Quiz: You'd Need A PhD To Know The Meaning Of These 22 Words

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 May 15, 2018
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Question: 1/22What does this word mean?


Tirade
To increase by natural growth
A person who pleads for another person
A speech of violent denunciation

Question: 2/22What does this word mean?


Vilify
To embellish
To spread negative information about
To dispose of

Question: 3/22What does this word mean?


Quaint
Expensive
Attractively old-fashioned
Huge

Question: 4/22What does this word mean?


Parallel
Side by side
Large
Original type

Question: 5/22What does this word mean?


Negligent
Lack of attention or concern
Being of questionable authenticity
Showing little emotion

Question: 6/22What does this word mean?


Sobriety
The state of being sober
Something causing misery or death
A disparaging remark

Question: 7/22What does this word mean?


Maxim
An insult
A saying that is widely accepted
A type of bird

Question: 8/22What does this word mean?


litigant
An indirect way of expressing something
Someone involved in litigation
A person who repairs shoes

Question: 9/22What does this word mean?


Foil
Hinder or prevent
Play boisterously
Separate or cut with a tool

Question: 10/22What does this word mean?


Debacle
A feeling of deep regret
A sudden and violent collapse
A passage through which water can pass

Question: 11/22What does this word mean?


Construe
Give over to another for care
Feeling or expressing pain
Make sense of

Question: 12/22What does this word mean?


Alias
An insufficient quantity
Extreme greed for material wealth
A name that has been assumed temporarily

Question: 13/22What does this word mean?


Candor
Being honest and straightforward
Charge falsely
Expose while ridiculing

Question: 14/22What does this word mean?


Ambivalent
Uncertain
No longer in force or use
Extremely thin

Question: 15/22What does this word mean?


Cleave
The act of deceiving
Showing ill humor
Separate or cut with a tool

Question: 16/22What does this word mean?


Rife
Abundant
Anything short-lived
Written in the form of letters

Question: 17/22What does this word mean?


Bashful
Self-consciously timid
Steadiness of mind under stress
Open to interpretation

Question: 18/22What does this word mean?


Preclude
Make impossible
Make worse
Give expression to

Question: 19/22What does this word mean?


Complement
Demanding immediate attention
Something added to embellish
Something that makes amends for something else

Question: 20/22What does this word mean?


Gratuitous
Still in existence
Unnecessary
Based on incorrect reasoning

Question: 21/22What does this word mean?


Instigate
Provoke
Infringe upon
Credit to

Question: 22/22What does this word mean?


Trite
Repeated too often
Only partly in existence
Impossible to deny
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Even those who pride themselves on their English skills and believe that they know the meaning of just about all the words in the English language can struggle with knowing true definitions. Some words are so complicated that you just have no idea what they could possibly mean. Others sound too similar to a word that you do know, and you get confused between their meanings. Then there are those false friends, who sound like they pertain to one thing but they actually have nothing to do with it and mean something totally different. Basically, even English professors have trouble with certain words! The only problem is that some of these words are extremely common, and not knowing what they mean when they come up in conversation is, well, embarrassing. So how many of these notoriously tricky words do you know? Do you know what it means when someone goes on a tirade? How about what it means to vilify someone? Do you know when to really describe something as being quaint, or when a person is really being negligent and when they’re not? Do you know what sobriety means, or what a maxim actually is? How about what exactly constitutes a litigant, and when you can be classified as really foiling someone’s plans? Take this quiz to find out if you really know the difference between debacle and rife, and what it means to instigate something. Find out how much you really know about some of the hardest words in the English language now!