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Letter A Words

Abatement

An interruption in the intensity or amount of something

Abattoir

A building where animals are butchered

Aberrant

Markedly different from an accepted norm

Abet

Assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing

Abject

Most unfortunate or miserable

Abject

Of the most contemptible kind

Ablution

The ritual washing of a priest’s hands or of sacred vessels

Abound

Be abundant or plentiful; exist in large quantities

Abrogate

Revoke formally

Absolve

Grant remission of a sin to

Abstemious

Sparing in consumption of especially food and drink

Abstruse

Difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge

Absurd

Inconsistent with reason, logic or common sense

Access

The right to enter

Acclivity

An upward slope or grade (as in a road)

Accommodate

Be agreeable or acceptable to

Accompaniment

An event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another

Accord

Go well together

Accord

Go well together

Accost

Speak to someone

Accrue

Grow by addition

Acerbic

Sour or bitter in taste

Acknowledge

Declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of

Acquiescence

Acceptance without protest

Acrophobia

A morbid fear of great heights

Acute

(medicine) having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course

Adhesion

The property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or the joining of surfaces of different composition

Admonish

Reprimand; express disapproval

Adroit

Quick or skillful or adept in action or thought

Adverse

Contrary to your interests or welfare

Advocate

Push for something

Affection

A positive feeling of liking

Afflict

Cause great unhappiness for; distress

Affluent

Having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value

Agelast

Someone who never laughs.

Aghast

Struck with fear, dread, or consternation

Agile

Moving quickly and lightly

Alacrity

Liveliness and eagerness

Ale

A general name for beer made with a top fermenting yeast; in some of the United States an ale is (by law) a brew of more than 4% alcohol by volume

Alembic

An obsolete kind of container used for distillation; two retorts connected by a tube

Alimony

Court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated

Allay

Lessen the intensity of or calm

Aloof

Remote in manner

Ameliorate

To make better

Amicable

Characterized by friendship and good will

Amnesia

Partial or total loss of memory

Amphigory

Nonsensical writing (usually verse)

Analogous

Similar or equivalent in some respects though otherwise dissimilar

Anathema

A detested person

Annals

Reports of the work of a society or learned body etc

Anomaly

Deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule

Anorexia

A prolonged disorder of eating due to loss of appetite

Antiquated

So extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

Ape

Any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all

Appalled

Struck with fear, dread, or consternation

Apparat

The machinery of a communist (esp. Soviet) state

Apparition

A ghostly appearing figure

Appreciation

Understanding of the nature, meaning, quality or magnitude of something

Apprehend

Get the meaning of something

Aquiline

Curved down like an eagle’s beak

Arachnophobia

A morbid fear of spiders

Arbiter

Someone with the power to settle matters at will

Arbitrary

Based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice

Archaic

So extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

Ardent

Characterized by intense emotion

Array

An orderly arrangement

Articulate

(carpentry) provide with a joint

Artifact

A man-made object taken as a whole

Artifice

A deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)

Ascend

Travel up

Asinine

Showing a lack of intelligence or thought; stupid and silly

Asinine again

Showing a lack of intelligence or thought; stupid and silly

Aspirants

An ambitious and aspiring young person

Aspire

Have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal

Asset

A useful or valuable quality

Assiduous

Marked by care and persistent effort

Assoil

Pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

Astounding

Bewildering or striking dumb with wonder

Astute

Marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

Asunder

Widely separated especially in space

Atheist

Someone who does not believe in god; someone who believes that no deities exist

Atrocity

The quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane

Attenuated

(electronics) of an electrical signal; reduced in amplitude with little or no distortion

Attest

Provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one’s behavior, attitude, or external attributes

Attrition

A wearing down to weaken or destroy

Au Courant

Being up to particular standard or level especially in being up to date in knowledge

Audacity

Fearless daring

Augur

Be a sign of something to come, esp. something important or bad

Aureole

The outermost region of the sun’s atmosphere; visible as a white halo during a solar eclipse

Austere

Very plain, appearing grim and minimally functional

Automaton

Someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way

Avarice

Reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)

Aversion

A feeling of intense dislike

Awesome

Inspiring awe, admiration or wonder

Awl

A pointed tool for marking surfaces or for punching small holes

Letter B Words

Babble

Utter meaningless sounds, like a baby, or utter in an incoherent way

Bacchanalia

A wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity

Backpedal

Modify one’s opinion, make it less strong

Badger

Annoy persistently

Baffled

People who are frustrated and perplexed

Banal

Repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

Banish

Expel from a community or group

Barefaced

With no effort to conceal

Barometer

An instrument that measures atmospheric pressure

Bauble

A mock scepter carried by a court jester

Beget

Make children

Belated

After the expected or usual time; delayed

Belittle

Cause to seem less serious; play down

Belligerent

Characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

Benevolent

Intending or showing kindness

Besiege

Encircle as a military tactic

Bestial

Resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility

Bewilder

Be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

Bias

A partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation

Bigot

A prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own

Bigwig

The most important person in a group or undertaking

Billingsgate

Foul-mouthed or obscene abuse

Blasé

Nonchalantly unconcerned

Blasphemy

Blasphemous language (expressing disrespect for God or for something sacred)

