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Vocabulary CSS, PMS Aspirants

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The following is a list of highly used vocabulary words found on multiple exams, such as the CSS, PMS, FPSC, PPSC, SPSC, KPPSC, BPSC, AJKPSC, GBPSC, SAT, GAT, GMAT, and GRE. Make a study schedule as told by Sir Syed Kazim Ali and try to use them appropriately.

  1. Abet: To aid, promote, or encourage the commission of (an offence).
  2. Abeyance: A state of suspension or temporary inaction.
  3. Abjure: To recant, renounce, repudiate under oath.
  4. Ablution: A washing or cleansing, especially of the body.
  5. Abrogate: To abolish, repeal.
  6. Abscond: To depart suddenly and secretly, as for the purpose of escaping arrest.
  7. Abstemious: Characterized by self-denial or abstinence, as in the use of drink, food.
  8. Abstruse: Dealing with matters difficult to be understood.
  9. Abut: To touch at the end or boundary line.
  10. Accede: To agree.
  11. Acquiesce: To comply; submit.
  12. Acrid: Harshly pungent or bitter.
  13. Acumen: Quickness of intellectual insight, or discernment; keenness of discrimination.
  14. Adage: An old saying.
  15. Adamant: Any substance of exceeding hardness or impenetrability.
  16. Admonition: Gentle reproof.
  17. Adumbrate: To represent beforehand in outline or by emblem.
  18. Affable: Easy to approach.
  19. Aggrandize: To cause to appear greatly.
  20. Aggravate: To make heavier, worse, or more burdensome.
  21. Agile: Able to move or act quickly, physically, or mentally.
  22. Agog: In eager desire.
  23. Alacrity: Cheerful willingness.
  24. Alcove: A covered recess connected with or at the side of a larger room.
  25. Alleviate: To make something less burdensome or less hard to bear.
  26. Aloof: Not in sympathy with or desiring to associate with others.
  27. Amalgamate: To mix or blend together in a homogeneous body.
  28. Ambidextrous: Having the ability to use both hands with equal skill or ease.
  29. Ambiguous: Having a double meaning.
  30. Ameliorate: To relieve, as from pain or hardship
  31. Anathema: Anything which is forbidden, as by social usage.
  32. Animadversion: The utterance of criticism or censure.
  33. Animosity: Hatred.
  34. Antediluvian: Of or pertaining to the times, things, events before the great flood in the days of Noah.
  35. Antidote: Anything that will counteract or remove the effects of poison, disease, or the like.
  36. Aplomb: Confidence; coolness.
  37. Apocryphal: Of doubtful authority or authenticity.
  38. Apogee: The climax.
  39. Apostate: False.
  40. Apotheosis: Deification.
  41. Apparition: Ghost.
  42. Appease: To soothe by quieting anger or indignation.
  43. Apposite: Appropriate.
  44. Apprise: To give notice to; to inform.
  45. Approbation: Sanction.
  46. Arboreal: Of or pertaining to a tree or trees.
  47. Ardour: Intensity of passion or affection.
  48. Argot: A specialized vocabulary peculiar to a particular group.
  49. Arrant: Notoriously bad.
  50. Ascetic: Given severe self-denial and practising excessive abstinence and devotion.
  51. Ascribe: To assign as a quality or attribute.
  52. Asperity: Harshness or roughness of temper.
  53. Assiduous: Unceasing; persistent
  54. Assuage: To cause to be less harsh, violent, or severe, as excitement, appetite, pain, or disease.
  55. Astringent: Harsh in disposition or character.
  56. Astute: Keen in discernment.
  57. Atonement: Amends, reparation, or expiation made from wrong or injury.
  58. Audacious: Fearless.
  59. Augury: Omen
  60. Auspicious: Favorable omen
  61. Austere: Severely simple; unadorned.
  62. Autocrat: Anyone who claims or wields unrestricted or undisputed authority or influence.
  63. Auxiliary: One who or that which aids or helps, especially when regarded as subsidiary or accessory.
  64. Avarice: Passion for getting and keeping riches.
  65. Aver: To avouch, justify or prove
  66. Aversion: A mental condition of fixed opposition to or dislike of some particular thing.
  67. Avow: To declare openly.
  68. Baleful: Malignant.
  69. Banal: Commonplace.
  70. Bask: To make warm by genial heat.
  71. Beatify: To make supremely happy.
  72. Bedaub: To smear over, as with something oily or sticky.
  73. Bellicose: Warlike.
  74. Belligerent: Manifesting a warlike spirit.
  75. Benefactor: A doer of kindly and charitable acts.
  76. Benevolence: Any act of kindness or well-doing.
  77. Benign: Good and kind of heart.
  78. Berate: To scold severely.
  79. Bewilder: To confuse the perceptions or judgment of.
  80. Blandishment: Flattery intended to persuade.
  81. Blatant: Noisily or offensively loud or clamorous.
  82. Blithe: Joyous.
  83. Boisterous: Unchecked merriment or animal spirits.
