IELTS High Score Vocabulary List (2012)

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adroit. obtrusive Antonyms: meek.To quicken.took an accelerated course in order to graduate early. APPREHENSIVE (verb: APPREHEND): Fearful . an unprovoked attack): self-assertive. artless . ingenious. John is apprehensive of the examination. Synonyms: hazy. wily. obscure. ingenuous. Synonyms: bumptious.annoyed people by his aggressive attitude. crafty . ARTFUL: Sly.abandoned the sinking ship. forgo. Synonyms: cunning.Please note: All Verbs have an explanation that starts with “To” ABANDON: To give up completely . an academic discussion. humble. diffident AMBIGUOUS: Uncertain.calm in the face of adversity. Synonyms: affliction. expeditious) Antonym: retard ADVERSITY: Misfortune . attacking. offensive . unquestionable ANONYMOUS: Of unknown authorship-an anonymous publication. reverses AGGRESSIVE (noun: AGGRESSION. dubious.Being unprepared. speed tip . Synonym: expedite (adj. officious. equivocal. retiring. theoretical academic interests.puzzled by the ambiguous statement. nebulous Antonyms: explicit. Synonyms: relinquish. guileful Antonyms: guileless.attained his mean objective by artful measures. mischance. with no practical implications. Synonym: scholastic ACCELERATE: .in more than one way . capable of being inter. forsake ACADEMIC: Pertaining to school. vague.

unbiased Antonyms: guileful. constant Antonyms: intermittent. sporadic. chaff BIASED: Prejudiced . bogus BANTER: Good-natured teasing or ridicule-The two wits I exchanged banter. infrequent . partial. Synonyms: persistent.ATHEIST: One who denies that God exists . Synonyms: bigoted. to the amusement of the audience. partisan Antonyms: disinterested. agnostic. Synonyms: odd. ingenuous. chronic complaint. Synonyms: artless. unusual in appearance. fantastic. bona fide Antonyms. impartial a candid reply that could hardly be more forthright. incessant." Synonyms: infidel. eccentric BOG: A swamp . equitable BIZARRE: Queer. Synonym: ascribe (noun): An inherent quality -Generosity was his outstanding attribute. apocryphal. counterfeit.misled by a biased point of view. outlandish in the extreme. persisting for years. outspoken. habitual-a. unremitting.sank into the spongy bog. grotesque. Synonyms: veritable. sceptic ATTRIBUTE (verb): Assign -attributed his success to bard work. Synonyms: raillery. evasive CHRONIC: Continuing a long time. fen. quagmire. AUTHENTIC: Genuine -proved to be an authentic document. "There is no God.The atheist declared. arbitrary. spurious.bizarre clothes. inveterate. mire CANDID (noun: CANDOR): Frank. Synonyms: morass.

CIVIL: 1. General agreement .three parties forming a coalition to rule the country. mitigate. courteous . remuneration. consistent Antonyms: incongruous. or misfortune . gloss CONSENSUS. Synonyms: respectful. Synonyms: extenuate.We I civil duties as well as civil liberties. Synonyms: congruous. Synonyms: amalgamation.The consensus of the committee was that no action should be taken. pain. Synonyms: stipend. discordant. merging of various units into one unit . show compassion. conspiracy. Synonym: smug CONDOLE (noun: CONDOLENCE): To express sympathy with another in sorrow. able. solace CONDONE: To forgive or overlook (an offense) . gracious COALITION (verb: COALESCE): Alliance. Synonyms: commiserate.condoled with each other in their grief. consolidation. Polite. 2. recompense. incompatible COMPENSATION: Payment for services .acted in collusion to overthrow the government. Synonym: accord . palliate. Of or having to do with citizens or the state . emolument COMPLACENT: Self-satisfied . Synonyms: collaboration. fusion COLLUSION: Working together secretly for an evil purpose .answered in a civil fashion. in view of the offender's age.looked on his own performance with a complacent smile.just compensation for his labor. to get along together parted company because they were not compatible.condoned the deed. conniving. machination COMPATIBLE: Harmonious.

reprehend.): Failing to fulfil an obligation . mien DENOUNCE (noun: DENUNCIATION): To speak against .a credible story. censure. bearing . Synonym: derelict DEMEANOR: Behaviour.applauded for his creditable performance.depreciated John's acting ability. (adj. opprobrious. Synonyms: blunt. Synonym: gross CREDIBLE: Worthy of belief . infamous.too many people who are delinquent in meeting their civic duties. castigate Antonyms: laud. commendable Antonyms: discreditable.): Free from local prejudices . eulogize DEPRECIATE: To belittle or speak slightingly of . cosmopolitan in tastes and attitudes.COSMOPOLITAN (noun): One who is at home in all countries .denounced by the press as a traitor. civil DELINQUENT (noun): An offender .carrying himself with a proud demeanour.a world-wide traveller. brusque. meritorious.A cosmopolitan can feel at ease anywhere in the world. Synonyms: stigmatize.found to be a delinquent by the court. (adj. Synonyms: Catholic Antonyms: parochial. bluff Antonyms: affable. ignominious CURT: Rudely abrupt -offended by the curt response. provincial CRASS: Coarse and stupid . true to life.displayed crass ignorance. Synonyms: praiseworthy. . Antonym: incredible CREDITABLE: Deserving or reflecting Credit or honour . Synonyms: deportment.

