Word Test 553

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 09/28/12

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

political theory holding that all power should be vested in one ruler or other authority.

Poland's failure to form a strong central authority versus Prussia's _______ is still the most probable explanation for the differing outcomes.

unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness

I believe the human drive toward cooperation and _______ is far stronger than our drive to compete or retaliate, and is much more rewarded in our culture.

the view that experience, especially of the senses, is the only source of knowledge; the metaphysical theory that all ideas are derived from sensuous experience—i.e. there are no innate or a priori conceptions

Devoid of the profoundness of a purely speculative philosophy, his essay, 'Cosmos,' treats contemplation of the universe, and is based upon a rational _______, that is to say, upon the results of the facts registered by science, and tested by the operations of the intellect.

pursuit of or devotion to pleasure, especially to the pleasures of the senses; doctrine that behavior is motivated by the desire for pleasure and the avoidance of pain

The self-interested desires to experience pleasure and to avoid pain have played an especially prominent role in the debate, since egoism, often called _______, maintains that these are our only ultimate desires.

an extreme form of skepticism that denies all existence; a doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated

The term _______ is sometimes used … to denote a general mood of despair at the pointlessness of existence.

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."