VCR Lesson 5

Liam Watts

FILL IN THE BLANK: Insert the word from unit 5 that best fits in the sentence.

In one of the mountain stages in the Tour de France, Col du Donon was considered the most difficult for the ___________ of the hill was extremely steep.

The Word

Declivity (n.)


A downward slope; the slope of a hill.

Its Roots

dēclīvitās (L.) slope; hill


dēclīvi (L.) sloping downward

Synonyms

-Declination

-Descent

-Inclination

-Slope

-Hill

Antonyms

-Uphill

-Acclivity

-Ascent

-Rise

History

  • 1610 French word translation that originally came from Latin roots.
  • Only used to describe downhill slopes
  • Its roots resemble words similar to "lean" or "down" and eventually formed the word declivity

CHOOSE THE LETTER OF THE SENTENCE IN WHICH THE WORD IN BOLD IS USED INCORRECTLY

(A) It was a difficult journey downward, the declivitous slope offering little purchase as we struggled to keep our footing.

(B) During most battles, if the army was located at the bottom of a declivity, they would be severely disadvantaged.

(C) It is due to the severe declivities of land that forms some of the longest rivers known to man.

(D) The last hill was the toughest, for my legs burned as I attempted to lunge up the declivity.

The correct answer is (D) because declivity is used to describe the downward slope of a hill. The word "acclivity" would be better suited in this sentence.