Word Test 548

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 8/24/12
Misery and Unpleasantries
prepared by
Vancouver, WA

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

a whip used to inflict punishment; source of widespread dreadful affliction and devastation such as that caused by pestilence or war

The identity theft _______ is only going to get worse as perpetrators -- in pursuit of easy money -- get younger and pop up in developing countries.

to lay waste; destroy; overwhelm; confound; stun

Failure by rich donor countries to provide fresh resources for a fund to help poor countries would "_______" the fight against global poverty, the president of the World Bank has warned.

to bring heavy destruction on; the act or practice of pillaging, destroying, or devastating

Genocide was the most sobering reality of all," the department said, noting that mass killings continued to "_______" Darfur nearly 60 years after the world vowed "Never again!" following the Holocaust.

to whip or flog; to punish or impel as if by whipping

Conservatives gleefully seized upon this to once again _______ academia for its liberal bias.

a source of harm or ruin; an opponent that cannot be beaten or overcome; one that inflicts retribution or vengeance

In that moment, facing the impending explosion, Bond must decide whether slaying his _______ is worth the cost of other innocent lives.

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."