1000 High frequency words extracted from DAWN newspaper for advanced English language learners, highly recommended for competitive exams aspirants.



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  1. Aberration: deviation; abnormality
  2. Abstruse: Difficult to comprehend
  3. Acumen: sharpness of mind
  4. Adroit: skill-ful (Maladroit = clumsy)
  5. Adulation: worship; great praise
  6. Advocate: support
  7. Affability: friendliness; cordiality
  8. Affinity: kinship
  9. Affluence: wealth; Opulence
  10. Agnostic: unsure of the existence of god
  11. Alacrity: speed & eagerness; promptness
  12. Alleviate: make less serve; reduce
  13. Altruism: self-sacrifice
  14. Amalgam: mixture
  15. Amassed: accumulated
  16. Ambiguous: vague; doubtful; equivocal
  17. Ameliorate: make better; improve
  18. Amiable: friendly; lovable
  19. Anachronistic: out of normal time range
  20. Animosity: hostility; hatred; ill-will
  21. Apathetic: lacking energy or interest; indifference
  22. Arable: can be cultivated; fit for pillowing (example: arable land)
  23. Arbitration: mediating between disputing sides
  24. Arboreal: living in trees (Root — Arbor always relates to trees)
  25. Arcane: esoteric; obscure; known only to few people
  26. Archaic: old-fashioned
  27. Articulation: joining; speaking clearly; distinct
  28. Ascertain: find out; make sure
  29. Astute: wise; mentally sharp
  30. Augment: increase in size or number
  31. Aural: through the sense of hearing
  32. Autocrat: absolute ruler;
  33. Barrage: bombardment; stream (of abuse etc.); continuous attack
  34. Belabor: over-emphasizing
  35. Belied: contradicted
  36. Belittlers: People who criticize/disparage
  37. Benevolent: kindly; charitable
  38. Boorishness: rudeness; ill-mannered behavior
  39. Bountiful: generous
  40. Brevity: briefness
  41. Bypass: avoid; find a way around
  42. Byzantine: excessive; decadent
  43. Cacophony: noise; din
  44. Callous: cruel & unfeeling
  45. Candid: truthful; straight forward; free from prejudice
  46. Capricious: whimsical; changeable
  47. Censure: criticize; blame
  48. Cerebral: concerned with thinking
  49. Circumstantial: accidental; indirect
  50. Insightful: perceptive; can be understood
  51. Insipid: flavorless; bland
  52. Insolence: lack of respect; rudeness; impudence
  53. Insolvent: bankrupt
  54. Insufferable: can not be tolerated
  55. Insular: narrow-minded
  56. Insurrectionist: rebel; combative
  57. Integrity: honor; honesty
  58. Intemperate: not moderate; excessive
  59. Intermittent: on & off; not continuous;
  60. spasmodic Intonation: tone of voice
  61. intrigued: interested and curious
  62. Intuition: sixth sense; gut feeling
  63. Invocation: prayer
  64. Irony: something unexpected; words to convey opposite meaning
  65. Irreproachable: can not be criticized; blameless (Reproach = critize)
  66. Irresolute: lacking firmness of purpose; hesitant
  67. Irreverence: lack of respect
  68. Jaded: tired; bored
  69. Jeopardize: put at risk; endanger
  70. Judicious: fair; wise
  71. Juxtaposition: placing two things next to each other
  72. Knack: trick; skill
  73. Lackadaisical: lazy; careless; lax
  74. Lamentable: regrettable
  75. Languid: Lacking energy; weak
  76. Lavish: to spend freely(v); costing alot; opulent(adj)
  77. Legitimate: to make legal; give approval to
  78. Libelous: open to prosecution for libel (libel = written slander)
  79. Lithe: flexible; supple
  80. Litigious: seeking legal remedies
  81. Lobby: to try to persuade; entrance hall
  82. Lucid: clear; explained
  83. Magnanimous: generous minded; big-hearted
  84. Mandate: permission
  85. Mandatory: compulsory
  86. Manifesto: statement of values
  87. Manipulative: deceptive; skill-ful at handling people
  88. Marred: spoiled; ruined
  89. Meager: small; scanty; unimportant
  90. Mercenary: seeking money above all else; interested in money and gain
  91. Meticulous: thorough; taking care of details
  92. Miffed: annoyed; vex
  93. Mitigate: moderate; reduce intensity
  94. Modicum: tiny amount
  95. Momentous: of great importance
  96. Monotonous: dull; repetitive
  97. Morbidity: concern with death and disease
  98. Motley: varied; miscellaneous
  • Circumvent: avoid; outwit; baffle
  • Coalition: a union of two parts
  • Coerce: compel; force
  • Cognitions: mental knowledge
  • Compendious: containing a lot in a small space/few words
  • Conciliatory: bringing together; ending a dispute; soothing
  • Concord: agreement
  • Condone: tolerate
  • Conflagration: great fire
  • Congenial: friendly; sociable; suitable
  • Connoisseur: expert with good taste/ judgement
  1. Consecrate: dedicate; make holy
  2. Consummate: supremely good
  3. Contagious: passed on through touch; infectious
  4. Convergence: coming together
  5. Convivial: sociable
  6. Copious: in large amount
  7. Corollary: consequence; inference
  8. Corpulence: very fat-ness
  9. Corroborated: supported; given
  10. Credulity: belief on slight evidence
