TOEFL vocabulary. Study the words and fill in the blanks below.
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|Ancient (Ānshent): adj -- very old, often related to past centuries, though informally used to exaggerate oldness|
|In ancient times, people had to suffer through many diseases.|
Sorry, but your stove is ancient. You really need to buy a new one.
|Brilliant (BRILyunt): adj - radiating a lot of light, also used to describe intelligence or perfection in an art|
|The stars are brilliant tonight. You can see thousands of them.|
That's a brilliant idea. I'm sure everyone will agree.
I'm going to a concert tonight. Everyone says that this pianist is a brilliant musician.
|Celebrated (SELebrāded): adj - well-known, famous|
|He's a celebrated mathematician. Everyone in mathematics knows who he is.|
|Commonplace (COmunplace): adj - very normal, related to normal, everyday things|
|The professor said that my essay was commonplace. He wants me to try harder.|
In southern American states, the use of colorful speech is commonplace.
|Critical (KRIdikl): adj - reasonable and unemotional, analytical, often used to describe dislike|
|Please don't be too critical of my essay. I wrote it last night between 1am and 4am. |
She walked around the museum and looked at all the paintings with a critical eye.
Practice: Complete the sentences with the correct word (answers are at the bottom of the page):
1. The ________________ author has published 20 novels and appeared on many talk shows.
My husband is worried about seeing his uncle. His uncle is always
________________ and never says nice things.
3. I'll introduce you to my teacher. He's _________________! He helped me understand algebra.
4. Her mother sent her a teapot for Christmas. Only later, she learned it was an ___________________ family heirloom.
I know you liked that book, but I thought it was
______________________. I have read many other books just
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