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CDS (II) 2017 Exam: English Practice Questions - Synonyms Set 01

The UPSC will conduct the CDS (II) Exam 2017 on 19 November 2017. For the benefit of aspirants, Jagran Josh is providing the following questions on synonyms. The answers along with explanations as given below will help the candidates in understanding the nature of the questions in the exam.

Oct 16, 2017 17:39 IST
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CDS (II) 2017 Exam: English Practice Questions -  Synonyms Set 01
CDS (II) 2017 Exam: English Practice Questions - Synonyms Set 01

The UPSC will conduct the CDS (II) Exam 2017 on 19 November 2017. For the benefit of aspirants, Jagran Josh is providing the following questions on synonyms. The answers along with explanations as given below will help the candidates in understanding the nature of the questions in the exam.

Directions for the following ten items:

Each item consists of a word in capital letters followed by four words or groups of words. Select the word or groups of words that is most similar in meaning to the word in capital letters.

1. AMBIGUOUS

(a) contrasting
(b) connivance
(c) vague
(d) wilful

Ans. (c) vague
Ambiguous mans which is something open to more than one interpretation.

2. ELUCIDATE

(a) clarify
(b) calculate
(c) summarise
(d) update

Ans. (a) clarify
Elucidate means explaining something in details.

3. MONOTONOUS

(a) dreary
(b) dreadful
(c) single-minded
(d) monologue

Ans. (a) dreary
Monotonous means lacking in variety and interest.

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4. KINDLE

(a) make fun of
(b) excite
(c) very kind
(d) kind-hearted

Ans. (b) excite
Kindle means set (something) on fire. It also means arouse or inspire.

5. PALATIAL

(a) very clean
(b) very special
(c) sense of taste
(d) magnificent

Ans. (d) magnificent
Palatial means resembling a palace in being spacious and splendid.

6. TACTFUL

(a) diplomatic
(b) indifferent
(c) intelligent
(d) deceitful

Ans. (a) diplomatic

Tactful means having or showing skill and sensitivity in dealing with others or with difficult issues.

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7. VORACIOUS

(a) very bad
(b) insatiable
(c) stingy
(d) malicious

Ans. (b) insatiable

The meaning of voracious is wanting or devouring great quantities of food.

8. STRICTURE

(a) strictness
(b) stinging
(c) discipline
(d) censure

Ans. (d) censure
The meaning of stricture is restriction on a person or activity.

9. OBEISANCE

(a) homage
(b) pilgrimage
(c) subjugation
(d) obligation

Ans. (a) homage
The meaning of obeisance is a gesture expressing deferential respect, such as a bow or curtsy.

10. conspicuous

(a) noticeable
(b) respectful
(c) diplomatic
(d) indifferent

Ans. (a) noticeable
The meaning of conspicuous is clearly visible.

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