8. Will such an important person deign to answer your letter?
9. The Chang sisters and brothers are delectable companions.
10. If you delete this paragraph, the composition will have more appeal.
(C) strike out
1A 2A 3D 4D 5B 6C 7C 8A 9B 10C
Practice 53. Choose the best synonym.
1. Workers in nuclear research must avoid the deleterious effects of radioactive substances.
2. A statesman should be deliberate in his speech.
3. The writer is well versed in delineating social customs.
4. Parents minding their own business without giving time to their children are delinquent.
5. The boy was delirious from the fever.
6. Don't delude yourself into believing that he will relent.
7. The lowlands were completely deluged.
8. The scholar has delved into the subject for a long time.
9. We don't need demagogues; we already have had too many.
10. His sober demeanor quieted the noisy revelers.
1A 2B 3D 4C 5B 6D 7A 8B 9D 10B
Practice 54. Choose the best synonym.
1. Each person has his merits and demerits.
(C) strong points
2. Upon the demise of the dictator, a bitter dispute about succession to power developed.
3. He majors in demography.
(D) statistical study of human populations
4. A hurricane demolished many a house.
5. The demon of avarice ruined his own happiness.
6. Don't demur at her request.
(A) concur with
(B) comply with
(C) object to
(D) brace up
7. The little girl looked demure.
8. Don't go near the den if you are not well armed.
9. The child's pulse is too quick; it denotes fever.
10. The denouement of the play is a happy ending.
1B 2B 3D 4B 5C 6C 7C 8D 9A 10A
Practice 55. Choose the best synonym.
1. The city of Taipei has a very dense population.
(D) compact; crowded
2. In that book, the author depicts the slave owners as kind and benevolent masters.
3. We must wait until we deplete our present inventory before we order replacements.
(A) use up
4. They deplored the death of their capable and magnanimous leader.
5. His is gentlemanly deportment.
6. Rumors tend to deprave the morale of the troops.
7. I must deprecate your negative attitude.
8. The derelict ship was a menace to navigation.
9. His colleagues derided his grandiose scheme.
10. We can barely descry the vessels in the distance.
1D 2D 3A 4C 5D 6A 7B 8D 9D 10D
Practice 56. Choose the best synonym.
1. Don't desecrate the temple.
2. The island was desolate.
3. Just ignore his despicable remarks.
4. A great number of cities of Greece and Asia were despoiled of their most valuable
5. The young man is despondent about his health.
6. The people rebelled against the despotic king.
7. The father's death left the family destitute.
(C) extremely poor
8. What is the use of their desultory research?
9. Numerous obstacles in the way of a real detent remain to be seen.
(A) relaxing of tension
10. This chemical is used to deter rot.
1C 2B 3A 4B 5C 6B 7C 8A 9A 10B
Practice 57. Choose the best synonym.
1. The road quickly deteriorated into a bumpy path.
(B) worsened; degenerated
2. Violence is a detestable means.
3. We had to make a detour because the main road was jammed.
(A) short cut
(B) roundabout way
(C) straight road
(D) slippery path
4. The famous artist still has his detractors.
5. Smoking is detrimental to health.
6. A devastating war has impoverished Vietnam.
7. No deviation from traditional methods was permitted in preparation for the banquet.
8. He was suspected to have become rich by devious ways.
9. The social worker was devoid of any personal desire for gain.
10. The hungry man was devouring his food.
(A) eating up greedily
(B) swallowing slowly
1B 2B 3B 4C 5D 6B 7B 8A 9D 10A
Practice 58. Choose the best synonym.
1. Mrs. Smith is a devout churchgoer.
2. The magician was so dexterous that we could not follow him as he performed his tricks.
3. Hijacking is a diabolic crime.
4. Your demand that I respond either with a "yes" or "no" presupposes a dichotomy of
choice on the issue that I don't accept.
5. His speech to the freshmen was painfully didactic.
6. A salesman must overcome his diffidence.
(B) lack of confidence
7. Your composition suffers from a diffusion of ideas, try to be more compact.
8. The speaker digressed into too many side issues.
9. The wall dilapidates rapidly.
(C) falls into pieces
10. In the dark, the pupils of your eyes dilate.
1C 2D 3B 4C 5B 6B 7A 8A 9C 10D
Practice 59. Choose the best synonym.
