Are you ready for another vocabulary challenge? Scratch your head and prepare your brain and English lexicon so we can test it! Identify and explain the following 15 confusing words!
My brother is known to be glib. That means he...
If something is infinitesimal, it means it's really....
A mild word instead of a harsh one
Define the word "cacophony"
A loud mixture of different sounds
A large community of different peopole
Another name for cloud formations
Which of these words is a synonym for the word "Epitome"?
How would you define "Paradox"?
Something that contains contradictory features
Something that is parallel to reality
My friend is in a quagmire. That means he's...
In a party or a large gathering
When a person is facetious, it means that they...
Take serious things lightly
When something is incontrovertible, it means that it is...
Destroyed and cannot be helped
When a person is giving a soliloquy, they are actually...
Expressing their emotions without speaking
Speaking their thoughts aloud
Singing a song without music
"The light in the forest was evanescent." What does "evanescent" mean?
Yellow and resembling the sun
Existing everywhere you look
Define the word "hegemony"
The act of investing money
A society where all are equal
Leadership by one group over another
When someone is told they have hubris, what do we mean?
It means they have a large head
It means they have a large brain
It means they are too proud
It means they lack self-confidence
When we reach the zenith, we've reached...
What does the word "acumen" mean?
Making allegations against others
A group of men in agreement
Sorry, But That's a Fail
Rare English words do not seem to be your cup of tea. That's all fine and dandy, since we hardly use any of these words anymore in common English, so it's not like you're missing out on something you're supposed to be using. That said, English is a joy to learn, and knowing more words and expanding your vocabulary is never a bad thing. Have a look at the correct answers below.
You Passed, But Not With Flying Colors...
You know some of these words, but you got less than half correct, which means you don't know a lot of old English words or words we hardly use any more. That's fine, we don't really need them anymore, but I bet you'd like to know more English words and expand the old vocabulary. To do so, have a look below to see the correct answers and add some new words to your lexicon.
You Did Really Well!
You got more than half of the answers right and maybe a bit more. Your vocabulary is impressive! Many of these words are lost to the world now, and more's the shame, since they are fantastic words well worth having in your lexicon.
You ACED This Test!
Wow, where did you get that fabulous vocabulary of yours? We're viridescent with envy! You know a lot of words that no one bothers to use anymore, and very few recall what they mean. We need more people with a big lexicon like yours, so English can once again become the sophisticated and gorgeous language it always was.