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Vocabulary Mega-Challenge #1

Test and expand your vocabulary by completing the random English words from the definitions given.
Enter the COMPLETE WORD. Correct spelling is required :-)
The words change each time you play. With enough plays, you'll master 500 words!
Quiz by kiwirage
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Last updated: February 27, 2020
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First submittedAugust 1, 2019
Times taken108,547
Average score50.0%
Rating4.54
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Definition
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Answer
Happening by chance
10
Fortuitous
Childish
7
Puerile
To make better
10
Ameliorate
Cowardly; fearful; timid
8
Timorous
Uncommunicative; restrained
8
Reticent
A summons to appear in court
8
Subpoena
Easily angered
9
Irascible
A special right or advantage
9
Privilege
Lengthy process
9
Rigmarole
Dryly amusing
5
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Definition
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Answer
Lying face upwards
6
Supine
Seriousness
7
Gravity
Showy; ornate
10
Flamboyant
A slight wind
6
Zephyr
A foolish old person
6
Dotard
Crafty, cunning, fox-like
7
Vulpine
To foretell
7
Portend
Courage; bravery
6
Mettle
To desist, go without
7
Abstain
Disease due to lack of Vitamin C
6
Scurvy
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Level 90
Aug 1, 2019
Where did you get that spelling for cacophany? I'm pretty sure the correct spelling is cacophony.
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Level 62
Aug 1, 2019
My mistake: I've fixed it.
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Level 72
Aug 13, 2019
Extremely small, tiny correction for the extremely small, tiny hint - the answer has 9 letters, not 8 as stated. Great quiz though!
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Level 77
Aug 13, 2019
Genus would also fit the genre clue!

Oxford definition - "(in philosophical and general use) a class of things that have common characteristics and that can be divided into subordinate kinds."

Synonyms - "type, sort, kind, genre, style, variety, category, class"

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Level 87
Aug 13, 2019
The word for "adulation" was horribly confusing, as adulation is in the definition. I did not know it was also the word. Please fix that.
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Level 62
Aug 13, 2019
Thanks to all who pick up on the occasional correction. Fixes and adjustments will be made if necessary.
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Level 74
Aug 15, 2019
Thank you for being such a good sport kiwirage :) And thanks for all your hard work -- loved this quiz!
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Level 79
Aug 13, 2019
Correct English spelling is lacklustre. I didn't see anywhere in the instructions that spelling had to be in American English.
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Level 89
Aug 14, 2019
So why the French -re?
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Level 79
Aug 14, 2019
It's the British and Commonwealth spelling
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Level 73
Aug 14, 2019
Fun quiz! It must have been a lot of work to make it.
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Level 62
Aug 14, 2019
Thanks! Yes, it took a lot of effort, but it was fun to make :)
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Level 69
Aug 15, 2019
This is a great quiz! (Minus the SAT flashbacks, of course.😜) Thank you for putting in so much work, kiwi!
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Level 83
Aug 14, 2019
Quandary has 8 letters, not the 9 that is listed.
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Level 75
Aug 14, 2019
I believe diaspora refers to a group of people who are spread over a large area, not an exodus which is the act of a large number of people leaving one place

Great quiz though

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Level 74
Aug 14, 2019
Great quiz, espcially when learning new words. For "casual, indifferent" starting with BL, would Blasé be a valid answer as well?
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Level 62
Aug 14, 2019
Yes, but blasé only has 5 letters. The answer this quiz is looking for has 6 :-)
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Level 82
Aug 14, 2019
Got everything on my 2nd try. First time... I could have sworn I spelled virtuoso correct, 3x, but it wouldn't take it. Not sure if I was doing something wrong or if there is an error in the quiz.
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Level 62
Aug 14, 2019
I checked - it should have worked fine. Must have been something weird you typed.
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Level 56
Aug 14, 2019
Another small correction: For Kinetic it states that there are 6 letters, but it has 7.
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Level 69
Aug 15, 2019
So, you give the definition of “To cause or give rise to” for engender, but I would argue that engineer would work just as well, given its definition:

skillfully or artfully arrange for (an event or situation) to occur

and its first seven synonyms:

bring about, cause, arrange, pull off, bring off, fix, set up

And yes, I did have the good sense to check to make sure both had the same number of letters, and that both began with the same given letters 😁

