ASVAB Word Knowledge 5.1 Word Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes. Which of these words is closest in meaning to lacerate?
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Word Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes
Which of these words is closest in meaning to lacerate?
And here are the potential answers.
[ mumbles ] All right.
The root of the word lacerate is
"lacer," a Latin word meaning to tear up or mangle.
Let's see which of our answers is closer to that term.
All right, first up is A - crime,
which refers to something that's against the law.
Well, sure, violently attacking someone is considered a crime,
at least in America, but so is wearing white after Labor Day.
All right, take a look at C - suture,
which means the same thing as stitches,
like what you'd need if you tore up your knee
after a nasty fall. But that's a solution to the problem,
not the act itself.
Well, then there's D - sluggish, which means
sleepy or slow-moving.
That one's not even close.
And we're left with B - cut, which is just
a less fancy version of the word lacerate.
So the correct answer is B - cut,
and just in the nick of time.
[ uh-oh ]