  84. Bolster: To support, as something wrong.
  85. Bombast: Inflated or extravagant language, especially on unimportant subjects.
  86. Boorish: Rude.
  87. Breach: The violation of official duty, lawful right, or a legal obligation.
  88. Brittle: Fragile.
  89. Broach: To mention, for the first time.
  90. Bumptious: Full of offensive and aggressive self-conceit.
  91. Buoyant: Having the power or tendency to float or keep afloat.
  92. Burnish: To make brilliant or shining.
  93. Cabal: A number of persons secretly united for effecting by intrigue some private purpose.
  94. Cacophony: A disagreeable, harsh, or discordant sound or combination of sounds or tones.
  95. Cajole: To impose on or dupe by flattering speech.
  96. Callow: Without the experience of the world.
  97. Calumny: Slander.
  98. Candid: Straightforward.
  99. Cant: To talk in a singsong, preaching tone with affected solemnity.
  100. Capacious: Roomy.
  101. Capitulate: To surrender or stipulate terms.
  102. Captious: Hypercritical.
  103. Castigate: To punish.
  104. Cataract: Opacity of the lens of the eye resulting in complete or partial blindness.
  105. Caustic: Sarcastic and severe.
  106. Censure: To criticize severely; also, an expression of disapproval.
  107. Centurion: A captain of a company of one hundred infantry in the ancient Roman army.
  108. Chagrin: Keen vexation, annoyance, or mortification, as at one’s failures or errors.
  109. Chary: Careful; wary; cautious.
  110. Chicanery: The use of trickery to deceive.
  111. Circumlocution: Indirect or roundabout expression.
  112. Coddle: To treat as a baby or an invalid.
  113. Coerce: To force.
  114. Coeval: Existing during the same period of time; also, a contemporary.
  115. Cogent: Appealing strongly to the reason or conscience.
  116. Cogitate: Consider carefully and deeply; ponder.
  117. Cognizant: Taking notice.
  118. Colloquial: Pertaining or peculiar to common speech as distinguished from literary.
  119. Collusion: A secret agreement for a wrongful purpose.
  120. Comestible: Fit to be eaten.
  121. Commemorate: To serve as a remembrance of.
  122. Complaisance: Politeness.
  123. Complement: To make complete.
  124. Comport: To conduct or behave (oneself).
  125. Compunction: Remorseful feeling.
  126. Conceit: Self-flattering opinion.
  127. Conciliatory: Tending to reconcile.
  128. Concord: Harmony.
  129. Concur: To agree.
  130. Condense: To abridge.
  131. Conflagration: A great fire, as of many buildings, a forest, or the like.
  132. Confluence: The place where streams meet.
  133. Congeal: To coagulate.
  134. Conjoin: To unite.
  135. Connoisseur: A critical judge of art, especially one with thorough knowledge and sound judgment of art.
  136. Console: To comfort.
  137. Conspicuous: Clearly visible.
  138. Consternation: Panic.
  139. Constrict: To bind.
  140. Consummate: To bring to completion.
  141. Contiguous: Touching or joining at the edge or boundary.
  142. Contrite: Broken in spirit because of a sense of sin.
  143. Contumacious: Rebellious.
  144. Copious: Plenteous.
  145. Cornucopia: The horn of plenty, symbolizing peace and prosperity.
  146. Corporeal: Of a material nature; physical.
  147. Correlate: To put in some relation of connection or correspondence.
  148. Corroboration: Confirmation.
  149. Counterfeit: Made to resemble something else.
  150. Countervail: To offset.
  151. Covert: Concealed, especially for an evil purpose.
  152. Cower: To crouch down tremblingly, as through fear or shame.
  153. Crass: Coarse or thick in nature or structure, as opposed to thin or fine.
  154. Credulous: Easily deceived.
  155. Cupidity: Avarice.
  156. Cursory: Rapid and superficial.
  157. Curtail: To cut off or cut short.
  158. Cynosure: That to which general interest or attention is directed.
  159. Dearth: Scarcity, as of something customary, essential, or desirable.
  160. Defer: To delay or put off to some other time.
  161. Deign: To do something that one considers to be beneath one’s dignity.
  162. Deleterious: Hurtful, morally or physically.
  163. Delineate: To represent by sketch or diagram.
  164. Deluge: To overwhelm with a flood of water.
  165. Demagogue: An unprincipled politician.
  166. Denizen: Inhabitant.
  167. Denouement: That part of a play or story in which the mystery is cleared up.
  168. Deplete: To reduce or lessen, as by use, exhaustion, or waste.
  169. Deposition: Testimony legally taken on interrogatories and reduced to writing, for use as evidence in court.
  170. Deprave: To render bad, especially morally bad.
  171. Deprecate: To express disapproval or regret for, with hope for the opposite.
  172. Deride: To ridicule.
  173. Derision: Ridicule.
  174. Derivative: Coming or acquired from some origin.
  175. Descry: To discern.
