How can we help?

You can also find more resources in our Help Center.

112 terms

English Words To Impress an Examiner

STUDY
PLAY
Discombobulate
confuse
Loquacious
Chatty
Replete
filled to satisfaction with food or drink
Mellifluous
pleasing to the ear
Truculent
aggressively hostile
Obviate
do away with
Ululate
emit long loud cries
Esurient
extremely hungry
Anodyne
capable of relieving pain
Aver
report or maintain
Mollify
cause to be more favourably inclined
Aberration
something that differs from the norm
Abhor
detest
Acquiesce
to agree without protesting
Alacrity
eagerness, speed
Amiable
friendly
Appease
to satisfy
Arcane
known only by a few
Avarice
excessive greed
Brazen
excessively bold
Brusque
abrupt
Cajole
to coax
Callous
harsh
Candor
frankness
Chide
to voice disapproval
Circumspect
cautious
Clandestine
secret
Coerce
to make somebody do something by force or threat
Coherent
logically consistent, intelligible
Complacency
self-satisfied ignorance of danger
Confidant
a person entrusted with secrets
Connive
to scheme
Cumulative
building upon itself
Debase
to lower the quality or esteem of something
Decry
to criticize openly
Deferential
showing respect for another's authority
Demure
quiet, reserved
Deride
to laugh at mockingly, scorn
Despot
one who has total power and rules brutally
Diligent
showing care in doing one's work
Elated
overjoyed
Eloquent
expressive, articulate, moving
Embezzle
to steal money by falsifying records
Empathy
sensitivity to another's feelings as if they were one's own
Enmity
ill will, hostility
Erudite
learned
Extol
to praise, revere
Fabricate
to make up
Feral
wild, savage
Flabbergasted
astounded
Forsake
to renounce
Fractious
irritable
Furtive
secretive, sly
Gluttony
overindulgence in food or drink
Gratuitous
uncalled for,
Haughty
disdainfully proud
Hypocrisy
pretending to believe what one does not
Impeccable
exemplary
Impertinent
rude, insolent
Implacable
incapable of being appeased or mitigated
Impudent
insolent
Incisive
direct
Indolent
lazy
Inept
not suitable or capable, unqualified
Infamy
notoriety, extreme ill repute
Inhibit
to stop
Innate
inborn, native, inherent
Insatiable
incapable of being satisfied
Insular
separated and narrow-minded; tight-knit, closed off
Intrepid
brave in the face of danger
Inveterate
stubbornly established by habit
Jubilant
extremely joyful, happy
Knell
the solemn sound of a bell, often indicating a death
Lithe
graceful, flexible, supple
Lurid
ghastly, sensational
Maverick
an independent, nonconformist person
Maxim
a common saying expressing a principle of conduct
Meticulous
extremely careful with details
Modicum
a small amount of something
Morose
gloomy or sullen
Myriad
consisting of a very great number
Nadir
the lowest point of something
Nominal
trifling, insignificant
Novice
a beginner, someone without training or experience
Nuance
a slight variation in meaning, tone, expression
Oblivious
lacking consciousness or awareness of something
Obsequious
excessively compliant or submissive
Obtuse
lacking quickness of sensibility or intellect
Panacea
a remedy for all ills or difficulties
Parody
a satirical imitation
Penchant
a tendency, partiality, preference
Perusal
careful examination, review
Plethora
an abundance, excess
Predilection
a preference or inclination for something
Quaint
charmingly old-fashioned
Rash
hasty, incautious
Refurbish
to restore, clean up
Repudiate
to reject, refuse to accept
Rife
abundant
Salient
significant, conspicuous
Serendipity
luck, finding good things without looking for them
Staid
sedate, serious, self-restrained
Superfluous
exceeding what is necessary
Sycophant
one who flatters for self-gain
Taciturn
not inclined to talk
Truculent
ready to fight, cruel
Umbrage
resentment, offence
Venerable
deserving of respect because of age or achievement
Vex
to annoy
Vociferous
boisterous
Wanton
undisciplined, lewd
Zenith
culminating point