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High Score IELTS Words

1. aberration: something that differs from

the norm
2. abhor: fill with horror and loathing;
horrify; hate
3. acquiesce: assent; agree without
4. alacrity: cheerful promptness or
willingness; eagerness; speed or
5. amiable: good-natured and likable;
lovable; warmly friendly
6. appease: bring peace, quiet, or calm to;
satisfy or relieve
7. arcane: secret; mysterious; known only
to the initiated
8. avarice: greediness for wealth; insatiable
desire of gain
9. brazen: having loud, usually harsh,
resonant sound; shameless
10.brusque: abrupt and curt in manner or
speech; rudely abrupt, unfriendly
11.cajole: influence or urge by gentle urging
or flattering
12.callous: emotionally hardened; unfeeling
13.candor: frankness; quality of being
honest and straightforward in attitude
and speech
14.chide: scold mildly so as to correct or
improve; express disapproval
15.circumspect: carefully aware of all
circumstances; cautious
16.clandestine: secret; conducted with or
marked by hidden aims or methods
17.coerce: restrain by force, especially by
law or authority; repress; curb
18.coherent: adhesive; cohesive; sticking
together ; logical; sound; capable of
thinking and expressing yourself in a
clear and consistent manner
19.complacency: feeling of contented selfsatisfaction, especially when unaware of
upcoming trouble
20.confidant: a person entrusted with
21.connive: to plot, scheme
22.cumulative: increasing by successive
23.debase: reduce in quality or value; lower
in esteem; degrade

24.decry: express strong disapproval of;

25.deferential: showing deference;
respectful and considerate
26.demure: modest and reserved in manner
or behavior
27.deride: ridicule; make fun of; laugh at
with contempt
28.despot: tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler;
eastern Orthodox bishop
29.diligent: assiduous; industrious; hardworking
30.elated: overjoyed; extremely happy and
31.eloquent: vividly or movingly expressive;
32.embezzle: appropriate fraudulently to
one's own use, as property entrusted to
one's care; apply to one's private uses by
a breach of trust
33.empathy: understanding and entering
into another's feelings
34.enmity: ill will; hatred; quality or state of
being hostile
35.erudite: learned; scholarly, with
emphasis on knowledge gained from
36.extol: praise highly; glorify; celebrate
37.fabricate: build; put together out of
components or parts
38.feral: not domestic; wild; existing in wild
or untamed state
39.flabbergasted: astonished; appalled,
amazed, or stunned
40.forsake: leave someone who needs or
counts on you
41.fractious: inclined to make trouble;
disobedient; irritable
42.furtive: marked by quiet and caution and
43.gluttony: excess in eating; extravagant
indulgence of the appetite for food;
44.gratuitous: given freely; unwarranted;
granted without recompense; unearned
45.haughty: high; lofty; bold; arrogant;
46.hypocrisy: act or practice of a hypocrite
47.impeccable: faultless; incapable of sin or
48.impertinent: improperly forward or bold;

49.implacable: incapable of being pacified;

not to be relieved;
50.impudent: casually rude, insolent,
51.incisive: penetrating, clear, and sharp,
as in operation or expression
52.indolent: lazy; slow to heal, grow, or
develop; inactive
53.inept: lacking of judgment, sense, or
reason; unsuited; inappropriate; foolish
54.infamy: notoriety, extreme ill repute
55.inhibit: restrain; prevent or forbid; hold
56.innate: possessed at birth; inborn
57.insatiable: not easily satisfied;
impossible to satiate or satisfy; greedy
58.insular: of isolated people, especially
having a narrow viewpoint
59.intrepid: fearless; indicating or springing
from courage
60.inveterate: deep-rooted; firmly and long
established; habitual
61.jubilant: happy; merry; joyful and proud
especially because of triumph or success
62.knell: the solemn sound of a bell, often
indicating a death
63.lithe: flexible; moving and bending with
64.lurid: causing shock or horror; gruesome
65.maverick: one that refuses to abide or
be independent; an unbranded range
66.maxim: proverb; formulation of
fundamental principle or general truth
67.meticulous: excessively careful; marked
by extreme care in treatment of details
68.modicum: limited quantity; small or
moderate amount; any small thing
69.morose: ill humored; sullen; depressingly
dark; gloomy; persistent
70.myriad: of very large or indefinite
number; of ten thousand
71.nadir: lowest point; point on sphere
opposites zenith diametrically
72.nominal: in name only; insignificantly
73.novice: beginner; person new to a field
or activity
74.nuance: subtle or slight degree of
75.oblivious: inattentive or unmindful;
lacking all memory; forgetful

76.obsequious: slavishly attentive;

attempting to win favor from influential
people by flattery
77.obtuse: lacking in insight or discernment;
78.panacea: remedy for all diseases, evils,
or difficulties; a cure-all
79.parody: work or performance that
imitates another work or performance
with ridicule or irony; make fun of
80.penchant: strong inclination; definite
81.perusal: a careful examination, review
82.plethora: excess; over fullness in any
respect; superabundance
83.predilection: condition of favoring or
liking; tendency towards; preference
84.quaint: odd; old-fashioned; picturesque;
unfamiliar or unusual in character
85.rash: hasty, incautious
86.repudiate: disown; refuse to
acknowledge; reject validity or authority
87.rife: excessively abundant or numerous;
in widespread existence, practice, or use
88.salient: prominent or protruding;
projecting outwardly; moving by leaps or
89.serendipity: gift for finding valuable or
desirable things by accident; accidental
good fortune or luck
90.staid: sober; serious, organized, and
professional; characterized by dignity and
91.superfluous: being beyond what is
required or sufficient
92.sycophant: one who attempts to win
favor by flattering influential people;
bootlicker; yes man
93.taciturn: silent or reserved in speech;
saying little; not inclined to speak or
94.refurbish: to restore, clean up
95.truculent: disposed to fight; belligerent;
aggressively hostile
96.umbrage: resentment, offence
97.venerable: deserving high respect;
impressive by reason of age; profoundly
98.vex: annoy; disturb, especially by minor
irritations; be a mystery or bewildering to

99.vociferous: offensively loud; noisy;

making outcry
100. wanton: unrestrained; willfully
malicious; immoral or unchaste

101. zenith: point directly overhead in sky;


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