  176. Desiccant: Any remedy which, when applied externally, dries up or absorbs moisture, as that of wounds.
  177. Desuetude: A state of disuse or inactivity.
  178. Desultory: Not connected with what precedes.
  179. Deter: To frighten away.
  180. Dexterity: Readiness, precision, efficiency, and ease in any physical activity or in any mechanical work.
  181. Diaphanous: Transparent.
  182. Diatribe: Bitter or malicious criticism.
  183. Didactic: Pertaining to teaching.
  184. Diffidence: Self-distrust.
  185. Diffident: Affected or possessed with self-distrust.
  186. Dilate: To enlarge in all directions.
  187. Dilatory: Tending to cause a delay.
  188. Disallow: To withhold permission or sanction.
  189. Discomfit: To put to confusion.
  190. Disconcert: To disturb the composure of.
  191. Disconsolate: Hopelessly sad; also, saddening; cheerless.
  192. Discountenance: To look upon with disfavour.
  193. Discredit: To injure the reputation of.
  194. Discreet: Judicious.
  195. Dishevelled: Disordered; disorderly; untidy.
  196. Dissemble: To hide by pretending something different.
  197. Disseminate: To sow or scatter abroad, as a seed is sown.
  198. Dissent: Disagreement.
  199. Dissolution: A breaking up of a union of persons.
  200. Distraught: Bewildered.
  201. Divulge: To tell or make known, as something previously private or secret.
  202. Dogmatic: Making statements without argument or evidence.
  203. Dormant: Being in a state of or resembling sleep.
  204. Dubious: Doubtful.
  205. Duplicity: Double-dealing.
  206. Earthenware: Anything made of clay and baked in a kiln or dried in the sun.
  207. Ebullient: Showing enthusiasm or exhilaration of feeling.
  208. Edacious: Given to eating.
  209. Edible: Suitable to be eaten.
  210. Educe: To draw out.
  211. Effete: Exhausted, as having performed its functions.
  212. Efficacy: The power to produce an intended effect as shown in the production of it.
  213. Effrontery: Unblushing impudence.
  214. Effulgence: Splendor.
  215. Egregious: Extreme.
  216. Egress: Any place of exit.
  217. Elegy: A lyric poem lamenting the dead.
  218. Elicit: To educe or extract gradually or without violence.
  219. Elucidate: To bring out more clearly the facts concerning.
  220. Emaciate: To waste away in flesh.
  221. Embellish: To make beautiful or elegant by adding attractive or ornamental features.
  222. Embezzle: To misappropriate secretly.
  223. Emblazon: To set forth publicly or in glowing terms.
  224. Encomium: A formal or discriminating expression of praise.
  225. Encumbrance: A burdensome and troublesome load.
  226. Endemic: Peculiar to some specified country or people.
  227. Enervate: To render ineffective or inoperative.
  228. Engender: To produce.
  229. Engrave: To cut or carve in or upon some surface.
  230. Enigma: A riddle.
  231. Enmity: Hatred.
  232. Entangle: To involve in difficulties, confusion, or complications.
  233. Entreat: To ask for or request earnestly.
  234. Epicurean: Indulging, ministering, or pertaining to daintiness of appetite.
  235. Epithet: Word used adjectivally to describe some quality or attribute of is objects, as in “Father Aeneas”.
  236. Epitome: A simplified representation.
  237. Equable: Equal and uniform; also, serene.
  238. Equanimity: Evenness of mind or temper.
  239. Equanimity: Calmness; composure.
  240. Equilibrium: A state of balance.
  241. Equivocal: Ambiguous.
  242. Equivocate: To use words of double meaning.
  243. Eradicate: To destroy thoroughly.
  244. Errant: Roving or wandering, as in search of adventure or opportunity for gallant deeds.
  245. Erratic: Irregular.
  246. Erroneous: Incorrect.
  247. Erudite: Very-learned.
  248. Eschew: To keep clear of.
  249. Espy: To keep close watch.
  250. Eulogy: A spoken or written laudation of a person’s life or character.
  251. Euphonious: Characterized by agreeableness of sound.
  252. Evanescent: Fleeting.
  253. Evince: To make manifest or evident.
  254. Evoke: To call or summon forth.
  255. Exacerbate: To make more sharp, severe, or virulent.
  256. Exculpate: To relieve of blame.
  257. Exhaustive: Thorough and complete in execution.
  258. Exigency: A critical period or condition.
  259. Exigency: State of requiring immediate action; also, an urgent situation; also, that which is required in a
  260. Exorbitant: Going beyond usual and proper limits.
  261. Expatiate: To speak or write at some length.
  262. Expedient: Contributing to personal advantage.
  263. Expiate: To make satisfaction or amends for.
  264. Explicate: To clear from involvement.
  265. Expostulate: To discuss.
  266. Expropriate: To deprive of possession; also, to transfer (another’s property) to oneself.
  267. Extant: Still existing and known.
