301). Abeyance

Meaning: Suspension, remission, reserve, suspense.

Definition: a state of temporary disuse or suspension.

Usage: Matters were held in abeyance pending further €nC]LllI‘l€S

302). Vacillate

Meaning: dither, teeter, temporize, hesitate, fluctuate.

Definition: waver between different opinions or actions; be indecisive.

Usage: I vacillated between teaching and journalism.

303). Tantamount

Meaning: equivalent to, equal to, amounting to, as good as, more or less, synonymous with, virtually the same as, much the same as.

Definition: equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as.

Usage: The resignations were tantamount to an admission of guilt.

304). Proximity

Meaning: Closeness, nearness, presence, propinquity.

Definition: a nearness in space, time, or relationship.

Usage: Do not operate microphones in close proximity to television sets.

305). Fulsome

Meaning: ample, profuse, generous, liberal, lavish.

Definition: complimentary or flattering to an excessive degree.

Usage: The press are embarrassingly fulsome in their appreciation.

306). Extol

Meaning: praise enthusiastically, go into raptures about/over, wax lyrical about, sing the praises of, praise to the skies, heap praise on.

Definition: praise enthusiastically.

Usage: He extolled the virtues of the Russian peoples.

307). Insipid

Meaning: tasteless, unflavoured, bland, weak, thin.

Definition: lacking flavour; weak or tasteless.

Usage: Mugs of insipid coffee.

308). Incisive

Meaning: Penetrating, acute, sharp, keen, canny, clever, smart, quick.

Definition: (of a person or mental process) intelligently analytical and clear-thinking.

Usage: She was an incisive critic.

309). Idolatry

Meaning: idolization, idolizing, fetishization, worship, worshipping, adulation, adoration, adoring, reverence,


Definition: extreme admiration, love, or reverence for something or someone.

Usage: We must not allow our idolatry of art to obscure issues of political significance.

310). Disdain

Meaning: scorn, deride, slight, undervalue.

Definition: consider to be unworthy of one‘s consideration.

Usage: He disdained his patients as an inferior rabble.

311). Accolade

Meaning: Honour, recognition, privilege, award, gift, title.

Definition: an award or privilege granted as a special honour or as an acknowledgement of merit.

Usage: The hotel has won numerous accolades.

312). Acrid

Meaning: pungent, bitter, sharp, sour, tart, harsh, acid, acidic.

Definition: unpleasantly bitter or pungent.

Usage: Acrid smoke.

313). Adjunct

Meaning: Supplement, addition, accompaniment, complement, additive, accessory.

Definition: a thing added to something else as a supplementary rather than an essential part.

Usage: Computer technology is an adjunct to learning.

314). Bolster

Meaning: pillow, cushion, support, pad, rest.

Definition: a long, thick pillow that is placed under other pillows for support.

Usage: the fall in interest rates is starting to bolster confidence.

315). Orator

Meaning: Speaker, lecturer, declaimer.

Definition: a public speaker, especially one who is eloquent or skilled.

Usage: A theatrically effective orator.

316). Pacifist

Meaning: Objector, pacifier, conscientious.

Definition: a person who believes that war and violence are unjustifiable.

Usage: she was a committed pacifist all her life.

317). Savour

Meaning: Suggest, smack of, have a suggestion of.

Definition: have a suggestion or trace of (a quality or attribute, typically one considered bad).

Usage: Their genuflections savoured of superstition and popery.

318). Surfeit

Meaning: Excess, surplus, abundance, oversupply, avalanche, deluge.

Definition: an excessive amount of something.

Usage: A surfeit of food and drink.

319). Taciturn

Meaning: untalkative, reticent, quiet, mute, dumb, inaiticulate.

Definition: (of a person) reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little.

Usage: After such gatherings she would be taciturn and morose.

320). Witticism

Meaning: Joke, quip, witty remark, flash of wit, jest, pun, pleasantry.

Definition: a witty remark.

Usage: Maurice roared with laughter at his own.