1. Some people are dilatory in paying their bills.
2. In his dilemma, he knew no one to whom he could turn for advice.
3. Mr. Morris is proud of being a dilettante.
4. Please dilute the acid before you use it.
(C) make thinner
5. Civil war diminished that nation's strength.
6. People ignored his dire prediction of anothe rapproaching depression.
7. The funeral dirge stirred the mourners to tears
(B) musical lament
8. Sometimes, things get into disarray.
9. Carelessness in driving often results in disastrous accidents.
10. The dance group disbanded after a farewell performance.
(A) broke up
1B 2C 3D 4C 5B 6D 7B 8B 9D 10A
Practice 60. Choose the best synonym.
1. It is rather difficult for him to discard his prejudices.
(B) get rid of
2. This ruse will discomfit the enemy.
3. The lawyer was disconcerted by the evidence produced by his adversary.
(D) buoyed up
4. The death of the kitten left Mary disconsolate.
5. The scholar's discourse was unanimously applauded.
(A) formal speech
6. The manager is fortunate enough to have a discreet assistant.
7. Wide discrepancies were found between the two accounts of the battle.
8. The universe is composed of discrete bodies.
9. Use your own discretion in this matter.
10. The law does not discriminate against the poor.
1B 2A 3B 4C 5A 6C 7B 8C 9D 10B
Practice 61. Choose the best synonym.
1. The listeners were annoyed and bored by his discursive remarks.
(A) digressing; rambling
2. You have made enemies of all whom you disdain.
3. The passengers were disgruntled by the numerous delays.
4. His disheveled appearance will hurt his chance in the interview.
5. The fans were disillusioned by his sloppy acting.
6. Some areas were disinfected as soon as the typhoon was over.
(B) cleansed of germs
(C) carried away
7. With the rise of nationalism, the colonial empires disintegrated
8. The only disinterested person in the room was the judge.
9. She looks dismal today.
10. The old steamer was sent to the dock to be dismantled.
(B) taken apart
1A 2B 3B 4C 5D 6B 7B 8A 9A 10B
Practice 62. Choose the best synonym.
1. The employee was dismayed by the task that lay ahead.
2. Don't disparage anyone's contribution; these little gifts add up to large sums.
3. Their stories showed significant disparity.
4. Many household gadgets are readily dispensable.
5. The police dispersed the lookers-on.
6. Jim is a man of irritable disposition.
7. Factious quarrels may disrupt the state.
(D) mop up
8. Some girl students could not stand seeing the frogs dissected.
9. Even though you are trying to dissemble your motive in joining this group, we can see
through your pretense.
10. The invention of television helped to disseminate learning.
1C 2B 3C 4A 5A 6B 7A 8B 9B 10B
Practice 63. Choose the best synonym.
1. Do you dissent from what the speaker has said?
(A) differ from
(B) accede to
(C) acquiesce in
(D) assent to
2. In order to earn a graduate degree from most universities, a candidate is frequently
required to prepare a dissertation on some scholarly subject.
(A) treatise; thesis
3. The dissident was exiled for life.
4. The young man quickly dissipated his inheritance.
5. The dissolute life led by those nobles was indeed shocking.
6. Some contemporary musicians deliberately use dissonance to achieve certain effects.
7. The event was distorted by newspaper accounts.
8. The noise drove him distracted.
9. The distraught parents searched the ravine for their lost child.
10. A farmer cannot neglect his diurnal tasks at any time; cows, for example, must be
1A 2A 3D 4C 5D 6C 7A 8A 9A 10B
Practice 64. Choose the best synonym.
1. The paths diverge at the fork in the road.
(C) branch off
2. There are diverse ways of approaching this problem.
3. The deputy was divested of power to take care of the business.
4. He won't tell you the news because he is afraid you will divulge it prematurely.
5. The speed with which she dispatched her tasks made the onlookers dizzy.
6. Docile as he seems today, that old lion was once a ferocious, snarling beast.
7. She dodged her suitors with ease.
8. Although we find occasional snatches of genuine poetry in his works, most of his
writing is mere doggerel.
(D) poor verse
9. Sometimes a dogma is so convincing that an ordinary person will take it for truth
without any doubt.
