Quiz: Can You Actually Define These 25 PhD Level Words?

How wide is your vocabulary?

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 Mar 03, 2020
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Question: 1/25Define the word!


Syntax (n.)
Origin story
Orderly arrangement
Defense mechanism

Question: 2/25Define the word!


Quintessential (adj.)
Least important
Perfect embodiment
The opposite of what is ideal

Question: 3/25Define the word!


Corroborate (v.)
Change of plans
Confess to something
Confirm something

Question: 4/25Define the word!


Acumen (n.)
Ability
Recognition
Understanding

Question: 5/25Define the word!


Caveat (n.)
Rival team
Warning or caution
Exception to the rule

Question: 6/25Define the word!


Diction (n.)
Choice of words
Tone of voice
Firm belief

Question: 7/25Define the word!


Finite (adj.)
Breaking the rules
Having limits
Endless possibilities

Question: 8/25Define the word!


Indolent (adj.)
Hard working
Lazy
Practical

Question: 9/25Define the word!


Prevaricate (v.)
Sudden disappearance
Manifesting a dream
Avoiding the truth

Question: 10/25Define the word!


Apprehensive (adj.)
Becoming violent
Unsure
Passive aggressiveness

Question: 11/25Define the word!


Detest (v.)
Hate
Satisfied
Accept

Question: 12/25Define the word!


Gaudy (adj.)
Minimalistic
Simple
Flashy

Question: 13/25Define the word!


Salient (adj.)
Quiet
Noticeable
Invisible

Question: 14/25Define the word!


Remote (adj.)
Unpopular
Controlling
Distant

Question: 15/25Define the word!


Succinct (adj.)
Elaborate
Brief or concise
Unpopular belief

Question: 16/25Define the word!


Diabolical (adj.)
Cheerful
Gross
Evil

Question: 17/25Define the word!


Loquacious (adj.)
Timid and reserved
Very talkative
Creative

Question: 18/25Define the word!


Hyperbole (n.)
Extreme sports
Full of energy
Extravagant exaggeration

Question: 19/25Define the word!


Banal (adj.)
Patience
Fact
Trivial

Question: 20/25Define the word!


Apathetic (adj.)
Compassionate
No emotion
Lonely

Question: 21/25Define the word!


Audacious (adj.)
Willing to take bold risks
Having the wrong idea
Quiet and reserved

Question: 22/25Define the word!


Clairvoyant (n.)
A street vendor
Seeing events in the future
A hairstylist

Question: 23/25Define the word!


Conformist (n.)
Ensuring comfort
Going against the status quo
Someone who accepts established behavior

Question: 24/25Define the word!


Hackneyed (adj.)
Rare find
Overused
Simplistic

Question: 25/25Define the word!


Myriad (n.)
Missing pieces
Lacking originality
Uncountable number of things
QUIZ BLISS | Quiz Facts

How wide and lavish is your English vocabulary? Do you have good diction? Are you a bookworm over a couch potato? If English was your favorite subject and writing came easy to you, then you will probably ace this quiz with no difficulty. Put your vocabulary knowledge to the test with this quiz! The worst thing that can happen is that you don't pass your first time, so what do you have to lose?

Grammar and lexicon have been a subject of study for an incredibly long time. As a companion to rhetoric in ancient Greece and Rome, and as one of the seven liberal arts in medieval education. Although the methods of studying language have changed dramatically in recent times, the reasons for studying have remained essentially the same.

Why should we know the meaning and grammatical use of such words? One of the most sensible answers to the question appears in a position statement on the teaching of grammar in American schools. Published by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the report is refreshingly free of educational cant. Here's how it begins:

"Grammar is so important because it is the language that makes it possible for us to talk about language. Grammar names the types of words and word groups that make up sentences not only in English but in any language. As human beings, we can put sentences together even as children—we can all do grammar. But to be able to talk about how sentences are built, about the types of words and word groups that make up sentences—that is knowing about grammar. And knowing about grammar offers a window into the human mind and into our amazingly complex mental capacity. People associate grammar with errors and correctness. But knowing about grammar also helps us understand what makes sentences and paragraphs clear and interesting and precise. Grammar can be part of literature discussions, when we and our students closely read the sentences in poetry and stories. And knowing about grammar means finding out that all languages and all dialects follow grammatical patterns." (Brock Haussamen, "Guideline on Some Questions and Answers About Grammar", 2002)

In addition, understanding the meaning and complexity of advanced words is extremely important to human kind. With a sufficient understanding of words students cannot understand others or express their own ideas.

Vocabulary is important across the curriculum from language arts and social studies to mathematics and science. It is intimately connected to both effective reading and writing skills, and these skills in turn are necessary for doing well in school.Research studies have shown that in most cases students have to see, read and interact with words 5-7 times before they are admitted to long-term memory.

A great example of one of the lesser-known benefits of a large vocabulary comes from a study of children. This study examined a group of children when they were 18 months old and again when they were 24 months old. Researchers found that the children who heard more words when they were 18 months old knew more words and were faster in word recognition at 24 months than their counterparts who had heard fewer words. In other words, the more words the children heard, the more words they knew; and the more words they knew, the faster they could recognize and process information. In the end, more works are better.

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