  268. Extempore: Without studied or special preparation.
  269. Extenuate: To diminish the gravity or importance of.
  270. Extinct: Being no longer in existence.
  271. Extinguish: To render extinct.
  272. Extirpate: To root out; to eradicate.
  273. Extol: To praise in the highest terms.
  274. Extort: To obtain by violence, threats, compulsion, or the subjection of another to some necessity.
  275. Extraneous: Having no essential relation to a subject.
  276. Exuberance: Rich supply.
  277. Facetious: Amusing.
  278. Facile: Not difficult to do.
  279. Factious: Turbulent.
  280. Fallacious: Illogical.
  281. Fatuous: Idiotic
  282. Fawn: A young deer.
  283. Feint: Any sham, pretence, or deceptive movement.
  284. Felon: A criminal or depraved person.
  285. Ferocity: Savageness.
  286. Fervid: Intense.
  287. Fervor: Ardor or intensity of feeling.
  288. Fidelity: Loyalty.
  289. Finesse: Subtle contrivance used to gain a point.
  290. Flamboyant: Characterized by extravagance and in general by want of good taste.
  291. Flippant: Having a light, pert, trifling disposition.
  292. Florid: Flushed with red.
  293. Flout: To treat with contempt.
  294. Foible: A personal weakness or failing.
  295. Foment: To nurse to life or activity; to encourage.
  296. Foppish: Characteristic of one who is unduly devoted to dress and the niceties of manners.
  297. Forbearance: Patient endurance or toleration of offences.
  298. Forfeit: To lose possession of through failure to fulfil some obligation.
  299. Forgery: Counterfeiting.
  300. Forswear: To renounce upon oath.
  301. Fragile: Easily broken.
  302. Frantic: Frenzied.
  303. Frugal: Economical.
  304. Fugacious: Fleeting.
  305. Fulminate: To cause to explode.
  306. Fulsome: Offensive from excess of praise or commendation.
  307. Gainsay: To contradict; to deny.
  308. Gamut: The whole range or sequence.
  309. Garrulous: Given to constant trivial talking.
  310. Germane: Relevant.
  311. Gesticulate: To make gestures or motions, as in speaking, or in place of speech.
  312. Glimmer: A faint, wavering, unsteady light.
  313. Gossamer: Flimsy.
  314. Gourmand: A connoisseur in the delicacies of the table.
  315. Grandiloquent: Speaking in or characterized by a pompous or bombastic style.
  316. Gregarious: Sociable, outgoing
  317. Grievous: Creating affliction.
  318. Guile: Duplicity.
  319. Gullible: Credulous.
  320. Halcyon: Calm.
  321. Harangue: A tirade.
  322. Harbinger: One who or that which foreruns and announces the coming of any person or thing.
  323. Head: Adv. Precipitately, as in diving.
  324. Heinous: Odiously sinful.
  325. Heresy: An opinion or doctrine subversive of settled beliefs or accepted principles.
  326. Heterogeneous: Consisting of dissimilar elements or ingredients of different kinds.
  327. Hirsute: Having a hairy covering.
  328. Hoodwink: To deceive.
  329. Hospitable: Disposed to treat strangers or guests with generous kindness.
  330. Hypocrisy: Extreme insincerity.
  331. Iconoclast: An image-breaker.
  332. Idiosyncrasy: A mental quality or habit peculiar to an individual.
  333. Ignoble: Low in character or purpose.
  334. Ignominious: Shameful.
  335. Illicit: Unlawful.
  336. Imbroglio: A misunderstanding attended by ill feeling, perplexity, or strife.
  337. Imbue: To dye; to instil profoundly.
  338. Immaculate: Without spot or blemish.
  339. Imminent: Dangerous and close at hand.
  340. Immutable: Unchangeable.
  341. Impair: To cause to become less or worse.
  342. Impassive: Unmoved by or not exhibiting feeling.
  343. Impecunious: Having no money.
  344. Impede: To be an obstacle or to place obstacles in the way of.
  345. Imperative: Obligatory.
  346. Imperious: Insisting on obedience.
  347. Imperturbable: Calm.
  348. Impervious: Impenetrable.
  349. Impetuous: Impulsive.
  350. Impiety: Irreverence toward God.
  351. Implacable: Incapable of being pacified.
  352. Implicate: To show or prove to be involved in or concerned
  353. Implicit: Implied.
  354. Importunate: Urgent in character, request, or demand.
  355. Importune: To harass with persistent demands or entreaties.
  356. Impromptu: Anything which is done or said on the impulse of the moment.
  357. Improvident: Lacking foresight or thrift.
  358. Impugn: To assail with arguments, insinuations, or accusations.
  359. Impute: To attribute.
  360. Inadvertent: Accidental.
  361. Inane: Silly.
  362. Incessant: Unceasing.
  363. Inchoate: Incipient.
  364. Incipient: Initial.
  365. Incite: To rouse to a particular action.
  366. Incongruous: Unsuitable for the time, place, or occasion.
  367. Inculcate: To teach by frequent repetitions.
  368. Indelible: That can not be blotted out, effaced, destroyed, or removed.
  369. Indigence: Poverty.
  370. Indigenous: Native.