  11. Cumulative: building up
  12. Cursory: superficial
  13. Curtail: cut short
  14. Dalliance: non-serious involvement; toying or playing
  15. Dearth: shortage; lacking
  16. Debacle: disaster
  17. Debilitate: weaken
  18. Debunk: throw out old indeas
  19. Deferment: putting off
  20. Deleterious: harmful
  21. Deliberation: careful thought
  22. Delineate: outline
  23. Demagogue: mob leader; agitator
  24. Demonstrative: expressing emotions freely
  25. Denuded: stripped
  26. Depreciatory: devaluing; criticizing
  27. Derelict: rundown; abandoned
  28. Derided: mocked
  29. Despoiled: plunder; rob; deprive
  30. Devious: cunning
  31. Didactic: intending to preach or teach; an act of teaching
  32. Dilatory: slow; sluggish
  33. Disarming: charming; unthreatening
  34. Discernment: judgement
  35. Discrepancy: inconsistency
  36. Disillusioned: freed from wrong ideas
  37. Disingenuous: crafy; double dealing
  38. Disparaging: critical
  39. Distension: swelling; distend; expand
  40. Multifarious: having many aspects
  41. Myopic: short-sighted (literal or metaphoric)
  42. Naivete: innocence; lack of wordliness
  43. Nefarious: infamous; very wicked
  44. Negate: wipe out; nullify
  45. Nemesis: fate; doom
  46. Nihilism: belief in nothing; anarchy
  47. Nondescript: having no special qualities; ordinary
  48. Notoriety: infamy
  49. Obsequious: slavish; fawning
  50. Occlusion: shutting out
  51. Officious: interfering
  52. Onerous: burdensome
  53. Opacity: lack of transparency; being opaque
  54. Opportunism: grabbing opportunities
  55. Opting: choosing
  56. Opulence: lavish display of wealth
  57. Ornate: extremely decorated
  58. Overhaul: renovate; examine
  59. Palliative: sth that makes better but doesn’t cure; easy pain
  60. Pathos:sadness; stirring the emotions; gloomy
  61. Paucity: scarcity; shortage
  62. Peer: An equal; to look closely at
  63. Peevishness: childish sullenness; irritability
  64. Penchant: tendency; leaning toward; liking
  65. Penurious: miserly
  66. Perquisites: perks; sth you recieve for your job
  67. Petulant: touchy; sulky; peevish
  68. Phlegmatic: calm; imperturbable
  69. Phobic: fearful (Root phobia always implies fear)
  70. Pilfer: steal; filch; rustle
  71. Placid: peaceful; calm; serene
  72. Plaudits: praise
  73. Pliant: flexible
  74. Polarized: divided into two extremes
  75. Pragmatism: practicality
  76. Preclude: prevent; make impossible
  77. Precursor: forerunner; sth comes before
  78. Predilection: liking for; penchant
  79. Presumption: assuming too much
  80. Profundity: depth (of ideas/thoughts)


  1. Propensity: tendency; leaning predilection
  2. Proponent: supporter
  3. Prosaic: ordinary; dull
  4. Prospectus: brochure
  5. Prudent: wise; cautious
  6. Punctilious: meticulous
  7. Purportedly: apparently claiming
  8. Quell: suppress; to stop sth such as protests
  9. Quixotic: idealistic; impractical
  10. Radical: revolutionary
  11. Docile: obedient; subservient
  12. Dubious: doubtful
  13. Eclectic: taking things from different sources; selective
  14. Effacement: wiping out; rub out; (self-effacement = excessive modesty)
  15. Egotistical: selfish
  16. Elitist: favoring top group; snob
  17. Elusive: difficult to pin down
  18. Emancipators: those who set others free
  19. Embellished: adorned; decorated
  20. Embittered: full of bitter feelings
  21. Embodiment: living example of
  22. Empathetic: exhibiting deep emotional understanding
  23. Empiric: found by experiment/practice
  24. Encompassed: included; surrounded
  25. Encroach: trespass; violate
  26. Endorsed: supported
  27. Entourage: group of followers; retinue; cortege
  28. Envisioning: imagining; predicting
  29. Epitome: essence; typical example or symbol of
  30. Equanimity: peace of mind; balance; calm
  31. Equitable: fair and equal
  32. Eradicate: wipe out; remove
  33. Erudition: learning; scholarly knowledge
  34. Esoteric: obscure; arcane; known to few
  35. Estrangement: separation
  36. Eulogy: praise
  37. Exacerbate: make worse
  38. Exasperation: frustration and annoyance
  39. Excise: cut out
  40. Exemplar: excellent example of
  41. Exonerated: proved not guilty; acquit
  42. Exorbitant: excessive


  1. Exotic: strange; foreign
  2. Expeditious: speedy; hasten
  3. Extant: still in existence; opposite of extinct
  4. Extirpation: destruction
  5. Extol: praise; glorify
  6. Extrapolate: predict on the basis of existing data; extended
  7. Facile: over simplified
  8. Faction: section; group with common interests
  9. Fastidious: very fussy; excessively concerned (esp. about cleanliness)
  10. Fawning: groveling; slavish; obsequious
  11. Fidelity: faithfulness; loyalty
  12. Finagle: wheedle; wangle; trick
  13. Finesse: skill
  14. Fitful: intermittent; on and off; not continous
  15. Flabbergast: shock; make speechless
  16. Flag: to lose energy; to signal
  17. Rambunctious: boisterous;
  18. Rancor: bitterness and bad feeling
  19. Ratify: give approval to (official)
