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This TOEFL writing vocabulary is basically selected for writing test. The short list of 300 words is organized in 6 groups to let spelling practice flexible. Test takers had better try to spell these words rather than just know them. AS we know, spelling skill is the foundation of writing. If you cannot spell an enough TOEFL writing vocabulary in right and fast, you probably cannot express your idea in writing, and examiners may misunderstand your word or even sentence. In such case, you will lose chance to have a good mark in writing test. So to build a writing vocabulary is prerequisite to succeed in TOEFL writing test. If you have this list, it will be an important asset in your TOEFL writing test. In fact, this is the most popular word list in this web site, simple and useful, not only for writing test, but also for other tests: reading, speaking, and listening.


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attribute: Read
/ə'trɪbju:t/ n. Syn. trait
essential quality; reputation; honor
His outstanding attribute was his kindness.

augment: Read
/ɔ:g'mɛnt/ v. Syn. increase
make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity
Armies augment their forces by calling up reinforcements.

auspicious: Read
/ɔ:'spɪʃəs/ a. Syn. propitious
attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous
With favorable weather conditions, it was an auspicious moment to set sail.

authentic: Read
/ɜr'θɛntɪk/ a. Syn. genuine; real; valid; trustworthy
not counterfeit or copied; valid; trustworthy
It is authentic, genuine, and a true and correct copy of the original.

autocratic: Read
/ɔtə'krætɪk/ a. Syn. dictatorial
having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial
Someone accustomed to exercising authority may become autocratic if his or her power is unchecked.

avarice: Read
/'ævərɪs/ n.
greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
King Midas is a perfect example of avarice, for he was so greedy that he wished everything he touched would turn to gold.

awry: Read
/ə'raɪ/ ad. Syn. distorted; crooked ; askew; amiss
in a position that is turned toward one side; away from correct course
He held his head awry, giving the impression that he had caught cold in his neck during the night.

banal: Read
/bə'nɑrl/;/'beɪnl/ a. Syn. dull; commonplace; trite
obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
The writer made his comic sketch seem banal, only a few people liked it.

bane: Read
/beɪn/ n. Syn. curse
something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin
Lucy's little brother was the bane of her existence: his attempts to make her life miserable worked so well that she could have poisoned him.

banter: Read
/'bæntə(r)/ n.
good-humored, playful conversation
You bring good diversity to the BombCast because your opinions are varied and present a good contrast to what can sometimes be predictable banter from the guys.

baton: Read
/'bæt(ə)n/;/bə'tɒn/ n.
staff or truncheon for various purposes, as one of a conductor in musical performances, one transferred by runners in a relay race
What's the textbook way to handoff the baton in the relays?

belie: Read
/bɪ'laɪ/ v. Syn. contradict
contradict; give a false impression
His coarse, hard-bitten exterior does belie his inner sensitivity.

bellicose: Read
/'bɛlɪkoʊs/ a. Syn. warlike; belligerent
warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; showing or having impulse to be combative
His bellicose disposition alienated his friends.

belligerent: Read
/bɪ'lɪdʒərənt/ a. Syn. quarrelsome; aggressive
inclined or eager to fight; aggressive
Whenever he had too much to drink, he became belligerent and tried to pick fights with strangers.

benevolent: Read
/bɪ'nɛvələnt/ a. Syn. generous; charitable
generous in providing aid to others; charitable
Mr. Fezziwig was a benevolent employer, who wished to make Christmas merrier for young Scrooge and his other employees.

besmirch: Read
/bɪ'smɜrtʃ/ v.
soil, smear so as to make dirty or stained
The scandalous remarks in the newspaper besmirch the reputations of every member of the society.

biased: Read
/'baɪəs(ɪ)d/ a. Syn. slanted; prejudiced
favoring one person or side over another; prejudiced
Because the judge played golf regularly with the district attorney's father, we feared he might be biased in the prosecution's favor.

bizarre: Read
/bɪ'zɑr(r)/ a. Syn. fantastic
fantastic; violently contrasting; strangely unconventional in style or appearance
The plot of the novel was too bizarre to be believed.

bland: Read
/blænd/ a. Syn. soothing; mild; agreeable
lacking stimulating or mild; agreeable
She kept her gaze level and her expression bland, but her teeth were gritted.

blandishment: Read
/'blændɪʃmənt/ n. Syn. flattery
flattery; speech or action expressive of affection or kindness, and tending to win the heart
Despite the salesperson's blandishment, the customer did not buy the outfit.

