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    English – Yearwise Questions – Synonym – W.B.C.S. Preliminary Examination.

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    WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2020

    1. ‘Impassioned’ means
      (emotional, wholehearted, passionate)
      (A) Ardent
      (B) Dispassionate
      (C) Passionless
      (D) Unemotional
    2. The word ‘Genocide’ means
      (massacre, holocaust)
      (A) Racial killing
      (B) Murder
      (C) Suicide
      (D) Slaughter
    3. The word ‘Analogous’ means
      (parallel, similar, related)
      (A) analytical
      (B) artificial
      (C) comparable
      (D) aural
    4. Find the appropriate synonym for the word
      ‘Climactic’.
      (final, ending, finishing, closing)
      (A) Culminating
      (B) Climatic
      (C) Temperate
      (D) Atmospheric

    WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2019

    1. Find the appropriate synonym of the word ‘Indefatigable‘.
      (A) Tireless
      (B) Indomitable
      (C) Unhappy
      (D) Incompatible
    2. The word ‘beleaguered‘ means
      (A) Belittled
      (B) Benefited
      (C) Troubled
      (D) Irritated

    Replace the underlined word with a suitable word.
    3. The tranquillity and sanctity of the place soothed us.
    (A) Security
    (B) Holiness
    (C) Equanimity
    (D) Placidity

    WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2017

    1.Choosethe word appropriate in meaning to the word underlined below:
    The listeners were delighted by the music concert
    (a) Surprised
    (b) Saddened
    (c) Angered
    (d) Excited

    1. ‘Cinema’ may be used with
      (a) Cooking
      (b) Selling
      (c) Sleeping
      (d) Theatre
    2. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given
      below:
      A la mode
      (a) Fashionable
      (b) Cheap
      (c) Expensive
      (d) Convenient

    WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2016

    1. Choose an expression similar in meaning to the word underlined below:
      Imbroglio
      (a) Cacophony
      (b) Confession
      (c) A confused situation
      (d) Candid admission
    2. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given
      below:
      Quintessential
      (A) Most typical example
      (B) Most wanted thing
      (C) Most popular
      (D) Most utilized
    3. ‘Mellifluous’ means :
      (a) Sweet-sounding
      (b) Cacophonic
      (c) Loud
      (d) Irritating

    WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2015

    1. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given
      below :
      Genre
      (a) A grand tour
      (c) A chauffeur
      (b) A specific category
      (d) A long list
    2. ‘Book’ may be used with
      (a) Trousers
      (b) Insects
      (c) Ticket
      (d) Painting

    WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2014

    1. ‘Cricket’ is also a kind of a/an
      (a) Bird
      (b) Insect
      (c) Food
      (d) Flower
    2. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given
      below:
      Insipid
      (a) Foolish
      (b) Exciting
      (c) Dull
      (d) Sensible
    3. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given
      below:
      Tour de force.
      (a) Masterpiece
      (b) Grand Tour
      (c) Long Tour
      (d) Art and Culture
    4. Select the correct synonym of the following word from the alternatives
      provided:
      Lucid
      (a) Opaque
      (b) Solid
      (c) Clear
      (d) Hazy
    5. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given
      below:
      Incognito
      (a) Candid
      (b) Impromptu
      (c) Opposed
      (d) Disguised
    6. Select the correct synonym of the following word from the alternatives
      provided:
      Inadvertent
      (a) Adversity
      (b) Intentional
      (c) Unintentional
      (d) Advanced
    7. Select the correct synonym of the following word from the alternatives
      provided:
      Embezzle
      (a) Steal
      (b) Steel
      (c) Honesty
      (d) Dazzle
    8. A ‘Page’ also means
      (a) A sweet dish
      (b) A chauffeur
      (c) A book
      (d) A servant

    WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2013

    1. Eruption means outbreak, irruption means
      (a) Bursting in
      (b) Equal
      (c) Disease
      (d) Evil
    2. The patient needed an anodyne for his strained nerves.
      (a) Alcohol
      (b) Opium
      (c) Medicine
      (d) Painkilling balm

    Replace the underlined word by any of the options given below:
    3. It was queer to see his behaviour.
    (a) Natural
    (b) Odd
    (c) Probable
    (d) Convincing

