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Select a single word which has nearly the same meaning as the given phrase.
Feeling a guilt
To feel regret. ‘Remorse’ is a feeling of sadness because you have done something wrong.
A Christian mass in memory of dead person
A Roman Catholic requiem mass offered on specifically appointed days of the year for the repose of a dead person’s soul.
Science which claims to turn base metals into gold
‘Alchemy’ is a form of chemistry in the Middle Ages which involved trying to discover how to change ordinary metals into gold.
Something which is fit for being eaten
‘Edible’ means suitable or safe for eating.
Of a speech made without preparation
‘Impromptu’ means without being prepared or organized. An extemporaneous (impromptu) speech.
A person who assails cherished beliefs
Ruffian a violent person, especially one involved in crime.
Of a metal capable of being beaten to any shape
Malleable is a property of a metal that can be hit or pressed into shape easily without breaking or cracking.
Functioning by means of air
Pneumatics is a branch of engineering that makes use of gas or pressurized air. Pneumatic systems used in industry are commonly powered by compressed air or compressed inert gases.
Lasting for a very short time
An insignificant fault that can be forgiven
Peccadillo is a relatively minor fault or sin.
Secretly listening to others’ conversation
Eavesdropping means to listen secretly to other people talking.
One who habitually talks in sleep
Somniloquist – someone who talks while asleep.
Items to ‘be considered at a meeting
Agenda – a list of matters to be discussed at a meeting.
A theft from the works of the others
Plagiarism – the act of copying another person’s ideas, words or work and pretending they are your own.
One who hates the institution of marriage
Misogamist – misogamy is an aversion to or hatred of marriage. A misogamist is a marriage-hater.
The state of being unmarried
Celibacy – Celibacy is the state of voluntarily being unmarried.
That which cannot be changed
Immutable – unchanging over time or unable to be changed.
A person who does not believe in God
An atheist doesn’t believe in a god or divine being. Agnostic neither believes nor disbelieves in a god or religious doctrine.
A lover of books
A bibliophile is a person who collects or has a great love of books.
A government by the rich
Plutocracy – an elite or ruling class whose power derives from their wealth.
The right to vote
Franchise 1. Official permission to sell a company’s goods or services in a particular area. 2. The right to vote in public elections.
A person who believes he is always ill.
Hypochondriac – a person who is always worried about his/her health and believes he/she is ill, even when there is nothing wrong.
One who assails traditional beliefs
Iconoclast – a person who does not believe in and is opposed to accepted ideas, traditions, etc.
A person who chooses to live in a foreign country
Immigrant – a person who has come into a foreign country to live there permanently.
An official inquiry into the cause of an unnatural death
Inquest – an official process that tries to find out how somebody died.