AMCAT MOST Asked Vocabulary Questions and Words

  • abate - become less in amount or intensity
  • aberrant - markedly different from an accepted norm
  • abeyance - temporary cessation or suspension
  • abscond - run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
  • abstemious - marked by temperance in indulgence
  • admonish - take to task
  • adulterate - corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
  • aesthetic - concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste
  • aggregate - a sum total of many heterogenous things taken together
  • alacrity - liveliness and eagerness
  • alleviate - provide physical relief, as from pain
  • amalgamate - to bring or combine together or with something else
  • ambiguous - having more than one possible meaning
  • ambivalence - mixed feelings or emotions
  • ameliorate - to make better
  • anachronism - something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred
  • analogous - similar or equivalent in some respects though otherwise dissimilar
  • anarchy - a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)
  • anomalous - deviating from the general or common order or type 
  • antipathy - a feeling of intense dislike
  • apathy - an absence of emotion or enthusiasm
  • appease - make peace with
  • apprise - inform (somebody) of something
  • approbation - official approval
  • appropriate - suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc
  • arduous - characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
  • artless - simple and natural; without cunning or deceit
  • ascetic - someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
  • assiduous - marked by care and persistent effort
  • assuage - provide physical relief, as from pain
  • attenuate - become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude
  • austere - of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect
  • autonomous - existing as an independent entity
  • aver - to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
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   banal
    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
    belie
    be in contradiction with
    beneficent
    doing or producing good
    bolster
    support and strengthen
    bombastic
    ostentatiously lofty in style
    boorish
    ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance
    burgeon
    grow and flourish
    burnish
    polish and make shiny
    buttress
    a support usually of stone or brick; supports the wall of a building
    cacophonous
    having an unpleasant sound
    capricious
    determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason
    castigation
    verbal punishment
    caustic
    of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
    chicanery
    the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
    coagulate
    change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state
    coda
    the closing section of a musical composition
    cogent
    powerfully persuasive
    commensurate
    corresponding in size or degree or extent
    compendium
    a publication containing a variety of works
    complaisant
    showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others

