Thursday, 26 September 2013

Vocabulary Building -- Word Meanings ---List of words--Alphabets A to C.



VOCABULARY   ----------     WORD MEANINGS




Given here under is a list of  meanings of words often used. It is illustrative and not exhaustive. A word usually has more than one meaning. It is generally according to the use of the word in a sentence. Some of the implied meanings have been given in the list. However in case of any doubt candidates are requested to refer to some authentic dictionary.

(In examination a word with three or four options of its meaning is  given. Candidates are required  to choose the correct option.This list is based on the questions of examinations of previous years)

(Alphabets - A to C)




WORD                  MEANINGS

Abject -----------Miserable, Humble, despicable

Abhor-------- ----Despise, hate, loathe

Abjure-------renounce, reject, give up.

Abstruse--------- Obscure, mysterious, perplexing

Abysmal ---------Terrible, Awful, dreadful, Very bad

Acclimate-------- Adapt, familiarize, adjust

Acerbic----------sharp,bitter,sour,mordant.

Acrimony----------hostility, bitterness, animosity, ill-will.

Acumen------------Intelligence, wisdom. shrewdness.


Audacious---------daring,bold,brave,impudent,overconfident

Adroit------------ Adept, dexterous, clever

Admonition--------scold, rebuke, reprimand.

Agile ------------ Alert, Swift, nimble

Agnostic---------Atheist, non-believer, disbeliever

Alacrity-------- eagerness, swiftness, enthusiasm

Albatross--------Impediment, shackle, encumbrance

Ambidextrous----------Skillful, Using both hands

Apathy------------Lethargy, ennui, Indifference.

Apostasy------------Renunciation of belief

Apposite-------------- Appropriate, Pertinent, suitable

Arduous-----------Strenuous, Onerous, Tough

Argot---------- Jargon, Slang, Vernacular

Arraign--------- Prosecute, Impeach, accuse

Astute----------- Wise, judicious, smart, shrewd

Artifice---------Trick, deceit, Ploy

Ascetic-------- Austere, frugal, abstinent, severe

Askew---------Crooked, awry, out of line

Assiduous--------Diligent, Hardworking, Industrious

Assimilate--------incorporate, learn, digest

Astigmatic--------Blurred vision

Augury--------warning, signal, omen.

Aureole--------Halo, circle of light

Austere----------Severe, Stern, strict.

Avid--------ardent, fervent, keen, enthusiastic

Aver----------assert, affirm, maintain




Barbaric----------Uncivilized, cruel, ill-mannered,uncultured.


Barge--------------Boat, to move roughly, to push

Belligerent--------aggressive, confrontational, quarrelsome

Bivouac---------Brief  stay, halt camp.

Bravado------Audacity, boldness, boasting.

Beseech-------implore, request, plead.

Blasphemy--------profanity, sacrilege, irreverence.

Blatant------- obvious, transparent, deliberate.

Boisterous-------energetic, active, overexcited

Bounteous----------Ample, abundant, plentiful.

Boulevard--------Avenue, road, concourse.

Blithe---------------happy, merry, amiable.

Bourgeois-------conventional, conservative, materialistic

Byzantine--------complex, intricate, complex.

Buoyant-------Cheerful, happy, optimistic.

Beguile----------fascinate, lure, entice.

Banal---------ordinary, dull, prosaic.

Baneful--------Bad, evil, destructive.

Bellicose-------Belligerent, aggressive, combative.




Cache---------accumulation,collection,reserve.

Cadaverous-------thin,gaunt,ghastly.

Cajole----------------coax,flatter,entice.

Calumny------------Slander, defamation,misrepresentation.

Callous------------cruel,heartless,uncaring.

camaraderie---friendship,Amity,company.

Camouflage----------disguise,conceal,hide,obsecure.

Canaille------------------low class people

Candid------------frank,straight,open,honest.

Cantabile---smooth flow.

Capacious------------Large,big,huge,spacious.

Caprice-------Whim, fancy, notion.

Capricious---------Impulsive,fickle,unpredictable

Caricature—comic exaggeration, travesty,distortion.

Carcass--------corpse,skelton,remains.

Carousal------Noisy party.

Cascade-----flow,pour,gush.

Catastrophe-----disaster,misfortune,calamity.

Caveat-------warning, caution. admonition.

Celestial------Divine. Outer space, extraterrestrial.

Chattel-----Personal property like furniture.

Chemise-----Shirt,,top,blouse.

Chimera-----fantasy, imagination, daydreaming.

Chimerical---------imaginary,unrealistic,

 Chisel-----Carve, shape, mold,fashion.

Circumambulate------evade, circumvent.

Circumspect-------- Judicious, Vigilant, Cautious.

Clandestine-------- secret, covert, concealed

Clairvoyant------------psychic, mystic, divine.

Coagulate-----------clot, thicken, set.

Coerce-----------force, intimidate, persuade.

Cohesion----------consistency,unity,solidarity.

Concierge-------- caretaker, keeper.

Concord-----------harmony, unity, peace, agreement.

Confluence--------Convergence, Union, meeting together.

Conglomerate-------company, business, firm.

Conjure---------invoke, summon, perform tricks.

Construe-----------interpret, understand, to mean.


Contentious--------Controversial,debatable,arguable.

Copious--------------abundant,plentiful,profuse.

Cryptic-------------obsecure,mysterious,enigmatic,secret.

Crystalline-------- clear, of definite shape, of crystal.

Cuisine----------cooking,cookery,food.

Cuckold----------husband of unfaithful wife.

Cygnet-------------a young swan.

Contrition----------remorse,regret,apology.

Credence------confidence,credibility,belief.

Culinary-----------cookery,cooking.

Cynosure---------attraction.admiration,guidance.



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