  371. Indistinct: Vague.
  372. Indolence: Laziness.
  373. Indolent: Habitually inactive or idle.
  374. Indomitable: Unconquerable.
  375. Indulgent: Yielding to the desires or humour of oneself or those under one’s care.
  376. Ineffable: Unutterable.
  377. Ineluctable: Impossible to avoid.
  378. Inept: Not fit or suitable.
  379. Inexorable: Unrelenting.
  380. Infuse: To instil, introduce, or inculcate, as principles or qualities.
  381. Ingenuous: Candid, frank, or open in character or quality.
  382. Inimical: Adverse.
  383. Innocuous: Harmless.
  384. Inscrutable: Impenetrably mysterious or profound.
  385. Insensible: Imperceptible.
  386. Insinuate: To imply.
  387. Insipid: Tasteless.
  388. Insouciant: Nonchalant.
  389. Insurrection: The state of being in active resistance to authority.
  390. Interdict: Authoritative act of prohibition.
  391. Interim: Time between acts or periods.
  392. Intransigent: Not capable of being swayed or diverted from a course.
  393. Intrepid: Fearless and bold.
  394. Introspection: The act of observing and analyzing one’s own thoughts and feelings.
  395. Inundate: To fill with an overflowing abundance.
  396. Inure: To harden or toughen by use, exercise, or exposure.
  397. Invalid: One who is disabled by illness or injury.
  398. Invective: An utterance intended to cast censure or reproach.
  399. Inveigh: To utter vehement censure or invective.
  400. Inveterate: Habitual.
  401. Invidious: Showing or feeling envy.
  402. Invincible: Not to be conquered, subdued, or overcome.
  403. Iota: A small or insignificant mark or part.
  404. Irascible: Prone to anger.
  405. Irate: Moved to anger.
  406. Ire: Wrath.
  407. Irksome: Wearisome.
  408. Itinerant: Wandering.
  409. Itinerate: To wander from place to place.
  410. Jocular: Inclined to joke.
  411. Jovial: Merry.
  412. Judicious: Prudent.
  413. Junta: A council or assembly that deliberates in secret upon the affairs of government.
  414. Lachrymose: Given to shedding tears.
  415. Lackadaisical: Listless.
  416. Languid: Relaxed.
  417. Lascivious: Lustful.
  418. Lassitude: Lack of vitality or energy.
  419. Latent: Dormant.
  420. Laudable: Praiseworthy.
  421. Laudatory: Pertaining to, expressing, or containing praise.
  422. Legacy: A bequest.
  423. Levee: An embankment beside a river or stream or an arm of the sea, to prevent overflow.
  424. Levity: Frivolity.
  425. Lexicon: A dictionary.
  426. Libel: Defamation.
  427. Licentious: Wanton.
  428. Lien: A legal claim or hold on property, as security for a debt or charge.
  429. Listless: Inattentive.
  430. Lithe: Supple.
  431. Loquacious: Talkative.
  432. Lugubrious: Indicating sorrow, often ridiculously.
  433. Luminary: One of the heavenly bodies as a source of light.
  434. Lustrous: Shining.
  435. Malaise: A condition of uneasiness or ill-being.
  436. Malcontent: One who is dissatisfied with the existing state of affairs.
  437. Malevolence: Ill will.
  438. Malign: To speak evil of, especially to do so falsely and severely.
  439. Malleable: Pliant.
  440. Massacre: The unnecessary and indiscriminate killing of human beings.
  441. Maudlin: Foolishly and tearfully affectionate.
  442. Mawkish: Sickening or insipid.
  443. Mellifluous: Sweetly or smoothly flowing.
  444. Mendacious: Untrue.
  445. Mendicant: A beggar.
  446. Meretricious: Alluring by false or gaudy show.
  447. Mesmerize: To hypnotize.
  448. Meticulous: Over-cautious.
  449. Mettle: Courage.
  450. Mettlesome: Having courage or spirit.
  451. Microcosm: The world or universe on a small scale.
  452. Mien: The external appearance or manner of a person.
  453. Mischievous: Fond of tricks.
  454. Miscreant: A villain.
  455. Miser: A person given to saving and hoarding unduly.
  456. Misnomer: A name wrongly or mistakenly applied.
  457. Moderation: Temperance.
  458. Modicum: A small or token amount.
  459. Mollify: To soothe.
  460. Molt: To cast off, as hair, feathers, etc.
  461. Monomania: The unreasonable pursuit of one idea.
  462. Morbid: Caused by or denoting a diseased or unsound condition of body or mind.
  463. Mordant: Biting.
  464. Moribund: On the point of dying.
  465. Morose: Gloomy.
  466. Multifarious: Having great diversity or variety.
  467. Mundane: Worldly, as opposed to spiritual or celestial.
  468. Munificent: Extraordinarily generous.
  469. Myriad: A vast indefinite number.
  470. Nadir: The lowest point.
  471. Nefarious: Wicked in the extreme.
  472. Negligent: Apt to omit what ought to be done.
  473. Neophyte: Having the character of a beginner.
  474. Noisome: Very offensive, particularly to the sense of smell.
  475. Nostrum: Any scheme or recipe of a charlatan character.
  476. Noxious: Hurtful.
  477. Nugatory: Having no power or force.
