Can You Define These Tough Words?

Do you think you speak good? I mean...speak well? Do you think you've mastered the English language and all the words it contains? Try your hand at our quiz, and see if you can define some of the toughest words around.
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"Abrogate" means:
weaken mentally
revoke formally
enforce harshly
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"Evanescent" means:
smelling of flowers, specifically lilacs
of or pertaining to liquids
tending to vanish like vapor
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"Gauche" means:
almost perfect
lacking social polish
highly-regarded
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"Pecuniary" means:
relating to or involving money
a strongly-worded rebuttal
of or about the face or head
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"Lugubrious" means:
lacking in remorse
stronger than steel
excessively mournful
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"Vacuous" means:
fear of space
devoid of matter
lack of intellect
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"Tautology" means:
useless repetition
study of Egyptian culture
feeling of intense dread
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"Precipitous" means:
extremely wet
extremely steep
extremely heavy
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"Omnipotent" means:
unable to reproduce
lacking in oxygen
having unlimited power
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"Diffident" means:
showing modest reserve
feeling tired or despondent
lack of control
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"Chicanery" means:
the act of being harmless
the use of tricks to deceive
the ability to fly
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"Usurp" means:
seize or take control without authority
stop or put a temporary end to
break down a building or structure
Result
No shame, you did get some of the easier ones after all. Just make sure you're not going around telling anyone you've mastered the vocabulary of the English language. You might get there one day, but right now, some of these grad-school level terms have definitely escaped you.

C+, High School Grad

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Right!
You definitely know your stuff, but a few of the really hard ones slipped right by you. Still, how much are you using most of those grad-school level words in day-to-day life? You know more than enough to get by, and look like a genius to many while doing so.

B+, Bachelor's Degree

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Right!
The toughest words in the English language are no match for you; you know them all! We can safely assume that in most group conversations, there are at least a few others left scratching their heads at some of the vocab choices you use.

A+, Master's Degree

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1
"Abrogate" means:
weaken mentally
revoke formally
enforce harshly
2
"Evanescent" means:
smelling of flowers, specifically lilacs
of or pertaining to liquids
tending to vanish like vapor
3
"Gauche" means:
almost perfect
lacking social polish
highly-regarded
4
"Pecuniary" means:
relating to or involving money
a strongly-worded rebuttal
of or about the face or head
5
"Lugubrious" means:
lacking in remorse
stronger than steel
excessively mournful
6
"Vacuous" means:
fear of space
devoid of matter
lack of intellect
7
"Tautology" means:
useless repetition
study of Egyptian culture
feeling of intense dread
8
"Precipitous" means:
extremely wet
extremely steep
extremely heavy
9
"Omnipotent" means:
unable to reproduce
lacking in oxygen
having unlimited power
10
"Diffident" means:
showing modest reserve
feeling tired or despondent
lack of control
11
"Chicanery" means:
the act of being harmless
the use of tricks to deceive
the ability to fly
12
"Usurp" means:
seize or take control without authority
stop or put a temporary end to
break down a building or structure