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12 Words for a Thinker’s Vocabulary #4


Marsha-Thinking-Cap-200If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. ~ James 1:5 (NIV)

Much of this vocabulary quiz is based on The Thinker’s Thesaurus by Peter E. Meltzer.

  1. ag-a-tho-kak-o-log-i-cal:  A) mysterious; B) composed of both good and evil; C) study of marble; D) fear of thinking
  2. ben-i-son:  A) blessing; B) wild game; C) acting in unison; D) bully
  3. doo-lal-ly: A) lazy; B) temporarily deranged; C) hard worker; D) politician
  4. foo-zle: A) spilling over; B) pool toy; C) botched golf shot; D) island hut
  5. hal-lux:  A) toxin; B) loud shout or scream; C) big toe; D) hallway in Scottish castle
  6. jack-boot-ed: A) raised up; B) shoddy house wiring C) stolen; D) ruthlessly oppressive
  7. mull-i-grubs:  A) think over; B) sulkiness; C) weed patch; D) worm farm
  8. nyc-ta-lo-pia: A) addiction; B) care of newborn babies; C) night blindness; D) covered with scales
  9. ob-nu-bi-late: A) abdicate; B) becloud; C) advocate;  D) predict
  10. pil-gar-lic: A) strong tasting plant related to onion; B) with columns; C) far-reaching; D) bald head
  11. sciolism: A) social ineptness; B) limping; C) temperamental; D) pretentious superficially
  12. thrall-dom: A) held in bondage; B) fascinated; C) beautiful; D) flattery

Have you circled the correct answers? But can you use them in a sentence? Scroll down to see how you did.

The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out. Proverbs 18:15 (NIV)


  1. B) composed of both good and evil
  2. A) blessing
  3. B) temporarily deranged
  4. C) botched golf shot
  5. C) big toe
  6. D) ruthlessly oppressive
  7. B) sulkiness
  8. C) night blindness
  9. B) becloud
  10. D) bald head
  11. D) pretentious superficially
  12. A) held in bondage

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:25 (NIV)

Happy with your score?

  • 10-12  Well, la de dah!
  • 07-09  Okay, so you’re pretty smart, huh?
  • 04-06  I bet you got to the third round in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
  • 00-03  Call me sometime. We can practice our one syllable words.


5 thoughts on “12 Words for a Thinker’s Vocabulary #4

  1. You’ve got to be kidding me!! Are you sure those words are in English?


  2. Hmmm … only got five – and one of those was a wild guess. I feel so … hebetudinous.


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