Word List for Vocab Building

Below are 333 high frequency words which would be helpful in building your vocabulary. You can set a goal of 21 days to get familiar with all the 333 words in the list below:

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Vocab Word List

Abate – v – subside or moderate.
Aberrant – adj – abnormal or deviant
Abeyance – n – suspended action
Abscond – v – depart secretly and hide
Abstemious – adj – sparing in eating and drinking temperate
Admonish – v – warn; reprove.
Adulterate – v – make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
Aesthetic – artistic dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful
Aggregate – v – gather; accumulate
Alacrity – n – cheerful promptness; eagerness
Alleviate – v – relieve
Amalgamate – v – combine; unite in one body
Ambiguous – adj – unclear or doubtful in meaning
Ambivalence – n – the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
Ameliorate – v – improve
Anachronism – n – something or someone misplaced in time
Analogous – adj – comparable
Anarchy – n – absence of governing body; state of disorder
Anomalous – adj – abnormal; irregular
Antipathy – n – aversion; dislike
Apathy – n - lack of caring; indifference
Appease – v – pacify or soothe; relieve
Apprise – v - inform
Approbation – n – approval
Appropriate – acquire; take possession of for one’s own use
Arduous – adj – hard; strenuous
Artless – adj – without guile; open and honest
Ascetic – adj – practicing self-denial; austere
Assiduous – adj- diligent
Assuage – v – ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger)
Attenuate – v – make thinner; weaken or lessen (in density, force, degree)
Audacious – adj – daring bold
Austere – forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented
Autonomous – self-governing
Aver – assert confidently or declare; as used in law, state, formally as a fact
Banal – hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality
Belie – contradict; give a false impression
Beneficent – kindly; doing good
Bolster – support; reinforce
Bombastic – pompous; using inflated language
Boorish – rude; insensitive
Burgeon – grow forth
Burnish – make shiny by rubbing; polish
Buttress – support; prop up
Cacophonous – discordant; inharmonious
Capricious – unpredictable; fickle
Castigation-punishment; severe criticism
Catalyst – agent that influences the pace of a chemical reaction while it remains unaffected and unchanged; person or thing that causes action
Caustic – burning; sarcastically biting
Chicanery – trickery; deception
Coagulate – thicken; congeal; clot
Coda – concluding section of a musical or literary composition; something that rounds out, summarizes, or concludes
Cogent – convincing
Commensurate – corresponding in extent, degree, amount; proportionate
Compendium – brief; comprehensive summary
Complaisant – trying to please; overly polite; obliging
Compliant – yielding; conforming to requirements
Conciliatory – reconciling; soothing
Condone – overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse
Confound – confuse; puzzled
Connoisseur – person competent to act as a judge of art
Contention – claim; thesis
Contentious – quarrelsome
Contrite – penitent; repentant
Conundrum – riddle; difficult problem
Converge – approach; tend to meet; come together
Convoluted – coiled around; involved; intricate
Craven – cowardly
Daunt – intimidate; frighten
Decorum – propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners
Default – failure to act
Deference – courteous regard for another’s wish
Delineate – portray; depict; sketch
Denigrate – blacken
Deride – ridicule; make fun of
Derivative; unoriginal; obtained from another source
Desiccate – dry up
Desultory – aimless; haphazard; digressing at random
Deterrent – something that discourage; hindrance
Diatribe – bitter scolding; invective
Dichotomy – split; branching into two parts (usually contradictory)
Diffidence – shyness
Diffuse – wordy; rambling; spread out
Digression – wandering away from the subject
Dirge – lament with music
Disabuse – correct a false impression; undeceive
Discerning – mentally quick and observant; having insight
Discordant – not harmonious; conflicting
Discredit – defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve
Discrepancy – lack of consistency; difference
Discrete – separate; unconnected; consisting of distinct parts
Disingenuous – lacking genuine candor; insincere
Disinterested; unprejudiced
Disjointed – lacking coherence; separated at the joints
Dismiss – eliminate from consideration; reject
Disparage – belittle
Disparate – basically different; unrelated
Dissemble – disguise; pretend
Disseminate – distribute; spread; scatter
Dissolution – disintegration; looseness in morals
Dissonance – discord; opposite of harmony
Distend – expend; swell out
Distill – purify; refine; concentrate
