English words you should know

English words you should knowEnglish words you should know

English words you should know?

The purpose of having a good vocabulary is not to use complicated, arcane or fancy words to impress people, or to sound smart. In order to be effective, communication has to be simple yet precise. When you have a good vocabulary,you have a choice to use the word that communicates your thought to the point.

The best way to build vocabulary is whenever you come across a word you don’t know the meaning of, highlight it – look up it’s meaning in the dictionary- read the usage carefully -use the word in at least three sentences of your own, and write them down on a notebook.

Here is a list of English words you should know

English words you should know (1-20)

Word Meaning Usage
abjure(v.) to reject, renounce To tread on spiritual path, Buddha abjured all the luxuries, and comforts.
abscond(v) to leave hurriedly and secretly, typically to avoid detection of or an arrest for an unlawful action such as theft The murderer absconded with millions of dollars.
acumen(n.) keen insight Obama is known for his political acumen. It is because of Obama’ s political acumen that he is loved by one and all.
adumbrate(v.) indicate faintly; report or represent in outline John adumbrated the need that Ricky be disallowed to enter the club
alacrity(n.) eagerness, speed Ricky is so lethargic that he hardly does anything with alacrity.
anathema(n.) a cursed, detested person Why did you invite Ricky when you knew that he is an anathema to me? You should have invited either him or me.
assiduous(adj.) hard-working, diligent  This skyscraper is the result of  two years of assiduous labor by thousands of workers.
burnish(v.) to polish, shine Why should I alone burnish all the utensils?
cajole(v.) to urge, coax  John cajoled Ricky into attending the bachelor party.
captious(adj.) Intended to entrap or confuse; marked by a disposition to find fault There are many captious film critics who know nothing but to write shit
clemency(n.) mercy After the divorce, all I asked God was for clemency.
cogent(adj.) intellectually convincing John’s arguments in favor of alcohol use were so cogent that the Jury displayed silence for a long time.
contrite(adj.) penitent, eager to be forgiven My contrite behavior moved the Judge so much that he reduced my sentence to six months from two years.
credulity(n.) readiness to believe His credulity will make him pay a lot someday.
cursory(adj.) brief to the point of being superficial Late for the meeting, John cast a cursory glance at the agenda.
deleterious(adj.) harmful it’s a myth that all luxury cars exhale deleterious gases.
deprecate(v.) to belittle, depreciate Not all film critics deprecate the efforts made by film-makers.
desiccated(adj.) dried up, dehydrated The fish looks desiccated. I don’t  like desiccated coconut.
diffident(adj.) shy, quiet, modest When I stepped on to the stage,  I was diffident, but I grew in confidence gradually.
discursive(adj.) rambling, lacking order The coach’s discursive tips seemed to be about every aspect except the main issue-fitness.

English words you should know (21-40)

Word Meaning Usage
dissemble(v.) to conceal, fake I can no longer  dissemble the pain my marriage has brought to me.
ebullient(adj.) extremely lively, enthusiastic She was ebullient upon receiving the Best Actress award.
effrontery(n.) impudence, nerve, insolence I am amazed by my wife’s effrontery. She holds me responsible for every bad thing that has happened to her.
egregious(adj.) extremely bad He is an egregious liar.
evanescent(adj.) fleeting, momentary My joy at getting married was evanescent because I did not know it will come with so much of baggage.
expiate(v.) to make amends for, atone To expiate my mistakes, I am ready to do every thing to make her happy.
extol(v.) to praise, revere she extolled the virtues of a non-vegetarian diet.
fastidious(adj.) meticulous, demanding, having high and often unattainable standards She is so fastidious that I am never able to make her happy.
fatuous(adj.) Silly; foolish. He considers himself a serious politican, but in truth, he only has fatuous views.
fetid(adj.) having a foul odor the fetid smell of rotten food.
fractious(adj.) readily angered; peevish; irritable; quarrelsome: John is a fractious man, nobody wants to talk to him.
garrulous(adj.) talkative, wordy Some talk-show hosts are so garrulous that their guests can’t get a word in edgewise.
hapless(adj.) unlucky I am one such hapless man, who is criticized even for the noblest things he does.
harangue (n.) a ranting speech I came just to say Hi, not to listen to harangue about my deeds.
iconoclast(n.) one who attacks common beliefs or institutions  I think John has turned an  iconoclast; he goes on fighting with his family for every ritual they perform .
imperious(adj.) commanding, domineering the imperious nature of my wife led me to dissolve my marriage with her.
impertinent(adj.) rude, insolent Most of her comments are so impertinent that I don’t feel like even answering them.
impetuous(adj.) rash; hastily done My decision of marrying Linda was not an impetuous one.
impudent(adj.) casually rude, insolent, impertinent The impudent young man looked the Mayor up and down and told him with a straight face that he does not deserve to be a Mayor.
indefatigable(adj.) incapable of defeat, failure, decay There is nobody in the world who is indefatigable.

