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1. 'CONFORM

(A) REBEL
(B) COMPLY
(C) RECONCILE
(D) CONFIRM
(E) NEGATE

2. ELUCIDATE

(A) RATIONALIZE
(B) OBSCURE
(C) EXTENUATE
(D) DELIBERATE
(E) DISTINCT

3. CRITIQUE

(A) COMPLIMENT
(B) ANALYSIS
(C) APPRAISAL
(D) PLEASANT
(E) DISCOURSE


4. ABSURD

(A) COMICAL
(B) FUNNY
(C) LOGICAL
(D) TRUE
(E) WHIMSICAL

5. BURNISH

(A) AGLEAM
(B) TARNISH
(C) FURBISH
(D) GLAZE
(E) SPOIL

Explanations

1. CONFORM means to comply or act in accordance to rules. Hence, COMPLY emerges as a synonym to CONFORM. RECONCILE means to make peace and CONFIRM means to validate. NEGATE means to deny the existence of something. Therefore, in view of the above, REBEL emerges as the most appropriate answer as it is used to denote resistance against some authority, control, or rules. Therefore REBEL is an antonym to CONFORM.
2. 'ELUCIDATE means to make lucid or to throw light upon something. RATIONALIZE means to interpret or justify something from a rational point of view. EXTENUATE means to make a fault or an offense seem less serious. DELIBERATE is used to denote something that is intentional or carefully weighed and considered. OBSCURE means to make indistinct or to conceal something and therefore, it is an antonym of ELUCIDATE.

3. CRITIQUE means to review or analyze critically by discussing the drawbacks of a literary work. It is also used to refer to a detailed evaluation of something. ANALYSIS refers to the detailed study of something in order to study its nature. APPRAISAL is used to refer to the act of estimating or judging the nature or value of something or someone. PLEASANT is used to refer to something that is pleasing, agreeable or enjoyable. DISCOURSE means communication of thought by words, that is, a conversation. In view of the above, COMPLIMENT emerges as the correct answer as it is a suitable antonym of CRITIQUE.

4. ABSURD is used to refer to something that is utterly illogical and laughable. FUNNY and COMICAL are both synonymous with ABSURD. WHIMSICAL refers to something that pertains to fanciful notions. Therefore, going by the definition of the word ABSURD, LOGICAL emerges as the correct answer as it is an antonym of ABSURD.

5. BURNISH means to make something bright and shiny by polishing. AGLEAM as the word suggests, is used to refer to things gleaming with brightness. FURBISH means to restore the freshness of appearance of an object. GLAZE refers to the shine of an object. TARNISH means to dull the luster of an object and therefore, it is the correct answer as SPOIL is a weak word in the sense that it doesn't necessarily refer to the dulling of the shine of an object. Hence, TARNISH is an antonym of BURNISH.

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