Blatant

Without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious

Bliss

A state of extreme happiness

Blitz

The series of air raids launched on various cities in Britain (including London) by the German airforce 1940-1941

Blunt

Having a broad or rounded end

Bogus

Fraudulent; having a misleading appearance

Brad

A small nail

Brainwash

Persuade completely, often through coercion

Brash

Offensively bold

Bridle

Headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control

Brigand

An armed thief who is (usually) a member of a band

Bristle

A stiff fiber (coarse hair or filament); natural or synthetic

Buff

An ardent follower and admirer

Bulging

Curving or bulging outward

Bulwark

An embankment built around a space for defensive purposes

Letter C Words

Cabal

An embankment built around a space for defensive purposes

Cacography

Poor handwriting

Cacophony

A loud harsh or strident noise

Cadaver

The dead body of a human being

Cajole

Influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

Calamity

An event resulting in great loss and misfortune

Calibre

A degree or grade of excellence or worth

Calligraphy

Beautiful handwriting

Callow

Young and inexperienced

Calumny

A false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone’s words or actions

Camaraderie

The quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability

Candid

Characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion

Candor

Ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty

Cant

Stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition

Capitulate

Surrender under agreed conditions

Carillon

Set of bells hung in a bell tower

Carnage

The savage and excessive killing of many people

Carpe Diem

Enjoy the present

Castigate

Censure severely

Cataract

An eye disease that involves the clouding or opacification of the natural lens of the eye

Catastrophe

An event resulting in great loss and misfortune

Catharsis

Purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels

Catnap

Sleeping for a short period of time (usually not in bed)

Cauldron

A very large pot that is used for boiling

Caustic

Harsh or corrosive in tone

Celerity

A rate that is rapid

Centaur

A conspicuous constellation in the southern hemisphere near the Southern Cross

Cessation

A stopping

Chagrin

Strong feelings of embarrassment

Chalice

A bowl-shaped drinking vessel; especially the Eucharistic cup

Chicanery

The use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)

Chronic

(medicine) being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering

Clamorous

Conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry

Clandestine

Conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

Cliche

A trite or obvious remark

Clique

An exclusive circle of people with a common purpose

Coalesce

Add together different elements

Cocksure

Marked by excessive confidence

Cog

A subordinate who performs an important but routine function

Cogent

Powerfully persuasive

Cognition

The psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning

Cognizant

(sometimes followed by ‘of’) having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception

Coiffure

The arrangement of the hair (especially a woman’s hair)

Comestible

Suitable for use as food

Commodious

Large and roomy

Compassion

A deep awareness of and sympathy for another’s suffering

Compatible

Able to exist and perform in harmonious or agreeable combination

Complacent

Uncritically satisfied with oneself or one’s actions; not looking to improve

Component

An abstract part of something

Concomitant

Following or accompanying as a consequence

Concur

Be in accord; be in agreement

Condolence

An expression of sympathy with another’s grief

Conductive

Having the quality or power of conducting heat or electricity or sound; exhibiting conductivity

Confidante

A female confidant

Conflagration

A very intense and uncontrolled fire

Congenial

Suitable to your needs

Conjecture

A hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence)

Connubial

Of or relating to marriage or to the relationship between a wife and husband

Consternation

Fear resulting from the awareness of danger

Constrict

Bring together or compress

Consummate

Complete a marriage by having sexual intercourse

Contretemps

An awkward clash

Contrive

Make or work out a plan for; devise

Convoluted

(botany) rolled longitudinally upon itself

Cope

Deal with reasonably well despite some difficulty; come to terms with

Corpulent

Excessively fat

Couch Potato

(television) an idler who spends much time on a couch (usually watching television)

Countenance

The appearance conveyed by a person’s face

Covert

Secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed

Covet

Secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed

Crave

Have a craving, appetite, or great desire for

Criterion

A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated

Crossroad

A junction where one street or road crosses another

Cruciverbalist

A keen compiler or solver of crossword puzzles

Crumble

Fall apart

Cryptic

Of an obscure nature

Cubbyhole

A small compartment

Culminate

End, especially to reach a final or climactic stage

Culpable

Deserving blame or censure as being wrong or evil or injurious

Culprit

Someone who perpetrates wrongdoing

Cumulative

Increasing by successive addition

Cur

An inferior dog or one of mixed breed

Curtail

Place restrictions on

Letter D Words

Dapper

Marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

Deadlock

A situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible

Debacle

Flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer

Debilitate

Make weak

Debris

The remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up

Decade

The cardinal number that is the sum of nine and one; the base of the decimal system

Decapitate

Cut the head of

Declaim

Speak eloquently with elocution

Declivity

A downward slope or bend

Decorum

Propriety in manners and conduct

Decrepit

Worn and broken down by hard use

Deem

Keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view

Defamatory

(used of statements) harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign

Defenestrated

Throw through or out of the window

Degrade

Reduce the level of land, as by erosion

Delineation

A graphic or vivid verbal description

Delude

Be false to; be dishonest with

Delve

Turn up, loosen, or remove earth

Demagogue

A political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions and prejudices

