Fancy Vocabulary #1

Feel smart and fancy by completing the English words from their definitions. Correct spelling is required.
Quiz by kiwirage
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Last updated: October 13, 2018
First submittedSeptember 3, 2018
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Definition
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Ardent supporter, fanatic
Zealot
Conjoined, contradictary terms
Oxymoron
Transparent; clearheaded
Lucid
Extravagant exaggeration
Hyperbole
Of the middle-class
Bourgeois
Harsh, dissonant sounds
Cacophony
Complete failure, fiasco
Debacle
Foolishly sentimental
Maudlin
Blissful, pastoral, serene
Idyllic
One who flatters for self-gain
Sycophant
Definition
Answer
Habitually silent, uncommunicative
Taciturn
To fully determine, find out
Ascertain
Prolonged military blockade
Siege
To charm with flattery or slyness
Beguile
Yearn to possess
Covet
Whirlpool, turbulence
Maelstrom
Attractively old-fashioned
Quaint
Euphoria, state of bliss
Ecstasy
To sway from one side to the other
Oscillate
Mucus from a cough
Phlegm
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Level 37
Sep 3, 2018
Pretty good quiz! Thank you.
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Level 55
Sep 4, 2018
Nice quiz, but the definition of siege is incorrect. in fact generally it is exactly the opposite. Not all out attack, but no attack at all !

Coxbury

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Level 62
Sep 4, 2018
Interesting; I didn't really realise that! I've changed the clue to reflect your comment.
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Level 44
Sep 14, 2020
siege

/sēj/

Learn to pronounce

noun

a military operation in which enemy forces surround a town or building, cutting off essential supplies, with the aim of compelling the surrender of those inside.

"Verdun had withstood a siege of ten weeks"

Similar:

blockade

beleaguerment

encirclement

investment

besiegement

Opposite:

relief

raising

an operation in which a police or other force surround a building and cut off supplies, with the aim of forcing an armed person to surrender.

a prolonged period of misfortune.

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Level 61
Sep 5, 2018
Desperately kept trying to get mawkish to be the sentimental one! As per the similar recent quiz: pitched at the perfect level IMO. Deserves to be a featured quiz, am sure it will be one day as I see you are no stranger to the front page! Thanks, enjoyed that quiz lots.
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Level 71
Oct 13, 2018
Another great series, kiwi! Congrats on being featured (again!); these were definitely deserving!
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Level 76
Oct 13, 2018
Prepossessing, meritorious, and pulchritudinous quiz! Thank you for making this series!
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Level 90
Oct 14, 2018
i got all except the sentimental and the old-fashioned ones (never heard of) .. yay for me!

by the way in my language the word sycophant has more a meaning of whistleblower (even if here too it is largely unused)

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Level 61
Oct 15, 2018
Tried Ecstatic and never thought to try different derivatives of the same word.
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Level 62
Oct 15, 2018
'Ecstatic' is not the same word as 'Ecstasy'. One's an adjective, one's a noun. Just like a crossword, the answer must match the clue: "Euphoria, state of bliss" requires the noun. "Euphoric, in a state of bliss" would require the adjective.
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Level 66
Dec 2, 2018
Trust me, the crossword fans are equally if not more pedantic than jetpunkers. I've got a few bones to pick with Will Shortz regarding clue/answer symmetry.
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Level 60
Dec 2, 2018
Yeah, I tried idyll and for some reason when it didn't work I couldn't think of idyllic--never made it from the noun to the adjective form of the word.
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Level 37
Dec 2, 2018
same here
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Level 82
Dec 2, 2018
pretty easy. All of these words are used commonly. Just had a little difficulty with spelling one.
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Level 55
Apr 15, 2019
You must be weird to talk to if those are commonly used words for you
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Level 82
Apr 15, 2019
As opposed to words like hirsute and bodkin?
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Level 83
Jul 10, 2019
If it's the right word, use it.
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Level 65
Mar 17, 2020
I agree, quite simple, at four minutes, two minutes too many allowed (I don't type that fast myself). But yes, people I talk to do sometimes tell me I sound like a book.
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Level 50
Dec 2, 2018
Proud to have got all except maudlin.
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Level 37
Dec 2, 2018
Please accept idyll (noun) as well as idyllic (adjective)
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Level 63
Dec 2, 2018
Nice quiz, noticed i know quite some words, but the spelling is my problem (English is not my native by the way). Had 8, but at least 4 i kept messing up the spelling despite knowing the word.
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Level 82
Dec 2, 2018
Took me almost the full time to remember that "Bourgeois" has an "r" in it.
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Level 70
Dec 2, 2018
I ascertained that I got all but that one word.
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Level 67
Dec 2, 2018
Missed a few, but got Maelstrom. Thanks, Solo!
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Level 29
Jan 16, 2019
More, please!
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Level 56
Apr 14, 2019
Neither a siege or a blockage have to be prolonged. They could be very quick, if their goals are easily met. Also, pastoral refers to "idealised country life," which is much more specific than the word idyllic refers to. Get rid of that word, because the others will don fine on their own - that third word throws the meanings out of whack. Also, be consistent with how many letters you give us of the words. I'd rather just one letter, and perhaps the number of letters in the answer, as it is far too headache-inducing to figure out many answers due to your idiosyncrasies.
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Level 83
Jul 10, 2019
'Also, pastoral refers to "idealised country life' - no, it doesn't. You're talking a load of bucolics.

Is 'don fine' part of your dialect? Makes no sense to me. If you're going to be a pedant, do it properly.

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Level 44
Apr 15, 2019
Nice quiz, 10/10
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Level 67
Aug 24, 2019
I tried begeister instead if beguile. Apparently it is not used in english, it sounds like it could/would since english has several german loanwords this one would fit right in. Feels natural imo (i am not german btw and actually checked wiktionary if it wasnt used in english)
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Level 75
Aug 31, 2019
I guessed maelstrom, I just couldn't figure out how to spell it...
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Level 67
Feb 1, 2020
Got ascertain from To Kill a Mockingbird.
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Level 76
Apr 10, 2020
I enjoy the implication that discussing phlegm more will make me feel fancy.
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Level 51
Mar 14, 2021
Not by itself, but it's fancier than discussing snot.