  478. Obdurate: Impassive to feelings of humanity or pity.
  479. Obfuscate: To darken; to obscure.
  480. Oblique: Slanting; said of lines.
  481. Obsequious: Showing a servile readiness to fall in with the wishes or will of another.
  482. Obstreperous: Boisterous.
  483. Obtrude: To be pushed or to push oneself into undue prominence.
  484. Obtrusive: Tending to be pushed or to push oneself into undue prominence.
  485. Obviate: To clear away or provide for, as an objection or difficulty.
  486. Odious: Hateful.
  487. Odium: A feeling of extreme repugnance, or of dislike and disgust.
  488. Officious: Intermeddling with what is not one’s concern.
  489. Ominous: Portentous.
  490. Onerous: Burdensome or oppressive.
  491. Onus: A burden or responsibility.
  492. Opprobrium: The state of being scornfully reproached or accused of evil.
  493. Ossify: To convert into bone.
  494. Ostentation: A display dictated by vanity and intended to invite applause or flattery.
  495. Ostracism: Exclusion from intercourse or favor, as in society or politics.
  496. Ostracize: To exclude from public or private favor.
  497. Palate: The roof of the mouth.
  498. Palatial: Magnificent.
  499. Palliate: To cause to appear less guilty.
  500. Palpable: Perceptible by feeling or touch.
  501. Panacea: A remedy or medicine proposed for or professing to cure all diseases.
  502. Panegyric: A formal and elaborate eulogy, written or spoken, of a person or of an act.
  503. Panoply: A full set of armor.
  504. Paragon: A model of excellence.
  505. Pariah: A member of a degraded class; a social outcast.
  506. Paroxysm: A sudden outburst of any kind of activity.
  507. Parsimonious: Unduly sparing in the use or expenditure of money.
  508. Partisan: Characterized by or exhibiting undue or unreasoning devotion to a party.
  509. Pathos: The quality in any form of representation that rouses emotion or sympathy.
  510. Paucity: Fewness.
  511. Peccadillo: A small breach of propriety or principle.
  512. Pedestrian: One who journeys on foot.
  513. Pellucid: Translucent.
  514. Penchant: A bias in favor of something.
  515. Penurious: Excessively sparing in the use of money.
  516. Penury: Indigence.
  517. Peregrination: A wandering.
  518. Peremptory: Precluding question or appeal.
  519. Perfidy: Treachery.
  520. Perfunctory: Half-hearted.
  521. Peripatetic: Walking about.
  522. Perjury: A solemn assertion of a falsity.
  523. Permeate: To pervade.
  524. Pernicious: Tending to kill or hurt.
  525. Persiflage: Banter.
  526. Perspicacity: Acuteness or discernment.
  527. Perturbation: Mental excitement or confusion.
  528. Petrify: To convert into a substance of stony hardness and character.
  529. Petulant: Displaying impatience.
  530. Phlegmatic: Not easily roused to feeling or action.
  531. Physiognomy: The external appearance merely.
  532. Pious: Religious.
  533. Pique: To excite a slight degree of anger in.
  534. Placate: To bring from a state of angry or hostile feeling to one of patience or friendliness.
  535. Platitude: A written or spoken statement that is flat, dull, or commonplace.
  536. Plea: An argument to obtain some desired action.
  537. Plenary: Entire.
  538. Plethora: Excess; superabundance.
  539. Plumb: A weight suspended by a line to test the verticality of something.
  540. Plummet: A piece of lead for making soundings, adjusting walls to the vertical.
  541. Poignant: Severely painful or acute to the spirit.
  542. Polyglot: Speaking several tongues.
  543. Ponderous: Unusually weighty or forcible.
  544. Portend: To indicate as being about to happen, especially by previous signs.
  545. Portent: Anything that indicates what is to happen.
  546. Precarious: Perilous.
  547. Preclude: To prevent.
  548. Precocious: Having the mental faculties prematurely developed.
  549. Predominate: To be chief in importance, quantity, or degree.
  550. Premature: Coming too soon.
  551. Presage: To foretell.
  552. Prescience: Knowledge of events before they take place.
  553. Presumption: That which may be logically assumed to be true until disproved.
  554. Preternatural: Extraordinary.
  555. Prevalent: Of wide extent or frequent occurrence.
  556. Prevaricate: To use ambiguous or evasive language for the purpose of deceiving or diverting attention.
  557. Prim: Stiffly proper.
  558. Pristine: Primitive.
  559. Probity: Virtue or integrity tested and confirmed.
  560. Proclivity: A natural inclination.
  561. Procrastination: Delay.
  562. Prodigal: One wasteful or extravagant, especially in the use of money or property.
  563. Prodigious: Immense.
  564. Profligacy: Shameless viciousness.
  565. Profligate: Recklessly wasteful
  566. Profuse: Produced or displayed in overabundance.
  567. Prolix: Verbose.
