Impress Your High School English Teacher With a Perfect Score on This Vocabulary Quiz!

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Your high school English teacher worked hard to make sure you knew these words. We'll give you the definition, you match it to the word. Ready? Let's go!

The act of concealing the identity of something by modifying its appearance.

The word "camouflage" can be either a noun or a verb. The word is French in origin.

A poisonous substance.

A toxin is a naturally produced poisonous substance. Some snake bites transfer toxins.

Using the same letter or sound at the beginning of each word in a sentence.

The word "alliteration" refers to using the same consonant sound at the beginning of each word in a sentence. An example would be "Candy caught Caldwell concealing cards."

A stated target number.

A quota is a stated number or target. Sales people often use quotas to set goals.

Odd or unusual.

The word "bizarre" refers to something that is odd or unusual. To use the word in a sentence, "Chloe found Sandy's explanation for how she got home from the party quite bizarre."

The act of subtracting.

The word "deduction" refers to the act of subtracting. The word may also refer to the act of reasoning.

A conversation or discussion.

The word "dialogue" refers to a conversation or discussion. Here's the word in a sentence: "Let's open a dialogue about work/life balance."

A regular oval shape.

The word "ellipse" refers to an oval with specific mathematical properties. The Ford Taurus made use of ellipses in its design.

A misconception, based on faulty reasoning.

The word "fallacy" refers to a faulty belief. The word has Latin roots.

Being excited or interested.

The word "enthusiastic" refers to being greatly excited. It is an adjective.


The word "formidable" refers to something that is impressive, due to its size, power or intensity. The word is an adjective.

A plan of action.

A strategy is a plan of action. The word "strategy" is a noun.

An insincere or disingenuous person.

Someone who is insincere may be called a hypocrite. Such a person acts in ways that contradict his or her stated beliefs.

Forward or bold, in an unexpected manner.

The word "impertinent" refers to someone who is bold in a manner that may be unexpected or even inappropriate. Children are sometimes referred to as impertinent.

Not affected or influenced.

The word "immune" refers to something or someone that is not influenced by an outside force. Vaccinations help provide immunity from disease or illness.

Merry or high-spirited.

The word "jovial" refers to someone who is merry or high-spirited. It is an adjective and can also mean jolly.

A structure with a complex system of paths and tunnels.

Although many hospitals have a complex system of paths and tunnels, we're looking for the word "labyrinth." The word "labyrinth" is a noun, of Latin and Greek origin.

Mammal that has a pouch.

Female marsupials have a pouch in which they carry their young. Kangaroos are marsupials.

Active at night.

The word "nocturnal" means active at night. Vampires and owls are nocturnal.

Something that is bothersome or annoying.

The word "nuisance" refers to something or someone that is bothersome. Flies are a nuisance at a picnic.

The main character of a story.

A protagonist is the central character of a story. An antagonist is the character in a story that the protagonist struggles with or against.

An animal that eats both plants and animals.

An omnivore eats both plants and animals for nutrition. Humans are natural omnivores.

Something that gathers nutrition from a host.

A parasite gathers nutrition from a host. Parasites are not always a bad thing.

Crush into dust or powder.

To pulverize something is to crush it. The word is a verb.

To isolate something or someone.

The word "quarantine" means to isolate. We quarantine people who may have a disease that is easily spread.

Something with no plan, purpose or order.

Something that is random has no order, plan or purpose. The slang use of the word refers to something that is weird or out of place.

To move back or away.

Something that recedes moves back or away. The word is a verb.

To give up something.

As a verb, to "sacrifice" something is to give it up. The word can also be used as a noun, meaning the the thing that has been given up.

The legal right to vote.

The word "suffrage" refers to the legal right to vote. Women who fought for the legal right to vote in the early 1900s were called suffragettes.

A tax on imports or exports.

A tariff is a tax. This tax is imposed by a government.

Complete and total agreement.

A unanimous decision is completely agreed on by all concerned. The word is an adjective.

An injection that creates antibodies.

A vaccine is an injection designed to spur the body's immune system to create antibodies against a disease. A vaccine is different from an antidote.

To be extremely happy or ecstatic.

The word "exult" refers to extreme happiness. The word is often misspelled as "exault."

The study of animals.

Zoology is the scientific study of animals. Many people pronounce this word incorrectly.

A member of a force that fights by using sabotage and harassment.

We're looking for the word "guerilla" here. The word "guerilla" is often confused with the word "gorilla."

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