IELTS Book 8 Test 3 Section 2
8 T3 S2
Prodigy (noun) Synonym: Genius
A young person who is unusually intelligent or skilful for their age
· A child/an infant prodigy
· A musical prodigy
· Mozart was an infant prodigy, composing music at the age of four.
· The 12-year-old prodigy will play America’s eigning chess champion next week.
Cult(noun) Synonym: Faith
[usually singular] cult (of something) a way of life, an attitude, an idea, etc. that has become very popular
· The cult of physical fitness
· An extraordinary personality cult had been created around the leader.
A small group of people who have extreme religious beliefs and who are not part of any established religion
· Their son ran away from home and joined a cult.
(formal) a system of religious beliefs and practices
· The Chinese cult of ancestor worship
Divinity(Noun) Synonym: Theology
[uncountable] the quality of being a god or like God
· The divinity of Christ
[countable] a god or goddess
· Roman/Greek/Egyptian divinities
[uncountable] the study of the nature of God and religious belief
· A doctor of Divinity
Paterfamilias (noun) Synonym: Male
The man who is the head of a family
· Khalid is the paterfamilias of his family.
Exceptional (adjective) Synonym: Outstanding
· At the age of five he showed exceptional talent as a musician.
· The quality of the recording is quite exceptional.
· This deadline will be extended only in exceptional circumstances.
Ambivalent (adjective) Synonym: Conflicting
Ambivalent (about/towards somebody/something) having or showing both good and bad feelings about somebody/something
· She seems to feel ambivalent about her new job.
· He has an ambivalent attitude towards her.
Envy(Noun) Synonym: Jealousy
[uncountable] the feeling of wanting to be in the same situation as somebody else; the feeling of wanting something that somebody else has
Envy (of somebody)
· He couldn't conceal his envy of me.
Envy (at/of something)
· She felt a pang of envy at the thought of his success.
· They looked with envy at her latest purchase.
· Her colleagues were green with envy (= they had very strong feelings of envy).
Defective (adjective) Synonym: Faulty
Having a fault or faults; not perfect or complete
· Defective goods
· Her hearing was found to be slightly defective.
Eccentric (Noun) Synonym: Bizzare
A person who is considered by other people to be strange or unusual
· Most people considered him a harmless eccentric.
· Aunt Matilda was something of an eccentric.
Enrich Verb Synonym: Embellish
To improve the quality of something, often by adding something to it
· The study of science has enriched all our lives.
Enrich something with something
· Most breakfast cereals are enriched with vitamins.
Enrich somebody/something to make somebody/something rich or richer
· A nation enriched by oil revenues
· He used his position to enrich himself.
Denigration (Noun) Synonym: Belittlement
Unfair criticism of somebody/something; the act of saying that somebody/something does not have any value or is not important
· The denigration of people who are not like themselves
Anecdote (Noun) Synonym: Episode
A short, interesting or amusing story about a