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GRE - Sentence Equivalence - Sentence Equivalence

Once White stepped down from a political platform, where his daring, _________ speeches provoked baying applause from audiences, he was courteous and considerate even to politicians he had just slandered in the speech.

Once White stepped down from a political platform, where his daring, _________ speeches provoked baying applause from audiences, he was courteous and considerate even to politicians he had just slandered in the speech.

A. florid
B. defamatory
C. calumnious
D. inveigling
E. timorous
F. diffident  

 

The clues for this text completion are straightforward, we need words that go with daring and which suggest that White had slandered politicians. Out of the answer choices, B, defamatory and calumnious (damaging someone's reputation), both imply the negative nature of White's speech. Timorous (lacking confidence) and diffident (shy) form a pair but imply the opposite of what the sentence wants to convey. Florid (red flushed complexion) and inveigling (convince someone by flattery) do not make a pair and hence are out. 

Here florid can mean elaborate and intricate.. though it is wrong