Synonyms Exercise (270)

Choose the answer that best provides an alternate word or phrase for the word in boldface.

  • The addition of two more security guards will deter crime at the new stadium.

  • After twenty days of continual rain, the seawall began to disintegrate.

  • Because of the lack of behavioral standards in the schools, many children grow up unable to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate behavior.

  • The famous athlete, who was used to universal admiration, was startled when the young woman looked at him with unmistakable disdain in her expression.

  • Now that just about anyone can be an independent publisher, a great many books of dubious accuracy are flooding the market.

Answers and Explanations

1. The addition of two more security guards will deter crime at the new stadium.

Correct: prevent
prevent: to stop something from happening
provoke: to bring about, cause to happen

2. After twenty days of continual rain, the seawall began to disintegrate.

Correct: crumble
crumble: to fall into pieces
accumulate: to gather

3. Because of the lack of behavioral standards in the schools, many children grow up unable to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate behavior.

Correct: discriminate
discriminate: to differentiate between two or more things
appreciate: to increase in value

4. The famous athlete, who was used to universal admiration, was startled when the young woman looked at him with unmistakable disdain in her expression.

Correct: scorn
scorn: contempt
veneration: deep respect

5. Now that just about anyone can be an independent publisher, a great many books of dubious accuracy are flooding the market.

Correct: questionable
questionable: uncertain or doubtful
remarkable: deserving notice

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