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Fancy Vocabulary #4

Feel smart and fancy by completing the English words from their definitions. Correct spelling is required.
The previous quiz in this series can be found here (Quiz 3)
Quiz by kiwirage
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Last updated: October 22, 2018
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First submittedOctober 22, 2018
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Definition
Answer
Mournful poem; lament
Elegy
Forceful or bitter verbal attack
Diatribe
Omnipresent, everywhere at once
Ubiquitous
Steal, thieve
Purloin
Extremely light, delicate
Gossamer
Move like a wave
Undulate
Young cow
Heifer
Very generous
Munificent
Sudden, unexpected
Abrupt
Quandary, predicament
Dilemma
Definition
Answer
Mysterious, understood by few
Arcane
Lustful, lecherous
Lascivious
Short dagger
Stiletto
Channel, duct
Conduit
Throw (someone) out a window
Defenestrate
Irritable, grumpy
Fractious
Profitable
Lucrative
Relating to the sense of smell
Olfactory
Peculiar behavioural habit
Quirk
Principle, theory, position
Doctrine
34 Comments
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Level 67
Oct 23, 2018
Love this series of quizzes, it's fantastic to challenge and improve my English vocabulary :). Keep doing more!
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Level 63
Oct 24, 2018
Glad that you and others have enjoyed these! I'll continue the series for a while with a new one every couple of weeks or so.
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Level 80
Feb 4, 2021
Me too, very enjoyable.
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Level 77
Oct 23, 2018
Hate it when I know the answer, but am just one letter away from spelling it right. On a site where all other sorts of spelling mistakes are accepted, but never the ones I make. Never. Ever. At. All. Absolutely. So.
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Level 66
Oct 24, 2018
great quiz. pleased with 17. whats weird is how with a few of them you get them right by having a word in the back of your mind that you have heard of (obvs) but are unsure what it means but it occurs when you see the definition. eg degenstration...if asked out right what it meant i would struggle but once saw the window definition it floated forward in my mind. Odd! Thanks, more please! 5 stars from me
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Level 70
Nov 27, 2019
I knew defenestration, that is an easy one for me, but I had the same thing with ubiquitous. I know (of) the word, but dont think I could have given you a correct definition.
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Level 73
Jun 25, 2021
It took some time, but I have actually managed to find a few appropriate situations to use "defenestrate" in conversation before. However, It can be a challenge to pick a really arcane word, phrase or reference, and wait and see if you ever get an opportunity to use it. ... That challenge always reminds me of a passage from Edith Wharton's Xingu that is just beautifully written, about a woman who can only remember one allusion ("Canst thou draw out leviathan with a hook?") but has never yet found occasion to employ it. And I must confess, having kept this in mind for many years, that I have not found easy occasion to employ this allusion, either. For those who wish their day to be enriched by reading a few lovely and amusing paragraphs, please scroll down to the first few paragraphs under heading "II." https://www.gutenberg.org/files/24131/24131-h/24131-h.htm
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Level 66
Oct 7, 2021
English teacher?
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Level 77
Oct 24, 2018
Love these quizzes. More, more, more please
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Level 74
Oct 24, 2018
Fun quiz. Thanks
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Level 74
Oct 24, 2018
Another great fancy quiz! Anyone is curious about the incident that led to the coinage of the word for hucking folks through windows, click here.
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Level 69
Oct 27, 2018
Name checks out.
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Level 78
Oct 26, 2018
Agree with all the others. These are great quizzes. Keep them coming. Thanks and very well done.
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Level 72
Nov 4, 2018
These quizzes are an absolute bleep when you're dyslexic. Three missed that I just couldn't figure out how to spell.
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Level 75
Oct 6, 2021
You don't want to know how many variations of heifer I tried. 'heffyier' was one.
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Level 70
Dec 8, 2018
got 9 not bad :) I kept mistyping undulate... at the end i had a vague idea about ubiquitous but wrote ubiquous and didnt have any more time.

should ve gotten lucrative...

(knew stiletto, but mainly as a shoe, have heard vaguely of purloin but the other, being: elegy diatribe, gossamer, lascivious and fractious I have never heard off. Allways good to have new stuff to learn

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Level 62
Feb 23, 2019
Not enough time.
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Level 47
Apr 14, 2019
A young cow is a calf not a heifer
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Level 69
Apr 14, 2019
A calf is a baby cow of either gender. A heifer is a young female cow who is mature but either hasn't had a calf yet or is on her first pregnancy or still suckling her first calf
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Level 80
Feb 4, 2021
...and therefore 'young cow' is a perfectly accurate and acceptable clue. Cow is female. Is anyone arguing that a heifer is NOT a young cow?
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Level 65
Apr 14, 2019
Since when are abrupt, dilemma, quirk, and doctrine "fancy" words?
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Level 64
Apr 14, 2019
Please remove everything BUT the first letter. Anything more than that throws me off, since there is no pattern or rule surrounding how many letters of the entire word that you are providing. This quiz just gave me a headache - those, ahem, "prefixes" are horrendous.
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Level 89
Apr 14, 2019
P r e B t f l. A m t t t m o, s t i n p o r s h m l o t e w t y a p. T q j g m a h - t, a, "p" a h.

B?

(Better?)

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Level 81
Apr 14, 2019
Please keep it just as it is. Those few letters make it more interesting.
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Level 57
Apr 14, 2019
Agree. Having learnt (compulsory) French & Latin to O level in an English grammar school in the early 1960s helps greatly at last! Thank you, Molly Barnes & Harry Gregg.
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Level 63
Apr 14, 2019
The extra letters are necessary to avoid multiple possible answers. For example, if I were to reduce the "steal, thieve" answer to just P_____, the answer could legitimately be pinch, pilfer, pirate, plagiarize, poach etc. The general intention with the definitions is to give as many or as few letters as necessary to ensure one answer only.
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Level 70
Nov 27, 2019
I agree it is fine as it is and indeed necessary in some cases. Though I can also get his point, we are so used to work with just the first letter or syllable, that anything in between feels odd. And it can sort of throw you off. But there is no need to change the quiz. Getting out of your comfort zone can be a good thing. (As counterintuitive as it can feel at the moment, no need to get set in patterns, when you can create new paths)
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Level 69
Jan 27, 2021
I put down "undulating" which was not accepted. Would that be an acceptable synonym?
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Level 80
Feb 4, 2021
Use the infinitive rather than the gerund and you're there.
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Level 48
Sep 3, 2021
I didn't get a few that I actually knew but learned a few new words, too :D
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Level 59
Oct 17, 2021
hey i think some of these are used in one of the others of the series
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Level 79
Aug 31, 2023
I now know why the Pokemon Purrloin is called that haha
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Level 53
Nov 30, 2023
imo dilemma and quandary should be switched. never heard of quandary in my entire life
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Level 56
May 11, 2024
I believe the proper term for "Throw (someone) out a window" is "yeet."