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Choose the word which best expresses the meaning of the italicised part of the sentence.

His speech was full of affectation.

A

boasting

B

pretence

C

pedantry

D

euphemism

Answer

“Affectation” means behaviour, speech, or writing that is pretentious and designed to impress. 
Option B is the correct answer because “pretence” means an attempt to make something that is not the case appear true, hence it is the correct answer. 
Option A is incorrect because “boasting” means self praising about oneself, which doesn’t necessarily mean being pretentious, hence incorrect.
Option C is incorrect because “pedantry” means to have an excessive concern with minor details or rules, which Ian not the same as being pretentious, hence incorrect. 
Option D is incorrect because “euphemism” means an indirect word substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt, which is not the same as pretence hence it is incorrect. 

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