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Cynics believe that people who _____ compliments do so in or

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Cynics believe that people who _____ compliments do so in or [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2017, 07:42
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Cynics believe that people who (i) _______ compliments do so in order to be praised twice.

□ conjure up

□ covet

□ deflect

□ grasp

□ shrug off

□ understand
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Re: Cynics believe that people who _____ compliments do so in or [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2017, 03:10
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a Cynic is a person who believes that only selfishness motivates human actions and who disbelieves in or minimizes selfless acts or disinterested points of view.


As such, cynics believe that other people deflect and shrug off the compliments to gain even more attention. Could be true this or not is what they believe.

The most important thing here to highlight is the cynic believe. From this is an assumption they made no matter what and that could be true but also do not.

Conjure up means something that appears suddenly from nowhere or invokes. This is a word without any clue in the sentence.

Covet means desire or yearn (a strong feeling of someone or something we want). It is out of scope

Deflect means deviate or change direction. However, here is used with a subtle nuance: deflect in this context means that people doing compliments in an ordinary situation or even right out of the bat, they have a secondary purpose or not apparent. I.E they do compliments for some other reason.

Grasp means to get the real meaning. Out of scope.

Shrug off this is the perfect match for deflect

Understand this is the pair to grasp. As such, it is wrong.

C and E are the right answers.
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