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CDS (II) 2017 Exam: English Practice Questions - Synonyms Set 03

The practice questions on synonyms along with detailed answers help the CDS II 2017 exam aspirants in the preparation of the English paper.

Nov 7, 2017 10:57 IST
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CDS (II) 2017 Exam: English Practice Questions -  Synonyms Set 03
CDS (II) 2017 Exam: English Practice Questions - Synonyms Set 03

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. DEPLORE

(a) lose heart
(b) entreat
(c) regret
(d) malign

Answer. C

The meaning of the word deplore means – expressing strong condemnation of something. An appropriate synonym for the word is – regret.

2. MOTIVATION

(a) inducement
(b) emotion
(c) ambition
(d) incitement

Answer. A

Synonyms for the word ‘Motivation’ are – motive, stimulus, stiumulation, inspiration, impulse, inducement, incitement, provocation, etc.

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3. RESIDUE

(a) remainder
(b) nothing
(c) recede
(d) little

Answer. A

Residue means a small amount of something that remains after the main part has gone or been taken or used. Remainder is an appropriate word to denote this meaning.

4. PERPETUAL

(a) perfect
(b) confused
(c) never ending
(d) seasonal

Answer. C

Perpetual means never ending or changing. Synonyms for it are – everlasting, eternal, endless, enduirng, ageless, immortal, etc.

5. ASSENT

(a) climb
(b) confirm
(c) answer
(d) agree

Answer. D

Assent means approval or agreement. Synonyms for it are – concur, acede, endorse, support, etc.

6. DEFIANCE

(a) insult
(b) denial
(c) degradation
(d) resistance

Answer. D

Defiance means open resistance. Synonyms for it are – resistance, opposition, confrontation, contempt, rebellion, etc.

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7. EMANCIPATE

(a) liberate
(b) release
(c) acquit
(d) unchain

Answer. A

Emancipation setting free whether it is from poverty, illiteracy, legal, social or social restrictions. Its synonyms are – free, liberate, release, discharge, etc.

8. HOSTILITY

(a) hospitality
(b) jealousy
(c) enmity
(d) envy

Answer. C

Hostility is the state of ill will and bad feeling. Its synonyms are – bitterness, unkindness, anger, hatred, etc.

9. FORBID

(a) prohibit
(b) allow
(c) permit
(d) order

Answer. A

Forbid means refuse to allow something. Its synonyms are – ban, outlaw, veto, proscribe, exclude, etc.

10. AMBIGUOUS

(a) definite
(b) constant
(c) shapeless
(d) determined

Answer. A
Ambiguous means which is open to more than one interpretation. Its synonyms are – equivocal, ambivalent, debatable, arguable, etc.

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