  20. Raze: known down, destroy
  21. Reclusive: Avoid other people; solitary
  22. Recrimination: blame
  23. Rectitude: uprightness
  24. Redolent: smelling of (literal or metaphoric)
  25. Regressive: moving backwards (literal or metaphoric)
  26. Rehash: revamp hurriedly/carelessly;
  27. Remiss: neglectful
  28. Repertoire: range; set of skills
  29. Reprehensible: very bad; culpable; blame worthy
  30. Reprieve: let off (atleast temporarily); delay; cancel
  31. Reprimanded: scolded
  32. Resilience: strength; ability to withstand
  33. Resolute: firm of purpose
  34. Retraction: removal; taking back
  35. Rhetoric: persuasive language
  36. Robust: strong and sturdy
  37. Rousing: stirring; full of enthusiasm
  38. Rudimentary: elementary; basic;
  39. Salvageable: can be saved
  40. Sanctity: holiness
  41. Sarcasm: sneering; bitter remarks; ironic or taunting
  42. Scouring: cleaning thoroughly; thorough searching; comb
  43. Scrutinize: examine carefully
  44. Scuttled: sunk; foil
  45. Secluded: lonely; isolated
  46. Sedate: calm; placid
  47. Seditious: causing division or rebellion
  48. Sedulous: thorough; eager
  49. Serene: peaceful
  50. Sermonize: give moral lecture
  51. Shroud: a cover for dead body; to cover
  52. Slipshod: careless; untidy
  53. Solace: comfort
  54. Solicitous: expressing care and concern
  55. Somber: gloomy
  56. Sophistry: devious logic
  57. Soporific: sleep inducing; sleep producer
  58. Sporadic: intermittent; not continous; short stayed
  59. Spurned: shunned; rejected
  60. Squander: waste
  61. Squelch: suppress; crush
  62. Steadfastness: loyalty; firmness of purpose
  63. Stifling: suppressing
  64. Stipulated: insisted
  65. Substantiate: give supporting evidence
  66. Floridity: floweriness in language;
  67. Foil: frustrate; battle; defeat
  68. Formidable: inspiring awe; impressive and powerful difficulty
  69. Foster: support; encourage
  70. Foundered: sank; failed; stumbled
  71. Fraudulent: crooked; intending to cheat
  72. Frugal: economical; parsimony
  73. Furtive: secretive
  74. Futile: useless; waste of time and effort
  75. Gestures: signals
  76. Glacial: icy; unfriendly
  77. Glutton: greedy; spearing in eating and drinking
  78. Grating: harsh; rasping; irritating
  79. Gratuitous: free; unwarranted
  80. Grimy: dirty
  81. Hackneyed: commonplace; banal; over-used
  82. Heterogeneity: variety; non-uniformity
  83. Hilarity: great laughter
  84. Histronic: melodramatic; expressing exaggerated emotion
  85. Holistic: whole; entire
  86. Hubris: excessive pride; haughtiness
  87. Husbandry: careful management of resources
  88. Idiosyncratic: quirky; eccentric; unique to an individual
  89. Ignominy: shame
  90. Imperious: in a commanding manner
  91. Impetuosity: impulsiveness; rash
  92. Impudent: cheeky; irrespectful
  93. Inane: silly
  94. Incoherence: lack of clarity
  95. Inconsequential: unimportant
  96. Inconspicuous: not easily seen; indiscernible
  97. Indiscriminate: without thought; random; careless
  98. Indomitable: unshakeable; fearless
  99. Indulgent: kindly; pampering
  100. Ineffable: cant be expressed in words
  101. Ineptitude: lack of ability
  102. Infelicity: unsuitabilility; inappropriateness
  103. Infusion: influx; addition
  104. Ingenuous: naive
  105. Indigenous: native to a locality
  106. Indictment: charge; legal accusation
  107. Innocuous: harmless
  108. Inscrutable: not easy to comprehend
  109. Subversive: intending to overthrow; seditious; split
  110. Succulent: juicy
  111. Supplant: replace; usurp
  112. Supple: flexible; pliant; lithe
  113. Surfeit: excess
  114. Sustain: support; experience
  115. Sycophant: toady; servile flatterer
  116. Tactile: through the sense of touch
  117. Tangential: off the point; irrelevant
  118. Temper: moderate
  119. Temperamental: volatile; changeable
  120. Temporize: put off; procrastinate; delay
  121. Tenacious: holding firmly to idea or purpose
  122. Therapeutic: medicinal
  123. Thwarted: prevented
  124. Transitory: short-lived; not continous
  125. Teacly: too sweet; over sentimental
  126. Tremulous: hesitant
  127. Tribulation: trouble
  128. Truculence: stubbornness
  129. Undermine: weaken
  130. Unequivocal: certain; undoubtful
  131. Unwitting: not deliberated
  132. Unyielding: not giving up
  133. Vacillate: waver; hesitate
  134. Validated: proved right


  1. Valor: bravery
  2. Venality: corruption
  3. Versatility: ability to do many things
  4. Vex: annoy
  5. Vicarious: experience indirectly; at secondhand
  6. Vigilant: wary; watchful
  7. Vindication: proving right; acquittal
  8. Vindictive: seeking revenge
  9. Viscous: thick and sticky
  10. Volatile: evaporates easily; mercurial; easily angered; emotional
  11. Voluminous: large; bulky; extensive
  12. Vulnerable: open to attack; susceptible
  13. Waning: declining
  14. Warped: twisted; distorted
  15. Wary: cautious
  16. Wannow: sift; separate good from bad
  17. Wistful: sad; yearning; longing in a thoughtful way
