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Q.1. Which of the following words are synonymous with the word Spouting?    (CLAT, 2020)
(a)
Pouring
(b) Streaming
(c) Erupting
(d) All of the above

Correct Answer is Option (d)


The snow was falling, and the Cat’s fur was stiffly pointed with it, but he was imperturbable. lie sat crouched, ready for the death-spring, as he had sat for hours. It was night but that made no difference, all times were as one to the Cat when he was in wait for prey. Then, too, he was under no constraint of human will, for he was living alone that winter. Nowhere in the world was any voice calling him; on no hearth was there a waiting dish. He was quite free except for his own desires, which tyrannized over him when unsatisfied as now.
The Cat was very hungry, almost famished, in fact. For days the weather had been very bitter...and the Cat’s long hunt had availed him nothing. But he waited with the inconceivable patience and persistency of his race; besides, he was certain. The Cat was a creature of absolute convictions, and his faith in his deductions never wavered. The rabbit had gone in there between those low-hung pine boughs.
The Cat had seen her enter...so he sat down and waited, and he waited still in the white night, listening angrily to the north wind starting in the upper heights of the mountains with distant screams, then swelling into an awful crescendo of rage, and swooping down with furious white wings of snow like a flock of fierce eagles into the valleys and ravines. The Cat was on the side of a mountain, on a wooded terrace. Above him, a few feet away towered the rock ascent as steep as the wall of a cathedral.
He had often looked with wonder at the rock, and mauled bitterly and resentfully as man does in the face of a forbidding Providence. At his left was the sheer precipice. Behind him...was the frozen perpendicular wall of a mountain stream. Before him was the way to his home. When the rabbit came out she was trapped; her little cloven feet could not scale such unbroken steeps. So the Cat waited.
The tangle of trees and bushes clinging to the mountain-side with a stern clutch of roots, the prostrate trunks and branches, the vines embracing everything with strong knots and coils of growth, had a curious effect, as of things which had whirled for ages in a current of raging water, only it was not water, but wind, which had disposed everything in circling lines of yielding to its fiercest points of onset. It was as if ice needles pricked his skin through his beautiful thick fur, but he never faltered and never once cried. He had nothing to gain from crying, and everything to lose; the rabbit would hear him cry and know he was waiting. 

Q.2. Which of the following suggests a synonymous meaning to the words Providence and Crescendo respectively?    (CLAT, 2020)
(a) Nemesis, Apex
(b) Zenith, Nadir
(c) Laxity, Prudence
(d) Short-sightedness, Upsurge

Correct Answer is Option (a)


Q.3. The systematic vilification of facts and expertise, the violent abnegation of diverse thought, the constant blasts of paranoia-stoking crime reports and patriotic sound bites on an inescapable news network—could this be more now?    (NLUD 2020)

(a) indulgence
(b) acceptance
(c) denial
(d) adoption

Correct Answer is Option (b)


Q.4. Her 2014 autobiography, A Fighting Chance, and recent stump speeches are festooned in pep club spirit and folksy blandishments, cloying bits of business that have attached themselves to her life story.     (NLUD 2020)
(a) cajolery
(b) roughness
(c) criticism
(d) bully

Correct Answer is Option (a)


Q.5. Were other international trade negotiations to be put back because of the virus — for example those being conducted between London and Washington — Britain's government could start to look obdurate about the Brexit talks.     (NLUD 2020)
(a) sensitive
(b) illusive
(c) flexible
(d) callous

Correct Answer is Option (d)


Directions (Qs. 6 and 7): Choose the word that is nearest in meaning to the given word.
Q.6. Abrogate    (D.U. LL.B., 2018)
(a) Revoke informally
(b) Revoke formally
(c) Accept informally
(d) Accept formally

Correct Answer is Option (b)


Q.7. Extol    (D.U. LL.B., 2018)
(a) Glorify
(b) Dishonour
(c) Provoke
(d) Announce

Correct Answer is Option (a)


Directions (Qs. 8-10): Choose the option closest to the Capitalized word.