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Level 80
Aug 15, 2019
'Unexpected' is not a synonym of 'ironic'.
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Level 74
Aug 15, 2019
Actually, surprisingly, it is.
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Level 70
Aug 18, 2019
How unexpected.
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Level 56
Oct 5, 2019
How ironic
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Level 15
Aug 16, 2019
I agree, 'unexpected' means, well, you don't expect it. 'Ironic' means it's funny in a way, not exactly unexpected.
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Level 44
Oct 12, 2019
'Ironic' means it's funny because it's unexpected.
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Level 69
Aug 17, 2019
Great quiz! Please accept miniscule as an alternative spelling to minuscule.
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Level 62
Aug 17, 2019
Glad you liked the quiz! :-) But I won't be accepting incorrect spellings, no matter how commonly they're made. (I myself made the 'mini-scule' mistake for a long time - realising that it was 'minus-cule' made it easier to remember.) Valid variant spellings for other words like "lackluster" and "lacklustre" on the other hand are both accepted.
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Level 76
Oct 5, 2019
Where though does the distinction lie between variant spellings and incorrect spellings? There is fortunately no official authority on the English language, and from a descriptivism perspective the way most people commonly spell things is by definition the correct spelling. With regards to the example of minuscule, I agree that perhaps miniscule isn't common enough to count as correct, but generally I'd argue that any ubiquitous but 'incorrect' spelling should be accepted.
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Level 62
Oct 5, 2019
In this quiz, variant spellings sanctioned by dictionaries are valid (US vs British word endings, for example). Incorrect spellings not sanctioned by dictionaries are not. If a million people wrote "The dog chased it's tail", those million people would need to be corrected. If a million people said or wrote "The boy was very mischievious", those million people would be wrong. Mistakes may well be widespread, but until the dictionaries include them, they're still mistakes.
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Level 71
Nov 24, 2022
"Rigamarole" is a documented variation of "Rigmarole", as documented here for example.
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Level 79
Feb 27, 2020
But 'miniscule' is a variant spelling of minuscule according to the Oxford Dictionary of English, and also Merrian-Webster.
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Level 79
Mar 28, 2020
Merriam*-Webster
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Level 70
Sep 8, 2019
How about concealed also working for covert?
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Level 62
Oct 4, 2019
Too many letters. The # column gives you the number of letters in the answer.
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Level 65
Oct 5, 2019
Wow kiwirage! Great great effort. Thank you
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Level 72
Oct 5, 2019
Picante for spicy. It has 7 letters and it is in the Oxford Dictionary.
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Level 62
Oct 5, 2019
I've submitted an adjustment to avoid this. Thanks for pointing it out!
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Level 69
Oct 5, 2019
Why do we have to enter the whole word? It goes against the convention on this site of fill-in-the-blank quizzes requiring only the portion that fits in the blank. Having to enter the whole word was jarring.
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Level 75
Oct 5, 2019
Yeah, it took me a bit to figure that out, too.
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Level 62
Oct 5, 2019
Sorry for the inconvenience. 500 words are built into this quiz, and some end in the same sequence of letters. To avoid potentially being awarded multiple answers for entering just the 'suffix', the full word is required. I did write it in bold at the top of the quiz...
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Level 65
Oct 6, 2019
You moaning Minnie. Good grief. Was you over indulged by mummy and daddy or something? Think about the amount of work done to provide this quiz and then be quiet and be thankful.
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Level 69
Oct 5, 2019
Another 10 letter word that means discord or disagreement is "Dissension." Must be allowed along with "Dissonance."
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Level 62
Oct 5, 2019
True! I've made an adjustment to avoid this.
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Level 68
Oct 5, 2019
Great quiz, I have learned a few new words. Aren't some of these words just brilliant!
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Level 23
Oct 6, 2019
So far ( I am level 20) this is probably the most useful quiz in jetpunk. Thank you very much (from Italy)

It's always so funny to see how words that are sooo hard for English speaking people are extremely common for Italians!