derogate (adj. different .refused to divulge his source of information. derogatory) Antonyms: enhance. Synonym: harassed DIVERSE: (verb: DIVERSIFY. quandary.two diverse characters.distraught by trials and tribulations. DISTRAUGHT: Mentally distressed. extol. the other insincere. tireless and powerful. laud. dormant. hence. Synonym: multifarious DIVULGE: To make public or reveal . a difficult or perplexing situation .used devious means to attain his wicked ends.possessed dynamic energy.faced with a dilemma defying solution. particularly in morals or religion .a story that edifies the reader. impart DYNAMIC: Forceful . torpid. Synonym: energetic Antonyms: static. Synonym: circuitous (2) Straying from the right course .Synonyms: disparage. as well as entertains him . rather than the direct way home. religious Antonym: impious DILEMMA: A situation calling for a choice between two equally difficult alternatives. Synonyms: disclose. plight DISCRETE: Separate . Synonyms: pious.two discrete issues. erring DEVOUT: Devoted to religious observances . indirect . Synonyms: predicament. totally unrelated.took a devious. eulogize DEVIOUS: (1) Winding. Synonyms: crooked. noun: DIVISIBILITY): Varied. magnify. distracted . inert. quiescent EDIFY: To instruct or uplift.devout in his regularity of attendance at worship. one candid. sluggish.

typical. laudable EXOTIC: Strange and foreign . (1) Something that is believed to have magical powers . ENGENDER: To cause. or stir up-an act that engendered good will. Synonym: defunct Antonym: extant FACADE: Front or face. EXPLOIT (verb): To use for one's selfish purpose – refugees exploited by unscrupulous employers. commendable .exceptionable behaviour. censurable Antonym: laudable EXEMPLARY (noun: EXEMPLAR): Serving as a model.previous experience. proved practical by . EXCEPTIONABLE: Objectionable . produce. eccentric.exemplary conduct approved by all. FEASIBLE: Workable .the extinct dinosaur. especially of a building . Synonyms: questionable. . Antonym: impracticable FETISH.lauded for his exploits in science. universally criticized.an exotic costume imported from Asia. reflecting his queer ideas. ERRATIC: Irresponsible.savages worshipping the fetish in a ceremonial dance.ejaculated cry of horror. praiseworthy. lacking a fixed purpose erratic behaviour.a facade of marble.EJACULATE: To exclaim or utter suddenly . reprehensible. Synonyms: illustrative. Synonym: feat EXTINCT: No longer existing or active . alive only in history.a feasible plan. (noun): A brilliant deed .

that gregarious animal. talisman. to vary irregularly . foil. FLEETING: Passing swiftly -the fleeting hours of happiness Synonyms: transitory. Antonyms: lone. Synonyms: accost.He hoaxed the crowd completely with his disguise. undulate. salute HOAX (noun): A trick or deception. . vacillate. Synonym: canard (verb): To play a trick on. man.The crowd hailed the returning hero. to deceive .flaunted the excellent report before his delighted parents. FICTITIOUS: Unreal. fugitive FLUCTUATE: To waver from one course to another.His scholastic progress was frustrated by a serious illness. sway FRUSTRATE: To prevent (the attainment of an object).his mood fluctuating with every hour. Synonyms: oscillate. discomfit Antonym: abet GARNISH: To trim or decorate . begun as a hobby. amulet (2) An object of unreasoning devotion and worship – Photography. became a fetish.played a hoax upon the credulous public. Synonym: fabricated FLAUNT: Display or wave boastfully . made-up . thwart. obstruct.dishes garnished attractively with greens.used a fictitious name to avoid being recognized. baffle.Synonym: charm. to defeat or render ineffectual .gregarious sheep. a practical joke . deck GREGARIOUS: Habitually fond of associating in a company or herd . Synonyms: adorn. Synonyms: balk. aloof HAIL: To greet .

consequence INCISIVE: Cutting. (2) Unquestioning . pervasive IMPLICIT: (1) Implied but not clearly expressed . blemished IMMUNE (verb: IMMUNIZE): Exempt from. quirk. untarnished Antonyms: defiled. fallible IMPERVIOUS: Incapable of being penetrated . Synonyms: purport. trenchant.incisive criticism. pure .immune from taxation. Synonyms: consummate. protected from .an implicit agreement. impenetrable Antonyms: permeable.HYPOTHESIS: An assumption made for the sake of argument .an immaculate reputation. sullied. irreproachable. acute . unsullied. foible. aberration. personal peculiarity . crotchet. penetrating .implicit confidence.a mind impervious to new ideas.a matter of great import. significance or importance . Synonyms: eccentricity. Synonyms: impermeable. singularity IMMACULATE: Spotless. mordant. mannerism. Synonyms: tacit. Synonym : unsusceptible IMPECCABLE: Faultless . implied Antonym: explicit IMPORT (noun): Meaning. Synonyms: sarcastic.Wearing white was one of Whistler's idiosyncrasies. moment. infallible Antonyms: culpable. unerring.performed with impeccable skill. Synonyms: undefiled. unblemished. Synonym: supposition IDIOSYNCRASY: A.worked from a fantastic hypothesis.