Q.8. ANNIHILATE    (CLAT, 2018)
(a)
devastate
(b) delay
(c) investigate
(dretaliate

Correct Answer is Option (a)


Q.9. FACILITATE    (CLAT, 2018)
(a)
lend
(b) share
(c) support
(d) serve

Correct Answer is Option (c)


Q.10. CAMPAIGN    (CLAT, 2018)
(a) lobby
(b) run
(c) agree
(d) work

Correct Answer is Option (a)


Q.11. It was marvellous to see how gingerly, the little beasts footed it in such places.
Choose the synonym of the word gingerly.    (NLU Delhi, 2017)

(a) roughly
(b) assiduously
(c) rashly
(d) carelessly

Correct Answer is Option (b)


Directions (Qs. 12 to 29): Choose the word which is most nearly the SAME in meaning to the bold word from the given options.

Q.12. Gospels    (CLAT, 2013)
(a)
Chitchat
(b) A teaching or doctrine of a religious teacher
(c) Rumour
(d) Guidance

Correct Answer is Option (b)


Q.13. Vogue    (CLAT, 2013)
(a)
Uncertain
(b) Out-dated
(c) The prevailing fashion or style
(d) Journey

Correct Answer is Option (c)


Q.14. Shrewd    (D.U., LL.B., 2013)
(a) Erudite
(b) Profound
(c) August
(d) Artful

Correct Answer is Option (d)


Q.15. Aberration    (NLU, Delhi, 2013)
(a) Deviation
(b) Embarrassment
(c) Abhorrence
(d) Absence

Correct Answer is Option (a)


Q.16. Potpourri    (NLU, Delhi, 2013)
(a) 
Medley
(b) Dose
(c) Weird
(d) Overabundance

Correct Answer is Option (a)


Q.17. Imposture    (NLU, Delhi, 2013)
(a) Claim
(b) Status
(c) Destruction
(d) Deception

Correct Answer is Option (d)


Q.18. Parley    (NLU, Delhi, 2013)
(a) Discuss
(b) Deliver
(c) Sweeten
(d) Race

Correct Answer is Option (a)


Q.19. Lethargy    (CLAT, 2012)
(a)
serenity
(b) listlessness
(c) impassivity
(d) laxity

Correct Answer is Option (a)


Q.20. Emaciated    (CLAT, 2012)
(a) tall
(b) languid
(c) very thin
(d) wise

Correct Answer is Option (c)


Q.21. Latent    (CLAT, 2012)
(a)
concealed
(b) apparent
(c) lethargic
(d) prompt

Correct Answer is Option (a)


Q.22. Sporadic    (CLAT, 2012)
(a) epidemic
(b) whirling
(c) occasional
(d) stagnant

Correct Answer is Option (c)


Q.23. Compendium    (CLAT, 2012)
(a) summary
(b) index
(c) reference
(d) collection

Correct Answer is Option (d)


Q.24. Vague    (D.U. LL.B, 2012)
(a) Inadequate
(b) Insignificant
(c) Nebulous
(d) Meaningless

Correct Answer is Option (b)


Q.25. Fatigue    (D.U. LL.B, 2012)
(a) Sleepy
(b) Weariness
(c) Drowsiness
(d) Sweating

Correct Answer is Option (b)


Q.26. Debonair    (D.U. LL.B, 2012)
(a) 
Confident
(b) Elegant
(c) Charming
(d) Stylish

Correct Answer is Option (b)


Q.27. Carve    (D.U. LL.B, 2012)
(a) 
Acquire
(b) Cover
(c) Drive
(d) Engrave

Correct Answer is Option (d)


Q.28. His speech was nothing but a string of platitudes    (NLU, Delhi, 2012)
(a) grant statements
(b) stereo-typed statements
(c) noble sentiments
(d) humorous anecdotes

Correct Answer is Option (b)


Q.29. Lynch    (NLU, Delhi, 2012)
(a)
Hang
(b) Madden
(c) Killed
(d) Shoot

Correct Answer is Option (c)

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