  18. Wrath: anger
  19. Abhor: hate
  20. Bigot: narrow-minded, prejudiced person
  21. Counterfeit: fake; false
  22. Enfranchise: give voting rights
  23. Hamper: hinder; obstruct
  24. Kindle: to start a fire
  25. Noxious: harmful; poisonous; lethal
  26. Placid: calm; peaceful
  27. Remuneration: payment for work done
  28. Talisman: lucky charm
  29. Abasement: humiliation; degradation
  30. Billowing: swelling; fluttering; waving
  31. Cower: recoil in fear or servility; shrink away from
  32. Enhance: improve; make better or clearer
  33. Harangue: noisy, attacking speech
  34. Labyrinth: a maze
  35. Nullify: to counter; make unimportant
  36. Plaintiff: petitioner (in court of law)
  37. Replete: full
  38. Tangible: can be touched
  39. Plagiarism: taking credit for someone else’s writing or ideas


  1. Knotty: complex; difficult to solve
  2. Engender: cause
  3. Covert: hidden; undercover
  4. Abrogate: cancel; deny; repeal
  5. Blasphemy: speech which offends religious sentiments
  6. Credible: believable
  7. Enigma: puzzle; mystery
  8. Harbingers: indicators; bringers of warnings
  9. Labyrinthine: complicated; highly convoluted
  10. Plaudit: statement giving strong praise
  11. Reprehensible: shameful; very bad
  12. Tardy: slow; late; overdue; delayed
  13. Creditable: praiseworthy
  14. Hasten: hurry; accelerate; rush
  15. Laceration: a cut
  16. Obdurate: stubborn
  17. Plausible: can be believed; reasonable
  18. Reprieve: a respite; postponement of a sentence
  19. Tawdry: of little value; gaudy
  20. Abstain: desist; go without; withdraw
  21. Blighted: damaged; destroyed; ruined
  22. Credulous: gullible; ready to believe anything
  23. Enshroud: cover
  24. Haughtiness: arrogance; pride
  25. Lachrymose: tearful; sad
  26. Obfuscate: deliberately make something difficult to understand
  27. Plethora: an excess
  28. Repudiate: shun; eschew; back from statement
  29. Tedium: boredom
  30. Abstemious: self denying; refraining from indulging
  31. Enunciation: clear pronunciation; accent; articulation
  32. Headstrong: stubborn; willful
  33. Lackluster: dull; monotonous; bland
  34. Objective: unbiased; not subjective
  35. Pliable: flexible; not stubborn
  36. Rescind: retract; repeal
  37. Temper: to moderate; soften
  38. Abstruse: difficult to understand; obscure
  39. Cringe: recoil; flinch; shy away
  40. Envenom: to cause bitterness and bad feeling
  41. Hedonism: self indulgence; pleasure-seeking
  42. Laconic: using few words; brief; to the point
  43. Oblique: indirect; slanting
  44. Tenacious: stubborn; resolute; holding firm to a purpose
  45. Accolade: tribute; honor; praise
  46. Bolster: support; prop up
  47. Cryptic: puzzling; enigmatic
  48. Ephemeral: short-lived
  49. Lamentation: expression of regret or sorrow
  50. Obliterate: destroy; demolish; eradicate
  51. Plummet: fall suddenly and steeply
  52. Resolution: determination
  53. Tentative: not certain
  54. Acquiesce: to agree to; give in to
  55. Bombast: arrogant, pompous language
  56. Curtail: cut short
  57. Heed: listen to
  58. Lampoon: ridicule; spoof
  59. Oblivious: totally unaware
  60. Podium: raised platform
  61. Resonant: echoing
  62. Tenuous: flimsy; not solid
  63. Debility weakness; incapacity
  64. Hiatus interruption; pause
  65. Languid tired; slow
  66. Obscured: hidden; covered; buried
  67. Poised: calm; collected; self-possessed
  68. Resplendent: shining; glowing
  69. Therapeutic: medicinal; curative
  70. Acuity: sharpness (mental or visual)
  71. Braggart: someone who boasts
  72. Debunking: exposing false claims or myths
  73. Hidebound: rigid in opinions
  74. Languish: decay; fade away; get weaker
  75. Obsequious: servile; submissive
  76. Polemical: causing debate or argument
  77. Restorative: a tonic
  78. Thwart: prevent; frustrate
  79. Adamant: forceful; inflexible
  80. Brawny: muscular
  81. Equivocate: speak ambiguously;
  82. Hieroglyphics: 1. picture writing; 2. writing which is difficult to read
  83. Larceny: theft; robbery; stealing
  84. Ponderous: weighty; slow and heavy
  85. Retention: preservation; withholding
  86. Timorous: cowardly; fearful
  87. Adroit: skilful Brevity being brief
  88. Decorum: dignified, correct behavior [decorous (a)]
  89. Err: make a mistake
  90. Hinder: obstruct
  91. Largess: generosity
  92. Obsolete: no longer valid
  93. Reticent: restrained; holding something back; uncommunicative
  94. Tirade: stream of verbal abuse
  95. Adulation: strong admiration; worship
  96. Bristle: to show irritation
  97. Erratic: wandering; irregular
  98. Histrionic: theatrical; exaggerated
  99. Laud: praise
  100. Portend: foretell
  101. Retraction: withdrawal; cancellation of a statement
  102. Titter: giggle quietly
  103. Adversity: hardship
  104. Broach: start to discuss; approach
  105. Deference: respect

1000 words | Dawn news vocabulary

  1. Esoteric: obscure and difficult to understand
  2. Hoary: old; white with old age
  3. Lavish: on a grand scale; wasteful