moral soundness . Synonyms: innate. adroit Antonyms: maladroit. Synonyms: foment. cant JEOPARDY: Danger .Variety. Synonyms: gibberish. using or exhibiting good judgment . Synonyms: hazard.a well-chosen plan. discerning LATENT: Hidden. argot. incorruptibility JARGON: Confused.an ingenious device. a newspaper written in theatrical jargon. implication INGENIOUS: Demonstrating originality. Synonyms: probity. Synonyms: dextrous.instigated discontent among the soldiers. politic.Rice is indigenous to China.His life was in jeopardy. curb Antonym: promote INSTIGATE: To stir tip . incite INTEGRITY: Honesty. Synonyms: deduction. peril JUDICIOUS: Wise. uprightness. unintelligible.a salary increment.INCREMENT: An increase . . skill. inventive.inhibited his friend from a foolhardy course. or resourcefulness . Synonym: accrual INDIGENOUS: Native . termed judicious by all.latent talent that time will reveal. Synonyms: restrain. inborn INFERENCE: A conclusion reached by reasoning from data or premises . present but not fully developed . meaningless talk. Synonyms: discreet. special vocabulary used only by members of a group or trade .an inference drawn from his remarks. gauche INHIBIT: To check or hinder .a man of proved integrity.

a lavish spender. patent LAVISH: (1) Profuse or generous . Synonyms: ample. MONOLOGUE: A speech by one person . deliberate ill-will or spite . droll.a lucid explanation of a difficult text. easily understood .lavish in praise. producing laughter . superabundant (2) Given to extravagance . Synonyms: mirthful. Synonyms: mortal. niggardly. Synonyms: pellucid. . lugubrious. magnanimous.a lethal weapon. Synonym: moo LUCID: Clear. transparent. vindictive Antonym: benign MEDIOCRE: Average in quality .hurting with malicious intent. fatal LONGEVITY: Prolonged duration of life . malevolent. frugal. potential Antonyms: apparent. munificent. covert. penurious LETHAL: Deadly . Synonyms: prodigal. comical. Antonyms: parsimonious. intelligible. dismal MALICIOUS (noun: MALICE): Bearing. luminous.a country remarkable for the longevity of its inhabitants. quiescent. translucent Antonyms: abstruse.a ludicrous remark that set them all to roaring. or acting with. unworthy of his talents. virulent. malignant.a mediocre performance.the lowing herd in the meadow. Synonyms: rancorous. LOW: To bellow softly like cattle .The actor gave his views in a dramatic monologue. perspicuous. obscure LUDICROUS: Ridiculous.Synonyms: dormant. limpid. absurd Antonyms: doleful.

absent-minded . as contrasted with the spirit . lustrous. heedless. etc. glowing. terrestrial. Synonyms: earthly. secular. naval. neophyte Antonym: virtuoso OBLIVIOUS (noun: OBLIVION): Forgetful.Synonym: soliloquy Antonyms: colloquy (adj. mood. or pertaining to. dialogue: conversation between two persons MUNDANE: Of. Synonyms: mania. Synonyms: vacillating.walking oblivious of his surroundings. it has become his obsession.mutable in mood as a spring wind. temporal MURKY: Dark. NAUTICAL: Pertaining to ships or navigation .a murky cavern. steady MYRIAD: Innumerable . which dominates a person. idea. NOVICE: A beginner . tenebrous. luminous.Now that he has learned bowling. maritime NOTORIOUS: Widely known (in a bad sense) . Synonyms: dismal. Synonyms: unmindful. fitful.mundane affairs. inconstant. fulgent. fuliginous Antonyms: resplendent.the myriad stars in the heavens.conducted himself in politics like a novice.a nautical career. cloudy . capricious Antonyms: constant. the world. colloquial): conversation between two or more persons. monomania . wavering.a notorious gambler. activity. the state of being exclusively preoccupied by a fixed idea . Synonyms: tyro.. coruscating MUTABLE: Given to frequent change in nature. fickle. Synonyms: marine. abstracted OBSESSION: A persistent feeling. or form . infatuation (a foolish passion). mercurial.

parodied the popular authors of the (lay to his audience's amusement. to exclude from public favour or privileges .a former premier ostracized by popular vote.made himself obnoxiously obtrusive. Synonyms: intrusive.petrified by the enemy bombardment. Adopting and reproducing. fear.paraphrased the poem in a few lines of prose. the writings or ideas of another and passing them off as one's own . bewilder. Synonyms: bromide. Synonym: outlaw PARADOX: A self -contradictory statement. PARODY (noun): A humorous imitation of an author's style and mannerisms . fractious PETRIFY: To paralyze with horror. Synonym: anomaly PARAPHRASE: To restate the meaning of a passage in other words .a paradox by Oscar Wilde. antiquated OBTRUSIVE (verb: OBTRUDE): Thrusting oneself or itself into undue prominence . wayward. Synonyms: archaic. always disobeying his parents. forward. PLATITUDE: A dull and commonplace remark . refractory.wrote a parody on Kipling's "Gunga Din. without acknowledgment." .a perverse lad. or surprise .bored people by his pompous phrases and platitudes. axiom . amaze PLAGIARISM. Synonyms: stupefy. Synonyms: headstrong. truism.OBSOLETE: No longer in use .denied the charge of deliberate plagiarism. Synonym: Mimic PERVERSE: Wilfully bent on doing the wrong thing ." Synonym: burlesque (verb): To write a parody . something 'that appears to be absurd and yet may be true -"Life is too important a matter to be taken seriously.an obsolete word. not even included by most dictionaries. aggressive OSTRACIZE: To banish. stun.

