Ans: acquiesce: (d) accept, consent (without protest).
—When our politicians do precisely what they are not supposed to do, we acquiesce and blame it on the system.
(a) grow strong
(b) turn pale
(c) feel hungry
(d) walk fast.
Ans: blanch: (b) turn pale, fearful.
—He blanched (with fear) at the sight of the snake.
Ans: carpetbagger: (a) opportunist.
—It is alleged that the UTI has become a favourite hunting ground of wellconnected carpetbaggers.
Ans: devious: (a) cunning, dishonest.
—He has become rich by devious means.
Ans: esoteric: (b) obscure, mysterious.
—Some of the esoteric applications of technology are less likely to succeed.
Ans: frenetic: (d) excited, frantic.
—Some very frenetic activities were going on in the marriage hall.
Ans: grill: (c) question.
—The police grilled him for over an hour.
Ans: innocuous: (c) harmless, inoffensive.
—He made a fairly innocuous remark in the meeting.
Ans:junk: (d) reject, discard (unceremoniously).
—It is time we junked some of the irrelevant rituals from our lives.
Ans:leery: (a) suspicious, cautious.
—I tend to be a bit leery of cut-price ‘bargains’.
( a )patriot
Ans: malcontent: (c) rebel, faultfinder, insurgent.
—All the trouble is being caused by a handful of malcontents.
(a) having pleasant taste
(b) having unpleasant smell
(c) having abnormal growth
(d) having short temper.
Ans: niffy: (b) having unpleasant smell.
—That meat is a bit niffy.
(a) sticking to one place
(b)going from place to place
(c)donating in bits
(d) helping with reservation.
Ans: peripatetic: (b) going from place to place.
—The peripatetic accounts, sometimes with inputs from her husband, convinced her that spiritual transformation was key to societal change.
14. reprieve (N):
Ans: reprieve (N): (c) relief, pardon.
—The prisoner won a last minute reprieve.
Ans: skitish: (a) lively, playful.
—She gets very skitish when her boy-friend is around.
Ans: tenaciously: (d) firmly, resolutely.
—Though seriously ill, he still clings tenaciously to life.
Ans: vaudeville: (d) entertainment, variety.
—The evolutionary tale of Dravadian politics has been a long vaudeville of dark enemies and shining heroes.
Ans: woozy: (a) confused, dazed.
—He looked quite woozy when I entered the room.
Ans: yen: (c) longing, tendency.
—The Pakistan military establishment has a yen for misreading India’s capacity to respond to their military adventures.
Ans: zing: (b) liveliness, energy.
—His slow-moving jerks have lost their zing.
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