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The judge’s keen eye for sussing out the pretension of the

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The judge’s keen eye for sussing out the pretension of the lawyers in her courtroom was surpassed only by the _________ wit with which she castigated them for it.
A. sedulous
B. mordant
C. obtuse
D. jurisprudent
E. trenchant
F. assiduous

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
Mordant, trenchant

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Re: The judge’s keen eye for sussing out the pretension of the [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2017, 16:07
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The best clue in this sentence is its parallel structure. The judge’s “keen eye” was surpassed only by her “______ wit.”

Keen means “sharply discerning,” so you should be looking for words that denote a “sharpness,” or “bitingness,” of wit. Mordant and trenchant, both of which are close in meaning to “incisive,” are best. Don’t be confused by the other set of synonyms, assiduous and sedulous, both of which have meanings close to “diligent.”

Hence options mordant, trenchant are correct!
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