prologue. arrogance PROCRASTINATE: To postpone or put off to another time . for the time being . to render void . forebode PROVISIONAL: Temporary.PRESTIGE: Esteem or influence accorded for recognized achievements or reputation . others . forerunner.quashed a rebellion.acted on a reasonable presumption. Synonyms: Preface.His question was downright presumption. . or preliminary step . Synonyms :propinquity. Preamble Antonym: epilogue PRESUMPTION: (1) Something taken for granted . looting.a provisional plan until a permanent decision is reached. augur. (2) Going beyond proper bounds. pillaging PRELUDE: An introduction. Synonym: tentative PROXIMITY: Nearness-worked in close proximity to his home. vicinity Antonym: remoteness QUASH: To crush.The Weather Bureau prognosticates daily. delay PROGNOSTICATE (noun: PROGNOSIS): To forecast .a short prelude to the play.predatory animals prowling about. Synonym: distinction PREDATORY: (1) Inclined to plunder or rob.missed his opportunity by procrastinating too long. (2) Preying on. quashed an indictment. . Synonyms: presage. Synonyms: effrontery.predatory bands roaming the countryside. portend. Synonyms: defer. impudent boldness . forwardness. Synonyms: predacious.As Senator he enjoyed great prestige.

Antonym:(noun and adj. REFUTE: To prove incorrect or false-refuted his opponent's argument. confirm. nemesis RETRIEVE: (1) To make good -retrieved a mistake. extinguish.a renegade from his former allegiance.granted the doom man a temporary respite. (adj. possessing power of recovery . Synonyms: flexible. Synonyms: rebut. RENEGADE: One who forsakes political or party principles or his religious faith . traitor RESPITE: (1) Temporary deferment or cessation of work or pain .radical measures adopted to meet the emergency. refusing to admit defeat. limber RETRIBUTION: The reward or punishment exacted for an injury. Synonym: reprieve RESILIENT: Elastic.): Thorough. annul RADICAL (noun): One who advocates extreme basic changes . Synonyms: requital. confute Antonyms: substantiate.reiterated his story once more. Synonym: surcease (2) A temporary delay in the execution of -a sentence .) conservative RAMIFICATION: A branching. Synonyms: turncoat. apostate. quell. corroborate REITERATE: Repeat (several times) . supple. pliable. recreant. wickedness.studied the subject in all its ramifications.a brief respite from labor. sub-division . light-hearted.Synonyms: suppress. extreme . . (2) To recover -retrieved the suitcase left at the station.a resilient Spirit.The reform movement was led by a radical. or other action suffered just retribution for his folly.

filthy . Synonyms: material. Synonyms: exacting.sporadic cases of illness. deride (noun): An insulting. twit. or bitter remark . generally a planet . adherent. scattered . sneer. highly productive . TEEMING: In abundance. TAUNT (verb).a prince surrounded by many satellites. Synonyms: degraded. at irregular intervals.taunted him with the charge of failure to act promptly.hurled taunts at his foes. fawning. vile. Synonyms: repel. Synonyms: swarming. substantial TANTAMOUNT: Equivalent .Freedom is conspicuously absent .tangible gains which may be seen.an offer that was spurned instantly. actual . fertile..the teeming tropics.The moon is the only natural satellite of the earth. (3) A body (natural or artificial) which revolves around a larger body. gibe.retrieved his lost fortunes. Synonyms: lackey. stringent requirements. snub STRINGENT: Strict. fecund.(3) To restore . To reproach with contempt . Synonyms: mock.in the Soviet satellites. rigid Antonym: lax TANGIBLE: Real. jeering.an act that is tantamount to treason.Sordid motives breed selfish actions. compelling. constraining stringent regulations. perceptible. ignoble SPORADIC: Occurring singly. abounding . toady. SATELLITE: (1) An attentive or flattering follower . fruitful. SPURN: To refuse or reject with contempt . veritable. obsequious. SORDID: Mean and base. but in recent years it has been joined by many artificial satellites. rank with vegetation. and counted. disciple. adj. partisan (2) A country influenced or controlled by another .

peaceful . turbulent TRIVIAL: Of little . momentous VANQUISH: To subdue or conquer -an army vanquished with heavy losses.a tranquil summer night. crotchet ZEALOUS (noun: ZEALOT: fanatic): Full of enthusiasm or eagerness -a zealous student. WHIM (adj. ruffled.TRANQUIL: Calm. proclaim VERSATILE: Able to do many things skilfully . VAUNT: To boast .a trivial offense. Synonym: paltry Antonyms: gross. Synonyms: caprice. Synonyms: placid. first in his class. braggart). Synonyms: brag (noun: braggadocio.versatile in all the arts. vagary. Antonym: perfunctory .importance .: WHIMSICAL): A sudden notion or passing fancy -frequently acted on the whim of the moment.proudly vaunted his strength. serene Antonyms: perturbed.

