Word Test 528

Improve Your Vocabulary

There is nothing more important in life than being able to master the power of communication. A good vocabulary is a like driving a car with rocket fuel instead of leaded gasoline. Words can power your career into high gear and increase your understanding of others.

From 2002-2014 we posted our Word of the Day and subsequently our Weekend Word Tests for 650 Consecutive Weeks or 12 ½ years, to help our viewers improve and expand their vocabulary. If you are serious about improving your vocabulary, our Word Test Library will challenge you to learn words you may never have known existed.

For the Week ending 04/06/12

Directions: Choose the word that matches with the definition and appropriately fits into the blank space in the sentence.

a fire-breathing monster with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a dragon's tail; an absurd or impossible creature of the imagination; a vain or idle fancy; a fanciful mental illusion or fabrication

According to Greek mythology, a _______ is a multi-species hybrid not a human-animal hybrid, for which centaur would be a better example.

use of clever but unsound reasoning, esp. in relation to moral questions; sophistry; moral philosophy based on the application of general ethical principles to resolve moral dilemmas

Much of the argument can be called a kind of _______, an application of certain moral systems or principles to discussing what we should think about abortion.

a sequence of real or imaginary images like those seen in a dream

A subplot weaves in _______ elements such as a giant escaped tiger that is ravaging the Upper East Side.

create or bring about (an object or a situation) by deliberate use of skill and artifice

Fathers are fathers of the worst sort, such as _______ to keep their children in a perpetual state of infancy, that they may exercise perpetual and absolute dominion over them.

to plan with cleverness or ingenuity; devise; invent or fabricate

The researchers need to "refine appropriate information with concrete instructions" so that even the smallest children will be able to "_______" sexual abuse and that members of their own families might be abusers.

We would like to thank Dr. Andrew Jamieson, MD, of Vancouver, Washington for his articulate contribution of words he supplied for the many years he served as our "eHappyLife Word Specialist."