    compliant
    disposed or willing to comply

    conciliatory
    making or willing to make concessions

    condone
    excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with

    confound
    be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
    connoisseur
    an expert able to appreciate a field; especially in the fine arts
    contention
    the act of competing as for profit or a prize
    contentious
    inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits
    contrite
    feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
    conundrum
    a difficult problem
    converge
    be adjacent or come together
    convoluted
    rolled longitudinally upon itself
    craven
    lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful
    daunt
    cause to lose courage
    decorum
    propriety in manners and conduct
    default
    an option that is selected automatically unless an alternative is specified
    deference
    courteous regard for people’s feelings
    delineate
    represented accurately or precisely
    denigrate
    charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
    deride
    treat or speak of with contempt
    derivative
    a compound obtained from, or regarded as derived from, another compound
    desiccate
    lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless
    desultory
    marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose; jumping from one thing to another
    deterrent
    something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
    diatribe
    thunderous verbal attack
    dichotomy
    being twofold; a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses
    diffidence
    lack of self-confidence
    diffuse
    spread out; not concentrated in one place
    digression
    a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
    dirge
    a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
    disabuse
    free somebody (from an erroneous belief)
    discerning
    having or revealing keen insight and good judgment
    discordant
    not in agreement or harmony
    discredit
    the state of being held in low esteem
    disingenuous
    not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness
    disinterested
    unaffected by self-interest
    disjointed
    taken apart at the joints
    dismiss
    stop associating with
    disparage
    express a negative opinion of
    disparate
    fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind
    dissemble
    behave unnaturally or affectedly
    disseminate
    cause to become widely known
    dissolution
    separation into component parts
    dissonance
    disagreeable sounds
    distend
    cause to expand as it by internal pressure
    divest
    take away possessions from someone
    document
    anything serving as a representation of a person’s thinking by means of symbolic marks
    dogmatic
    of or pertaining to or characteristic of a doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative
    dormant
    inactive but capable of becoming active
    dupe
    fool or hoax
    ebullient
    joyously unrestrained
    eclectic
    selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
    efficacy
    capacity or power to produce a desired effect
    effrontery
    audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to
    elegy
    a mournful poem; a lament for the dead
    elicit
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
    embellish
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
    empirical
    derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
    emulate
    strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
    endemic
    native to or confined to a certain region
    enervate
    weaken mentally or morally
    engender
    make children
    enhance
    increase
    ephemeral
    anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day in its winged form
    equanimity
    steadiness of mind under stress
    equivocate
    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
    erudite
    having or showing profound knowledge
    esoteric
    confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle
    eulogy
    a formal expression of praise for someone who has died recently
    euphemism
    an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh
    exacerbate
    make worse
    exculpate
    pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
    exigency
    a pressing or urgent situation
    extrapolation
    an inference about the future (or about some hypothetical situation) based on known facts and observations
    facetious
    cleverly amusing in tone
    facilitate
    make easier
    fallacious
    containing or based on a fallacy
    fatuous
    devoid of intelligence
    fawning
    attempting to win favor by flattery
    felicitous
    exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style
    fervour
    the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up
    flag
    emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
    fledgling
    young bird that has just fledged or become capable of flying
    flout
    treat with contemptuous disregard
    foment
    try to stir up public opinion
    forestall
    keep from happening or arising; make impossible
    frugality
    prudence in avoiding waste
    futile
    producing no result or effect
    gainsay
    take exception to
    garrulous
    full of trivial conversation
    goad
    stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick
    gouge
    an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)
    grandiloquent
    lofty in style
    gregarious
    instinctively or temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others
    guileless
    free of deceit
    gullible
    naive and easily deceived or tricked
    harangue
    a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion
    homogeneous
    all of the same or similar kind or nature
    hyperbole
    extravagant exaggeration
    iconoclastic
    characterized by attack on established beliefs or institutions
    idolatry
    the worship of idols; the worship of images that are not God
    immutable
    not subject or susceptible to change or variation in form or quality or nature
    impair
    make worse or less effective
    impassive
    having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
    impede
    be a hindrance or obstacle to
    impermeable
    preventing especially liquids to pass or diffuse through
    imperturbable
    not easily perturbed or excited or upset; marked by extreme calm and composure
    impervious
    not admitting of passage or capable of being affected
    implacable
    incapable of being placated
    implicit
    implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something
    implode
    burst inward
    inadvertently
    without knowledge or intention
    inchoate
    only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
    incongruity
    the quality of disagreeing; being unsuitable and inappropriate
    inconsequential
    lacking worth or importance
    incorporate
    make into a whole or make part of a whole
    indeterminate
    not precisely determined or established; not fixed or known in advance
    indigence
    a state of extreme poverty or destitution
    indolent
    disinclined to work or exertion
    inert
    unable to move or resist motion
    ingenuous
    lacking in sophistication or worldliness
    inherent
    existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
    innocuous
    not injurious to physical or mental health
    insensible
    barely able to be perceived
    insinuate
    give to understand
    insipid
    lacking interest or significance or impact
    insularity
    the state of being isolated or detached
    intractable
    not tractable; difficult to manage or mold
    intransigence
    the trait of being intransigent; stubbornly refusing to compromise
    inundate
    fill or cover completely, usually with water
    inured
    made tough by habitual exposure
    invective
    abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will
    irascible
    quickly aroused to anger
    irresolute
    uncertain how to act or proceed
    itinerary
    an established line of travel or access
    laconic
    brief and to the point; effectively cut short
    lassitude
    a feeling of lack of interest or energy
    latent
    potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
    laud
    praise, glorify, or honor
    lethargic
    deficient in alertness or activity
    levee
    a pier that provides a landing place on a river
    levity
