Synonyms Exercise (147)

Each of the following quotations from Marian Evans contains a word in boldface type. Choose the word that is its closest synonym.

  • ... we are most of us brought up in the notion that the highest motive for not doing a wrong is something irrespective of the beings who would suffer the wrong.

  • ... blameless people are always the most exasperating!

  • ... to most mortals there is a stupidity which is unendurable and a stupidity which is altogether acceptable—else, indeed, what would become of social bonds?

  • The desire to conquer is itself a sort of subjection.

  • ... in no part of the world is genteel visiting founded on esteem, in the absence of suitable furniture and complete dinner-service.

Answers and Explanations

1. ... we are most of us brought up in the notion that the highest motive for not doing a wrong is something irrespective of the beings who would suffer the wrong.

Correct: regardless
Desirous means wishful or hopeful.

2. ... blameless people are always the most exasperating!

Correct: annoying
Circumspect means discreet.

3. ... to most mortals there is a stupidity which is unendurable and a stupidity which is altogether acceptable—else, indeed, what would become of social bonds?

Correct: ties
Freedom implies lack of bonds or ties.

4. The desire to conquer is itself a sort of subjection.

Correct: servitude
Elation is extreme happiness.

5. ... in no part of the world is genteel visiting founded on esteem, in the absence of suitable furniture and complete dinner-service.

Correct: respect
Disdain is contempt.

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