321). Abdicate

Meaning: resign, retire, quit, stand down.

Definition: (of a monarch) renounce one‘s throne.

Usage: in 1918 Kaiser Wilhelm abdicated as German emperor.

322). Atrophy

Meaning: waste, become emaciate, wither, shrivel, wil.

Definition: (of body tissue or an organ) waste away, especially as a result of the degeneration of cells, or become vestigial during evolution.

Usage: The calf muscles will atrophy.

323). Axiom

Meaning: Accepted truth, general truth, dictum, tniism, principle.

Definition: a statement or proposition which is regarded as being established, accepted, or self-

evidently tnie.

Usage: The axiom that sport builds character.

324). Burnish

Meaning: Shine, brighten, smooth,glaze.

Definition: polish (something, especially metal) by rubbing.

Usage: Highly burnished armour.

325). Cataclysm

Meaning: disaster, calamity, tragedy, art of God, crisis.

Definition: a sudden violent political or social upheaval.

Usage: The cataclysm of the First World War.

326). Converge

Meaning: Meet, intersect, cross, connect, link up, coincide.

Definition: (of lines) tend to meet at a point.

Usage: a pair of lines of longitude is parallel at the equator but converge toward the poles.

327). Delineate

Meaning: describe, set forth, set out, present, outline, depict, portray, represent.

Definition: describe or portray (something) precisely.

Usage: The law should delineate and prohibit behaviour which is socially abhorrent.

328). Devious

Meaning: underhand, deceitful, dishonest, dubious, dirty.

Definition: Showing a skilful use of underhand tactics to achieve goals.

Usage: he‘s as devious as a politician needs to be.

329). Enervate

Meaning: exhaust, tire, weary, devitalize, drain, sap, weaken, enfeeble.

Definition: make (someone) feel drained of energy or vitality.

Usage: Enervating heat.

330). Esoteric

Meaning: abstruse, obscure, arcane, cryptic, Delphic.

Definition: intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest.

Usage: Esoteric philosophical debates.

331). Innate

Meaning: inborn, natural, inbred, inherent, intrinsic, intuitive, untaught.

Definition: inborn; natural.

Usage: Her innate capacity for organization.

332). Austere

Meaning: Severe, harsh, stiff, reserved, remote, serious.

Definition: severe or strict in manner or attitude.

Usage: he was an austere man, with a rigidly puritanical outlook.

333). Onerous

Meaning: burdensome, heavy, awkward, oppressive.

Definition: (of a task or responsibility) involving a great deal of effort, trouble, or difficulty.

Usage: He found his duties increasingly onerous.

334). Wanton

Meaning: deliberate, willful, malicious, spiteful, vicious, evil.

Definition: (of a cmel or violent action) deliberate and unprovoked.

Usage: Sheer Wanton vandalism.

335). Loquacious

Meaning: Talkative, voluble, wordy, rambling.

Definition: Tending to talk a great deal; talkative.

Usage: Never loquacious, Sarah was now totally lost for words.

336). Mortify

Meaning: Embarrass, shame, abash, appal, crush.

Definition: Cause (someone) to feel very embarrassed or ashamed.

Usage: She was mortified to see her wrinkles in the mirror.

337). Perdition

Meaning: damnation, eternal punishment.

Definition: (in Christian theology) a state of etemal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unrepentant person passes after death.

Usage: She used her last banknote to buy herself a square meal before perdition.

338). Penance

Meaning: atonement, expiation, self-mortification, penalty.

Definition: punishment inflicted on oneself as an outward expression of repentance for wrongdoing.

Usage: He had done public penance for those hasty words.

339). Vicissitude

Meaning: Change, alteration, transformation, shift, switch, turn.

Definition: a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant.

Usage: Her husband’s sharp vicissitudes of fortune.

340). Punctilious

Meaning: meticulous, careful, diligent, attentive, studious, rigorous.

Definition: showing great attention to detail or correct behaviour.

Usage: He was punctilious in providing every amenity for his guests.