Demeanour

(behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people

Demur

Take exception to

Denote

Be a sign or indication of

Denouement

The final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work

Depict

(art) show in, or as in, a picture

Deplorable

Bad; unfortunate

Deprecate

Express strong disapproval of; deplore

Deranged

Driven insane

Deride

Treat or speak of with contempt

Derived

Formed or developed from something else; not original

Desist

Choose not to consume

Destitution

A state without friends, money or prospects

Desultory

Marked by lack of definite plan, regularity or purpose; jumping from one thing to another

Detriment

A damage or loss

Dexterity

Adroitness in using the hands

Diadem

An ornamental jeweled headdress signifying sovereignty

Diaphanous

So thin as to transmit light

Diminutive

Very small

Dimwit

A stupid incompetent person

Discern

See or hear differences; identify a particular part or parts of a whole; detect with difficulty

Disciple

Someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another

Discreet

Marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint

Disdain

Look down on with disdain

Dishevelled

In disarray; extremely disorderly

Disparage

Express a negative opinion of

Dispersed

Distributed over a wide area

Disseminate

Cause to become widely known

Dissent

(law) the difference of one judge’s opinion from that of the majority

Dissident

Characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards

Diversity

Noticeable heterogeneity

Divulge

Make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret

Docile

Willing to be taught, led, supervised or directed

Doddering

Mentally or physically infirm with age

Dogged

Stubbornly persisting, refusing to give up

Dogmatic

Characterized by assertion of unproved or unprovable principles

Doleful

Filled with or evoking sadness

Dolorous

Showing sorrow

Domicile

Housing that someone is living in

Domineering

Tending to domineer

Domino Effect

The consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events (like a falling domino causing a whole row of upended dominos to fall)

Doppelganger

A ghostly double of a living person that haunts its living counterpart

Double Entendre

An ambiguity with one interpretation that is indelicate

Dregs

Sediment that has settled at the bottom of a liquid

Drooling

Be envious, desirous, eager for, or extremely happy about something

Drudgery

Hard monotonous routine work

Druid

A pre-Christian priest among the Celts of ancient Gaul and Britain and Ireland

Dubious

Fraught with uncertainty or doubt

Dulcet

Extremely pleasant in a gentle way

Dupe

Fool or hoax

Duress

Compulsory force or threat

Dwindle

Become smaller or lose substance

Letter E Words

Eagre

A high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)

Ebbing

A gradual decline (in size, strength, power or number)

Eclectic

Selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas

Efface

Remove completely from recognition or memory

Effervescence

The process of bubbling as gas escapes

Effigy

A representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)

Effrontery

Audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to

Egghead

An intellectual; a very studious and academic person

Elapse

Become later by the passage of a given amount of time

Elicit

Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

Elucidate

Make clear and (more) comprehensible

Elusive

Difficult to describe

Emaciated

Very thin especially from disease, hunger or cold

Embark

Go on board

Embattled

Prepared for battle

Embrace

Include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one’s sphere or territory

Eminent

Standing above others in quality or position

Emissary

Someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else

Emulate

Strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

Encomium

A formal expression of praise

Engendered

Give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

Enhance

Add something extra to make more intense or better

Enigma

Something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained

Enterprising

Marked by imagination, initiative, and readiness to undertake new projects

Entourage

The group following and attending to some important person

Enunciate

Say (a word, phrase or syllable) in a certain way

Epitome

A standard, typical or perfect example

Equanimity

Steadiness of mind under stress

Eradicate

Kill in large numbers

Erudite

Having or showing profound knowledge

Escalation

An increase (in seriousness, price, cost, etc.), esp. to counteract competition or aggression

Escapade

A wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)

Eschew

Avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of

Espionage

The systematic use of spies to get military or political secrets

Estoppel

A rule of evidence whereby a person is barred from denying the truth of a fact that has already been settled

Ethics

Motivation based on ideas of right and wrong

Eulogy

A formal expression of praise

Euphemism

An inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh

Euthanasia

The act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness)

Evaluate

Estimate or determine the nature, value, quality, ability, extent, or significance of

Evanescent

Tending to vanish like vapor

Evince

Give expression to

Evolve

Undergo development or evolution

Exacerbate

Make worse

Excoriate

Express strong disapproval of

Excruciating

Extremely painful

Exile

Expel from a country

Expedient

Serving to promote your interest

Exploit

Use or manipulate to one’s advantage

Expunge

Remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line

Extortion

An exorbitant charge

Extradition

The surrender of an accused or convicted person by one state or country to another (usually under the provisions of a statute or treaty)

Exultation

A feeling of extreme joy

Letter F Words

Fabricate

Put together out of artificial or natural components or parts

Facade

The face or front of a building

Facet

A distinct feature or element in a problem

Factitious

Not produced by natural forces

Fallacious

Containing or based on a fallacy

Fatal

Bringing death

FauxPas

A socially awkward or tactless act

Feasible

Capable of being done with means at hand and circumstances as they are

Feint

Deceive by a mock action

Felon

Someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

Ferment

Go sour or spoil

Fervid

Characterized by intense emotion

Fetish

A form of sexual desire in which gratification depends to an abnormal degree on some object or item of clothing or part of the body

