Word Test 558

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 11/02/12

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

supposedly having the power to avert evil influences or bad luck

I came across the term "_______", referring to "objects such as amulets and talismans or other symbols intended to 'ward off evil' or 'avert or combat evil."

(of a person or their actions) criminal; villainous; characterized by extremely brutal or cruel crimes; vicious

It was embodied in a secret and unlawful society; and its very name was connected with "_______," "atrocious," and "shocking" acts.

become noticeable in an unwelcome or intrusive way; impose or force (something) on someone in such a way

As a general point of order: If you assume people are not qualified to enter into your theological argument, why do you _______ it into a different discussion?

a restriction or impediment to someone's freedom of action; something that restricts activity, expression, or progress; a restraint

They hate anything that looks like frivolity and pleasure, and that is why they have spent such huge sums, over the last ten years, trying to _______ and constrain the rest of the population.

(typically of children) irritable and quarrelsome; difficult to control; unruly

Irritable; snappish; cranky; "my own mind translates" _______ "into an imagined more appropriate root verb: to fracture.

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."