A

  1. Adolescence – Stage of growth between boyhood and youth.
  2. Abattoir – A place where animals are slaughtered for the market
  3. Amputation – Act of cutting an organ of body by surgery.
  4. Amphibian – An animal that lives on land and water.
  5. Ambiguous – A word that has different interpretation.
  6. Alien – Someone who resides in a country of which one is not yet a full-fledged citizen.
  7. Antediluvian – Something very ancient.
  8. Ambidextrous – A person who is able to use both hands to do all work, such as , writing, playing, etc.
  9. Ancestral – Belonging to one’s ancestors.
  10. Armistice – A truce or cessation from arms before a formal treaty is signed.
  11. Atheist – A person who does not believe in God.
  12. Arsenal – A place where weapons and ammunition are kept.
  13. Ascetic – A person leading a life of strict self discipline.
  14. Antiquarian – A person who collects antique things / collections.
  15. Antiques – Things that belong to the ancient times.
  16. Apiary – A wooden box in which bees are kept.

B

  1. Bigamy – Marrying two people at a time.
  2. Bigot – Person of strong conviction or prejudices, especially in matters of religion.

C

  1. Carnivorous – (of an animal) feeding on other animals.
  2. Celibacy – The state of abstaining from marriage and sexual relations.
  3. Culpable – Deserving blame for an offence or crime.
  4. Contagious – A disease that spreads by contact.
  5. Circumnavigate – o sail around the earth.

D

  1. Dermatologist – A physician who is specialized in skin-diseases.
  2. Dormant – Appears to be inactive but in fact ready for any action.
  3. Dichotomy – A division or contrast between two things that are opposed or entirely different.
  4. Dormitory – A sleeping hall for a number of people.
  5. Doomsday – The day of last judgement.
  6. Dissenter – A person who is hard to be pleased.

E

  1. Edible – Anything that can be eaten.
  2. Equilibrium – A state of balance.
  3. Eternal – Anything that lasts forever.
  4. Extempore – A speech without any previous preparation.
  5. Epicure / Epicurean – A person with very refined taste in food and wine.
  6. Exodus – A large-scale departure of people.
  7. Epidemic – A widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time.
  8. Endemic – A disease prevelant in a particular locality.
  9. Etiology – Study of words (that’s what you are doing now!).
  10. Equivocal – An expression having more than one meaning; Ambiguous.
  11. Epilogue – A final chapter of a novel or play, etc.
  12. Emeritus – Honorably discharged from service.
  13. effeminate – a person who is more like a woman than man.

F

  1. Fratricide – Killing one’s brother.
  2. Foeticide – Aborting a foetus.

G

  1. Gullible – The quality of being easily fooled by others.
  2. Genocide – Systematic killing of a race of people.

H

  1. Hedonist – A person who is very of sensuous enjoyment.
  2. Homonym – A word differing in meaning from another word with same sound and spelling. (Bear – Bear).
  3. Homophone –  Homophones are two words that sound the same, but have different meanings. (Hear – Here).
  4. Heterogeneous – Composed of elements highly diverse in character.
  5. Homogeneous – Uniform in structure and compositions.
  6. Homicide – Killing of a human beings (Also – Genocide, insecticide, pesticide, suicide, infanticide, fratricide, patricide, matricide).
  7. Hibernation – To pass winter in a dormant state or a period of inactivity in which some living organisms pass the winter.
  8. Hypocrite – One who pretends to be what he is not.

I

  1. Incorrigible – Someone inescapable of being corrected.
  2. Inedible – Unfit for consumption.
  3. Infanticide – Killing a newborn baby.
  4. Infectious – Disease that spread by means of germs carried in the atmosphere.
  5. Imperishable – Beyond all powers of destruction by time.

J

  1. Jargon – Technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject.
  2. Jaunt – A journey taken for pleasure.
  3. Jibe – An aggressive remark directed at a person.
  4. Jingoist – An extreme bellicose nationalist.
  5. Judicious – Marked by the exercise of good judgment in practical matters.
  6. Jurisdiction – The territory within which power can be exercised.
  7. Jurisprudence – The collection of rules imposed by authority.
  8. Juxtapose – Place side by side.

