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The Synonym Challenge Quiz
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Jun 13th, 2012 at 19:59 GMT
I upped the number of words to 25 to make it just a little more difficult. Hope you enjoy.
Jun 15th, 2012 at 12:43 GMT
Good quiz, though I question the similarity between 'benign' and 'benevolent'. The latter involves action of being good, while the former is merely the state of being good.
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Jun 15th, 2012 at 15:18 GMT
I like it, but I don't think "avarice" is a perfect synonym for "greed". Avarice is specifically for money and material wealth, while greed is more general.
Jun 15th, 2012 at 15:35 GMT
Here's the OED definition of synonym: "a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language". I'm pretty sure both benevolent-benign and avarice-greed fit that definition.
Jun 15th, 2012 at 21:33 GMT
Not too easy, not too hard. Excellent quiz!
Jun 16th, 2012 at 03:17 GMT
benevolent and benign are not synonyms. benign = harmless benevolent = nice
Jun 16th, 2012 at 15:07 GMT
Man I was looking for loquacious, garrulous, colloquial...not...whatever that word is :P
Jun 16th, 2012 at 15:10 GMT
Hmmm, after looking up sesquipedalian it seems to be more of using long words when speaking, rather than being chatty, which is more of what verbose means. But fun quiz, nonetheless.
Jun 23rd, 2012 at 05:42 GMT
@WhiteIcing, benign only means harmless in relation to tumors and the like, a more general definition is "having a kindly disposition; gracious".
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Mar 20th, 2013 at 17:06 GMT
I've always thought of "benevolent" as meaning "good" and "benign" as meaning "not bad."
Mar 20th, 2013 at 17:31 GMT
Indict and arraign do not mean the same thing. Two completely separate things. An arraignment is a reading of charges against someone. Indictment is when someone is formally charged. An individual can be arraigned without ever being indicted.
Mar 20th, 2013 at 17:32 GMT
Me too... As in "a benign tumor". Then again I'm not a native English speaker.
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Mar 20th, 2013 at 17:37 GMT
Good quiz but I didn't like it.
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Mar 20th, 2013 at 18:46 GMT
An innuendo invariably possesses sexual overtones, whereas an insinuation *can* be an innuendo, yet often has no sexual component. Not sure I'm a fan of that pairing... Also, @707penguin is right: "benign" is a much closer pairing with "innocuous" than it is with "benevolent."
Mar 20th, 2013 at 19:24 GMT
I think it's worth pointing out the definition of a synonym - "a word having the same or NEARLY THE SAME meaning as another in the language". I would argue that indict and arraign are similar enough as to not be an issue (most online thesauruses seem to agree, listing arraign as a synonym of indict and vice versa). The benign/benevolent one I posted about in the archived comment but, in short, the definition of benign is "gracious, or having a kindly disposition". I guess most people only associate it with diagnosing tumours but it has a much more general meaning aside from that.
Mar 20th, 2013 at 19:28 GMT
OK, but what about arid and desiccant? They are not the same part of speech. Arid is an adjective and desiccant is a noun. A desiccant dries things out. Then maybe it will become arid, but I don't think that makes them synonyms. There is no case where you could replace one with the other and get a grammatically correct sentence.
Mar 20th, 2013 at 19:51 GMT
@lauriab, Desiccant is also an adjective, as well as a noun. I can find quite a few dictionary sources confirming as much.
I think I'll quit trying to defend the quiz now. Thanks to the admin for the publish. Hopefully, some Sporclers are enjoying it. :D
Mar 20th, 2013 at 22:19 GMT
Totally knew "deleterious" from Singin' in the Rain. I got more answers than Calvin Coolidge! Put together!!
Mar 20th, 2013 at 22:44 GMT
Yessir, @citkeane, I enjoyed it -- especially since they all matched up. Thanks for the quiz.
Mar 20th, 2013 at 23:19 GMT
Loquacious speakers should be sure not to imbibe any alcoholic beverages, as they could lead to one speaking several ulterior susurrations with certain undertones of innuendo, which could lead to one arraigning you for your avarice and idiosyncrasies. :)
Mar 21st, 2013 at 01:44 GMT
"What's the difference between a disaster and a calamity?" "If Prime Minister Gladstone fell into the River Thames, it would be a disaster. If someone rescued him, it would be a calamity" (OK, the joke is almost 150 years old, but it's the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the pair disaster/calamity).
Mar 21st, 2013 at 02:28 GMT
i thought my vocabulary was a lot better than that....... shameful showing
Mar 21st, 2013 at 05:35 GMT
"Avarice" okay "Greed" Dammit! Now I have the opening song from Muppet Christmas Carol stuck in my head.
Mar 21st, 2013 at 19:11 GMT
I have to disagree with covert and ulterior: Ulterior refers to the future, your 'ulterior motives' refer to planning to gain something in the future. Although it often refers to when someone hides that information, it is not part of the definition. One can always be upfront and honest about their ulterior motives. I'm buying a house, I intend to live in it. I expect the market price to increase in the next few years, and plan to sell it when it does. Therefore I have an ulterior motive in its purchase.
Mar 22nd, 2013 at 12:48 GMT
Is the synonym challenge supposed to be a
homonym for the cinnamon challenge? 'Cause that's so clever.
Mar 22nd, 2013 at 16:27 GMT
I write for a living, and I found some of these puzzling.
Mar 25th, 2013 at 15:40 GMT
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Apr 11th, 2013 at 02:47 GMT
"Desiccant" is an adjective but it still doesn't mean "arid." It means that something has the ability to dry something else out such as a desiccant powder. The word that should be here is "desiccate."
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