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diffident AMBIGUOUS: Uncertain. ARTFUL: Sly. ingenuous. adroit. humble. wily. APPREHENSIVE (verb: APPREHEND): Fearful . nebulous Antonyms: explicit. capable of being inter. speed tip . John is apprehensive of the examination. forsake ACADEMIC: Pertaining to school.calm in the face of adversity. forgo.in more than one way . unquestionable ANONYMOUS: Of unknown authorship-an anonymous publication.Please note: All Verbs have an explanation that starts with “To” ABANDON: To give up completely . Synonyms: hazy. with no practical implications. theoretical academic interests. vague. Synonym: scholastic ACCELERATE: .abandoned the sinking ship. offensive . Synonyms: affliction. artless . dubious. Synonym: expedite (adj.To quicken.Being unprepared. Synonyms: cunning.took an accelerated course in order to graduate early. an academic discussion. officious. equivocal. obscure. ingenious. retiring. Synonyms: bumptious. mischance. guileful Antonyms: guileless. crafty .annoyed people by his aggressive attitude.puzzled by the ambiguous statement.attained his mean objective by artful measures. expeditious) Antonym: retard ADVERSITY: Misfortune . obtrusive Antonyms: meek. an unprovoked attack): self-assertive. attacking. Synonyms: relinquish. reverses AGGRESSIVE (noun: AGGRESSION.

partisan Antonyms: disinterested. grotesque. spurious. chronic complaint. Synonyms: morass. equitable BIZARRE: Queer. infrequent . eccentric BOG: A swamp . bona fide Antonyms. Synonyms: persistent. Synonyms: odd. sporadic. fen. quagmire. ingenuous.ATHEIST: One who denies that God exists .bizarre clothes. Synonyms: bigoted. unremitting. Synonyms: veritable. agnostic. apocryphal. persisting for years. habitual-a." Synonyms: infidel. impartial a candid reply that could hardly be more forthright. Synonyms: raillery. unusual in appearance.The atheist declared.misled by a biased point of view. arbitrary. to the amusement of the audience. bogus BANTER: Good-natured teasing or ridicule-The two wits I exchanged banter. "There is no God. counterfeit. incessant. outspoken. Synonym: ascribe (noun): An inherent quality -Generosity was his outstanding attribute. AUTHENTIC: Genuine -proved to be an authentic document. Synonyms: artless. chaff BIASED: Prejudiced .sank into the spongy bog. mire CANDID (noun: CANDOR): Frank. inveterate. fantastic. unbiased Antonyms: guileful. outlandish in the extreme. sceptic ATTRIBUTE (verb): Assign -attributed his success to bard work. partial. evasive CHRONIC: Continuing a long time. constant Antonyms: intermittent.

merging of various units into one unit . courteous . emolument COMPLACENT: Self-satisfied . 2. machination COMPATIBLE: Harmonious. mitigate.CIVIL: 1. Synonyms: extenuate.three parties forming a coalition to rule the country. Synonyms: collaboration. or misfortune . Synonym: smug CONDOLE (noun: CONDOLENCE): To express sympathy with another in sorrow. gloss CONSENSUS.The consensus of the committee was that no action should be taken. to get along together parted company because they were not compatible. Synonyms: stipend. Synonyms: amalgamation. conniving.looked on his own performance with a complacent smile. Synonyms: commiserate.just compensation for his labor. Of or having to do with citizens or the state . solace CONDONE: To forgive or overlook (an offense) . palliate. recompense.acted in collusion to overthrow the government. discordant. gracious COALITION (verb: COALESCE): Alliance. in view of the offender's age. consistent Antonyms: incongruous. Synonym: accord .condoned the deed.condoled with each other in their grief. pain.We I civil duties as well as civil liberties. remuneration. fusion COLLUSION: Working together secretly for an evil purpose . Polite. consolidation. Synonyms: respectful. Synonyms: congruous. show compassion. able. General agreement . incompatible COMPENSATION: Payment for services .answered in a civil fashion. conspiracy.

reprehend. opprobrious. Synonym: gross CREDIBLE: Worthy of belief .A cosmopolitan can feel at ease anywhere in the world.applauded for his creditable performance. Synonyms: deportment. Synonyms: stigmatize.): Free from local prejudices . . brusque. meritorious. eulogize DEPRECIATE: To belittle or speak slightingly of .COSMOPOLITAN (noun): One who is at home in all countries . mien DENOUNCE (noun: DENUNCIATION): To speak against . civil DELINQUENT (noun): An offender . censure.displayed crass ignorance.a world-wide traveller. infamous. bearing . Synonym: derelict DEMEANOR: Behaviour. castigate Antonyms: laud. (adj. true to life. ignominious CURT: Rudely abrupt -offended by the curt response.found to be a delinquent by the court.denounced by the press as a traitor. provincial CRASS: Coarse and stupid . cosmopolitan in tastes and attitudes. commendable Antonyms: discreditable.carrying himself with a proud demeanour. Synonyms: blunt.too many people who are delinquent in meeting their civic duties.): Failing to fulfil an obligation .depreciated John's acting ability. (adj. bluff Antonyms: affable.a credible story. Antonym: incredible CREDITABLE: Deserving or reflecting Credit or honour . Synonyms: praiseworthy. Synonyms: Catholic Antonyms: parochial.