(A) tenet; doctrine
10. The memory of the economic doldrums of the early seventies is still vivid.
1C 2D 3B 4D 5A 6B 7C 8D 9A 10D
Practice 65. Choose the best synonym.
1. We were surrounded by the dolorous sight at the funeral.
2. This question is out of my domain.
3. The dome of the church can be seen in the distance.
(C) rounded roof
4. Although his legal domicile was in New York city, his work kept him from his residence
for many years.
5. The loafer has taken to dope.
(A) drug; narcotic
6. Sometimes dormant talents in our friends surprise us.
7. In his dotage, he told us long tales of events in his childhood.
8. The mother couldn't help doting on her only child.
(B) lavishing love on
9. The story of the doughty pioneer has been filmed time and again.
10. The curtain was fully doused
1D 2C 3C 4C 5A 6A 7D 8B 9D 10C
Practice 66. Choose the best synonym.
1. She came to her marriage with no dowry.
2. Having watched television, the boy was inclined to doze at his desk.
3. He is leading a drab existence.
4. There were heavy drapes at the window.
(A) cloth hangings
5. Drastic measures have been taken to stop the crime wave.
6. Everything has its drawback.
7. What a dreary day it is !
8. Thieves and murderers are regarded as the dregs of society.
(B) worthless people
9. The campers were drenched.
10. That faucet is dribbling.
1D 2B 3B 4A 5B 6D 7B 8B 9D 10A
Practice 67. Choose the best synonym.
1. Very few people will drone when they can live by honest labor.
2. None of us knew why her spirits drooped.
(C) became sad
3. The old man died but was supposed to be drowsing.
4. The miner does not regard his life as a life of drudgery.
(A) important work
(B) sacred mission
(C) holy occupation
(D) menial work
5. Do you think he is a dubious character ?
6. The duct got clogged with dirt.
7. Japan has been accused of dumping its steel to the United States.
(D) selling at a low price
8. The dunce was a butt of their jokes.
(A) serious person
(D) dull-witted person
9. The criminals were kept in lightless dungeons.
(D) underground prisons
10. The public is easily duped by extravagant claims in advertising.
1A 2C 3A 4C 5C 6B 7D 8D 9D 10D
Practice 68. Choose the best synonym.
1. His duplicity was finally exposed to all.
2. Almost nothing was visible in the dusk of the room.
3. The children were curious about the dwarf.
4. As a prodigal son, his wealth has dwindled.
(C) decreased gradually
5. As a workaholic, he suffers from dyspepsia.
1C 2D 3A 4C 5C
Practice 69. Choose the best synonym.
1. Don't speak so loud; someone is eavesdropping.
(D) listening secretly
2. Her bubbling ebullience was infectious.
3. Some friends of his look upon him as an eccentric person.
4. The theologian is well versed in ecclesiastical law.
(C) pertaining to the church
5. John is quite eclipsed by his brother.
6. The novice was in ecstasy over flying.
7. They are looking for edible seaweeds.
8. The marble edifice is now used as a museum.
(B) large building
9. In that eerie setting, it was easy to believe in ghosts and other supernatural beings.
10. The coin had been handled for so many times that its date had beeneffaced.
(C) rubbed out
1D 2D 3B 4C 5C 6D 7D 8B 9C 10C
Practice 70. Choose the best synonym.
1. Can you imagine a man indulged in an effeminate preoccupation with trifles?
2. The efficacy of the drug depends on the regularity of the dosage.
(A) desired effect
3. The mob showed its irritation by hanging the judge in effigy.
4. The small town effuses warmth and hospitality.
(A) pours out
5. The accountant ekes out his regular income by working evenings and Sundays.
6. On weekends the family enjoyed an elaborate dinner.
7. The phenomenal sales record elated the managed.
8. The sumptuous elegance of the furnishings stunned the visitors.
9. Our government has been working very hard to elevate people's living standard.
(A) cut down
10. The vivacious little girl is like an elf.
1A 2A 3D 4A 5B 6C 7A 8B 9C 10D
Practice 71. Choose the best synonym.