341). Terrestrial

Meaning: Earthy, worldly, mundane, earthbound.

Definition: on or relating to the earth.

Usage: Increased ultraviolet radiation may disrupt terrestrial ecosystems.

342). Laggard

Meaning: layabout, lagger, slug, snail, idler, lounger.

Definition: a person who makes slow progress and falls behind others.

Usage: Staff were under enormous pressure and there was no time for laggards.

343). Aghast

Meaning: horrified, appalled, in shock, wide-eyed, shell-shocked, dismayed.

Definition: filled with horror or shock.

Usage: She winced, aghast at his cruelty.

344). Pristine

Meaning: immaculate, fresh, new, clean, virgin, pure.

Definition: in its original condition; unspoilt.

Usage: Pristine copies of an early magazine.

345). Altercation

Meaning: Argument, quarrel, fight, dissension, quarrel.

Definition: a noisy argument or disagreement, especially in public.

Usage: I had an altercation with the ticket collector.

346). Opulent

Meaning: Luxurious, sumptuous, palatial, grand, magnificent, rich, lush.

Definition: ostentatiously costly and luxurious.

Usage: The opulent comfort of a limousine.

347). Eulogize

Meaning: praise enthusiastically, go into raptures about/over, wax lyrical about, acclaim, extol.

Definition: praise highly in speech or writing.

Usage: He was eulogized as a rock star.

348). Astute

Meaning: shrewd, sharp, bright, brilliant, smart, canny, wise, incisive.

Definition: having or showing an ability to accurately assess situations or people and turn this to one’s advantage.

Usage: An astute businessman.

349). Sombre

Meaning: dark, dark-coloured, dull, drab,shady.

Definition: dark or dull in colour or tone.

Usage: The night skies were sombre and starless.

350). Errant

Meaning: guilty, culpable, aberrant, deviant, lawless

Definition: erring or straying from the accepted course or standards.

Usage: An errant husband coming back from a night on the tiles.

351). Perturb

Meaning: worry, upset, disturb, trouble.

Definition: make (someone) anxious or unsettled.

Usage: They were perturbed by her capricious behavior.

352). Imbibe

Meaning: drink, consume, sup, sip, quaff, swallow, down, guzzle, swill, lap.

Definition: drink (alcohol).

Usage: They were imbibing far too many pitchers of beer.

353). Perjury

Meaning: lying under oath, violation of an oath, giving false evidence/testimony, bearing false witness/testimony.

Definition: the offence of wilfully telling an untruth or making a misrepresentation under oath.

Usage: He claimed two witnesses at his trial had committed perjury.

354). Vanquish

Meaning: conquer, trounce, annihiliate, worst, overcome, overwhelm.

Definition: defeat thoroughly.

Usage: he successfully vanguished his rival.

355). Sombre

Meaning: dark, dark-coloured, dull, drab, dingy, shady.

Definition: dark or dull in colour or tone.

Usage: The night skies were sombre and starless.

356). Sojourn

Meaning: Stay, visit, stop, stopover, residence.

Definition: a temporary stay.

Usage: Her sojourn in Rome.

357). Insouciant

Meaning: nonchalant, untroubled, unworried, unniffled, calm, breezy.

Definition: showing a casual lack of concern.

Usage: An insouciant shrug.

358). Labyrinth

Meaning: Maze, warren, network, web, coil, entanglement.

Definition: a complicated irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult to find one’s

way; a maze.

Usage: You lose yourself in a labyrinth of little streets.

359). Modicum

Meaning: little bit, small amount, praticle, degree, speck, fragment, scrap, crumb.

Definition: a small quantity of a particular thing, especially something desirable or valuable.

Usage: His statement had a modicum of truth.

360). Sonorous

Meaning: resonant, rich, full, booming, vibrant, deep, clear.

Definition: (of a person‘s voice or other sound) imposingly deep and full.

Usage: He read aloud with a sonorous and musical voice.