Fiasco

A disastrous or embarrassing failure

Fiat

(law) a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)

Finagle

Achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods

Fisticuffs

A fight with bare fists

Flagrant

Conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

Flamboyant

Marked by ostentation but often tasteless

Flout

Treat with contemptuous disregard

Fluctuate

Cause to fluctuate or move in a wavelike pattern

Foist

To force onto another

Foment

Try to stir up public opinion

Forlorn

Marked by or showing hopelessness

Forthwith

Without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening

Fortitude

Strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage

Fractious

Stubbornly resistant to authority or control

Fray

A noisy fight

Frenzy

State of violent mental agitation

Fretful

Nervous and unable to relax

Frigid

Sexually unresponsive

Frugal

Avoiding waste

Frustrate

Hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

Funambulist

An acrobat who performs on a tightrope or slack rope

Futility

Uselessness as a consequence of having no practical result

Letter G Words

Gadfly

A persistently annoying person

Gaffe

A socially awkward or tactless act

Gainsay

Question the truth or validity of; take exception to

Gale

A strong wind moving 45-90 knots; force 7 to 10 on Beaufort scale

Gamut

A complete extent or range

Garrulous

Full of trivial conversation

Gaunt

Very thin especially from disease, hunger or cold

Gavel

A small mallet used by a presiding officer or a judge

Gelid

Extremely cold

Genocide

The systematic killing of people on the basis of ethnicity, religion, political opinion, social status, etc.

Genre

A kind of literary or artistic work

Gesticulate

Show, express or direct through movement

Glabrous

(biology) having no hair or similar growth; smooth

Glutton

A person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess

Goblet

A drinking glass with a base and stem

Grimace

Contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state

Gelid

Extremely cold

Genocide

The systematic killing of people on the basis of ethnicity, religion, political opinion, social status, etc.

Genre

A kind of literary or artistic work

Gesticulate

Show, express or direct through movement

Glabrous

(biology) having no hair or similar growth; smooth

Glutton

A person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess

Goblet

A drinking glass with a base and stem

Grimace

Contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state

Letter H Words

Halcyon

A large kingfisher widely distributed in warmer parts of the Old World

Harass

Exhaust by attacking repeatedly

Harlequin

A clown or buffoon (after the Harlequin character in the commedia dell’arte)

Haste

Overly eager speed (and possible carelessness)

Haven

A shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary

Hearken

Listen; used mostly in the imperative

Hegemony

The dominance or leadership of one social group or nation over others

Heinous

Extremely wicked, deeply criminal

Helm

Steering mechanism for a vessel; a mechanical device by which a vessel is steered

Heresy

Any opinions or doctrines at variance with the official or orthodox position

Heterogeneous

Consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature

Hipster

A follower of the latest fashions and trends

Hirsute

Having or covered with hair

Histrionics

A deliberate display of emotion for effect

Hoard

A secret store of valuables or money

Hoodwink

Conceal one’s true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end

Hostile

Characterized by enmity or ill will

Hulk

A very large person; impressive in size or qualities

Hysteria

State of violent mental agitation

Letter I Words

Iconoclast

A destroyer of images used in religious worship

Ignominy

A state of dishonor

Ilk

A kind of person

Imbibe

Take in, also metaphorically

Immure

(law) lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

Immutable

Not subject or susceptible to change or variation in form or quality or nature

Impale

Pierce with a sharp stake or point

Impasse

A situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible

Impeccable

Without fault or error

Imperturbable

Not easily perturbed, excited or upset; marked by extreme calm and composure

Implacable

Incapable of being placated

Implausible

Having a quality that provokes disbelief

Implore

Call upon in supplication; entreat

Importune

Beg persistently and urgently

Impotent

Lacking power or ability

Imprecation

The act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)

Impresario

A sponsor who books and stages public entertainments

Imprest

A loan, esp. money advanced for some public service, as in enlistment

Imprudent

Not prudent or wise

Impudent

Marked by casual disrespect

Inane

Showing a lack of intelligence or thought; stupid and silly

Inanimate

(linguistics) belonging to the class of nouns denoting nonliving things

Incapacitated

Lacking in or deprived of strength or power

Incarcerated

(law) lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

Iconoclast

A destroyer of images used in religious worship

Ignominy

A state of dishonor

Ilk

A kind of person

Imbibe

Take in, also metaphorically

Immure

(law) lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

Immutable

Not subject or susceptible to change or variation in form or quality or nature

Impale

Pierce with a sharp stake or point

Impasse

A situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible

Impeccable

Without fault or error

Imperturbable

Not easily perturbed, excited or upset; marked by extreme calm and composure

Implacable

Incapable of being placated

Implausible

Having a quality that provokes disbelief

Implore

Call upon in supplication; entreat

Importune

Beg persistently and urgently

Impotent

Lacking power or ability

Imprecation

The act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)

