Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Review 17

This is the PCSR 17th vocabulary reviewer.

1.) abrade – verb

scrape, wear away by friction

Mina’s legs were abraded by rocks during their trekking.

2.) expropriate – verb

take possession of

Mr. Gomez questioned the government’s right to expropriate his land to build a housing project.

3.) forlorn – adjective

sad, lonely

Abandoned by his owner, the forlorn puppy sat and waited for their return.

4.) heinous – adjective

atrocious, extremely wicked

Senator Sanchez agreed to bring back the death penalty for heinous crimes.

5.) inane – adjective

silly, stupid

Gina was accosted by her supervisor for her inane remarks during the meeting.

6.) lampoon – verb

ridicule, satirize

The manager lampooned the employee’s idea.

7.) martinet – noun

strict disciplinarian, moralist

Miss Minchin was a martinet who demands discipline from her schoolgirls.

8.) nebulous – adjective

vague, hazy, cloudy

Rodel’s plan is as nebulous as the water in the pond. He can’t really tell what he’s up to.

9.) odyssey – noun

long, eventful journey

Alfred is reminiscing his odyssey from being an actor to a politician.

10.) polyglot – adjective

knowing or using several languages

JR is a polyglot. He’s been to many countries and has learned many different languages.

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