1. The detectives tried to elicit where the suspect had hidden his loot.
(A) draw out
2. Mr. Chang is still an eligible bachelor.
3. They eliminated the possibility of reunion.
(C) ruled out
4. The elite of society attended the reception for the visiting governor.
(C) distinguished members
5. No elixir has so far been discovered to cure the inveterate disease.
6. The rich girl decided to elope rather than endure a big wedding.
(A) run away with a lover
(B) remain single
(C) commit suicide
(D) pursue happiness
7. They gave the eloquent orator a warm reception.
8. He was called upon to elucidate the disputed points in his article.
9. Inspiration need not be forever elusive.
10. Ancient Greeks wished to live in the Elysium when dead.
1A 2B 3C 4C 5C 6A 7C 8A 9C 10B
Practice 72. Choose the best synonym.
1. The prisoner's long period of starvation left him wan and emaciated.
2. A strong odor of sulphur emanated from the spring.
3. At first, the attempt of the Abolitionists to emancipate the slaves was unpopular in New
England as well as in the South.
(D) set free
4. The memory of oil embargo laid by the Arabs is still vivid.
5. The brothers are embarking on a new business.
6. She embellished her dress with lace and ribbons.
7. The bank teller confessed his embezzlement of the funds.
8. The olive branch is the emblem of peace.
9. The soldier embroidered the story of his adventures in the army.
(A) played down
10. He became embroiled in the heated discussion when he tried to arbitrate the dispute.
1A 2B 3D 4B 5A 6D 7B 8A 9D 10B
Practice 73. Choose the best synonym.
1. The new project is still in embryo.
2. The truth they wanted finally emerged as a result of the investigation.
3. After a lifetime's eminent services, the employee retired.
4. The emissary failed to complete his mission.
5. The volcano emits smoke and ashes once in a while.
6. Don't trust the quack doctor who has only an empirical knowledge of medicine.
7. As long as our political leaders emulate the virtues of the great leaders of this country,
we shall flourish.
8. We were all enchanted with her singing.
(A) let down
9. This is the book which encompasses almost all the range of man's religious beliefs.
10. The encroachment of the factories upon the neighborhood lowered the value of the real
(C) gradual intrusion
1B 2B 3C 4B 5A 6A 7C 8B 9A 10C
Practice 74. Choose the best synonym.
1. Some people encumber themselves with too much luggage when going on short trips.
2. Civic leaders have endorsed the rehabilitation project.
(A) turned down
3. The poet was endowed with remarkable genius.
4. The vigor of his opponent's attack enervated the young politician.
5. The boss was enfeebled by too much work.
6. The nineteenth amendment to the Constitution enfranchised American women.
(A) endowed with the right to vote
7. Crime is sometimes engendered by poverty.
8. The boy was engrossed in his studies.
9. The ribbons and lace will enhance the beauty of your attire.
10. Despite all the attempts to decipher the code, it remained an enigma.
1C 2C 3A 4C 5B 6A 7A 8C 9A 10B
Practice 75. Choose the best synonym.
1. His parents enjoined good conduct on their son.
(B) complied with
(C) acquiesced in
2. South Africa has experienced generations of racial enmity.
3. The enormity of the task confounded him.
4. The crimes ensue from lack of good education.
5. The project will entail enormous expense and labor upon the city government.
(B) impose; require
6. The firm hopelessly got entangled in financial difficulties.
7. From the moment he saw her picture, he was enthralled by her beauty.
8. The boy was enticed to do something wrong.
9. Each entity of the series requires separate study.
10. Some of the entrails are valued as food.
(D) inner parts of animals
1A 2B 3D 4D 5B 6C 7C 8D 9A 10D
Practice 76. Choose the best synonym.
1. The criminal entreated the judge to show mercy.
(D) asked earnestly
2. Their prejudices have been entrenched for generations.
3. Opponents for our present tax program argue that it discouragesentrepreneurs from
trying new fields of business activity.
4. The expert enumerated the advantages of his new project.
(B) ruled out
5. The scientist enunciated a new principle.
6. We must envisage realities.
7. The President received the envoy from Korea.
(B) representative; messenger
8. Most flowers are ephemeral.
9. Mr. Williams is a real epicure.
10. Advanced countries have almost held all the epidemic diseases under control.
(D) dangerously contagious
1D 2B 3D 4A 5C 6D 7B 8B 9A 10D
Practice 77. Choose the best synonym.
