Advanced English Words 54 words

Word List Part 1 from http://www.world-english.org/improve_vocabulary.htm Good for studying for ESL Exams
  1. aberration
    a state or condition markedly different from the norm
  2. abhor
    find repugnant
  3. acquiesce
    to agree or express agreement
  4. alacrity
    liveliness and eagerness
  5. amiable
    diffusing warmth and friendliness
  6. appease
    make peace with
  7. arcane
    requiring secret or mysterious knowledge
  8. avarice
    reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)
  9. brazen
    unrestrained by convention or propriety
  10. brusque
    marked by rude or peremptory shortness
  11. cajole
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
  12. callous
    emotionally hardened
  13. candor
    the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech
  14. chide
    censure severely or angrily
  15. circumspect
    heedful of potential consequences
  16. coerce
    to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
  17. coherent
    marked by an orderly, logical, and aesthetically consistent relation of parts
  18. complacency
    the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself
  19. confidant
    someone to whom private matters are confided
  20. connive
    form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
  21. cumulative
    increasing by successive addition
  22. debase
    corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
  23. decry
    express strong disapproval of
  24. deferential
    showing deference
  25. demure
    affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way
  26. deride
    treat or speak of with contempt
  27. despot
    a cruel and oppressive dictator
  28. diligent
    quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness
  29. elated
    exultantly proud and joyful; in high spirits
  30. eloquent
    expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
  31. embezzle
    appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use
    This time, the amount of money allegedly embezzled was raised more than ten-fold and the charges made much more severe.
    Time (Aug 2, 2012)
  32. empathy
    understanding and entering into another's feelings
  33. enmity
    a state of deep-seated ill-will
  34. erudite
    having or showing profound knowledge
  35. extol
    praise, glorify, or honor
  36. fabricate
    make up something artificial or untrue
  37. flabbergasted
    as if struck dumb with astonishment and surprise
  38. forsake
    leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
  39. furtive
    secret and sly or sordid
  40. gluttony
    habitual eating to excess
  41. gratuitous
    unnecessary and unwarranted
  42. haughty
    having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
  43. hypocrisy
    insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have
  44. impeccable
    without fault or error
  45. impertinent
    improperly forward or bold
  46. impudent
    improperly forward or bold
  47. indolent
    disinclined to work or exertion
  48. inept
    generally incompetent and ineffectual
  49. infamy
    a state of extreme dishonor
  50. inhibit
    limit the range or extent of
  51. innate
    present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development
  52. insatiable
    impossible to satisfy
  53. insular
    narrowly restricted in outlook or scope
  54. intrepid
    invulnerable to fear or intimidation