Tricky 20-question vocabulary quiz

Can YOU spot the odd word out? Tricky quiz will put your vocabulary to the test – and most people can’t get a perfect score without reaching for the dictionary

  • A 20-question quiz has been designed to test the nation’s vocabulary skills 
  • Shared on US trivia platform Quizly, it features many unexpected terms 
  • Creators claim most people are unable to achieve a perfect score – but can you? 

If you pride yourself on your extensive vocabulary that means you’re a champion at Scrabble and crosswords, then here’s a quiz that will really put your knowledge to the test.  

US-based trivia platform Quizly has created a list of 20 words and challenges puzzlers to identify the synonyms for each one, and spot the odd one out. 

For example, the multiple-choice quiz asks which of the following words does not mean reject: renounce, repudiate, assent and reprobate. 

 According to the creators most people are unable to achieve a perfect score without turning to a dictionary or thesaurus, and have stumbled over the wording of the questions.

So, how many can you answer? Scroll down to take the test then check your answers at the bottom. 

A tricky new 20-question quiz has been designed to put players’ English language skills to the test (file image)

1.

  • Promulgate
  • Enshroud
  • Let the cat out of the bag
  • Spill the beans  

2.

  • Renounce
  • Repuidate
  • Assent
  • Reprobate  

3.

  • Irritable
  • Petulant
  • Repose
  • Testy   

4. 

  • Ephemeral
  • Perdurable
  • Evanescent
  • Fugacious  

5.  

  • Haven
  • Hotspot 
  • Refuge
  • Asylum 

6. 

  • Circumscribe
  • Commodious
  • Capacious
  • Roomy 

7. 

  • Embellish
  • Melodramatic
  • Hyperbolise
  • Attenuate  

8.

  • Ostentatious
  • Gaudy
  • Flamboyant
  • Unpretentious  

9.

  • Novice
  • Precocious
  • Ineffectual
  • Apprentice  

10.

  • Deferential
  • Compassionate
  • Benevolent
  • Rancorous  

11.

  • Insolvent
  • Destitute
  • Opulent
  • Indigent  

12.

  • Affable
  • Brusque
  • Amiable
  • Conciliatory  

13.

  • Antagonism
  • Camaraderie
  • Enmity
  • Acrimony  

14.

  • Divergence
  • Garden-variety
  • Peculiarity
  • Deviation 

15.

  • Superfluous
  • Cardinal
  • Quintessential
  • Indispensable 

16.

  • Pullulate
  • Abate 
  • Burgeoning
  • Aggravate  

17. 

  • Presuppose
  • Posit
  • Hypothesize
  • Postulate 

18.  

  • Perfidious
  • Dyed in the wool
  • Allegiant
  • Ardent 

19.

  • Authentic
  • Indubitable
  • Spurious
  • Bona fide 

20. 

  • Aboveboard
  • Brought to light
  • Touted
  • Surreptitious  

ANSWERS

 1. Enshroud

2. Assent

3. Repose

4. Perdurable

5. Hotspot

6. Circumscribe

7. Attenuate

8. Unpretentious 

9. Precocious

10. Rancorous 

 11. Opulent

12. Brusque

13. Camaraderie

14. Garden-variety

15. Superfluous

16. Abate

17. Postulate

18. Perfidious

19. Spurious

20. Surreptitious 

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