Impresario

A sponsor who books and stages public entertainments

Imprest

A loan, esp. money advanced for some public service, as in enlistment

Imprudent

Not prudent or wise

Impudent

Marked by casual disrespect

Inane

Showing a lack of intelligence or thought; stupid and silly

Inanimate

(linguistics) belonging to the class of nouns denoting nonliving things

Incapacitated

Lacking in or deprived of strength or power

Incarcerated

(law) lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

Innocuous

Not injurious to physical or mental health

Inordinate

Beyond normal limits

Inquisitive

Showing curiosity

Insolent

Marked by casual disrespect

Insurgent

In opposition to a civil authority or government

Intellect

Knowledge and intellectual ability

Interject

To insert between other elements

Interminable

Tiresomely long; seemingly without end

Internecine

(of conflict) within a group or organization

Interrogate

(broadcast medium) transmit (a signal) for setting off an appropriate response, as in telecommunication

Intimidate

Make timid or fearful

Intrepid

Invulnerable to fear or intimidation

Intrinsic

Belonging to a thing by its very nature

Introspective

Given to examining own sensory and perceptual experiences

Invective

Abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will

Inveigh

Complain bitterly

Inveterate

Habitual

Invincible

Incapable of being overcome or subdued

Inviolable

Incapable of being transgressed or dishonored

Irascible

Quickly aroused to anger

Irate

Feeling or showing extreme anger

Irrational

Not consistent with or using reason

Irrelevant

Having no bearing on or connection with the subject at issue

Itinerant

Traveling from place to place to work

Letter J Words

Jargon

A characteristic language of a particular group

Jaunty

Marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

Jettison

Throw away, of something encumbering

Jostle

Make one’s way by jostling, pushing, or shoving

Jubilant

Joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success

Jurisdiction

(law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law

Jurisprudence

The branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do

Juxtapose

Place side by side

Letter K Words

Killjoy

Someone who spoils the pleasure of others

Kingpin

The most important person in a group or undertaking

Letter L Words

Labyrinth

Complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost

Laceration

A torn ragged wound

Lachrymose

Showing sorrow

Laconic

Brief and to the point; effectively cut short

Laggard

Someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind

Lampoon

Ridicule with satire

Landmark

The position of a prominent or well-known object in a particular landscape

Larceny

The act of taking something from someone unlawfully

Largess

A gift or money given (as for service or out of benevolence); usually given ostentatiously

Latent

Potentially existing but not presently evident or realized

Laudable

Worthy of high praise

Lax

Lacking in rigor or strictness

Lethargic

Deficient in alertness or activity

Libel

(law) a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person

Limpid

Clear and bright

Liquidation

Termination of a business operation by using its assets to discharge its liabilities

Litany

A prayer consisting of a series of invocations by the priest with responses from the congregation

Livid

Feeling or showing extreme anger

Loath

Unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom

Lofty

Of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style

Longevity

Duration of service

Lucrative

Producing a sizeable profit

Lush

Produced or growing in extreme abundance

Letter M Words

Maculate

Morally blemished; stained or impure

Maestro

An artist of consummate skill

Magnanimous

Noble and generous in spirit

Maim

Injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation

Maladjusted

(psychology) poorly adjusted to demands and stresses of daily living

Malediction

The act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)

Malevolent

Wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred

Malleable

Easily influenced

Manacle

Shackle that consists of a metal loop that can be locked around the wrist; usually used in pairs

Mandate

(law) a document giving an official instruction or command

Mane

Long coarse hair growing from the crest of the animal’s neck

Manifold

Many and varied; having many features or forms

Mariticide

The murder of a husband by his wife

Masquerade

Take part in a masquerade

Mastiff

An old breed of powerful deep-chested smooth-coated dog used chiefly as a watchdog and guard dog

Matron

A married woman (usually middle-aged with children) who is staid and dignified

Maxim

English inventor (born in the United States) who invented the Maxim gun that was used in World War I (1840-1916)

Melee

A noisy riotous fight

Metamorphosis

The marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals

Meticulous

Marked by precise accordance with details

Mien

Dignified manner or conduct

Millstone

(figurative) something that hinders or handicaps

Misery

A state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune

Misogamy

Hatred of marriage

Misogyny

Hatred of women

Monolithic

Imposing in size, bulk or solidity

Mortality

The quality or state of being mortal

Multitude

A large indefinite number

Mundane

Found in the ordinary course of events

Letter N Words

Naive

Marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience

Narcissist

Someone in love with themselves

Nascent

Being born or beginning

Negligible

So small as to be meaningless; insignificant

Nemesis

(Greek mythology) the goddess of divine retribution and vengeance

Neonate

A baby from birth to four weeks

Nepotism

Favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power (as by giving them jobs)

Nettle

Any of numerous plants having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact (especially of the genus Urtica or family Urticaceae)

