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Fancy Vocabulary #5

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 4)
Quiz by kiwirage
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Last updated: May 27, 2022
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Definition
Answer
Church, temple
Basilica
Mocking, satirical
Sardonic
Flavorful, zesty
Piquant
Adversary, archenemy
Nemesis
Dramatic monologue
Soliloquy
Body of an aircraft
Fuselage
Done secretively, covert
Clandestine
A break, pause
Hiatus
Magical potion
Elixir
Volatile, capricious
Mercurial
Definition
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Voice-throwing puppeteer
Ventriloquist
Inscription on a tombstone
Epitaph
Chatty, talkative
Loquacious
Cure-all
Panacea
Goblet, grail
Chalice
Mysterious, obscure
Esoteric
Conversationally informal
Colloquial
Giant, monster
Behemoth
Mass exodus of people
Diaspora
Calm, peaceful
Halcyon
11 Comments
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Level 89
Feb 9, 2019
Venriloquist is not a synonym for puppeteer. Not all puppets talk!
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Level 55
Aug 10, 2021
Agree that ventriloquist and puppeteer aren't synonymous; connected meanings certainly but not the same.

Additionally, I've always understood the word 'diaspora' to be a collective term to refer to people of a single origin who are no longer resident in their traditional homeland rather than referring to the actual process of leaving that homeland (whether voluntary or forced.) I googled it, and found that while this does seem to be the main definition, most sources include both what I said as well as the one used in the quiz. So I learned something new today :)

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Level 46
Oct 11, 2021
upvote this
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Level 67
May 27, 2022
Agreed. The "ventriloquist" definition is off.
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Level 52
Jun 27, 2021
oof, spelled fuselage as fusilage
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Level 46
Oct 11, 2021
you are not alone
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Level 68
May 27, 2022
Excellent quiz. I got them all, so stoked.
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Level 75
May 27, 2022
Geppetto, Jim Henson.. maybe they were ventriloquists but that word is still not synonymous with puppeteer
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Level 62
May 27, 2022
I learnt a whole *nine* of these from Doctor Who! 🤣

“We could eat her tonight. I could make a PIQUANT sauce.” (The Two Doctors)

Silver NEMESIS (Silver Nemesis)

“There’s a Cyberman out there on the FUSELAGE.” (Death in Heaven)

HIATUS (1985—1986; 1989—2005)

The ELIXIR of Life (The Brain of Morbius)

“Oh, I think the explanation might be you've been fooled by a simple olfactory misdirection. Little bit like VENTRILOQUISM(T) of the nose. It's an elementary trick in certain parts of the galaxy.” (The Family of Blood)

“Pity. I’d just composed a particularly nasty EPITAPH for him.” (Earthshock)

“Farewell, my LOQUACIOUS friend.” (The Trial of a Time Lord)

“I know somewhere that is truly tranquil, peaceful, restful. A PANACEA for the cares of the mind.” (Revelation of the Daleks)

Strange how much about the real world you can learn from fiction, isn’t it?

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Level 75
May 27, 2022
Thank you for finally updating the clue.
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Level 88
Mar 1, 2023
Why won’t it accept Beer Moth?