Ans: astringent: (b) harsh, sharp, severe.
—He is better known as a gifted and astringent poet.
Ans: blip: (a) deviation (unexpected).
—During the course of discussion on the budget no one was expecting a blip from the Minister.
Ans:countenance: (a) support, approve.
—She was forced out of her country because she took on those who could not countenance dissent.
(b) look at
(c) tear up
(d) pick up.
Ans: deracinate: (c) tear up.
—In order to completelyderacinate the pernicious culture it represents, the war on terrorism will be a long lasting affair.
Ans: exacerbate: (c) worsen, aggravate.
—Globalisation has exacerbated the insecurity of the people in most developing countries.
Ans: finicky: (d) fussy, difficult to please.
—The match referee proved by his unjust decisions on Indian Cricketers that he was a finicky man.
Ans: gall: (a) hatred, bitter feeling.
—His words were full of venom and gall.
Ans: hover: (a) wait (timidly, uncertainly).
—He hovered about outside, too afraid to go in.
Ans: iniquitous: (b) unjust, immoral.
—There can be no rule of God in the present state of iniquitous economic inequalities.
Ans: jammy: (d) easy.
—This is one of the jammiest jobs I’ve ever had.
11 . k n e e - j e r k :
(a) cautious move
(b) delayed action
(c) heroic welcome
(d) thoughtless reaction.
Ans: knee-jerk: (d) thoughtless reaction.
—The knee-jerk reaction of the minister against the charges of corruption was bad in taste.
Ans: lacerate: (b) hurt, injure.
—The sharp stone lacerated his feet.
Ans: moolah: (a) money.
—The consumerist culture feeds and survives on moolah-culture.
Ans: nebulous: (c) vague, ill-defined.
—He is known for his nebulous ideas.
15 . polyphony:
(a) many choices
(b) many colours
(c) many voices
(d) many faiths.
Ans: polyphony: (c) many voices.
—The so-called unity-indiversity is often reflected in the polyphony of sectarian and regional interests.
(a) mindless violence
(b) rainless cloud
(c) useless exercise
(d) meaningless language.
Ans: r h e t o r i c ( d ) meaningless or insincere language.
—People are fed up with the empty rhetoric of politicians.
Ans: schlocky: (b) cheap, inferior, trash.
—There must be a cover design even uglier than the schlocky excrescence (superfluous addition) that decorates the novel.
Ans:t u p p e n n y - hapenny: (a) worthless, contemptible.
—Tuppenny-hapenny calls by the ignorant/bigots widen the gap between the liberals and the reactionaries.
(a) lack of opportunity
(b) lack of resources
(c) lack of purpose
(d) lack of common sense.
Ans: vacuity: (c) lack of purpose, emptiness.
—The worldly man soon realises the vacuity of worldly conquests/successes.
(a) lean but strong
(b) poor but honest
(c) bulky but smart
(d) rich but respectful.
Ans: wiry: (a) lean but strong.
—His wiry appearance deceives many a person.
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