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Level 80
Jul 7, 2022
So far, they’re still level 20. I guess they got stuck
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Level 47
Aug 19, 2023
22 now
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Level 68
Oct 6, 2019
Definition: lying, deceitful. First three letters: Men____. Is there really anything to add? (I kid, I kid). Great quiz, by the way!
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Level 63
Oct 7, 2019
'Resonating', 'resounding' should work.
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Level 62
Oct 7, 2019
Look more carefully at the number of letters required.
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Level 63
Oct 10, 2019
Ah yes. Apologies!
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Level 79
Oct 8, 2019
'Milquetoast' contains 11 letters, not 10.
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Level 79
Oct 14, 2019
Thanks for correction.
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Level 64
Oct 8, 2019
Interminable has 12 letters, not 11 as said :)
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Level 62
Oct 8, 2019
Ugh, thanks, these corrections are interminable!
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Level 37
Nov 28, 2019
Excellent quiz! Thank you for the enormous effort it must have taken for its creation.
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Level 62
Nov 28, 2019
Thank you!
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Level 54
Dec 29, 2019
rigmarole is also spelled rigamarole (actually in the US this spelling is more common). Nonchalant is also correct (adj) for calm indifference
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Level 58
Feb 15, 2020
I tried rigamarole over and over and couldn't get it to work ... then I googled it and, to prove my own suspicions, all I found was "rigamarole" with an "a" ...
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Level 68
Jan 7, 2020
Persnickety?
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Level 73
Jan 7, 2020
Decency could fit the definition for Decorum
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Level 62
Jan 11, 2020
Made an adjustment to avoid this, thanks.
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Level 42
Jan 20, 2020
Limber should also work for "graceful, flexible, supple"
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Level 62
Jan 21, 2020
The answer requires only five letters
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Level 54
Jan 22, 2020
War-like; aggressive

Also 'belligerent'?

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Level 71
Feb 16, 2020
'Retiring' also good for 'reticent' clue.
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Level 78
Sep 11, 2020
Nice quiz kiwi. 20/20 on first attempt. I'll try again on another day and fail miserably, I expect.
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Level 78
Sep 11, 2020
18/20 on second attempt.
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Level 63
Mar 24, 2021
I thought that "causing debate or argument" was political.
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Level 63
Jan 4, 2022
Why did I keep trying junction! Even tried it with a K - seriously? Ugh!
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Level 53
Oct 19, 2022
Done this quiz over 200 times at the very least, still have only found 498 of the words. On the positive side, I think I could do all those words every time I saw them.
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Level 77
Nov 24, 2022
I believe that lampoon and lambast both work for the lampoon clue.
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Level 41
Nov 24, 2022
Probably could give the common definition of Jaundice but very good quiz
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Level 77
Nov 24, 2022
Challenging quiz!

Worked up not calm -- Flummoxed ?

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Level 62
Nov 24, 2022
Flummoxed means confused or baffled.
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Level 64
Nov 24, 2022
Man, I spelled gambol wrong
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Level 85
Nov 24, 2022
hellish for heinous?
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Level 73
Nov 24, 2022
remittance should be accepted as well as remuneration.
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Level 75
Nov 24, 2022
For "Echoing; continuing to ring," 8 letters, I got stuck on resounds as the answer. The answer looked for was resonant. Is that better than resounds?
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Level 61
Nov 25, 2022
Thank you Phineas and Ferb for teaching me the word 'aglet' all those years ago :')
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Level 48
Nov 26, 2022
what dictionary is this.........
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Level 45
Nov 26, 2022
A contusion is a blood clot or vessel rupture, not a bruise. You can have a contusion while not having any physical signs of hurt or pain.
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Level 51
Jun 26, 2023
For bl___ with "casual or indifferent" as definition, should "blasé" not be accepted?
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Level 62
Jun 26, 2023
This has already been asked and answered.
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Level 67
Oct 25, 2023
I always wondered what those shoelace things were called
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Level 45
Jan 4, 2024
I missed a lot because I couldn’t spell 😂
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Level 66
Feb 1, 2024
I had Nadir and Zenith one after the other which was nice but I spelt stupefy as 'stupify' and wrote 'breach' instead of broach which was a little annoying
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Level 52
Feb 23, 2024
Can you allow "hauteur" as well as "haughtiness"?
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Level 67
Feb 25, 2024
I love the quiz.

As a non native speaker, I found the clues for superlative misleading, because they are not a definition but rather an example (the best) and something that is somewhat similar, but not a synonym.

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Level 62
Feb 25, 2024
They are a definition, though perhaps not one you're familiar with as a non-native speaker. You could say someone did superlative work, using it as an adjective. In that sense, it means extremely good, excellent, or the best, work.