    1. ‘Deciduous’ trees are
      (a) Trees that lose the leaves annually
      (b) Trees that are big
      (c) Trees that are short
      (d) Trees that are scattered

    WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2012

    Replace the underlined part of the sentence by any one of the four
    alternatives given below:
    1. ‘Cacography’ means
    (a) Bad spelling
    (b) Good spelling
    (c) Incorrect spelling
    (d) None of this above

    1. Hike in the price may mar the future of the trade world.
      (a) Harness
      (b) Help
      (c) Better
      (d) Worsen

    WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2011

    Choose the word closest to the meaning of the underlined words :

    1. The teacher gave us explicit instructions.
      (a) Definable
      (b) Resolvable
      (c) Demonstrative
      (d) Detailed
    2. The maiden’s clothes were so bizarre that they created quite a sensation.
      (a) Beautiful
      (b) Grotesque
      (c) Mundane
      (d) Lugubrious
    3. The concert was a pot-pourri of events.
      (a) Medley
      (b) Lengthy
      (c) Badly arranged
      (d) Classical

    WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2010

    Choose the word from the list which is nearest in meaning to the underlined part of the sentence :
    1. Hike in oil price may mar the future of the trade world.
    (a) Harness
    (b) Help
    (c) Better
    (d) Worsen

    1. Lachrymose nature means ______
      (a) Lethargic
      (b) Prone to anger
      (c) Prone to tear
      (d) Energetic

    WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2009

    Choose the most appropriate single word from the options given as
    substitute for the underlined parts of the sentence.
    1. I met a person in the meeting whose appearance did not reflect his mind.
    (a) Was deceptive
    (b) Was convincing
    (c) Was faithful
    (d) Was honest

    From the given options choose the words nearest in meaning to those
    underline in the sentence :
    2. The children were very vivacious in the playground.
    (a) Smiling
    (b) Sportive
    (c) lively/full of life
    (d) Joyful

    1. The musician has a very sonorous voice
      (a) Loud
      (b) Shrill
      (c) Harsh
      (d) Full and deep

    WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2008

    Choose he correct items from the given options :

    1. The mother hummed softly as she rocked the baby to sleep.
      (a) Chanted
      (b) Crooned
      (c) Intoned
      (d) Whispered
    2. He pierced the balloon with a pin.
      (a) Stabbed
      (b) Pricked
      (c) Penetrated
      (d) Burst
    3. His letter fuelled my doubts.
      (a) Ended
      (b) Increased
      (c) Caused
      (d) Reaffirmed

    WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2007

    From the given options choose the words nearest in meaning to those
    underlined in the sentence :
    1. Our gateman is a man of enormous size
    (a) Healthy
    (b) Tall
    (c) Gigantic
    (d) Big

    1. Man does not live by bread alone.
      (a) Food
      (b) Sustenance
      (c) Material Prosperity
      (d) Good health

    WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2006

    Choose the word closest in meaning to that which is underlined:

    1. The boy was reprimanded by his father.
      (a) Abused
      (b) Beaten
      (c) Admired
      (d) Rebuked
    2. Please expand your commentary on the text.
      (a) Increase
      (b) Amplify
      (c) Enlarge
      (d) Magnify
    3. With great cunning the clerk forged the important document.
      (a) Wickedness
      (b) Intelligence
      (c) Craftiness
      (d) Skill
    4. Compared with the earth many of the planets are bodies of immense
      size.
      (a) Huge
      (b) Vast
      (c) Large
      (d) Big
    5. To bungle is to
      (a) Confuse
      (b) Blunder
      (c) Mistake
      (d) Erase
    6. To regret is to be
      (a) Sad
      (b) Sorrowful
      (c) Tragic
      (d) Sorry
    7. The Chairman proceeded to speak in a dignified manner.
      (a) Elegant
      (b) Stately (majestic, impressive)
      (c) Sarcastic
      (d) Loud

    WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2004

    Choose the item closest in meaning to the underlined word in the given
    sentence.

