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Here's the question,

It is ironic that a critic of such overwhelming vanity now suffers from a measure of the oblivion to which he was forever ---- others, in the end, all his --- has only worked against him.
A. dedicating … self-procession
B. leading … self-righteousness
C. consigning … self-adulation
D. relegating … self-sacrifice
E. condemning … self-analysis

My enthusiasm shriveled as I encountered this kind of question.

Actually, which choice doesn’t matter, I just want to know how you people solve it. Is there any knack in it? Please take this question as the example to explain the details for me, Okay? Thank you so much in advance.
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I'd say C

A (dedicating) and B (leading) don't go with the activity of a critic.
Of the 3 left, only "self-adulation" is synonym to "of overwhelming vanity".

What do you think?
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I'd say C too.

I've heard of "consigning xyz to oblivion". It also has a touch of arrogance in the phrase.

Just my 2 cents.
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Many thanks!!!!

So "consigning xyz to oblivion" is a fixed phrase?

A (dedicating) and B (leading) don't go with the activity of a critic.
Of the 3 left, only "self-adulation" is synonym to "of overwhelming vanity".


Good point. That's the way I'm looking for to anatomize the sentence. Emotion: smile Thank you.
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