361). Monotonous

Meaning: tedious, dull, unexciting, tiresome, unvaried prosaic, dreary, colourless.

Definition: dull, tedious, and repetitious; lacking in variety and interest.

Usage: The statistics that he quotes with monotonous regularity.

362). Annihilate

Meaning: destroy, obliterate, liquidate, eradicate, extinguish, exttinguish

Definition: destroy utterly; obliterate.

Usage: A simple bomb of this type could annihilate them all.

363). Expurgate

Meaning: censor, bowdlerize, blue-pencil, redact, cut, edit.

Definition: remove matter thought to be objectionable or unsuitable from (a text or account).

Usage: An expurgated English translation.

364). Insanity

Meaning: mental illness, lunacy, instability, madness, loss of reason.

Definition: the state of being seriously mentally ill; madness.

Usage: He suffered from bouts of insanity.

365). Indignation

Meaning: resentment, affront, anger, distress, unhappiness, hurt, pain, upset, pique, spleen.

Definition: anger or annoyance provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment.

Usage: The letter filled Lucy With indignation.

366). Passionate

Meaning: intense, ardent, fervent, zealous, fiery, heated, eager, animated, spirited.

Definition: having, showing, or caused by strong feelings or beliefs.

Usage: Passionate pleas for help.

367). Infuriate

Meaning: enrage, incense, anger, inflame, send into a rage.

Definition: make (someone) extremely angry and impatient.

Usage: I was infuriated by your article.


368). Brood

Meaning: offspring, young, progeny, spawn.

Definition: a family of birds or other young animals produced at one hatching or birth.

Usage: A brood of chicks.

369). Panacea

Meaning: universal cure, cure-all, Wonder drug, formula, magic bullet magic.

Definition: a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases.

Usage: The panacea for all corporate ills.

370). Reproachful

Meaning: disapproving, reproving, critical, censo admonitory rious.

Definition: expressing disapproval or disappointment.

Usage: She gave him a reproachful look.

371). Jubilant

Meaning: Overjoyed, exultant, joyful, rejoicing, gleeful, euphoric, ecstatic, transported.

Definition: feeling or expressing great happiness triumph.and.

Usage: a large number of jubilant fans ran on to the pitch.

372). Comprehend

Meaning: understand, grasp, take in, see, apprehe follow, make sense of, fathom, make out.

Definition: grasp mentally; understand.

Usage: he couldn’t comprehend her reasons for marrying Lovat.

373). Moratorium

Meaning: embargo, ban, prohibition, suspension, stoppage, halt.

Definition: a temporary prohibition of an activity.

Usage: a moratorium on the use of drift nets.

374). Feud

Meaning: quarrel, fight, argue, bicker, squabble, dispute, clash.

Definition: be engaged in a prolonged and bitter quarrel or dispute.

Usage: Howover feuded with the CIA for decades.

375). Deafen

Meaning: Make deaf, make temporarily deaf.

Definition: cause (someone) to lose the power of hearing permanently or temporarily.

Usage: We were deafened by the explosion.

376). Fortune

Meaning: chance, accident, coincidence, destiny, foruity.

Definition: chance or luck as an arbitrary force affecting human affairs.

Usage: some malicious act of fortune keeps them separate.

377). Envy

Meaning: Jealousy, desire, enciousness.

Definition: a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions,

qualities, or luck.

Usage: She felt a twinge envy for the people on board.

378). Flaunt

Meaning: parade, exhibit, show off, draw attention to.

Definition: display (something) ostentatiously, especially in order to provoke envy or admiration or to show defiance.

Usage: newly rich consumers eager to flaunt their prosperity.

379). Jibe

Meaning: taunt, sneer, jeer, insult, barb.

Definition: an insulting or mocking remark; a taunt.

Usage: a jibe at his old rivals.

380). Grisly

Meaning: gruesome, horrid, fearful, hideous, macabre, dire, awful.

Definition: causing horror or disgust.