Neurotic

Characteristic of or affected by neurosis

Neutralize

Make politically neutral and thus inoffensive

Nexus

A connected series or group

Nominal

Relating to, constituting, bearing or giving a name

Nosedive

A sudden sharp drop or rapid decline

Novice

Someone new to a field or activity

Nullify

Declare invalid

Nurture

Help develop, help grow

Nutritive

Of or providing nourishment

Letter O Words

Obelisk

A stone pillar having a rectangular cross section tapering towards a pyramidal top

Obliterate

Mark for deletion, rub off, or erase

Oblivious

(followed by ‘to’ or ‘of’) lacking conscious awareness of

Obscurantism

A policy of opposition to enlightenment or the spread of knowledge

Obscure

Make less visible or unclear

Obsess

Haunt like a ghost; pursue

Obsolescence

The process of becoming obsolete; falling into disuse or becoming out of date

Obsolete

No longer in use

Octogenarian

Being from 80 to 89 years old

Oligarchy

A political system governed by a few people

Ominous

Indicating evil intent or suggesting tragic developments

Oodles

A large number or amount

Opprobrium

State of disgrace resulting from public abuse

Opsimath

a person who begins to learn or study only late in life.

Originate

Come into existence; take on form or shape

Ort

(usually plural) a morsel left at a meal; a fragment, scrap

Ostensible

Appearing as such but not necessarily so

Oust

Remove from a position or office

Overbearing

Expecting unquestioning obedience

Overt

Observable; not secret or hidden

Overweening

Unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings

Overwhelmed

Become filled with uncontrollable emotion or too much sensory input

Letter P Words

Pall

Become less interesting or attractive

Palliate

(law) lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

Paltry

Not worth considering

Parable

A short moral story (often with animal characters)

Paradox

(logic) a statement that contradicts itself

Paramount

Having superior power and influence

Parochial

Relating to or supported by or located in a parish

Paroxysm

A sudden uncontrollable attack

Parsimonious

Excessively unwilling to spend

Passé

Out of fashion

Pedagogue

Someone who educates young people

Penance

Remorse for your past conduct

Penitent

Feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds

Pensive

Deeply or seriously thoughtful

Perceive

To become aware of through the senses

Percussion

The act of playing a percussion instrument

Perfunctory

Hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

Peril

A source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune

Perpetuate

Cause to continue or prevail

Perspicacious

Acutely insightful and wise

Pertinent

Having precise or logical relevance to the matter at hand

Perverse

Marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict

Pesky

Causing irritation or annoyance

Petrified

Cause to become stonelike, stiff or dazed and stunned

Phenomenon

Any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning

Phobia

An anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations

Pillory

Expose to ridicule or public scorn

Plaintiff

(law) a person who brings an action in a court of law

Plebiscite

A vote by the electorate determining public opinion on a question of national importance

Plethora

Extreme excess

Pliant

Capable of being influenced or formed

Plight

A situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one

Plunge

Thrust or throw into

Ponder

Think deeply about a subject or question over a period of time

Pragmatic

Concerned with practical matters

Precipitate

Bring about abruptly

Precocious

Characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude)

Predicament

A situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one

Prejudice

A partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation

Prelude

Something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows

Premonition

A feeling of evil to come

Prerogative

A right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right)

Prestigious

Having an illustrious reputation; respected

Pretext

Something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason

Prevarication

A statement that deviates from or perverts the truth

Probity

Complete and confirmed integrity; having strong moral principles

Procrastination

The act of procrastinating; putting off, delaying or deferring an action to a later time

Prodigious

So great in size, force or extent as to elicit awe

Proffer

Present for acceptance or rejection

Profound

Showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth

Profuse

Produced or growing in extreme abundance

Prognosticate

Make a prediction about; tell in advance

Prohibition

(law) a law forbidding the sale of alcoholic beverages

Prolific

Intellectually productive

Promulgate

State or announce

Propagate

Transmit from one generation to the next

Propensity

An inclination to do something

Propriety

Correct or appropriate behavior

Proscribe

Command against

Proximity

The property of being close together

Prudent

Careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment

Pugnacious

Tough and callous by virtue of experience

Puny

Inferior in strength or significance

Letter Q Words

Qualm

Uneasiness about the fitness of an action

Quandary

A situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one

Quell

Suppress or crush completely

Quiescent

Not active or activated

Letter R Words

Raconteur

A person skilled in telling anecdotes

Rail

A barrier consisting of a horizontal bar and supports

Raiment

Especially fine or decorative clothing

Rash

Imprudently incurring risk

Rationalize

Defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

Raucous

Unpleasantly loud and harsh

Raze

Tear down so as to make flat with the ground

Realm

A domain in which something is dominant

Rebuke

Censure severely or angrily

Recalcitrant

Stubbornly resistant to authority or control

Recoil

Draw back, as with fear or pain

Recondite

Difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledg

Redacted

Formulate in a particular style or language

Redress

A sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury

Refurbish

Redecorate and brighten up to make nicer for inhabiting and/or use

Regress

The reasoning involved when you assume the conclusion is true and reason backward to the evidence.