1. Poor Richard's epigrams made Benjamin Franklin famous.
(A) short, witty sayings
2. The author wrote an epilogue to his book explaining that some of his earlier impressions
3. The year she spent in Paris was an important episode in her career.
4. This year we are studying the epistles of some famous poets.
5. In his will, he dictated the epitaph to be engraved on his tombstone.
6. Homer's writings are replete with such epithets as " resourceful Odysseus. "
(D) descriptive words or phrases
7. This final book is the epitome of all his previous ones.
8. The invention of the computer marked a new epoch in history.
9. Having seen people come and go, he came to acquire an equable temper.
10. In his later years, he could look upon the foolishness of the world with equanimity and
1A 2D 3A 4D 5D 6D 7D 8D 9A 10B
Practice 78. Choose the best synonym.
1. Orientals equated retreat with cowardice.
2. Don't let little annoyances upset your equilibrium.
(B) balance; poise
3. Paying a person what he is worth is equitable.
4. Macbeth was misled by the equivocal statements of the witches.
5. Cholera was eradicated from this island.
(C) wiped out
6. Time has erased her sad memory.
7. The limestone was eroded by the dripping water.
(A) eaten away
8. An erratic mind jumps from one idea to another.
9. His erudite writing was difficult to read because of the many allusions which were
unfamiliar to most readers.
10. The volcano erupted gouts of lava.
(B) burst forth
1C 2B 3C 4B 5C 6B 7A 8C 9D 10B
Practice 79. Choose the best synonym.
1. A little war may very well threaten to escalate into a huge, ugly one.
2. He tried to eschew all display of temper.
3. Very few had access to the esoteric plan.
4. They were agents engaged in industrial espionage.
5. Her arrogance estranged all her friends and colleagues.
6. Visitors were impressed by her ethereal beauty.
7. Intolerance between ethnic groups is deplorable and usually is based on lack of
understanding and information.
8. Etiquette requires that we behave like civilized human beings.
(A) rules of conduct
9. The speaker made eulogistic remarks on the group's accomplishment.
10. Some drugs induce euphoria.
(A) feeling of great happiness
1D 2B 3A 4B 5D 6C 7A 8A 9C 10A
Practice 80. Choose the best synonym.
1. In the evanescent rays of the sunset, the entire western skyline was bathed in an orange-
2. The suspect's evasive answers convinced the judge that he was withholding important
3. The tenant was evicted by the landlord for not paying the rent.
(D) forced out; expelled
4. When he tried to answer the questions, he evinced his ignorance of the subject matter.
5. She evoked memories of childhood when she sang the sweet lullabies.
(B) called forth
6. Foolish words only exacerbate ill feeling.
7. The model student was exalted to the skies.
8. Johnny often exasperated his mother with his pranks.
9. These quotations were excerpted from many authors.
10. Wordy passages in his composition were excised.
1D 2B 3D 4C 5B 6D 7D 8A 9D 10D
Practice 81. Choose the best synonym.
1. Red tape is often excruciating.
2. Pupils are extremely happy and excited when going on an excursion.
(A) short trip
3. Her exemplary behavior was praised at commencement.
4. No one regards exemption from military service as an honor.
5. The chain-smoker exhaled a cloud of cigarette smoke.
(A) breathed out
(B) breathed in
6. After a week's nasty weather the sunlight exhilarated almost everybody.
7. The evangelist exhorted all sinners in his audience to reform.
8. He was so mind as to promise help in any exigency.
(C) urgent situation
9. In New York, the exodus from the hot and stuffy city was particularly noticeable on
10. We are sure this letter will exonerate you from blame.
1B 2A 3A 4A 5A 6D 7B 8C 9C 10A
Practice 82. Choose the best synonym.
1. The big car requires an exorbitant quantity of gas.
2. There are some people who still believe in the exorcist.
(D) one who expels evil spirits
3. Her exotic beauty enticed him.
(D) excitingly different or unusual
4. The ex parte statement should be carefully examined.
5. Henry James was an American expatriate who settled in England.
6. They decided it was not expedient to interfere with the couple's problem.
7. Your timely help will expedite the matter.
(B) speed up
8. You should limit your expenditures to what is necessary.
9. Special expertise is in great demand in this highly technological society.
10. The criminal decided to expiate his crime with his life.
1D 2D 3D 4A 5B 6C 7B 8A 9B 10D