Word Power: Test Your Knowledge of “Truth” Terms

Distinguishing fact from fiction isn’t always easy. These words describe the many shades of truth and falsehood—and that’s no lie.

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Bona fide
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Bona fide

A: Faithful to the original version
B: Reliable source
C: Made with sincere intent

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Answer: C—Made with sincere intent

As in, “Although he was forced to break it, Martin’s promise had been bona fide.”

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Word Power test - Unproven
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A: Not shown to be not true
B: Not shown to be true
C: Shown not to be true

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Word Power test - Not shown to be true
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Answer: B—Not shown to be true

As in, “Some of the alleged health benefits of probiotics are so far unproven.”

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A: Overlook evidence
B: Make false, malicious statements about someone
C: Accept that something is unknown

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Make false, malicious statement about someone
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Answer: B—Make false, malicious statements about someone

As in, “The politician calum­niated her rival, accusing her of corruption.”

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Echo chamber
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Echo chamber

A: Environment where you encounter only opinions that match your own
B: Repeating a claim until you are believed
C: Effect where information tends to get distorted as it spreads

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Encounter only opinions that match your own
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Answer: A—Environment where you encounter only opinions that match your own

As in, “To transcend the echo chamber of his Facebook feed, Arun picked up a newspaper.”

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A: Refuse to change your mind
B: Reject a fact because it makes you feel bad
C: Challenge the truth or honesty of something

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Challenge the truth or honest of something
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Answer: C—Challenge the truth or honesty of something

As in, “The witness braced himself, knowing the defence lawyers would try to impugn his credibility.”

These printable crossword puzzles will give your brain a good workout.

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Word Power test - Demagoguery
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A: Believing something because other people do
B: Separating facts from opinions
C: Using popular prejudices and dishonest claims to gain power

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Answer: C—Using popular prejudices and dishonest claims to gain power

As in, “Bruce stooped to demagoguery by unfairly blaming immigrants for the crime rate.”

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A: Add fictitious details to make a story more interesting
B: Pay someone to express a particular opinion
C: Assume a false identity

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Add fictitious details to make a story more interesting
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Answer: A—Add fictitious details to make a story more interesting

As in, “Pirouz got some laughs by embroidering an account of a family gathering.”

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Word Power test - Verisimilar
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A: Plagiarized
B: Having the appearance of truth
C: Untrue yet persuasive

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Word Power test - Having the appearance of truth
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Answer: B—Having the appearance of truth

As in, “Khuyen’s strength as a novelist was in writing verisimilar dialogue.”

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A: Outdated information
B: Belief that it’s possible to know the truth
C: Obvious truth that goes without saying

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Word power test - Obvious truth that goes without saying
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Answer: C—Obvious truth that goes without saying

As in, “Ana’s book rehashed the truism that kids learn from their parents’ example.”

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A: Bluff
B: Fact-check
C: Behave gullibly

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Answer: A—Bluff

As in, “The other poker players thought Kira was four-flushing when in fact she had a great hand.”

If you can get 80% of these tricky trivia questions right, you’re a certified genius.

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Word power test - Taradiddle
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A: Misattributed quote
B: Pretentious nonsense
C: Intentionally confusing

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Word power test - Pretentious nonsense
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Answer: B—Pretentious nonsense

As in, “Hal thought his company’s ‘holistic framework for achieving disruptive innovation’ was taradiddle.”

Can you answer these real Jeopardy! questions about words?

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A: Not contradicting the known facts
B: Claimed by multiple sources
C: Logical and convincing

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Answer: C—Logical and convincing

As in, “Rhiannon made a cogent case for a safe-injection site.”

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Gish Gallop
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Gish Gallop

A: Spread a rumour
B: Bombard an opponent with weak arguments
C: Get something wrong because you researched it hastily

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Answer: B—Bombard an opponent with weak arguments

As in, “Gish galloping is dishonest, but it still wins debates.”

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Word Power test - Verifiable
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A: Undeniable
B: Able to be checked
C: Sworn under oath

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Word Power test - Able to be checked
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Answer: B—Able to be checked

As in, “If you doubt the river is polluted, go see for yourself,” maintained the ecologist. “It’s a verifiable fact.”

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Word power test - Malinger


A: Treat with bogus medicine
B: Pretend to be sick to avoid work
C: Leave undetermined

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Answer: B—Pretend to be sick to avoid work

As in, “Sasha spent the day malingering and watching his favourite show’s new season.”

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