  568. Propinquity: Nearness.
  569. Propitious: Kindly disposed.
  570. Prosaic: Unimaginative.
  571. Proscribe: To reject, as a teaching or a practice, with condemnation or denunciation.
  572. Protuberant: Bulging.
  573. Provident: Anticipating and making ready for future wants or emergencies.
  574. Prudence: Caution.
  575. Puerile: Childish.
  576. Pugnacious: Quarrelsome.
  577. Punctilious: Strictly observant of the rules or forms prescribed by law or custom.
  578. Pungency: The quality of affecting the sense of smell.
  579. Pusillanimous: Without spirit or bravery.
  580. Pyre: A heap of combustibles arranged for burning a dead body.
  581. Qualm: A fit of nausea.
  582. Quandary: A puzzling predicament.
  583. Quibble: An utterly trivial distinction or objection.
  584. Quiescence: Being quiet, still, or at rest; inactive
  585. Quiescent: Being in a state of repose or inaction.
  586. Quixotic: Chivalrous or romantic to a ridiculous or extravagant degree.
  587. Quotidian: Of an everyday character; ordinary.
  588. Raconteur: A person skilled in telling stories.
  589. Ramify: To divide or subdivide into branches or subdivisions.
  590. Rapacious: Sieze by force, avaricious
  591. Raucous: Harsh.
  592. Reactionary: Pertaining to, of the nature of, causing, or favoring reaction.
  593. Rebuff: A peremptory or unexpected rejection of advances or approaches.
  594. Recalcitrant: Marked by stubborn resistance.
  595. Recant: To withdraw formally one’s belief (in something previously believed or maintained).
  596. Reciprocity: Equal mutual rights and benefits granted and enjoyed.
  597. Recluse: One who lives in retirement or seclusion.
  598. Recondite: Incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding.
  599. Recrudescent: Becoming raw or sore again.
  600. Recuperate: To recover.
  601. Redoubtable: Formidable.
  602. Redress: To set right, as a wrong by compensation or the punishment of the wrong-doer.
  603. Refractory: Not amenable to control.
  604. Regale: To give unusual pleasure.
  605. Regicide: The killing of a king or sovereign.
  606. Reiterate: To say or do again and again.
  607. Relapse: To suffer a return of a disease after partial recovery.
  608. Remonstrate: To present a verbal or written protest to those who have power to right or prevent a wrong.
  609. Renovate: To restore after deterioration, as a building.
  610. Repast: A meal; figuratively, any refreshment.
  611. Repel: To force or keep back in a manner, physically or mentally.
  612. Repine: To indulge in fretfulness and faultfinding.
  613. Reprobate: One abandoned to depravity and sin.
  614. Repudiate: To refuse to have anything to do with.
  615. Repulsive: Grossly offensive.
  616. Requisite: Necessary.
  617. Requite: To repay either good or evil to, as to a person.
  618. Rescind: To make void, as an act, by the enacting authority or a superior authority.
  619. Resilience: The power of springing back to a former position
  620. Resonance: Able to reinforce sound by sympathetic vibrations.
  621. Respite: Interval of rest.
  622. Restive: Resisting control.
  623. Retinue: The group of people who accompany an important person during travels.
  624. Revere: To regard with worshipful veneration.
  625. Reverent: Humble.
  626. Ribald: Indulging in or manifesting coarse indecency or obscenity.
  627. Risible: Capable of exciting laughter.
  628. Rotund: Round from fullness or plumpness.
  629. Ruffian: A lawless or recklessly brutal fellow.
  630. Ruminate: To chew over again, as food previously swallowed and regurgitated.
  631. Sagacious: Able to discern and distinguish with wise perception.
  632. Salacious: Having strong sexual desires.
  633. Salient: Standing out prominently.
  634. Salubrious: Healthful; promoting health.
  635. Salutary: Beneficial.
  636. Sanction: To approve authoritatively.
  637. Sanguine: Cheerfully confident; optimistic.
  638. Sardonic: Scornfully or bitterly sarcastic.
  639. Satiate: To satisfy fully the appetite or desire of.
  640. Satyr: A very lascivious person.
  641. Savor: To perceive by taste or smell.
  642. Scabbard: The sheath of a sword or similar bladed weapon.
  643. Scintilla: The faintest ray.
  644. Scribble: Hasty, careless writing.
  645. Sedulous: Persevering in effort or endeavor.
  646. Sequence: The order in which a number or persons, things, or events follow one another in space or time.
  647. Severance: Separation.
  648. Shrewd: Characterized by skill at understanding and profiting by circumstances.
  649. Sinecure: Any position having emoluments with few or no duties.
  650. Sinuous: Curving in and out.
  651. Skiff: Usually, a small light boat propelled by oars.
  652. Sluggard: A person habitually lazy or idle.