  4. Obtuse: mentally dull
  5. Portent: a warning sign; omen
  6. Revere: worship
  7. Advocate: support
  8. Brusque: blunt; abrupt
  9. Espouse: promote; take up; support
  10. Hone: sharpen; increase; whet
  11. Lax: careless; not strict
  12. Obviate: avoid; make unnecessary
  13. Poseur: someone who puts on an act
  14. Riddled: full of (usually full of holes)
  15. Torpid: inactive; lazy; stagnant
  16. Defunct: no longer in existence
  17. Etymology: the study of word origins
  18. Legend: 1. key to map; 2. myth or story
  19. Odious: hateful Posterity future generations


  1. Rife: common
  2. Torpor: dormancy; sluggishness; inactivity
  3. Affable: friendly; social; easygoing
  4. Bureaucracy: officialdom
  5. Degradation: deprivation; poverty; debasement
  6. Eulogy: praise
  7. Hypochondriac: a person obsessed with health; having imaginary illnesses
  8. Legion: in large numbers
  9. Officious: domineering; intrusive; meddlesome
  10. Posthumous: after death
  11. Rigor: thoroughness
  12. Totter: walk unsteadily
  13. Alacrity: eagerness; enthusiasm; quickness
  14. Deleterious: harmful
  15. Euphemism: a polite phrase to cover something unpleasant
  16. Hypocritical: insincere
  17. Lethargic: tired; without energy
  18. Ogle: stare at; observe in an obvious manner
  19. Robust: strong; healthy; tough
  20. Tractable: obedient; dutiful; polite
  21. Deliberate: to think over deeply
  22. Euphony: pleasant sounds
  23. Iconoclast: person who opposes orthodoxy
  24. Levity: flippancy; joking about serious matters; lightness
  25. Olfactory: concerned with the sense of smell
  26. Alibi: an excuse that shows someone was not at a crime scene
  27. Buttress: strengthen; support
  28. Delineation: demarcation; explanation; definition; outlining
  29. Evacuate: vacate; empty; abandon
  30. Idiosyncrasy: a personal peculiarity; something unique to an individual
  31. Libertarian: someone who opposes tyranny
  32. Ominous: threatening
  33. Potent: powerful; compelling; strong
  34. Ruminate: think over something; ponder
  35. Transcribe: copy
  36. Allay: to lessen
  37. Byline: the line that tells you who wrote an article
  38. Demur: hesitate; refuse
  39. Exacerbate: make worse
  40. Ignominious: shameful
  41. Omnipotent: all-powerful
  42. Pragmatic: practical Ruse trick; stratagem
  43. Transgress: go astray; disobey; commit a sin
  44. Alleviate: make less severe
  45. Cacophony: discordant loud noises
  46. Denounce: condemn; speak out against
  47. Exasperated: frustrated; annoyed
  48. Ignominy: shame [ignominious (a) = shameful]
  49. Lithe: flexible; supple
  50. Omniscient: all-knowing
  51. Pragmatist: practical person; one who is concerned with usefulness
  52. Saccharin: falsely sweet
  53. Transient: short-lived; ephemeral
  54. Aloof: distant; detached; cold
  55. Cajole: coax; wheedle; decieve by flattery
  56. Deplete: use up; lessen
  57. Exceptionable: very bad (something which we should object to)
  58. Illuminate: to light up or make clear
  59. Livid: very angry
  60. Onerous: burdensome; hard to undertake
  61. Preamble: introductory material
  62. Sacrosanct: very holy; inviolable
  63. Traverse: to move across
  64. Altruism: putting others first; being self-sacrificing
  65. Deplore: regret
  66. Exculpate: free someone from blame; pardon; acquit
  67. Illusory: deceptive; false; misleading
  68. Onus: burden
  69. Precarious: unstable; risky
  70. Sagacious: wise
  71. Trepidation: fear
  72. Amass: accumulate
  73. Callow: immature
  74. Depravity: moral corruption
  75. Execrable: very, very bad
  76. Immoderate: excessive; extreme
  77. Lofty: snooty; arrogant; haughty
  78. Opaque: does not let light through
  79. Precedent: a previous occurrence used as a guide
  80. Sage: a wise person; person celebrated for wisdom
  81. Trinket: something of little value; knick-knack
  82. Ambiguity: uncertainty; vagueness
  83. Candid: frank; honest
  84. Deprecate: criticize; denounce
  85. Immutable: unchanging; permanent
  86. Longevity: long life
  87. Opulent: wealthy; rich; magnificent
  88. Precept: guiding principle
  89. Salacious: lecherous; erotic
  90. Trite: unoriginal; dull
  91. Ambiguous: unclear in meaning; can be interpreted in different ways
  92. Candor: frankness; openness
  93. Deride: ridicule; make fun of; mock
  94. Exemplary: outstandingly good; setting a fine example
  95. Impartial: unbiased; neutral
  96. Loquacious: talkative
  97. Sallow: yellowish
  98. Trivial: unimportant
  99. Ambivalence: lack of clarity; wavering;
  100. Cantankerous bad-tempered; quarrelsome
  101. Exemplify: to serve as a good example
  102. Impecunious: having no money
  103. Lucid: clear
  104. Ornate: highly decorated
  105. Salubrious: health-giving
  106. Truant: shirker; someone absent without permission
  107. Ambulatory: able to walk around (used of hospital patients)
  108. Capacious: spacious
  109. Desecrate: to damage or pollute a holy place
  110. Exhaustive: complete and thorough Impious wicked; profane
