English Loanwords (A-Z) Quiz Stats

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Definition (Origin) Loanword % Correct
A small room used as a hot-air or steam bath, for cleaning and refreshing. (Finnish)Sauna
89.1%
A place or a state that resembles or suggests hell, or an intense fire. (Italian)Inferno
84.6%
Fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign. (Greek*)Xenophobia
84.4%
A usually cotton-filled mattress used on the floor or in a frame as a bed or chair. (Japanese)Futon
84.3%
A milk-based product thickened by a bacterium-aided curdling process. (Turkish)Yogurt
82.3%
A clumsy, awkward, or foolish person.
(Yiddish)
Klutz
78.8%
A coercive institution, or an oppressive environment (Russian)Gulag
70.5%
The ruling council of a military dictatorship. (Spanish)Junta
69.8%
An often prolonged series of retaliatory, vengeful, or hostile acts. (Italian)Vendetta
67.8%
The general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era. (German)Zeitgeist
67%
A machine that automatically performs complicated, often repetitive tasks. (Czech*)Robot
66.6%
A child prodigy. (German)Wunderkind
66.6%
Concentrated resin from female hemp plants that is used for its intoxicating effect. (Arabic)Hashish
65.3%
Definition (Origin) Loanword % Correct
Acting with desire to do noble or romantic deeds, exceedingly idealistic. (Spanish)Quixotic
63.2%
A feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction. (French)Ennui
62.3%
Lack of sophistication, experience, judgment or worldliness. (French)Naïveté
61.8%
Supreme self-confidence or audacity, used approvingly. (Yiddish)Chutzpah
61.1%
The relaxation of strained relations or tensions, especially between nations. (French)Détente
59.4%
A government official who deals with the complaints made against it. (Swedish)Ombudsman
54.9%
A businessperson of exceptional wealth, power, and influence. (Japanese)Tycoon
53.9%
A powerful often violent whirlpool sucking in objects within a given radius. (Dutch)Maelstrom
52.3%
An organized massacre of helpless people, specifically Jews. (Russian)Pogrom
50.2%
Superior future man who rises above conventional morality to impose his own values, as described by Nietzsche. (German)Übermensch
45.8%
A dominant recurring theme, usually in a musical or literary composition. (German)Leitmotif
34.4%
In a violently raging, wild, or uncontrolled manner. (Malay)Amok
33.8%
A boss or master, often used as a title or form of address. (Swahili)Bwana
26.9%

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