K

  1. Kindle – Cause to start burning.
  2. Knave – A deceitful and unreliable scoundrel.
  3. Knell – The sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death.
  4. Knoll – A small natural hill.

L

  1. Laconic – Brief and to the point.
  2. Languor – A feeling of lack of interest or energy.
  3. Lassitude – Weakness characterized by a lack of vitality or energy.
  4. Latent – Potentially existing but not presently evident or realized. Dormant.
  5. Laudable – Worthy of high praise.
  6. Legacy – A gift of personal property by will.
  7. Legitimacy – Undisputed credibility.
  8. Leniency – Mercifulness as a consequence of being tolerant.
  9. Lethargy – Weakness characterized by a lack of vitality or energy
  10. Leverage – Strategic advantage; power to act effectively.
  11. Liaison – A means of communication between groups.
  12. Lineage – The kinship relation between an individual and progenitors (forefathers)
  13. Listless – Lacking zest or vivacity. Lethargic.
  14. Lithe – Moving and bending with ease
  15. Litigation – A legal proceeding in a court
  16. Loquacious – Full of trivial (unimportant) conversation.
  17. Lucrative – Producing a sizeable profit.

M

  1. Maiden speech – A speech made by a speaker for the first time.
    In his maiden-speech delivered at the Assembly, the Prime Minister said that he was committed to the nation’s growth.
  2. Misogynist – A hater of women.
  3. Misanthrope – One who hates mankind.
  4. Matricide – Killing of one’s own mother.
  5. Matrimony – The state of being married.
  6. Monogamy – Having a single wife/husband at a time.
  7. Malleable – Easy to shape.

N

  1. Naive – (of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgement.
  2. Nascent – (especially of a process or organization) just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential.
  3. Narcissistic – Having or showing an excessive interest in or admiration of oneself and one’s physical appearance.
  4. Nihilist – A person who rejects all religious and moral principles in the belief that life is meaningless.
  5. Nonchalant – (of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm; cool!
  6. Nostalgia – A sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past; homesickness.
  7. Nuance – A subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound.
  8. Nudist – A person who believes in going out naked.

O

  1. Obituary – A notice of a death, especially in a newspaper, typically including a brief biography of the deceased person.
  2. Optimistic – Quality of looking at the positive side
  3. Obnoxious – Extremely unpleasant
  4. Omnivorous – Any animal that feeds on both plants and animals.
  5. Orphan – A child whose parents are no more.
  6. Orthopedician – A specialist in bones.
  7. Obsolete – No longer produced or used; out of date.

P

  1. Poignant – Evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret.
  2. Polygamy – Having more than a single wife/husband.
  3. Portable – Able to be easily carried or moved, especially because being of a lighter and smaller version than usual.
  4. Posthumous – Occurring, awarded, or appearing after someone’s death.
  5. Pacifist – a person who believes that war and violence are unjustifiable.
  6. Paradox – A seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition which when investigated may prove to be well founded or true.
  7. Paradigm /ˈparədʌɪm/ – A typical example or pattern of something; a pattern or model.
  8. Paranoid – Characterized by or suffering from the mental condition of paranoia.
  9. Paranoia – A mental condition characterized by delusions of persecution, unwarranted jealousy, or exaggerated self-importance, typically worked into an organized system. It may be an aspect of chronic personality disorder, of drug abuse, or of a serious condition such as schizophrenia in which the person loses touch with reality.

S

  1. Spontaneous – Free from external incitement; done without force; self-generated.
  2. Sporadic – Occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places; scattered or isolated.
  3. Spurious – Not being what it purports to be; false or fake.
  4. Sociopath – A person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behaviour.
  5. Solace – /ˈsɒlɪs/ comfort or consolation in a time of great distress or sadness.
  6. Sycophant – Flatterer; a person who acts obsequiously towards someone important in order to gain advantage.
  7. Subtle – /ˈsʌt(ə)l (especially of a change or distinction) so delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyse or describe.
  8. Superfluous – Unnecessary, especially through being more than enough.

T

  1. Truce – An agreement between two opposing parties/nations to stop fighting.

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