Word Test 564

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 12/14/12

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

excessively or ingratiatingly flattering; oily

He was a poor campaigner, a smug, _______, uninspiring, sanctimonious smirker so eager to please other establishment types that he let himself get steamrolled in his debate with Dick Cheney and then sat there looking grateful.

The drawn and haggard expression becomes more marked, and the angles of the lips are drawn back in what has been described by some writers as a '_______' grin.

seeking or intended to undermine the power and authority of an established system or institution

A _______ is one who works to undermine the structures and shibboleths of society.

having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline

One police officer, speaking anonymously, referred to the OPD as "_______," when it comes to accepting criticism and making change.

a minor weakness or eccentricity in someone's character

He was a well-bred man, of some learning, generosity, and taste; but his _______ was the desire of being thought the inimitable pattern of all three.

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."