  111. Ludicrous: ridiculous; silly
  112. Orthodox: conventional
  113. Precipitous: done in a hurry
  114. Salutary: something which teaches you a lesson; beneficial
  115. Truncate: cut short
  116. Ameliorate: make better
  117. Capitulate: surrender; give in to
  118. Exonerates: acquits; absolves; removes blame
  119. Impoverished: destitute; poor
  120. Ossify: 1. turn to bone; 2. become fixed and rigid
  121. Preclude: prevent or make impossible
  122. Sanctimonious: hypocritically holy
  123. Tumult: uproar; noise
  124. Amelioration: improvement
  125. Carping: constant criticism; finding faults
  126. Desist: stop; discontinue; cease
  127. Exorcism: getting free/rid of; eliminating (especially demons)
  128. Impromptu: unrehearsed; spontaneous
  129. Lummox: clumsy person
  130. Ostentatious: showy
  131. Precocious: developing early
  132. Sanction: give approval to
  133. Turpitude: depravity
  134. Amiable: friendly; lovable
  135. Cartographer: person who makes maps
  136. Despondent: having no hope; miserable
  137. Expatriate: refugee; emigrant; someone living away from his own country
  138. Inadvertent: not intentional
  139. Luscious: juicy; moist; succulent
  140. Oust: push out of a position
  141. Predecessor: one who came before
  142. Sanguinary: bloodthirsty; bloody
  143. Tyro: novice; beginner
  144. Amity: friendship
  145. Castigate: scold strongly
  146. Destitution: hardship; poverty; misery
  147. Expedient: convenient; practical
  148. Lynch: assassinate; kill; illegal hanging
  149. Overt: obvious; not hidden
  150. Predicament: dilemma; difficult situation
  151. Sanguine: optimistic; cheerful
  152. Ubiquitous: found everywhere; omnipresent
  153. Amorphous: lacking in shape
  154. Deter: put off; prevent
  155. Expedite: make faster
  156. Incarceration: putting in prison
  157. Machinations: plots and plans
  158. Preeminent: famous; outstanding
  159. Sardonic: mocking
  160. Unalloyed: undiluted; total
  161. Analgesic: medicine to combat pain
  162. Caucus: type of private political meeting
  163. Deteriorate: worsen; decline
  164. Exposition: clear explanation
  165. Incessant: without stopping
  166. Maelstrom: whirlpool; storm in the ocean
  167. Prerogative: right or privilege
  168. Savant: person with knowledge
  169. Unctuous: oily; using excessive flattery
  170. Analogous: comparable
  171. Caustic: burning
  172. Detrimental: harmful
  173. Extol: praise
  174. Incipient: just beginning
  175. Magnanimous: generous; big-hearted
  176. Prescient: having fore-knowledge
  177. Scale: to climb
  178. Undermined: damaged; attacked
  179. Anarchy: chaos; lack of government
  180. Devoured: greedily eaten/consumed
  181. Extradite: deport from one country back to the home country
  182. Inclination: tendency; a leaning toward
  183. Palliative: a remedy that improves but doesn’t cure
  184. Presentiment: a feeling that something might happen
  185. Scapegoat: person on whom blame is placed for faults of others
  186. Underscore: emphasize
  187. Dexterous: skilful with hands
  188. Extraneous: irrelevant
  189. Incoherent: not clear
  190. Maladroit: clumsy; unskillful
  191. Pallid: pale
  192. Presumptuous: assuming too much; arrogant
  193. Scrupulous: careful; diligent; painstaking
  194. Unequivocal: clear; obvious
  195. Animosity: hatred; antagonism
  196. Censorious: disapproving; critical
  197. Dichotomy: a division into two parts
  198. Extrapolate: extend; predict on the basis of known data
  199. Incongruous: not fitting in; out of place
  200. Malady: illness
  201. Palpable: easily felt; easily perceived
  202. Pretentious: pompous; self-important
  203. Scrutinize: examine carefully
  204. Unfetter: set free
  205. Censure: blame; criticize
  206. Extrinsic: irrelevant; on the outside
  207. Inconsequential: unimportant; insignificant; negligible
  208. Malediction: a curse Panacea remedy for all ills
  209. Prevaricate: speak misleadingly and evasively
  210. Cerebral: intellectual
  211. Diffident: lacking confidence
  212. Fallacious: false
  213. Inconspicuous: not easily seen; subtle; not noticeable
  214. Malefactor: a wrong-doer
  215. Paradigm: 1. example; 2. model; 3. way of looking at things
  216. Pristine unspoiled
  217. Unprecedented: never having happened before
  218. Anomaly: something which does not fit in a pattern; irregularity
  219. Certitude: certainty
  220. Digress: wander off the subject
  221. Falter: hesitate; waver
  222. Indelible: cannot be wiped out
  223. Malinger: deliberately avoid work; shirk
  224. Paradox: apparently contradictory statement
  225. Sensuous: appealing to the senses
  226. Unscathed: unharmed; intact; without a scratch
  227. Antagonism: hostility; strong opposition
  228. Charlatan: trickster who claims knowledge he doesn’t have
  229. Indifferent: 1. neutral; 2. not outstanding
  230. Malingerer: person who deliberately tries to avoid work
  231. Paragon: a perfect example
  232. Procrastinate: delay; put off