    1. The speaker emphasized the salient points of issue.
      (important, main)
      (a) Relevant
      (b) Prominent
      (c) Appropriate
      (d) Accurate
    2. As a scholar he is almost peerless.
      (incomparable)
      (a) Superb
      (b) Magnificent
      (c) Unequalled
      (d) Famous
    3. The old lady is extremely loquacious.
      (a) Humorous
      (b) Talkative
      (c) Foul-mouthed
      (d) Voluble
    4. This is an ingenious device.
      (inventive, creative)
      (a) Skilful (it’s also right)
      (b) Effective
      (c) Clever
      (d) Novel
    5. My colleague has an officious nature.
      (a) Formal
      (b) Official
      (c) Cantankerous
      (d) Interfering

    WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2003

    Choose the word nearest in meaning to the underlined part of the sentence.

    1. He abjured his allegiance to the kind.
      (reject)
      (a) Projected
      (b) Perjured
      (c) Renounced
      (d) Expressed
    2. His arrogance is exceeded only by his abysmal ignorance.
      (very bad, terrible, very deep)
      (a) Bottomless
      (b) Eternal
      (c) Diabolic
      (d) Internal
    3. The orator spoke in a bombastic manner.
      (high-sounding but with little meaning)
      (a) Ardent
      (b) Animated
      (c) Pompous
      (d) Sensitive
    4. You must overcome your diffidence if you intent to become a
      salesperson.
      (a) Indifference
      (b) Hesitation
      (c) Shyness
      (d) Indecision
    5. When the ship collided in the harbor pandemonium broke out among
      passenger.
      (a) Chaos
      (b) Disorder
      (c) Confusion
      (d) Wild Tumult
    6. She wore a garish necklace on imitation glass.
      (a) Prominent
      (b) Gaudy
      (c) Sordid
      (d) Cheap

    WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2002

    Choose the item closest in meaning to the bold section in the given
    sentences.

    1.There was a shadow across his face upon hearing the sad news.
    (a) Complexion
    (b) Look of gloom (partial or total darkness)
    (c) Shade
    (d) Gravity

    1. Sourav Ganguly scored a delectable century against south Africa in the
      cricket match in Nairobi.
      (extremely attractive, delicious)
      (a) Delightful
      (b) Delicious
      (c) Entertaining
      (d) Disciplined
    2. Many districts in West Bengal are prone to flood.
      (susceptible, vulnerable)
      (a) Relate
      (b) Prostrated
      (c) Inclined
      (d) Ready
    3. There was persistent drizzle during our week long holiday in Darjeeling.
      (a) Consistent
      (b) Incessant (continuing without pause or interruption)
      (c) Continuous
      (d) Intermittent
    4. The river was spanned by an iron bridge.
      (a) Forged
      (b) Covered
      (c) Crossed
      (d) Dammed
    5. I had a splitting headache & could not concentrate.
      (a) Fearful
      (b) Severe
      (c) Nagging
      (d) Mild

    WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2001

    Choose the exact meaning of the bold part of the sentence.

    1. Many men sailed to Africa in quest of gold.
      (search, hunt, pursuit, expedition, adventure)
      (a) In prospect of
      (b) In pursuance of
      (c) In search of
      (d) In expectation of
    2. Swami Vivekananda led a godly life.
      (religious, devout, faithful, devoted)
      (a) Pious
      (b) Heavenly
      (c) Religious
      (d) Pure
    3. Some mention of this should be inserted here.
      (a) Added
      (b) Put in
      (c) Included
      (d) Supplied
    4. Your essay contains much superfluous matter.
      (surplus, unneeded)
      (a) Unnecessary
      (b) Needless
      (c) Digressive
      (d) Redundant
    5. The specious arguments of the lawyers had no effect on the judge.
      (a) Vicious
      (b) Illogical
      (c) Superficially plausible
      (d) Indefensible
    6. Glasnost means
      (A) Openness
      (B) Restructuring
      (C) Revisionism
      (D) Revolution

    WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2000

    Choose the word or expression that matches the given meaning ?
    1. Friendly
    (a) Thick
    (b) Thick & Thin
    (c) At logger heady
    (d) Conjoint

    1. Tightly
      (a) Highly
      (b) Thickly
      (c) Fast
      (d) Heaped

    Choose the correct meaning of the underlined part of the sentence
    3. Ram is a pliable person.
    (easily bent, flexible)
    (a) Corrupt
    (b) Easily influence
    (c) Practical minded
    (d) Smooth talking

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