Answers. acuity: (a) sharpness, keenness.
—The Indian public do not lack intellectual acuity to be a toy in the hands of foreign media.
Answers. brandish: (a) display, show.
—She defiantly brandishes her small town breeding in all her works writings
Answers. cock-sure: (a) certain.
—He was cock-sure that the colour of robber’s shirt was purple.
Answers. dilettante: (c) lightweight, amateur.
—The US Administration found the Indian Home Minister the hardnosed political practitioner and not the dilettante diplomat.
Answers. empathetic: (d) understanding/understandable.
—At another level the book is an empathetic inner journey.
Answers. flaunt: (b) display, flourish.
—The party seems to have finally rejected the principle of collective leadership flaunted earlier with much fanfare.
Answers. gobbledegook: (b) meaningless/pompous language.
—Technical reports are generally written in gobbledegook.
Answers. hypothesis: (a) theory, assumption.
—The hypothesis published in the latest issue of a science journal says the body walks a tightrope between ageing and cancer.
(b) ringmaster (circus)
(c) manager (hotel)
(d) manager (theatre).
Answers. impresario: (d) manager (theatre or opera company).
—The impresario left no stone unturned to make the show a success.
10. lap (v):
(a) eat fast
(c) receive eagerly
(d) build rapidly.
Answers. lap (v): (c) receive (news or praise) eagerly.
—He tells her all those lies and she just laps them up.
Answers. militate: (a) operate.
—Many factors militated against the success of our plan.
Answers. obsolescence: (b) outdated, uselessness.
—In 1999 it was found that the country’s school education had been stricken with obsolescence.
Answers. panegyric: (a) praise (speech or writing).
—He has made public panegyrics a habit on Prime Minister’s birthday every year.
Answers. rocky: (d) shaky, unsteady.
—Their marriage seems a bit rocky.
15. stamp (v):
Answers. stamp (v): (d) eliminate, destroy, suppress.
—Thousands of citizens and jawans were killed before terrorism in Punjab was finally stamped out.
Answers. tailspin (b) panic, chaos.
—Since September 11, 2001, the world has been in a tailspin with the economy facing a slowdown.
Answers. umpteen: (d) numerous.
—Political parties have vowed/pledged umpteen times to root out corruption from public life.
(a) felt indirectly
(b) fought bitterly
(c) worked hardly
(d) arrived lately.
Answers. vicarious: (a) felt or experienced (indirectly).
—The father got a vicarious thrill out of watching his son score the hat-trick in a cricket match.
Answers. wheezy: (b) difficult, tricky.
—Researchers in Japan have come to the conclusion that a clone’s life is wheezy, liverish (slightly ill) and short.
(a) vague explanation
(b) spirited reply
(c) defining mood
(d) ugly situation.
Answers. zeitgeist: (c) defining mood or spirit.
—Religious radicalism is the New Evil and this position is in tune with the global zeitgeist.
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