GRE® Sentence Equivalence Practice

Concept: Understanding comparison with use of "More than"

This is an interesting GRE sentence equivalence question that deals with the use of the word "more than". Try the question without looking at the answer explanation. If you face difficulty in arriving at the correct answer, take help from the detailed explanation provided below.

Question: When Jeff fell prey to an on-line credit card scam, the sting of ________ hurt him more than the loss of money.

  1. suffering
  2. duplicity
  3. faithlessness
  4. falsehood
  5. deception
  6. indigence

Explanatory Answer

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Meanings for the words given in this question are provided in the table. Before going through the detailed explanation, check whether you are able to arrive at the answer after knowing meanings for the words.

S No. Word Meaning
1 Suffering to undergo or feel pain
2 duplicity dishonesty
3 Faithlessness being disloyal
4 Falsehood being dishonest
5 Deception cheating, or being dishonest
6 Indigence poverty

Let us understand the story behind the sentence. Jeff was cheated by an online credit card scam. He lost money to a fraud scheme and he is feeling hurt because of that. But, the loss of money is not the most hurtful thing. What could hurt him more than that? It could be the feeling of being cheated.

The best answer options are duplicity and deception. A credit-card fraud is essentially a deception and a duplicity. Jeff feels worse about that than actually losing money.

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