Diverge – vary; go in different directions from the same point
Divest – strip; deprive
Document – provide written evidence
Dogmatic – opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal
Dormant – sleeping; lethargic; latent
Dupe – someone easily fooled
Ebullient – showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
Eclectic – selective; composed of elements drawn from disparate sources
Efficacy – power to produce desired effect
Effrontery – impudence; shameless boldness; sheer nerve; presumptuousness
Elegy – poem or song expressing lamentation
Elicit – draw out by discussion
Embellish – adorn; ornament; enhance, as a story
Empirical – based on experience
Emulate – imitate; rival
Endemic – prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country
Enervate – weaken
Engender – cause; produce
Enhance – increase; improve
Ephemeral – short-lived; fleeting
Equanimity – calmness of temperament; composure
Equivocate – lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth
Erudite – learned; scholarly
Esoteric – hard to understand; known only to the chosen few
Eulogy – expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone’s death
Euphemism – mild expression in place of an unpleasant one
Exacerbate – worsen; embitter
Exculpate – clear from blame
Exigency – urgent situation; pressing needs or demands; state of requiring immediate attention
Extrapolation – projection; conjecture
Facetious – joking (often inappropriately)
Facilitate – help bring about; make less difficult
Fallacious – false; misleading
Fatuous – brainless; inane; foolish, yet smug
Fawning – trying to please by behaving obsequiously, flattering, or cringing
Felicitous – apt; suitably expressed; well chosen
Fervor – glowing ardor; intensity of feeling
Flag – droop; grow feeble
Fledgling – inexperienced
Flout – reject; mock; show contempt for
Foment – stir up; instigate
Forestall – prevent by taking action in advance
Frugality – thrift, economy
Futile – useless; hopeless; ineffectual
Gainsay – deny
Garrulous – loquacious; wordy; talkative
Goad – urge on
Gouge – overcharge
Grandiloquent – pompous; bombastic; using high-sounding language
Gregarious – sociable
Guileless – without deceit
Gullible – easily deceived
Harangue – long, passionate, and vehement speech
Homogeneous – off the same kind
Hyperbole – exaggeration; overstatement
Iconoclastic – attacking cherished traditions
Idolatry – worship of idols
Immutable – unchangeable
Impair – injure; hurt
Impassive – without feeling; imperturbable; stoical
Impede – hinder; block
Impermeable – impervious; not permitting passage through its substance
Imperturbable – calm placid
Impervious – impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed
Implacable – incapable of being pacified
Implicit – understood but not stated
Implode – burst inward
Inadvertently – unintentionally; by oversight; carelessly
Inchoate – recently begun; rudimentary; elementary
Incongruity – lack of harmony; absurdity
Inconsequential – insignificant; unimportant
Incorporate – introduce something into a larger whole; combine; unite
Indeterminate – uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite
Indigence – poverty
Indolent – lazy
Inert – inactive; lacking power to move
Ingenuous – naïve and trusting; young; unsophisticated
Inherent – firmly established by nature or habit
Innocuous – harmless
Insensible – unconscious; unresponsive
Insinuate – hint; imply; creep in
Insipid – lacking in flavor; dull
Insularity – narrow-mindedness; isolation
Intractable – unruly; stubborn; unyielding
Intransigence – refusal of any compromise; stubbornness
Inundate – overwhelm; flood; submerge
Inured – accustomed; hardened
Invective – abuse
Irascible – irritable; easily angered
Irresolute – uncertain how to act; weak
Itinerary – plan of a trip
Laconic – brief and to the point
Lassitude – languor; weariness
Latent – potential but undeveloped; dormant; hidden
Laud – praise
Lethargic – drowsy; dull
Levee – earthen or stone embankment to prevent flooding
Levity – lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity
Log – record of a voyage or flight; record of day-to-day activities
Loquacious – talkative
Lucid – easily understood
Luminous – shining; issuing light
Magnanimity – generosity
Malingerer – one who feigns illness to escape duty
Malleable – capable to being shaped by pounding; impressionable
Maverick – rebel; nonconformist
Mendacious – lying; habitually dishonest
Metamorphosis – change of form
Meticulous – excessively careful; painstaking; scrupulous
Misanthrope – one who hates mankind
Mitigate – appease; moderate
Mollify – soothe
Morose – ill-humored; sullen; melancholy
Mundane – worldly as opposed to spiritual; everyday
Negate – cancel out; nullify; deny
Neophyte – recent convert; beginner
Obdurate – stubborn
Obsequious – slavishly attentive; servile; sycophantic