Usage: The town was shaken by a series of g@yl’1lTl€S

381). Persuade

Meaning: Coax, sway, prompt, inveigle, entice, tempt, make, get.

Definition: induce (someone) to do something through reasoning or argument.

Usage: It wasn‘t easy, but persuaded him to do the right thing.

382). Fluff

Meaning: Fuzz, lint, dust.

Definition: soft fibres from fabrics such as wool or cotton which accumulate in small light clumps.

Usage: he bmshed his sleeve to remove the fllff.


383). Hail

Meaning: Sleet, precipitation, beat, rain, fall, drop.

Definition: pellets of frozen rain which fall in showers from cumulonimbus clouds.

Usage: rain and hail bounced on the tiled roof.

384). Allude

Meaning: refer to, suggest, hint at, imply, mention, touch on, cite.

Definition: suggest or call attention to indirectly; hint at.

Usage: She had a way of alluding to J ean but never saying her name.

385). Defy

Meaning: disobey, refuse to obey, flout, disregard, ignore.

Definition: openly resist or refirse to obey.

Usage: a woman who defies convention.

386). Elude

Meaning: evade, avoid, get away from, dodge, flee, escape(from).

Definition: escape from or avoid (a danger, enemy, or pursuer), typically in a skilful or cunning way.

Usage: he tried to elude the security men by sneaking through a back door.

387). Ambivalent

Meaning: Equivocal, uncertain, unsure, doubtful, indecisive, irresolute, unresolved, mixed.

Definition: having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.

Usage: some loved her, some hated her, few were ambivalent about her.

388). Anecdote

Meaning: Story, tale, narrative, sketch.

Definition: a short amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person.

Usage: He told anecdotes about his job.

389). Demur

Meaning: object, protest, take issue, take eXception,cavil.

Definition: raise objections or show reluctance.

Usage: normally she would have accepted the challenge, but she demurred.

390). Discreet

Meaning: careful, circumspect, cautious, wary, chary, guarded, close-mouthed.

Definition: careful and prudent in one‘s speech or actions, especially in order to keep something confidential or to avoid embarrassment.

Usage: We made some discreet inquiries.

391). Revive

Meaning: resuscitate, bring back from the edge of death.

Definition: restore to life or consciousness.

Usage: both men collapsed, but were revived.

392). Eerie

Meaning: uncanny, sinister, ghostly, unnatural, strange, odd, queer, unreal.

Definition: strange and frightening.

Usage: An eerie green glow in the sky.

393). Confront

Meaning: trouble, bother, burden, distress, vex, irritate, worry, face.

Definition: (of a problem or difficulty) present itself to (someone) so that action must be taken.

Usage: The new government was confronted with many profound difficulties.

394). Subside

Meaning: calm, lull, fade, wane, ebb, still, cease, terminate

Definition: become less intense, violent, or severe.

Usage: I’ll wait a few minutes until the storm subsides

395). Defendant

Meaning: accused, prisoner at the bar.

Definition: an individual, company, or institution sued or accused in a court of law.

Usage The defendant tried to claim that it was self-defence.

396). Encumbered

Meaning: hamper, hinder, obstruct, impede, check, cramp, limit, slow.

Definition: restrict or impede (someone or something) in such a way that free action or movement is difficult.

Usage: She was encumbered by her heavy skirts.

397). Calamitous

Meaning: disastrous, woeful, dire, tragic, fatal, direful.

Definition: involving calamity; catastrophic or disastrous.

Usage: Such calamitous events as fires, hurricanes, and floods.

398). Slothful

Meaning: Lazy, idle, indolent, work-shy, inactive, inert, sluggish, dull, heavy.

Definition: lazy.

Usage: Fatigue made him slothful.

399). Catharsis

Meaning: purgation, relief, exorcism, release, purging.

Definition: the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.

Usage: Music is a means of catharsis for them.

400). Revile

Meaning: criticize, censure, attack, lambaste, brand, denounce

Definition: criticize in an abusive or angrily insulting manner.

Usage: He was now reviled by the party that he had helped to lead.

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