Rejig

Re-equip a factory or plant

Relegate

Refer to another person for decision or judgment

Reminiscence

A mental impression retained and recalled from the past

Remiss

Failing in what duty requires

Remit

Send (money) in payment

Renege

The mistake of not following suit when able to do so

Repent

Turn away from sin or do penitence

Replenish

Fill something that had previously been emptied

Replete

Filled to satisfaction with food or drink

Reprehensible

Bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure

Repress

Put down by force or intimidation

Reprimand

Rebuke formally

Reproach

A mild rebuke or criticism

Repudiate

Cast off

Repugnant

Offensive to the mind

Reputed

Look on as or consider

Requisite

Necessary for relief or supply

Rescind

Cancel officially

Respite

A (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort

Restrictive

Serving to restrict

Reticent

Temperamentally disinclined to talk

Retort

Respond in a quick, clever or humorous way

Retrospect

Contemplation of things past

Reverberating

Characterized by resonance

Revert

Go back to a previous state

Reviled

Spread negative information about

Rhetoric

Using language effectively to please or persuade

Rift

A gap between cloud masses

Risque

Suggestive of sexual impropriety

Romp

Play boisterously

Roster

A list of names

Rue

European strong-scented perennial herb with gray-green bitter-tasting leaves; an irritant similar to poison ivy

Ruminate

Chew the cuds

Letter S Words

Sage

A mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom

Saki

British writer of short stories (1870-1916)

Salient

Having a quality that thrusts itself into attention

Sally

Witty remark

Sanction

Give permission or approval for something

Sanctuary

A consecrated place where sacred objects are kept

Sanguine

Confidently optimistic and cheerful

Saturnine

Bitter or scornful

Savant

Someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field

Schism

Division of a group into opposing factions

Scion

A descendant or heir

Scoff

Laugh at with contempt and derision

Scofflaw

One who habitually ignores the law and does not answer court summonses

Scrawny

Being very thin

Scrimmage

(American football) practice play between a football team’s squads

Scrutinize

To look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail

Scurrilous

Expressing offensive reproach

sedate

Characterized by dignity and propriety

Sedentary

Requiring sitting or little activity

Seethe

Be noisy with activity

Senile

Mentally or physically infirm with age

Serenity

A disposition free from stress or emotion

Servile

Submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior

Setaceous

Having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.

Sever

Set or keep apart

Shilly-Shally

The act of procrastinating; putting off, delaying or deferring an action to a later time

Shoddy

Cheap and shoddy

Silhouette

An outline of a solid object (as cast by its shadow)

Sinecure

A benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral duties are attached

Singular

Unusual or striking

Site

The piece of land on which something is located (or is to be located)

Skirmish

A minor short-term fight

Snooze

Sleeping for a short period of time (usually not in bed)

Sojourn

A temporary stay (e.g., as a guest)

Solace

The comfort you feel when consoled in times of disappointment

Solicit

Make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently

Sordid

Morally degraded; unpleasant and offensive; slovenly

Sparse

Not dense

Spate

(often followed by ‘of’) a large number, amount or extent

Spectacle

Something or someone seen (especially a notable or unusual sight)

Spewed

Expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth

Spontaneous

Happening or arising without apparent external cause

Spoof

A composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody’s style, usually in a humorous way

Sporadic

Recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances

Spume

Foam or froth on the sea

Spurious

Plausible but false

Stagnant

Not circulating or flowing

Status Quo

The existing state of affairs

Stealth

Avoiding detection by moving carefully

Steeped

Devote (oneself) fully to

Stench

A distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant

Stereotype

A conventional or formulaic conception or image

Stigmatize

Accuse or condemn openly or formally; classify or describe as disgraceful

Stipulate

Specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement

Stratagem

A tactic or maneuver intended to gain an advantage

Stupor

The feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally

Stymie

A situation in golf where an opponent’s ball blocks the line between your ball and the hole

Substantiate

Establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

Succinct

Briefly giving the gist of something

Succumb

Consent reluctantly

Sullen

Showing a brooding ill humor

Sultry

Sexually exciting or gratifying

Superfluous

Serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being

Supple

Moving and bending with ease

Supplication

A prayer asking God’s help as part of a religious service

Surly

Inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace

Surmise

Infer from incomplete evidence

Susceptible

(often followed by ‘of’ or ‘to’) yielding readily to or capable of

Svelte

Showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience

Swindle

Deprive of by deceit

Symptomatic

Characteristic or indicative of a disease

Letter T Words

Taboo

Excluded from use or mention

Tacit

Implied by or inferred from actions or statements

Taint

The state of being contaminated

Tangible

Perceptible by the senses especially the sense of touch

Tantalize

Excite or tease by presenting or offering something desirable, esp. when it is unobtainable

Tantamount

Being essentially equal to something

Taut

Pulled or drawn tight

Tenable

Based on sound reasoning or evidence

Tenacious

Good at remembering

Termagant

A scolding nagging bad-tempered woman

Terminate

Bring to an end or halt

Terse

Brief and to the point; effectively cut short

Therapy

(medicine) the act of caring for someone (as by medication or remedial training etc.)