Obviate – make unnecessary; get rid of
Occlude – shut; close
Officious – meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one’s services
Onerous – burdensome
Opprobrium – infamy; vilification
Oscillate – vibrate pendulumlike; waver
Ostentatious – showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention
Paragon – model of perfection
Partisan – one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
Pathological – pertaining to disease
Paucity – scarcity
Pedantic – showing off learning; bookish
Penchant – strong inclination; liking
Penury – severe poverty; stinginess
Perennial – something long-lasting
Perfidious – treacherous; disloyal
Perfunctory – superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care, enthusiasm
Permeable – penetrable; porous; allowing liquids or gas to pass through
Pervasive – spread throughout
Phlegmatic – clam; not easily disturbed
Piety – devoutness; reverence for God
Placate – pacify; conciliate
Plasticity – ability to be molded
Platitude – trite remark
Plethora – excess; overabundance
Plummet – fall sharply
Porous – full of pores; like a sieve
Pragmatic – practical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with the practical worth or impact of something
Preamble – introductory statement
Precarious – uncertain; risky
Precipitate – rash; premature; hasty; sudden
Precursor – forerunner
Presumptuous – arrogant; taking liberties
Prevaricate – lie
Probity – uprightness; incorruptibility
Problematic – doubtful; unsettled; questionable
Prodigal – wasteful; reckless with money
Profound – deep; not superficial; complete
Prohibitive – tending to prevent the purchase or use of something
Proliferate – grow rapidly; spread; multiply
Propensity – natural inclination
Propitiate – appease
Propriety 0 fitness; correct conduct
Proscribe – ostracize; banish; outlaw
Pungent – stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic
Qualified – limited; restricted
Quibble - minor objection or complaint
Quiescent – at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive
Rarefied – made less dense (of a gas)
Recalcitrant – obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly
Recant – disclaim of disavow; retract a precious statement
Recluse – hermit; loner
Recondite – abstruse; profound; secret
Refractory – stubborn, unmanageable
Refute – disprove
Relegate – banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign
Reproach – express disapproval or disappointment
Reprobate – person hardened in sin; devoid of a sense of decency
Repudiate - disown; disavow
Rescind – cancel
Resolution – determination
Resolve – determination; firmness of purpose
Reticent – reserved; uncommunicative; inclined to silence
Reverent – respectful; worshipful
Sage – person celebrated for wisdom
Salubrious – healthful
Sanction – approve; ratify
Satiate – satisfy fully
Saturate – soak thoroughly
Savor – enjoy; have a distinctive flavor, smell, or quality
Secrete – hide away or cache; produce and release a substance into an organism
Shard – fragment, generally of pottery
Skeptic – doubter; person who suspends judgment until having examined the evidence supporting a point of view
Solicitous – worried, concerned
Soporific – sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness
Specious – seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading (often intentionally)
Spectrum – color band produced when a beam of light passes through a prism
Sporadic – occurring irregularly
Stigma – token of disgrace; brand
Stint – be thrifty; set limits
Stipulate – make express conditions, specify
Stolid – dull; impassive
Striated – marked with parallel bands; grooved
Strut – pompous walk
Strut – supporting bar
Subpoena – writ summoning a witness to appear
Subside – settle down; descend; grow quiet
Substantiate – establish by evidence; verity; support
Supersede – cause to be set aside; replace; make obsolete
Supposition – hypothesis; surmise
Tacit – understood; not put into words
Tangential – peripheral; only slightly connected; digressing
Tenuous – thin; rare; slim
Tirade – extended scolding; denunciation; harangue
Torpor – lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy
Tortuous – winding; full of curves
Tractable – docile; easily managed
Transgression – violation of a law; sin
Truculence – aggressiveness; ferocity
Vacillate – waver; fluctuate
Venerate – revere
Veracious – truthful
Verbose – wordy
Viable – practical or workable; capable of maintaining life
Viscous – sticky, gluey
Vituperative – abusive; scolding
Volatile – changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly
Warranted – justified; authorized
Wary – very cautious
Welter – turmoil; bewildering jumble
Whimsical – capricious; fanciful
Zealot – fanatic; person who shows excessive zeal (enthusiasm)


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