Word Test 556

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 10/19/12

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

a favor or gift, usually in the form of money, given in return for service

In the progress of society, the business of advocating causes became a distinct profession; and then it was usual to pay a fee in advance, which was called a _______ or present.

a gratuity; a tip; drink-money; a douceur

People with a sense of propriety would think that his acceptance of this immodest _______ for services rendered would preclude him from holding the office on the basis of a conflict of interest.

(in parts of Asia and the Near East) a small sum of money given as alms, a tip, or a bribe

Afghans derisively call the routine bribes paid to expedite services "_______" - the Persian word for tipping.

something, such as the fear of punishment or the expectation of reward, that induces action or motivates effort

Reimbursement for administering IV drugs is a percentage of the average sales price, what they call an _______ to prescribe a pricier version.

a present or bonus; -- originally applied to that paid on ships which entered the port of Canton

The concessionaires pay their fare and squeeze whatever _______ they can out of the women themselves and the miners or ranchers to whom their contracts are assigned.

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."