  233. Unwitting: not deliberate; unconscious
  234. Antagonistic: opposed; hostile; aggressive
  235. Chary: watchful; wary of; cautious about; reluctant to give
  236. Dilatory: slow; falling behind with one’s work
  237. Fanaticism: passion; excessive devotion
  238. Indigenous: native to a particular area
  239. Malleable: flexible; can be shaped
  240. Paramount: of supreme importance
  241. Prodigal: wasteful; extravagant
  242. Sequester: isolate
  243. Upbraid: scold; tell off; reprimand
  244. Antediluvian: outdated; prehistoric; very old-fashioned
  245. Dilemma: puzzling situation
  246. Fastidious: overly particular; finicky
  247. Indolence: laziness
  248. Prodigious: very large
  249. Serendipity: fortunate coincidence; unsought discovery
  250. Uproarious: hilarious; hysterical; very funny
  251. Dilettante: person who dabbles in a subject without serious study
  252. Inductee: novice; beginner
  253. Manipulatable: influencable; controllable
  254. Profane: unholy
  255. Serene: calm; peaceful
  256. Upshot: outcome
  257. Diligent: hard-working
  258. Feasible: possible and practicable
  259. Indulgent: pampering; satisfying desires
  260. Marred: damaged; spoiled
  261. Pariah: an outcast from society
  262. Urbane: sophisticated; suave; refined
  263. Antiquated: outdated; old fashioned
  264. Choleric: easily angered
  265. Diorama: model of a scene
  266. Fecund: fertile Inebriation drunkenness; intoxication
  267. Marshal: to gather together
  268. Parity: equality
  269. Profound: having deep meaning
  270. Servile: overly submissive; groveling
  271. Usurp: take someone’s position (usually by force)
  272. Apathetic: indifferent; uninterested; lethargic
  273. Chronicler: person who records historical information
  274. Dirge: mournful song
  275. Felicitous: apt
  276. Ineffable: cannot be expressed in words
  277. Marsupial: pouched mammal (like a kangaroo)
  278. Parochial: narrow-minded; concerned only with local matters
  279. Skeptical: doubting; not gullible
  280. Utilitarian: useful
  281. Apathy: lack of interest or emotion
  282. Circuitous: indirect; roundabout (circuitous statement)
  283. Disapprobation: disapproval
  284. Fervor: passion; enthusiasm; zeal
  285. Inept: incompetent; unskilled; useless
  286. Martinet: person who believes in strict discipline
  287. Parody: a mockery; imitation for ridicule; spoof
  288. Proletarian: member of the working class
  289. Skirmish: minor battle
  290. Utopian: a believer in an ideal world
  291. Apocryphal: of doubtful origin; not original
  292. Circumlocution: using too many words; long-windedness
  293. Discern: to distinguish one thing from another
  294. Fickle: unpredictable; whimsical; easily swayed
  295. Inertia: inactivity; lethargy
  296. Masochist: person who intentionally inflicts pain on himself
  297. Parry: ward off; avoid
  298. Prolific: producing a lot
  299. Sluggard: slow-moving; lethargic person
  300. Vacillate: waver; hesitate
  301. Appease: pacify; soothe; calm down; make peace with
  302. Circumscribe: limit
  303. Discord: disagreement
  304. Finesse: skill
  305. Inevitable: cannot be avoided
  306. Matriarchy: society governed by women
  307. Parsimonious: economical; frugal; thrifty
  308. Proponents: promoters; supporters
  309. Vacuous: empty; silly; meaningless
  310. Apprehensive: worried; fearful
  311. Circumspect: cautious; considering all sides
  312. Discordancy: cacophony; harshness; jarring
  313. Fitful: not continuous; stopping and starting
  314. Inexorable: relentless
  315. Maverick: a loner
  316. Parsimony: stinginess; frugality; cost-cutting
  317. Prosaic: dull; boring; ordinary
  318. Vagrant: person wandering without a home
  319. Arable: can be cultivated
  320. Circumvent: avoid
  321. Discrepancy: something which does not match up; inconsistency
  322. Flagrant: clearly wrong
  323. Inexpedient: not advisable
  324. Meager: in short supply
  325. Partisan: biased; one-sided; committed to one group
  326. Proscribe: forbid
  327. Solace: comfort for grief
  328. Vapid: dull; uninspiring
  329. Arbitrary: random; for no definite reason
  330. Clairvoyant: psychic; mystic
  331. Discriminate: to make a clear distinction; see the difference
  332. Flamboyant: showy; ornate Infallible perfect; flawless;
  333. Meander: wander from side to side
  334. Pathos: evoking sadness or pity
  335. Prosody: study of versification
  336. Solicit: to ask for; seek
  337. Variegated: multicolored; speckled
  338. Arcane: obscure; known only to a few people
  339. Clamor: shout; scream
  340. Discursiveness: long windedness; indirectness
  341. Flaunt: show off; display in a showy manner
  342. Infamous: famous for something bad
  343. Mellow: soft; melodious; ripe
  344. Patron: one who give support (usually financial)
  345. Prostration: 1. lying face down; 2. be overcome with extreme weakness
  346. Somnambulist: sleepwalker
  347. Vehemence: violence; fervor; forcefulness
  348. Archaic: ancient; outdated; old fashioned
