Ans: altruism: (a) selflessness, benevolence.
—The truth is that the Doha (Qatar) meeting has stripped the veneer (polish/ mask) of altruism from the face of globalisation.
Ans: burnish: (d) shine, brighten.
—The American President’s reputation has been burnished by his response to September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.
(a) light and shade
(b) pain and pleasure
(c) loss and gain
(d) day and night.
Ans: chiaroscuro: (a) light and shade (painting/drawing).
—The subjects of drawings vary from a cokebottle shaped body to chiaroscuro renderings of houses and monuments.
4. de facto:
(a) in fact
(b) in need
(c) in doubt
(d) in crisis.
Ans:de facto: (a) in fact.
—The city is rapidly becoming the de facto centre of world diplomacy.
Ans: extant: (b) existing.
—His books have radically altered extant thinking on Indian politics and society.
Ans: frazzle: (b) exhaust.
—The court order in his favour has soothed his frazzled nerves.
(a) stand at ease
(b) move with speed
(c) bend for worship
(d) beg for mercy.
Ans: genuflect: (c) bend(ing) for worship or respect.
—It is painfully amusingto see some visitors genuflecting before the exquisitely carved stone idols dumped in a police-station/ lock-up room.
(a) fear of high places
(b) fear of wild animals
(c) fear of ghosts
(d) fear of strangers.
Ans: hypsophobia: (a) fear of high places.
—He suffers from hypsophobia since his childhood.
Ans: ingenious: (d) original.
—Sufism is both ingenious and assimilative cutting across creed, culture and classes.
(a) washing process
(b) witness box
(c) circumstantial evidence
(d) fearful sight.
Ans: laundromat: (a) washing/cleaning process, i m p r o v e m e n t / t r a n s - formation.
—Most major religions of the world have gone through the laundromat of humanism and enlightenment.
Ans: motley: (c) diverse, assorted.
—The alliance of so many parties may be a motley group, but they can also boast of much stronger links with the ordinary people.
Ans: neophyte: (b) beginner, novice.
—He came to office as a neophyte with little experience or interest inforeign affairs.
(a) death warrant
(b) death sentence
(c) deadly deal
(d) death notice.
Ans:obituary: (d) death notice.
—Without the coincidence, her recovery may well have been her obituary.
(a) place of worship
(b) hour of glory
(c) place of origin
(d) guilty of theft.
Ans: provenance: (c) place of origin.
—A small museum was set up where the relics (of the past) were displayed with a brief description of their adventure filled provenance.
(a) stateof uncertainty
(b) state of ignorance
(c) state of readiness
(d) state of bankruptcy.
Ans: quandary: (a) state of uncertainty.
—He is evidently in a quandary and does not know how to act or react.
(a) work for livelihood
(b) read for knowledge
(c) travel for pleasure
(d) walk for pleasure.
Ans: ramble: (d) walk for pleasure.
—It is time to give back to the few remaining animals in the wild the space to ramble and roar unhindered.
Ans: spigot: (c) device.
—Infiltration is no longer a spigot that can be turned on and off in order to leverage a more favourable political outcome.
Ans: tidbit: (c) gossip.
—The scholar does not titillate the reader with tidbits/titbits about the many powerful personalities who have crossed his path.
(a) ugly sight
(b) sexual pleasure
(c) sick mind
(d) healthy body.
Ans: voyeuristic: (b) sexual pleasure (seeking).
—The story narrates the plight of a set of voyeuristic friends who gloat over pornographic collection.
(a) strange behaviour
(b) firm opinion
(c) sufficient space
(d) imaginary flight.
Ans:whimsy: (a) fanciful or strange behaviour.
—A regime prone to whimsy follows certain policies that may confuse many an analyst.
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