ASVAB Word Knowledge Study Guide Part 4

Word List: Medium

The fourth part of our ASVAB Word Knowledge Study Guide is our medium difficulty word list. This list has another 50 words to study as you prepare for the Word Knowledge portion of your ASVAB test. Review each word and then quiz yourself on their definitions with the review quiz at the bottom of the page. Try not to use the table when answering the review questions to truly test your recall of the information.

WordDefinition
AbateTo reduce, lessen, deduct or omit
AbhorTo loathe or detest
AccoladeAn award or honor
AdeptVery skilled or expert
AdmonishTo caution against something; to scold
AlleviateTo make something easier to endure
AnomalyA deviation from a commonality; a peculiar condition or situation
ArdentHaving or expressing intense feelings; passionate
BrusqueBlunt; abrupt in manner
CalamityA great misfortune or disaster; an affliction
CandorFree from bias; the quality of being honest or sincere
ClamorA loud outcry or expression of emotion
ConsensusGeneral agreement; majority of opinion
CopiousLarge in quantity
CovertConcealed or covered
CurtailTo cut off short
DearthA scarcity or inadequate supply
DebacleA complete failure; a sudden downfall
DecampTo depart quickly; to depart from a camp
DemiseDeath or termination
DuplicitySpeaking or acting in two different ways as an act of deceit
EncounterTo meet
EstrangeTo keep at a distance; to turn away in feeling
HamperTo hold back or hinder; to interfere with
HastenHurry
HectorA bully; a domineering person
ImpotentLacking in ability or power
ImprudentNot cautious; lacking discretion
IndigenousNative; innate or natural
LatentPresent but not yet visible or apparent; existing in potential
NominalBeing something by name only; of or relating to names
PartisanTo support a person, group, party, or cause; a member of a light or irregular troop engaged in harassing an enemy
PrevailTo be widespread; to become dominant
QuellTo suppress or subdue
QueryA question; to question or inquire about something
RampantRaging; growing unchecked; violent in action or intention
ReconcileTo cause a person to accept something; to settle a dispute or bring into agreement
RecoupTo recover or regain
RectifyTo make right or correct
RedoubtA temporary or supplementary fortification
RelinquishTo surrender or give up
ReprieveTo delay impending punishment or temporarily relieve from evil
RespiteA period of delay; to relieve temporarily
RudimentaryPrimitive; elementary
SanctionPermission or approval; something that supports an action or condition
TacitUnderstood without open expression; silent, unspoken
TangibleDefinite or substantial; capable of being touched
TediousMonotonous, long, or tiresome
TenuousThin or slender; lacking sound reasoning
TiradeA long, often bitter, outburst or speech

Now that you’ve reviewed the word list above, try testing yourself with the review quiz below. This quiz features 20 words from the medium word list. Do your best not to look at the word chart and give an honest effort at remembering the words and definitions!

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Question 1

Duplicity most nearly means

A
binary
B
dual
C
deceit
D
forthrightness
Question 1 Explanation: 
"Duplicity" is speaking or acting in two contradictory ways, specifically as an act of deceit.
Question 2

Quell most nearly means

A
subdue
B
submit
C
question
D
qualify
Question 2 Explanation: 
To quell something is to suppress or subdue it.
Question 3

Tenuous most nearly means

A
tense
B
delicate
C
firm
D
fortuitous
Question 3 Explanation: 
Something is tenuous if it is delicately flimsy or lacks sound reasoning.
Question 4

Brusque most nearly means

A
bristly
B
tactful
C
dull
D
blunt
Question 4 Explanation: 
"Brusque" and "blunt" are very close in meaning, both describing something that is terse or abrupt in manner.
Question 5

Abate most nearly means

A
build
B
abstain
C
diminish
D
delete
Question 5 Explanation: 
To abate something is to lessen, or diminish, it.
Question 6

Rectify most nearly means

A
erect
B
amend
C
corrupt
D
start
Question 6 Explanation: 
"Rectify" means to correct or amend something.
Question 7

Imprudent most nearly means

A
reckless
B
wrecked
C
discreet
D
uncouth
Question 7 Explanation: 
Someone is imprudent if they are reckless and act without caution.
Question 8

Respite most nearly means

A
inaction
B
breach
C
censure
D
pause
Question 8 Explanation: 
A respite is a pause or temporary relief of something.
Question 9

Tacit most nearly means

A
implied
B
misunderstood
C
quiet
D
unassured
Question 9 Explanation: 
"Tacit" describes something that is understood without being openly stated. The word that comes closest to meaning this is "implied".
Question 10

Dearth most nearly means

A
flaw
B
deficiency
C
death
D
cessation
Question 10 Explanation: 
A dearth is a scarcity or deficiency in something.
Question 11

Latent most nearly means

A
underlying
B
undying
C
questionable
D
nonexistent
Question 11 Explanation: 
Something latent is an underlying quality or state that is not yet apparent.
Question 12

Impotent most nearly means

A
inundated
B
forgotten
C
stupid
D
incapable
Question 12 Explanation: 
Someone is impotent if they are incapable of performing an action.
Question 13

Clamor most nearly means

A
terror
B
uproar
C
clumsiness
D
confusion
Question 13 Explanation: 
"Clamor" is an outcry of emotion. "Uproar" has the most similar meaning.
Question 14

Admonish most nearly means

A
discuss
B
ask
C
argue
D
reprimand
Question 14 Explanation: 
To admonish someone is to reprimand them, or to scold or caution them against something.
Question 15

Estrange most nearly means

A
odd
B
rid
C
align
D
alienate
Question 15 Explanation: 
To estrange something from yourself, you alienate it or keep it at a distance.
Question 16

Sanction most nearly means

A
understand
B
authorize
C
safety
D
protection
Question 16 Explanation: 
To sanction something is to authorize or approve of it.
Question 17

Tirade most nearly means

A
tyrant
B
reaction
C
outburst
D
scream
Question 17 Explanation: 
A tirade is an angry or emotional outburst.
Question 18

Anomaly most nearly means

A
abnormality
B
admonishment
C
inequality
D
analogy
Question 18 Explanation: 
Anomalies and abnormalities are both deviations from the normal.
Question 19

Rampant most nearly means

A
angry
B
uncontrolled
C
docile
D
untouched
Question 19 Explanation: 
Something rampant is uncontrolled or growing/spreading unchecked.
Question 20

Covert most nearly means

A
lost
B
unidentified
C
surprising
D
clandestine
Question 20 Explanation: 
Covert and clandestine both describe something that is hidden or concealed.
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