    a manner lacking seriousness
    log
    a segment of the trunk of a tree when stripped of branches
    loquacious
    full of trivial conversation
    lucid
    (of language) transparently clear; easily understandable
    luminous
    softly bright or radiant
    magnanimity
    liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit
    malingerer
    someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity
    malleable
    capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
    maverick
    someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
    mendacious
    given to lying
    metamorphosis
    a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances
    meticulous
    marked by precise accordance with details
    misanthrope
    someone who dislikes people in general
    mitigate
    lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
    mollify
    cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
    morose
    showing a brooding ill humor
    mundane
    found in the ordinary course of events
    negate
    make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of
    neophyte
    any new participant in some activity
    obdurate
    stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
    obsequious
    attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
    obviate
    do away with
    occlude
    block passage through
    officious
    intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
    onerous
    not easily borne; wearing
    opprobrium
    a state of extreme dishonor
    oscillate
    move or swing from side to side regularly
    ostentatious
    intended to attract notice and impress others
    paragon
    an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
    partisan
    a fervent and even militant proponent of something
    pathological
    of or relating to the practice of pathology
    paucity
    an insufficient quantity or number
    pedantic
    marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
    penchant
    a strong liking
    penury
    a state of extreme poverty or destitution
    perennial
    lasting three seasons or more
    perfidious
    tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans
    perfunctory
    hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
    permeable
    allowing fluids or gases to pass or diffuse through
    pervasive
    spreading or spread throughout
    phlegmatic
    showing little emotion
    piety
    righteousness by virtue of being pious
    placate
    cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
    plasticity
    the property of being physically malleable; the property of something that can be worked or hammered or shaped without breaking
    platitude
    a trite or obvious remark
    plethora
    extreme excess
    plummet
    drop sharply
    porous
    full of pores or vessels or holes
    pragmatic
    concerned with practical matters
    preamble
    a preliminary introduction to a statute or constitution (usually explaining its purpose)
    precarious
    not secure; beset with difficulties
    precipitate
    bring about abruptly
    precursor
    something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
    presumptuous
    excessively forward
    prevaricate
    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
    pristine
    immaculately clean and unused
    probity
    complete and confirmed integrity; having strong moral principles
    problematic
    making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
    prodigal
    recklessly wasteful
    profound
    situated at or extending to great depth; too deep to have been sounded or plumbed
    prohibitive
    tending to discourage (especially of prices)
    proliferate
    grow rapidly
    propensity
    a natural inclination
    propitiate
    make peace with
    propriety
    correct or appropriate behavior
    proscribe
    command against
    pungent
    strong and sharp;”the pungent taste of radishes”
    qualified
    meeting the proper standards and requirements and training for an office or position or task
    quibble
    evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
    quiescent
    being quiet or still or inactive
    rarefied
    of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style
    recalcitrant
    stubbornly resistant to authority or control
    recant
    formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
    recluse
    one who lives in solitude
    recondite
    difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
    refractory
    stubbornly resistant to authority or control
    refute
    overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
    relegate
    assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
    reproach
    express criticism towards
    reprobate
    a person without moral scruples
    repudiate
    refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
    rescind
    cancel officially
    resolution
    finding a solution to a problem
    resolve
    find the solution
    reticent
    reluctant to draw attention to yourself
    reverent
    feeling or showing profound respect or veneration
    sage
    a mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom
    salubrious
    promoting health; healthful
    sanction
    official permission or approval
    satiate
    fill to satisfaction
    savor
    the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
    secrete
    generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids
    shard
    a broken piece of a brittle artifact
    skeptic
    someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs
    solicitous
    full of anxiety and concern
    soporific
    sleep inducing
    specious
    plausible but false
    spectrum
    a broad range of related objects or values or qualities or ideas or activities
    sporadic
    recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances
    stigma
    a symbol of disgrace or infamy
    stint
    supply sparingly and with restricted quantities
    stipulate
    specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement
    stolid
    having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
    striate
    marked with stria or striations
    strut
    to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others
    subpoena
    a writ issued by court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding; disobedience may be punishable as a contempt of court
    subside
    sink to a lower level or form a depression
    substantiate
    establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
    supersede
    take the place or move into the position of
    supposition
    the cognitive process of supposing
    tacit
    implied by or inferred from actions or statements
    tangential
    of superficial relevance if any
    tenuous
    very thin in gauge or diameter
    tirade
    a speech of violent denunciation
    torpor
    a state of motor and mental inactivity with a partial suspension of sensibility
    tortuous
    marked by repeated turns and bends
    tractable
    easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)
    transgression
    the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle
    truculence
    obstreperous and defiant aggressiveness
    unwarranted
    incapable of being justified or explained
    vacillate
    be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action
    venerate
    regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of
    veracious
    habitually speaking the truth
    verbose
    using or containing too many words
    viable
    capable of life or normal growth and development
    viscous
    having a relatively high resistance to flow
    vituperative
    marked by harshly abusive criticism
    volatile
    a volatile substance; a substance that changes readily from solid or liquid to a vapor
    wary
    marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
    welter
    a confused multitude of things
    whimsical
    determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason
    zealot
    a fervent and even militant proponent of something
    audacious
    disposed to venture or take risks
    discredit
    the state of being held in low esteem
    discrepancy
    a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions
    diverge
    move or draw apart
    saturate
    infuse or fill completely
    distill
    undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops
    strut
    to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others
 

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