English words you should know (41-60)

Word Meaning Usage
inimical(adj.) hostile you should never work for an organization which is  inimical to you even during your induction days.
insidious(adj.) appealing but imperceptibly harmful, seductive according to many experts, social networking is an insidious illness.
intransigent(adj.) refusing to compromise, often on an extreme opinion it’s only me who knows the intransigent side of my wife; she’s revered socially for her cool.
inveterate(adj.) stubbornly established by habit I admit that I’m an inveterate drinker—I can’t until i am four pegs down.
juxtaposition(n.) the act of placing two things next to each other for implicit comparison My wife is not going to like this juxtaposition of the yellow and  red carpet .
languid(adj.) sluggish from fatigue or weakness  heat makes people languid and lazy.
largess(n.) the generous giving of lavish gifts I demonstrated great largess by gifting her everything she wished for, yet I failed to bring a smile on her face.
licentious(adj.) displaying a lack of moral or legal restraints an activist who decried what she finds as the licentious and corrupt culture of the entertainment industry
maelstrom(n.) a situation in which there are a lot of confused activities, emotions, etc. the maelstrom on the result day of election.
malediction(n.) a curse When I was disallowed by my parents to marry my girlfriend I cried for a week before shouting maledictions against them.
maudlin(adj.) weakly sentimental Although many people enjoy science-fiction, I usually find them maudlin and shallow.
mendacious(adj.) having a lying, false character The mendacious content of some news channels is doing the whole media a lot of bad.
modicum(n.) a small amount of something I don’t expect a modicum of respect towards myself from my wife.
nadir(n.) the lowest point of something My married life was always troubled, but the nadir came when hurled abuses at me in front of her parents.
natter(v) talk casually, especially about unimportant matters; chatter.  I can’t natter like John.
neophyte(n.) someone who is young or inexperienced all I can say is that I was a  neophyte in the world of relationships when I proposed to her.
obdurate(adj.) unyielding to persuasion or moral influences The obdurate woman refused to hear my side of story before calling it quits.
obfuscate(v.) to render incomprehensible when she can’t defend her faults she tries her might to obfuscate the matter with something or the other.
odious(adj.) instilling hatred or intense displeasure I was asked to do odious tasks I can’t take name of.
opulent(adj.) characterized by rich abundance verging on ostentation The opulent furnishings of her home speak volumes about the wealth she inherits from her family.

English words you should know (61-80)

Word Meaning Usage
palliate(v.) to reduce the severity of palliatives are the drugs that  palliate one’s discomfort.
paucity(adj.) small in quantity with paucity of resources, I could not pursue my dream of making a film.
pejorative(adj.) derogatory, uncomplimentary she does not hesitate making pejorative statements about me.
perfidious(adj.) disloyal, unfaithful I agree that I am a perfidious husband.
petulance(n.) rudeness, irritability I told her to leave me because I could no longer tolerate her petulance.
platitude(n.) an uninspired remark, cliché “all men are disloyal” is a discriminating and silly platitude.
plethora(n.) an abundance, excess plethora of ideas paucity of execution.
precocious(adj.) advanced, developing ahead of time Homi is a precocious child.
promulgate(v.) to proclaim, make known I am not a dietitian, so I can’t not promulgate any views on the benefits of eating eating.
protean(adj.) able to change shape; displaying great variety Morgan Freeman is a protean actor, he can play gamut of roles.
pugnacious(adj.) quarrelsome, combative Her pugnacious nature forced me to leave her forever.
prurient(adj.) having or encouraging an excessive interest in sexual matters the movie is prurient in nature.
quagmire(n.) a difficult situation She forced me to marry her while I was in financial quagmire.
quixotic(adj.) idealistic, impractical the world will be a better place some is a quixotic hope.
recalcitrant(adj.) defiant, unapologetic Even when threatened, the recalcitrant boy did not budge; he went on smoking in public place.
redolent(adj.) strongly reminiscent or suggestive of (something); strong or sweet smelling I can’t go home right now because my clothes are redolent with the smell of alcohol.
repudiate(v.) to reject, refuse to accept I don’t mind being labeled, and let me tell you that I am not going to repudiate any charge unless the matter goes to the trial.
ribald(adj.) offensive or vulgar humor these jokes are too ribald for me.
rife(adj.) abundant the pubs are rife with youngsters on weekends.
scurrilous(adj.) vulgar, coarse Nancy made  scurrilous accusations against me , and my boss believed her and fired me without verifying the facts.

English words you should know (81-100)

Word Meaning Usage
solicitous(adj.) concerned, attentive beyond a certain age kids don’t appreciate the solicitous attention from their parents.
somnolent(adj.) sleepy, drowsy The somnolent watchman kept falling asleep and waking up with a jerk.
staid(adj.) sedate, serious, self-restrained The staid principal never changes his expression no matter what.
surreptitious(adj.) stealthy the defense minister was of the opinion that we should use surreptitious ways to infiltrate the neighboring country.
sycophant(n.) one who flatters for self-gain John is a  sycophant of Physics teacher.
tacit(adj.) expressed without words although John never voiced his disliking about me but his eyes represented his tacit distaste for me.
temerity(n.) audacity, recklessness I don’t have the temerity to go against the law.
timorous(adj.) timid, fearful the only way to spend the rest of my life with her is that I have to stay timorous forever.
trenchant(adj.) effective, articulate, clear-cut The directions that came with the Microwave were trenchant and easy to follow.
turgid(adj.) swollen, excessively embellished in style or language we should keep the communication simple and effective, not turgid.
unctuous(adj.) not expressing true feelings; pretending to display true feelings I find her unctuous, for she is too sweet to be real.
vacillate(v.) to fluctuate, hesitate stop vacillating , I need a definitive answer.
vacuous(adj.) lack of content or ideas, stupid although I find her allegations vacuous, however I chose to keep quiet.
venerate(v.) to regard with respect or to honor The Bible says we should venerate our parents and our elders.
verdure(n.) Lush green vegetation; a condition of freshness. the pool was bordered with verdure.
vicissitude(n.) a change or variation occurring in the course of something. The vicissitudes of daily life prevents me from predicting what’s in the store.
vitriolic(adj.) having a caustic quality the debate reached a vitriolic level.
wanton(adj.) undisciplined, lewd, lustful I don’t believe John can ever get involved in wanton acts.
winsome(adj.) appealing in an innocent manner she useless her winsome smile cover up her mistakes.
zephyr(n.) a gentle breeze If not for the night zephyrs, Mumbai would be unbearably hot.


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