derogatory) Antonyms: enhance.used devious means to attain his wicked ends. Synonyms: disclose.refused to divulge his source of information. Synonyms: crooked. derogate (adj. Synonym: harassed DIVERSE: (verb: DIVERSIFY. impart DYNAMIC: Forceful . tireless and powerful. rather than the direct way home. dormant. magnify. hence. plight DISCRETE: Separate . one candid. as well as entertains him .two diverse characters. laud.took a devious. Synonym: multifarious DIVULGE: To make public or reveal . torpid. indirect . a difficult or perplexing situation . sluggish. the other insincere. DISTRAUGHT: Mentally distressed. Synonyms: predicament.a story that edifies the reader. particularly in morals or religion . Synonyms: pious. distracted .devout in his regularity of attendance at worship. Synonym: energetic Antonyms: static. religious Antonym: impious DILEMMA: A situation calling for a choice between two equally difficult alternatives.faced with a dilemma defying solution. eulogize DEVIOUS: (1) Winding. erring DEVOUT: Devoted to religious observances . extol.two discrete issues. quiescent EDIFY: To instruct or uplift. Synonym: circuitous (2) Straying from the right course . different . noun: DIVISIBILITY): Varied. inert. quandary.distraught by trials and tribulations. totally unrelated.Synonyms: disparage.possessed dynamic energy.

the extinct dinosaur. or stir up-an act that engendered good will.a facade of marble. Synonyms: questionable. lacking a fixed purpose erratic behaviour. especially of a building . Synonym: defunct Antonym: extant FACADE: Front or face.exemplary conduct approved by all. ENGENDER: To cause. censurable Antonym: laudable EXEMPLARY (noun: EXEMPLAR): Serving as a model. proved practical by .an exotic costume imported from Asia.savages worshipping the fetish in a ceremonial dance. commendable . alive only in history. EXPLOIT (verb): To use for one's selfish purpose – refugees exploited by unscrupulous employers. (noun): A brilliant deed .ejaculated cry of horror.previous experience.exceptionable behaviour. . FEASIBLE: Workable . universally criticized. EXCEPTIONABLE: Objectionable .lauded for his exploits in science.EJACULATE: To exclaim or utter suddenly . reprehensible. produce. reflecting his queer ideas. Synonyms: illustrative. Antonym: impracticable FETISH. ERRATIC: Irresponsible. laudable EXOTIC: Strange and foreign . eccentric.a feasible plan. praiseworthy. Synonym: feat EXTINCT: No longer existing or active . typical. (1) Something that is believed to have magical powers .

fugitive FLUCTUATE: To waver from one course to another.used a fictitious name to avoid being recognized.played a hoax upon the credulous public. Synonym: fabricated FLAUNT: Display or wave boastfully . sway FRUSTRATE: To prevent (the attainment of an object).dishes garnished attractively with greens. to defeat or render ineffectual . salute HOAX (noun): A trick or deception. to deceive . amulet (2) An object of unreasoning devotion and worship – Photography.flaunted the excellent report before his delighted parents. Synonyms: adorn. baffle. that gregarious animal. became a fetish. FLEETING: Passing swiftly -the fleeting hours of happiness Synonyms: transitory. vacillate. aloof HAIL: To greet .His scholastic progress was frustrated by a serious illness. foil. . thwart. FICTITIOUS: Unreal.Synonym: charm.The crowd hailed the returning hero.his mood fluctuating with every hour. undulate. talisman. Synonyms: oscillate. Synonym: canard (verb): To play a trick on. Synonyms: accost. to vary irregularly . discomfit Antonym: abet GARNISH: To trim or decorate . man. obstruct. begun as a hobby. Synonyms: balk. deck GREGARIOUS: Habitually fond of associating in a company or herd . made-up .He hoaxed the crowd completely with his disguise. Antonyms: lone. a practical joke .gregarious sheep.

immune from taxation. crotchet.worked from a fantastic hypothesis. penetrating . impenetrable Antonyms: permeable.incisive criticism. mannerism. quirk. Synonym: supposition IDIOSYNCRASY: A. consequence INCISIVE: Cutting.an immaculate reputation. trenchant. Synonyms: purport. irreproachable. singularity IMMACULATE: Spotless. foible. fallible IMPERVIOUS: Incapable of being penetrated . protected from .Wearing white was one of Whistler's idiosyncrasies. (2) Unquestioning . Synonyms: sarcastic. personal peculiarity . sullied. untarnished Antonyms: defiled. mordant.implicit confidence. pervasive IMPLICIT: (1) Implied but not clearly expressed . Synonyms: tacit.a mind impervious to new ideas. unblemished.HYPOTHESIS: An assumption made for the sake of argument .an implicit agreement. implied Antonym: explicit IMPORT (noun): Meaning. aberration. moment. infallible Antonyms: culpable. acute .a matter of great import. unerring. significance or importance . Synonyms: consummate. Synonyms: undefiled.performed with impeccable skill. pure . Synonyms: eccentricity. unsullied. Synonym : unsusceptible IMPECCABLE: Faultless . Synonyms: impermeable. blemished IMMUNE (verb: IMMUNIZE): Exempt from.

