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300 Toefl Words 2

300 Toefl Words 2 - Words 21-60

ANNALS - in the annals of literature. Historical records
ANONYMOUS -an anonymous publication. Of unknown name; whose name is withheld; lacking individuality, unique character, or distinction.
ANTHOLOGY – an anthology of modern poetry. A book or other collection of selected writings by various authors, usually in the same literary form, of the same period, or on the same subject
ANTITHESIS (adj.: ANTITHETICAL) - His selfish attitude seemed to me the antithesis o patriotism. Contrast; the direct opposite
APATHY (adj.: APATHETIC) - attributed his failure to apathy, rather than lack of ability. Lack of feeling, emotion, or interest. Synonyms: torpor, lethargy, sluggishness, listlessness, languor, lassitude, dispassion; (verb) languish. Antonyms: zeal, animation
APPREHENSIVE - Being unprepared, John is apprehensive of the examination. Uneasy or fearful about something that might happen.
APPRISE -apprised his lieutenants of the new situation. 1. to estimate the monetary value of; determine the worth of; assess; 2. to estimate the nature, quality, importance, etc. 3. to inform
ARBITER - a fair decision rendered by the arbiter A person who has authority to decide matters in dispute. Synonyms: mediator, arbitrator
ARCHETYPE –copies reproduced from the archetype The original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype. Synonym: prototype. Antonyms: Stereotype, facsimile, replica
ARID – the arid farmland 1. being without moisture; extremely dry; parched- the arid desert land. 2. barren or unproductive because of lack of moisture. Synonyms. jejune, parched. Synonyms: arable, fertile
ARMISTICE The armistice halted the war A temporary suspension of hostilities. Synonym: truce
ARTFUL - attained his mean objective by artful measures 1. slyly crafty or cunning; deceitful; tricky. Synonyms: cunning, wily, adroit, ingenious, guileful. Synonyms: guileless, ingenuous, artless. 2. skillful or clever in adapting means to ends; ingenious
ARTICULATE (verb) – an articulate man, always ready to give his views To speak clearly or distinctly - articulated slowly so that he could not be misunderstood. (adj.): Capable of speech; distinct, clear.
ASKANCE - looked askance at the forged signature With suspicion, mistrust, or disapproval.
ASSIDUOUS - an assiduous worker, toiling long hours Constant; unremitting. Synonyms: sedulous, attentive, diligent, indefatigable. Antonyms: indolent, slothful
ASYLUM -found asylum from persecution A place offering shelter and retreat. Synonyms: sanctuary, refuge
ATTRIBUTE (verb) -Generosity was his outstanding attribute To regard as resulting from a specified cause; considered as caused by something indicated -attributed his success to bard work. Synonym: ascribe. (noun): An inherent qualit.
AUGMENT - an army augmented by numerous enlistments. To increase or enlarge. Synonyms: enhance, amplify - Antonyms: abate, curtail
AUSPICIOUS - The prospect for this project appears auspicious. Indicating a happy outcome. Synonyms: propitious, fortunate. Antonyms: ominous, foreboding
AWRY - the picture, hanging awry on the wall Unsymmetrical; not straight. Synonym: askew
BANAL -bored by his banal remarks Lacking in freshness, originality, or vigor. Synonyms: commonplace, hackneyed, prosaic, trite, stereotyped, vapid. Synonyms: racy, original, vivid
BANTER -The two wits exchanged banter, to the amusement of the audience Good-natured teasing or ridicule. Synonyms: raillery, chaff
BELIE - His gracious manner belied his evil purpose To give a false idea of. Synonym: misrepresent
BELLICOSE - His bellicose attitude often got John into fights Inclined to quarrel; warlike. Synonyms: pugnacious, contentious, disputatious. Antonyms: pacific, conciliatory
BENEVOLENT - like a benevolent monarch, bestowing many favors Characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings. Synonyms: benign, benignant, gracious, magnanimous Antonyms: malevolent, malignant
BESMIRCH - besmirched his opponent's good name with vile epithets 1. To soil or dirty 2. to detract from the honor or luster of. Synonyms: stilly, defile, smirch, bespatter
BIAS - He was misled by his bias A particular tendency or inclination, esp. one that prevents unprejudiced consideration of a question; prejudice. Synonyms: bigoted, arbitrary, partial, partisan Antonyms: disinterested, equitable
BIZARRE - bizarre clothes, outlandish in the extreme Strikingly out of the ordinary: as a : odd, extravagant, or eccentric in style or mode b : involving sensational contrasts or incongruities. Synonyms: odd, fantastic, grotesque, eccentric
BLAND – The soup was quite bland. Not highly flavored; mild; tasteless. Synonyms: piquant, tart, racy, caustic, acrid, pungent
BLEMISH (verb) - a character without a blemish To scar or spoil - Bad associates blemished his character. (noun): A disfigurement, defect.
BOG - sank into the spongy bog Wet, spongy ground with soil composed mainly of decayed vegetable matter. Synonyms: morass, fen, quagmire, mire, swamp
BOMBASTIC (noun: BOMBAST) - a bombastic speech, inflated with meaningless high-flown words High-sounding; pretentious in language. Synonyms: ranting, pompous, fustian
BOORISH - exhibited the boorish manners of a backwoodsman Unrefined in speech or manners. Synonyms: churlish, uncouth. uncultured, crass Antonym: suave
BUFFOON - acting like a buffoon, full of ludicrous tricks A person given to coarse or undignified joking.
CABAL - a cabal of prominent persons united to overthrow the government A small group of persons engaged in plotting. Synonyms: junta, faction
CACOPHONOUS - a cacophonous blare of trumpets, noisy and discordant Unharmonious sounding. Synonyms: dissonant, discordant, blatant, strident, raucous Antonyms: mellifluous, euphonious, dulcet
CADAVEROUS -His face appeared cadaverous from long imprisonment Corpselike; hence, haggard, pale. Synonyms: ghastly, gaunt, pallid (noun: pallor), wan, ashen. Antonyms: rubicund, florid
CALLOUS - made callous by long suffering Unfeeling or insensitive. Synonyms: insensible, obdurate
CANDID (noun: CANDOR) -a candid reply that could hardly be more forthright Frank, outspoken; impartial. Synonyms: artless, ingenuous, unbiased. Antonyms: guileful, evasive
CANTANKEROUS – showed a cantankerous and sullen disposition Ill-natured; quarrelsome. Synonyms: petulant, peevish, contentious, pugnacious, testy, choleric, fretful. Antonyms: amiable, affable, equable
Created by: anino