English language

  1. callous
    harsh , cold , unfeeling 

    e.g. = the murders callous lack of remorse shocked the jury 
  2. candor
    honesty , frankness 

    e.g. = we were supprised by the candor of the policticians speech because she is usually rather evasive 
  3. chide 
    to voice disapproval

    e.g. = Hania chided Gregory for his vulgar habits and sloppy appearance 
  4. circumspect

    e.g. = though i promised Martha's father i would bring her home promptly , it would have been mre circumpsect not to have specified a time 
  5. clandestine 

    e.g. = announcing to her boyfriend that she was going to the library , Maria actually went to meet George for a clandestine liasion 
  6. coerce 
    to make somebody something by force or threat 

    e.g. = the court decided that David Beckham did not have to honour the contracr because he was coerced into signing it 
  7. coherent 
    logically consistent , intelligible 

    e.g. = William could not figure out what Harold had seen because he was too distraught to deliver a coherent statement 
  8. complacency
    self-satisfied ignorance of danger

    e.g. = Simon tried to shock his friends out of their complacency by painting a firghtening picture of what might happen
  9. confidant
    a person entrusted with secrets

    e.g. = shortly after we met , he became my cheif confidant 
  10. connive 
    to plot , scheme

    e.g. = che connived me to give up my plans to start up a new business 
  11. cumulative 
    increasing , building upon itself 

    e.g. = the cummulative effect of hours spent using the world English website was a vast improvement in his vocabulary and general level of English 
  12. debase
    to lower the quality or esteem of something 

    e.g. = the large rasie that he gave himself debased his motives from running the charity 
  13. decry
    to critisize openly 

    e.g. = Andrej Lepper , the leader of the Polish Self Defence party decried the appaling state of the polish roads 
  14. deferential
    showing respect for another's authority 

    e.g. = Donata is always excessively deferntial to any kind of authority figure 
  15. demure 
    quiet , modest , reserved 

    e.g. = though everybody else at the party was dancing and going crazy , she remained demure 
  16. deride 
    to laugh at mockingly , scorn 

    e.g. = the native speaker often derided the other teacher's accent 
  17. despot 
    one who has total power and rukes brutally 

    e.g. = the despot issued a death sentence for anybody who disobeyed his laws 
  18. dilligent
    showing care in doing one's work

    e.g. = the dilligent researcher made sure to double check her measurements 
  19. elated 
    overjoyed , thrilled 

    e.g. = when he found out he had won the lottery , the postman was eleated 
  20. eloquent
    expressive , articulate , moving (the best man gave such an eloquent speech that most guests were crying
  21. embezzele 
    to steal money by flasifying records 

    e.g. = the accountant was fired for embezzling £10,000 of the company's funds 
  22. empathy 
    sensitivity to another's feelings as if they were one's own 

    e.g. = i feel such empathy for my dog when she's upset so am I 
  23. enmity
    ill will , hatred , hostility 

    e.g = John and Scott have clearly not forgiven each other , because the enmity between them is obvious to anybody in their presence 
  24. erudite 

    e.g. = My English teacher is such an erudite scholar that he has translated some of the most difficult and abstruse Old English poetry 
  25. extol
    to praise , revere 

    e.g. = Kamilla extolled the virtues of a vegetarian diet to her meat loving boyfriend 
  26. fabriacte 
    to make up , invent 

    e.g. = When i arrived an hour late to class , I fabricated some excuse about my car breaking down on the way to work 
  27. feral 
    wild , savage

    e.g. = that beast looks so feral that i would fear being alone with it 
  28. flabbergasted 

    e.g. = whenever i read an Agatha Christie mystery novel , I am always flabbergasted when i learn the identity of the murderer
  29. forsake 
    to give up , renounce 

    e.g. = i wont forsake my consverative principles
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