Synonyms: hazard. using or exhibiting good judgment . Synonym: accrual INDIGENOUS: Native . termed judicious by all.inhibited his friend from a foolhardy course.INCREMENT: An increase .an inference drawn from his remarks.Variety. peril JUDICIOUS: Wise. unintelligible.His life was in jeopardy.an ingenious device. uprightness. Synonyms: restrain. argot. or resourcefulness . incorruptibility JARGON: Confused. inventive. Synonyms: probity. incite INTEGRITY: Honesty. . moral soundness . discerning LATENT: Hidden. special vocabulary used only by members of a group or trade .instigated discontent among the soldiers. meaningless talk. gauche INHIBIT: To check or hinder .latent talent that time will reveal. Synonyms: gibberish. a newspaper written in theatrical jargon.a salary increment. inborn INFERENCE: A conclusion reached by reasoning from data or premises . present but not fully developed . Synonyms: innate. skill. politic.a man of proved integrity. implication INGENIOUS: Demonstrating originality. adroit Antonyms: maladroit. Synonyms: deduction. Synonyms: discreet. Synonyms: foment.a well-chosen plan. curb Antonym: promote INSTIGATE: To stir tip . cant JEOPARDY: Danger .Rice is indigenous to China. Synonyms: dextrous.

comical. producing laughter . Synonyms: pellucid.a ludicrous remark that set them all to roaring. absurd Antonyms: doleful. obscure LUDICROUS: Ridiculous. intelligible. malignant. virulent. transparent. fatal LONGEVITY: Prolonged duration of life . droll. perspicuous. Synonyms: mirthful.a lethal weapon. translucent Antonyms: abstruse. Synonym: moo LUCID: Clear. Synonyms: ample. Synonyms: prodigal. Synonyms: rancorous. luminous. superabundant (2) Given to extravagance . unworthy of his talents. limpid. penurious LETHAL: Deadly . . niggardly.a country remarkable for the longevity of its inhabitants. magnanimous. dismal MALICIOUS (noun: MALICE): Bearing.The actor gave his views in a dramatic monologue. quiescent. MONOLOGUE: A speech by one person . munificent. malevolent.a lucid explanation of a difficult text. frugal.lavish in praise. easily understood . patent LAVISH: (1) Profuse or generous .Synonyms: dormant.a lavish spender.a mediocre performance. or acting with. Synonyms: mortal. LOW: To bellow softly like cattle . deliberate ill-will or spite .the lowing herd in the meadow. lugubrious. Antonyms: parsimonious. potential Antonyms: apparent.hurting with malicious intent. covert. vindictive Antonym: benign MEDIOCRE: Average in quality .

fulgent. steady MYRIAD: Innumerable . Synonyms: unmindful. maritime NOTORIOUS: Widely known (in a bad sense) . Synonyms: earthly.conducted himself in politics like a novice. etc. monomania . heedless. NOVICE: A beginner . capricious Antonyms: constant. or pertaining to. terrestrial.Now that he has learned bowling.a notorious gambler. colloquial): conversation between two or more persons. activity.a murky cavern.mutable in mood as a spring wind. idea. absent-minded . coruscating MUTABLE: Given to frequent change in nature. fuliginous Antonyms: resplendent. tenebrous. infatuation (a foolish passion). neophyte Antonym: virtuoso OBLIVIOUS (noun: OBLIVION): Forgetful.mundane affairs. dialogue: conversation between two persons MUNDANE: Of. which dominates a person. luminous. the state of being exclusively preoccupied by a fixed idea . secular. lustrous.a nautical career. Synonyms: dismal. Synonyms: tyro. Synonyms: mania. fickle. or form . NAUTICAL: Pertaining to ships or navigation .Synonym: soliloquy Antonyms: colloquy (adj. abstracted OBSESSION: A persistent feeling.the myriad stars in the heavens. mercurial.. inconstant. the world. fitful. it has become his obsession. Synonyms: vacillating. glowing. naval. temporal MURKY: Dark. as contrasted with the spirit . wavering.walking oblivious of his surroundings. Synonyms: marine. cloudy . mood.

Synonyms: intrusive. not even included by most dictionaries.OBSOLETE: No longer in use . stun. Synonym: outlaw PARADOX: A self -contradictory statement. Synonyms: archaic. or surprise .a former premier ostracized by popular vote. refractory. something 'that appears to be absurd and yet may be true -"Life is too important a matter to be taken seriously. forward. Synonym: Mimic PERVERSE: Wilfully bent on doing the wrong thing .a perverse lad.made himself obnoxiously obtrusive. axiom ." . Synonyms: bromide. Synonyms: headstrong. amaze PLAGIARISM.parodied the popular authors of the (lay to his audience's amusement.wrote a parody on Kipling's "Gunga Din.a paradox by Oscar Wilde. Synonym: anomaly PARAPHRASE: To restate the meaning of a passage in other words . aggressive OSTRACIZE: To banish. the writings or ideas of another and passing them off as one's own . truism. always disobeying his parents.petrified by the enemy bombardment. Synonyms: stupefy. bewilder. wayward.bored people by his pompous phrases and platitudes. Adopting and reproducing. PLATITUDE: A dull and commonplace remark . PARODY (noun): A humorous imitation of an author's style and mannerisms . fractious PETRIFY: To paralyze with horror. antiquated OBTRUSIVE (verb: OBTRUDE): Thrusting oneself or itself into undue prominence . without acknowledgment.denied the charge of deliberate plagiarism." Synonym: burlesque (verb): To write a parody . to exclude from public favour or privileges .paraphrased the poem in a few lines of prose.an obsolete word. fear.