Throng

A large gathering of people

Timorous

Timid by nature or revealing timidity

Tinge

A slight but appreciable amount

Tomfoolery

Foolish or senseless behavior

Tonsure

The shaved crown of a monk’s or priest’s head

Tortuous

Highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

Toupee

A small hairpiece to cover partial baldness

Tranche

A portion of something (especially money)

Tranquil

(of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves

Transient

(philosophy) of a mental act; causing effects outside the mind

Tremulous

(of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fear

Trend

A general direction in which something tends to move

Trivial

(informal) small and of little importance

Truncate

Make shorter as if by cutting off

Turbid

(of liquids) clouded as with sediment

Turbulent

Characterized by unrest, disorder or insubordination

Tussle

Disorderly fighting

Tutelage

The training or instruction provided by a teacher or tutor

Letter U Words

Ubiquitous

Being present everywhere at once

Unconscionable

Lacking a conscience

Unctuous

Unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech

Undermine

Destroy property or hinder normal operations

Underwrite

Guarantee financial support of

Unguent

(medicine) semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation

Universal

Of worldwide scope or applicability

Unkempt

Not neatly combed

Unmitigated

Not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier

Unsavoury

Morally offensive

Unwieldy

Difficult to use or handle or manage because of size or weight or shape

Urbane

Showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience

Usury

An exorbitant or unlawful rate of interest

Letter V Words

Vacillate

Be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action

Vacuous

Showing a lack of intelligence or thought; stupid and silly

Vanquish

Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

Vapid

Lacking taste, flavor or tang

Vehemently

In a vehement manner

Venal

Capable of being corrupted

Veneer

Coating consisting of a thin layer of superior wood glued to a base of inferior wood

Venerable

Impressive by reason of age

Venom

Feeling a need to see others suffer

Vertigo

A reeling sensation; a feeling that you are about to fall

Vestige

An indication that something has been present

Vexatious

Causing irritation or annoyance

Viable

Capable of being done with means at hand and circumstances as they are

vigil

A period of sleeplessness

Vigilant

Carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger

Vilify

Spread negative information about

Vindicate

Show to be right by providing justification or proof

Virulent

Extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom

Vituperation

Abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will

Vivacious

Vigorous and animated

Vogue

The popular taste at a given time

Volition

The capability of conscious choice and decision and intention

Voluble

Marked by a ready flow of speech

Voracious

Excessively greedy and grasping

Letter W Words

Wan

A computer network that spans a wider area than does a local area network

Wary

Marked by keen caution and watchful prudence

Watchdog

A guardian or defender against theft or illegal practices or waste

Wayfarer

A pedestrian who walks from place to place

Whet

Make keen or more acute

Whistleblower

An informant who exposes wrongdoing within an organization in the hope of stopping it

Wilted

Not firm

Wily

Marked by skill in deception

Wistful

Showing pensive sadness

Wrath

Belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong (personified as one of the deadly sins)

Letters X, Y, and Z Words

Xenophobia

A fear of foreigners or strangers

Yak

Noisy talk

Yen

A yearning for something or to do something

Zeitgeist

The spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation

Zenith

The point above the observer that is directly opposite the nadir on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected

What is the Wordpandit Way of Learning Words?

This complete section is our answer to this question. The Wordpandit way to learn words is not a single thing but consists of four special ways of learning words. Which are these four ways? These are the four ways:

  • Visual Vocabulary: This is where you get to learn words through our specially designed ‘word-posters’. Word-posters are a theme based visual representations of the words that help you remember words. Along with visual, each w0ord has comprehensive articles that contains meanings, sentences example and a tip to learn the the particular.
  • Mnemonic Tips: This is the section where words are explained with the help of pictures as well as memory tricks. These memory tricks are simple associations derived from the words itself that make it easier for us to ingrain these words in our memory.
  • Contextual Vocab: Contextual Vocab is the study of words through the contexts they appear in. Words are used in certain ways and with an intended meaning. Through their implied contexts, we can learn their meaning: a method of reverse application. We would be using all possible sources to highlight the best usages, from those in Literature to current affair magazines and newspapers.
  • YouTube Vocab: Nothing is complete in this world without sound and video added to the mix. This sections is all about using the power of YouTube to explore words. Words are taught through videos and updated almost daily. So keep yourself plugged in. In between, you will get to see some great advertisements in this section as well.

How to Learn Words and what is the benefit of learning words?

Well, these are two important questions and you can find the answers to these questions in the following articles:

 

How to expand your vocabulary?

Which is the most important criterion for learning words?

The most important criterion to learn words is that you need to have a purpose to learn; without a purpose to learn, it is very difficult to motivate yourself to learn words regularly.

How often should I learn words?

As often as possible! Learning words is a long term exercise that demands regularity and patience. You will not see the results overnight but over long duration of time. Once you achieve a certain critical mass, your learning will increase exponentially.

Do I need to revise the words I learn?

Yes, you absolutely need to. Along with revision, you also need to make sure that you use the words you learn. Use the words you learn either in written form (diary or blog) or in conversations. Make sure you regularly use them in order to learn them permanently.

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