  349. Clandestine: secret; covert; stealthy
  350. Disdain: contempt; strong dislike
  351. Flippant: making jokes about serious matters Infer deduce; conclude
  352. Menagerie: collection of animals
  353. Patronize: condescend to; behave in an arrogant manner towards
  354. Protagonist: main character in film, book,
  355. Soothsayer: fortuneteller
  356. Vehement: forceful
  357. Archetype: classic example of
  358. Clemency: mercy
  359. Disinterested: unbiased
  360. Flout: defy; reject
  361. Ingenue: naive, unsophisticated person
  362. Mendacious: given to lying
  363. Paucity: shortage
  364. Protean: changeable
  365. Sophomoric: juvenile; immature
  366. Venal: corrupt; can be bribed
  367. Archives: collections of old records; place of storage of old documents
  368. Cliche: overused expression; something unoriginal
  369. Disparage: criticize; belittle
  370. Flustered: worked-up; not calm Ingrate ungrateful person
  371. Mercenary: concerned only with money
  372. Peccadillo: minor weakness; trivial offence
  373. Protege: person under protection of, or guided by another
  374. Soporific: inducing sleep; sleep producer
  375. Veneer: surface coating
  376. Articulate: clear; lucid; eloquent
  377. Clientele: customers
  378. Disparity: an inequality
  379. Fly-by-night: unreliable; disreputable
  380. Inimical: hostile
  381. Mercurial: volatile; changeable
  382. Pedant: person who insists on strict adherence to rules or narrow learning
  383. Protocol: procedure; code of behavior
  384. Sparse: spare; bare; meager Venerate revere; worship
  385. Artifice: deception; trickery
  386. Coalesce: come together; merge
  387. Dispassionate: neutral; objective
  388. Forensic: concerned with argument or debate (esp. for legal evidence)
  389. Innate: inherited; inborn
  390. Merge: come together
  391. Pedestrian: common; mundane; banal
  392. Provincial: unsophisticated; narrow-minded
  393. Specious: false
  394. Venial: minor; unimportant
  395. Artisan: craftsman
  396. Coddle: pamper; fuss over; indulge
  397. Disseminating: circulating; broadcasting; spreading (information)
  398. Fortitude: bravery Innocuous harmless; inoffensive
  399. Metaphorically: symbolically; figuratively Peerless without equal
  400. Prudent: cautious; wise
  401. Speckled: spotted; freckled; dotted
  402. Veracity: truthfulness
  403. Ascetic: without luxuries; severely simple
  404. Coercion: force
  405. Diurnal: active in daytime
  406. Fortuitous: happening by chance
  407. Innovate: create; introduce something new
  408. Meticulous: very careful; painstaking
  409. Pejorative: derogatory
  410. Puerile: childish
  411. Sporadic: not continuous; intermittent
  412. Verbose: talkative; long-winded; rambling
  413. Assiduous: thorough; diligent
  414. Cogent: lucid; well argued
  415. Divert: 1. entertain; 2. distract; 3. cause a detour
  416. Fractious: irritable; difficult to control
  417. Inscrutable: mysterious; impenetrable
  418. Mettle: courage; bravery; valor
  419. Pellucid: transparently clear
  420. Punctilious: paying attention to small details
  421. Spurious: false
  422. Assuage: to calm
  423. Cogitate: think over something; ponder
  424. Docile: gentle and easily lead
  425. Fraudulent: fake; false
  426. Insentient: unfeeling
  427. Milieu: environment
  428. Pensive: in a thoughtful mood; thinking deeply
  429. Purloin: steal
  430. Stagnant: still; not moving
  431. Vertigo: dizziness
  432. Astute: perceptive; sharp-witted
  433. Collage: picture made from fragments of other pictures
  434. Dogmatic: having stubbornly held opinions
  435. Frivolous: not serious Insipid dull; bland; boring
  436. Mire: swamp; muddy ground
  437. Penury: poverty
  438. Pusillanimous: cowardly
  439. Staid: dull; sober; serious
  440. Vestigial: not developed
  441. Asylum: place of refuge or safety
  442. Collate: arrange in order
  443. Dolt: stupid person
  444. Frugal: economical; not wasting anything
  445. Instigate: to start; provoke
  446. Misanthrope: hater of the rest of mankind
  447. Perceptive: observant
  448. Pyromania: compulsion to start fires
  449. Stanza: section of a poem
  450. Vignette: small sketch
  451. Atheist: person who does not believe in God


  1. Colloquial: local and informal (used of language)
  2. Dotard: foolish old man
  3. Furrow: groove
  4. Instigator: troublemaker; person who entices others to do something
  5. Misnomer: wrong name
  6. Percipient: perceptive; insightful
  7. Quaff: drink down quickly
  8. Staunch: loyal; faithful; dependable
  9. Vilification: blackening someone’s name
  10. Atrophy: waste away from lack of use
  11. Collusion: plotting and planning
  12. Drawl: speak slowly with words running together
  13. Furtive: hidden and secret
  14. Insurgent: a rebel
  15. Misogynist: hater of women
  16. Perdition: damnation
  17. Quagmire: marsh; bog
  18. Stereotype: fixed image
  19. Vindicate: prove right; remove blame
  20. Attenuate: weaken

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