a provisional plan until a permanent decision is reached.a short prelude to the play. arrogance PROCRASTINATE: To postpone or put off to another time . pillaging PRELUDE: An introduction. forwardness. Synonyms: effrontery. (2) Preying on. portend. forerunner. delay PROGNOSTICATE (noun: PROGNOSIS): To forecast .quashed a rebellion. quashed an indictment. prologue.His question was downright presumption. Synonym: distinction PREDATORY: (1) Inclined to plunder or rob.missed his opportunity by procrastinating too long. others . forebode PROVISIONAL: Temporary. to render void .predatory animals prowling about. Synonyms: presage.predatory bands roaming the countryside. (2) Going beyond proper bounds.As Senator he enjoyed great prestige. . augur. vicinity Antonym: remoteness QUASH: To crush.acted on a reasonable presumption. Synonyms: Preface. Synonyms: defer. Synonyms: predacious.PRESTIGE: Esteem or influence accorded for recognized achievements or reputation . or preliminary step . impudent boldness . Preamble Antonym: epilogue PRESUMPTION: (1) Something taken for granted . looting. . Synonym: tentative PROXIMITY: Nearness-worked in close proximity to his home.The Weather Bureau prognosticates daily. for the time being . Synonyms :propinquity.

RENEGADE: One who forsakes political or party principles or his religious faith .) conservative RAMIFICATION: A branching. refusing to admit defeat. possessing power of recovery .granted the doom man a temporary respite.a brief respite from labor. corroborate REITERATE: Repeat (several times) . limber RETRIBUTION: The reward or punishment exacted for an injury. supple.radical measures adopted to meet the emergency. . REFUTE: To prove incorrect or false-refuted his opponent's argument. confute Antonyms: substantiate. nemesis RETRIEVE: (1) To make good -retrieved a mistake. (2) To recover -retrieved the suitcase left at the station. Synonyms: rebut. Synonyms: flexible. Synonym: reprieve RESILIENT: Elastic. pliable. Antonym:(noun and adj.Synonyms: suppress. extinguish.studied the subject in all its ramifications. or other action suffered just retribution for his folly.The reform movement was led by a radical. recreant.reiterated his story once more. wickedness. sub-division .a renegade from his former allegiance. (adj.a resilient Spirit. extreme . Synonyms: turncoat. Synonyms: requital. confirm. light-hearted.): Thorough. quell. traitor RESPITE: (1) Temporary deferment or cessation of work or pain . Synonym: surcease (2) A temporary delay in the execution of -a sentence . annul RADICAL (noun): One who advocates extreme basic changes . apostate.

tangible gains which may be seen.hurled taunts at his foes. perceptible. Synonyms: degraded. jeering. highly productive ..the teeming tropics.(3) To restore . scattered .an offer that was spurned instantly. SPURN: To refuse or reject with contempt . Synonyms: lackey. To reproach with contempt . adherent. rank with vegetation.taunted him with the charge of failure to act promptly. toady. SATELLITE: (1) An attentive or flattering follower . fawning.sporadic cases of illness. and counted. or bitter remark .Sordid motives breed selfish actions. obsequious. (3) A body (natural or artificial) which revolves around a larger body. Synonyms: material. generally a planet . Synonyms: swarming.a prince surrounded by many satellites.The moon is the only natural satellite of the earth. at irregular intervals.in the Soviet satellites. veritable. gibe. actual . Synonyms: exacting. adj.Freedom is conspicuously absent . substantial TANTAMOUNT: Equivalent .retrieved his lost fortunes. snub STRINGENT: Strict. deride (noun): An insulting. filthy . TAUNT (verb). rigid Antonym: lax TANGIBLE: Real. partisan (2) A country influenced or controlled by another . fecund. but in recent years it has been joined by many artificial satellites. sneer. twit. fertile. abounding . constraining stringent regulations. stringent requirements. Synonyms: mock. disciple. SORDID: Mean and base. vile. ignoble SPORADIC: Occurring singly. Synonyms: repel. compelling. TEEMING: In abundance.an act that is tantamount to treason. fruitful.

vagary. Synonyms: placid. VAUNT: To boast .a tranquil summer night.: WHIMSICAL): A sudden notion or passing fancy -frequently acted on the whim of the moment.importance . braggart).proudly vaunted his strength. Synonym: paltry Antonyms: gross. Synonyms: caprice. WHIM (adj. crotchet ZEALOUS (noun: ZEALOT: fanatic): Full of enthusiasm or eagerness -a zealous student. peaceful . serene Antonyms: perturbed. momentous VANQUISH: To subdue or conquer -an army vanquished with heavy losses.versatile in all the arts. Synonyms: brag (noun: braggadocio. turbulent TRIVIAL: Of little . Antonym: perfunctory .a trivial offense.TRANQUIL: Calm. proclaim VERSATILE: Able to do many things skilfully . first in his class. ruffled.

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