Select the word that is most similar in meaning to the word provided.

1. heed

a. trek

b. consider

c. consolidate

d. bound

2. edge

a. diffuse

b. point

c. force

d. dissuade

3. elevate

a. lessen

b. mention

c. affix

d. hoist

4. appoint

a. score

b. discuss

c. nominate

d. ensure

5. hoard

a. stockpile

b. burrow

c. mine

d. dessert

6. homogeneous

a. alike

b. strange

c. polite

d. alkaline

7. hub

a. counsel

b. elder

c. center

d. extension

8. tame

a. lost

b. evasive

c. pushy

d. submissive

9. irk

a. shrug

b. irritate

c. devour

d. avoid

10. loom

a. disappear

b. cut

c. surface

d. teach

1. fitful

a. erratic

b. angry

c. tired

d. pronounced

12. gaudy

a. massive

b. mindful

c. tasteful

d. flashy

13. flaunt

a. conceal

b. parade

c. trust

d. fray
14. flex

a. bend

b. binge

c. rid

d. consume

15. tantalize

a. pronounce

b. reign

c. equal

d. flirt

16. dastardly

a. devastating

b. cowardly

c. clever

d. munificent

17. aficionado

a. novice

b. trickster

c. devotee

d. agent

18. contiguous

a. catching

b. divided

c. adjoining

d. circumstantial

19. swindler

a. charlatan

b. expert

c. divinity

d. debonair

20. rogue

a. knave

b. wander

c. buffoon

d. color

21. apologist

a. liar

b. defender

c. failure

d. admirer

22. proxy

a. spasm

b. closeness

c. delegate

d. court

23. buffet

a. protect

b. barricade

c. armoire

d. strike

24. travesty

a. confusion

b. mockery

c. disaster

d. speculation

25. bristle

a. aloof

b. seethe

c. wave

d. doubt

26. admonish

a. laud

b. decorate

c. caution

d. admire
27. wheedle

a. retreat

b. deceive

c. plead

d. question

28. aplomb

a. mine

b. clumsiness

c. complication

d. poise

29. aver

a. dissipate

b. create

c. hate

d. state

30. mien

a. carriage

b. average

c. vicious

d. disguise

31. paroxysm

a. conundrum

b. fit

c. contraction

d. spite

32. aegis

a. superstition

b. reference

c. sponsorship

d. archive

33. sepulture

a. burial

b. parasite

c. verse

d. sermon

34. harridan

a. governor

b. vessel

c. witch

d. lawyer

35. apothegm

a. medicine

b. adage

c. speculation

d. resistance

36. grandiloquence

a. respect

b. bluster

c. denial

d. solemnity

37. fulmination

a. explosion

b. recession

c. achievement

d. blessing

38. pococurante

a. native

b. hot

c. blasé

d. hidden

39. escarpment

a. warning

b. cliff

c. campsite

d. tomb

40. plutocrat

a. banker

b. priest

c. judge

d. astronomer

Answer Key

b. to heed means to pay attention to, or to consider
a. to edge means to force or move gradually (as in to edge off the road)
d. to elevate means to lift up, or raise; to hoist means to raise into position
c. to appoint means to name officially, often to a position; to nominate means to appoint or propose for office
a. to hoard means to gather a hidden supply; to stockpile means accumulate a reserve of something
a. homogeneous means descended from the same ancestral type, or alike
c. a hub is a center of activity
d. tame means deficient in spirit or courage, or submissive
b. to irk means to annoy or irritate
c. to loom means to come into sight in enlarged or distorted form; to surface means to come to the surface or into view
a. fitful means having intermittent or irregular character; erratic means lacking regularity
d. gaudy means ostentatiously or tastelessly ornamented; flashy means ostentatious or showy
b. to flaunt means to display ostentatiously or impudently; to parade means to exhibit ostentatiously
a. to flex means to bend
d. to tantalize means to tease by presenting something desirable; to flirt means to behave amorously without serious intent
b. dastardly means despicably mean or cowardly
c. an aficionado is a fan, or a devotee
c. contiguous means touching along a boundary or point; adjoining means joining at a point or line
a. a swindler is a person who takes money or property through fraud or deceit; a charlatan is a person who pretends to have knowledge or ability, or a fraud
a. a rogue is a dishonest person; a knave is a tricky deceitful person
b. an apologist is a person who writes or speaks in defense of a cause, or a defender
c. a proxy is a person who has the power to act for another, or a delegate
d. to buffet means to strike repeatedly
b. a travesty is a distorted or grossly inferior imitation; a mockery is an insincere or contemptible imitation
b. to bristle is to take on an aggressive or angry appearance; to seethe means to experience violent internal agitation
c. to admonish means to express warning in a gentle manner, or to caution
c. to wheedle means to influence using soft words or flattery; to plead means to entreat or appeal earnestly
d. aplomb means complete composure or self-assurance, or poise
d. to aver means to declare positively, or to state
a. mien means appearance or demeanor; carriage means manner of holding one”;s body, or posture
b. a paroxysm is an attack or convulsion, or a fit
c. aegis means protection, or sponsorship
a. sepulture means burial
c. a harridan is a shrew, or a witch
b. an apothegm is a short, pithy saying; an adage is a saying that embodies a common observation
b. grandiloquence means lofty or pompous eloquence; one meaning of bluster is loudly boastful speech
a. a fulmination is a sudden or loud noise, or an explosion
c. pococurante means indifferent or nonchalant; blasé means apathetic to pleasure
b. an escarpment is a long cliff or a steep slope
a. a plutocrat is one who rules by virtue of wealth; a banker is one who engages in the business of finance

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