  653. Solace: Comfort in grief, trouble, or calamity.
  654. Solvent: Having sufficient funds to pay all debts.
  655. Somniferous: Tending to produce sleep.
  656. Somnolent: Sleepy.
  657. Sonorous: Resonant.
  658. Sophistry: Reasoning sound in appearance only, especially when designedly deceptive.
  659. Soporific: Causing sleep; also, something that causes sleep.
  660. Sordid: Filthy, morally degraded
  661. Specious: Plausible.
  662. Spurious: Not genuine.
  663. Squalid: Having a dirty, mean, poverty-stricken appearance.
  664. Stanch: To stop the flowing of; to check.
  665. Stigma: A mark of infamy or token of disgrace attaching to a person as the result of evil-doing.
  666. Stingy: Cheap, unwilling to spend money.
  667. Stolid: Expressing no power of feeling or perceiving.
  668. Submerge: To place or plunge under water.
  669. Subterfuge: Evasion.
  670. Succinct: Concise.
  671. Sumptuous: Rich and costly.
  672. Supercilious: Exhibiting haughty and careless contempt.
  673. Superfluous: Being more than is needed.
  674. Supernumerary: Superfluous.
  675. Supersede: To displace.
  676. Supine: Lying on the back.
  677. Supplicate: To beg.
  678. Suppress: To prevent from being disclosed or punished.
  679. Surcharge: An additional amount charged.
  680. Surfeit: To feed to fullness or to satiety.
  681. Susceptibility: A specific capability of feeling or emotion.
  682. Sybarite: A luxurious person.
  683. Sycophant: A servile flatterer, especially of those in authority or influence.
  684. Synopsis: A syllabus or summary.
  685. Taciturn: Disinclined to conversation.
  686. Taut: Stretched tight.
  687. Temerity: Foolhardy disregard of danger; recklessness.
  688. Terse: Pithy.
  689. Timorous: Lacking courage.
  690. Torpid: Dull; sluggish; inactive.
  691. Torrid: Excessively hot.
  692. Tortuous: Abounding in irregular bends or turns.
  693. Tractable: Easily led or controlled.
  694. Transgress: To break a law.
  695. Transient: One who or that which is only of temporary existence.
  696. Transitory: Existing for a short time only.
  697. Travail: Hard or agonizing labor.
  698. Travesty: A grotesque imitation.
  699. Trenchant: Cutting deeply and quickly.
  700. Trepidation: Nervous uncertainty of feeling.
  701. Trite: Made commonplace by frequent repetition.
  702. Truculence: Ferocity.
  703. Truculent: Having the character or the spirit of a savage.
  704. Turbid: In a state of turmoil; muddled
  705. Turgid: Swollen.
  706. Turpitude: Depravity.
  707. Tutelage: The act of training or the state of being under instruction.
  708. Tyro: One slightly skilled in or acquainted with any trade or profession.
  709. Ubiquitous: Being present everywhere.
  710. Ulterior: Not so pertinent as something else to the matter spoken of.
  711. Umbrage: A sense of injury.
  712. Unctuous: Oily.
  713. Undermine: To subvert in an underhand way.
  714. Undulate: To move like a wave or in waves.
  715. Untoward: Causing annoyance or hindrance.
  716. Upbraid: To reproach as deserving blame.
  717. Vagary: A sudden desire or action
  718. Vainglory: Excessive, pretentious, and demonstrative vanity.
  719. Valorous: Courageous.
  720. Vapid: Having lost sparkling quality and flavor.
  721. Variegated: Having marks or patches of different colors; also, varied.
  722. Vehement: Very eager or urgent.
  723. Venal: Mercenary, corrupt.
  724. Veneer: Outside show or elegance.
  725. Venial: That may be pardoned or forgiven, a forgivable sin.
  726. Veracious: Habitually disposed to speak the truth.
  727. Veracity: Truthfulness.
  728. Verbiage: Use of many words without necessity.
  729. Verbose: Wordy.
  730. Verdant: Green with vegetation.
  731. Veritable: Real; true; genuine.
  732. Vestige: A visible trace, mark, or impression, of something absent, lost, or gone.
  733. Vicissitude: A change, especially a complete change, of condition or circumstances, as of fortune.
  734. Vigilance: Alert and intent mental watchfulness in guarding against danger.
  735. Vigilant: Being on the alert to discover and ward off danger or insure safety.
  736. Virago: Loud talkative women, strong statured women
  737. Virtu: Rare, curious, or beautiful quality.
  738. Visage: The face, countenance, or look of a person.
  739. Vitiate: To contaminate.
  740. Vituperate: To overwhelm with wordy abuse.
  741. Vivify: To endue with life.
  742. Vociferous: Making a loud outcry.
  743. Volatile: Changeable.
  744. Voluble: Having great fluency in speaking.
  745. Wean: To transfer (the young) from dependence on mother’s milk to another form of nourishment.
  746. Whimsical: Capricious.
  747. Winsome: Attractive.
  748. Zeitgeist: The intellectual and moral tendencies that characterize any age or epoch.
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