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abstemious  Read
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sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate
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place of refuge or shelter; protection
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constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
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prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned
accede  Read
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absence of governing body; state of disorder; political disorder and confusion
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condense; shorten; reduce length of written text
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pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning
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agree; give consent, often at insistence of another; concede
acrimonious  Read
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having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value
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good-humored, playful conversation
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dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants
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bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner
admonish  Read
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cause to become unfriendly or hostile; transfer property or ownership; isolate or dissociate emotionally
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warn; counsel someone against something to be avoided
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agree; give consent, often at insistence of another; concede
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absence of governing body; state of disorder; political disorder and confusion
affluent  Read
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nonbeliever; one who denies the existence of god
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sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate
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having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value
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good-humored, playful conversation
alienate  Read
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abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
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prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned
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one who makes a practice of amusing others by low tricks, antic gestures; droll; mimic; clown
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cause to become unfriendly or hostile; transfer property or ownership; isolate or dissociate emotionally
allay  Read
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absence of governing body; state of disorder; political disorder and confusion
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lack of caring; indifference
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earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
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calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve
anonymous  Read
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flattery; speech or action expressive of affection or kindness, and tending to win the heart
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having no name; having unknown or unacknowledged name
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greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
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similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity
arbiter  Read
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one who makes a practice of amusing others by low tricks, antic gestures; droll; mimic; clown
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person with power to decide a dispute; judge
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elegant or tasteful; of or concerning appreciation of beauty or good taste
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calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve
arid  Read
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elegant or tasteful; of or concerning appreciation of beauty or good taste
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dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants
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place of refuge or shelter; protection
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pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning
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/æb'sti:mɪəs/ a. Syn. temperate
sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate
Concerned whether her vegetarian son's [___] diet provided him with sufficient protein, the worried mother pressed food on him.


Spelling Word: abstemious
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/ækə'dɛmɪk/ a. Syn. scholarly; collegiate; theoretical
related to school; not practical or directly useful; relating to scholarly organization; based on formal education
The dean's talk about reforming the college admissions system was only an [___] discussion.


Spelling Word: academic
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/'ædvəsərɪ/ n. Syn. opponent; contestant
opponent in contest; someone who offers opposition
The young wrestler struggled to defeat his [___].


Spelling Word: adversary
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/'æflʊənt/ a.
having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value
They want the same opportunity to pursue their dreams as everyone else who lives in [___] school districts.


Spelling Word: affluent
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/'əgrɛsɪv/ a.
making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly
During his tenure in Beijing, Huntsman was known as an [___] advocate for human rights and pushed to expand U.S. economic ties with China.


Spelling Word: aggressive
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/ə'mi:nəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. responsible; accountable
responsive to advice or suggestion; responsible to higher authority; willing to comply with; agreeable
He was [___] to any suggestions that came from those he looked up to.


Spelling Word: amenable
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/ə'nɒnɪməs/ a. Syn. unknown; nameless
having no name; having unknown or unacknowledged name
The buyer, who wished to remain [___], is a foreigner with homes in Europe.


Spelling Word: anonymous
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/æpt/ a. Syn. appropriate; suitable
likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand
The defeated England coach, Bobby Robson, described it as a miracle, which following 'the Hand-of-God' goal seems supremely [___].


Spelling Word: apt
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/'ɑrbɪtə(r)/ n. Syn. judge
person with power to decide a dispute; judge
As an [___] in labor disputes, she has won the confidence of the workers and the employers.


Spelling Word: arbiter
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/ɜr'θɛntɪk/ a. Syn. genuine; real; valid; trustworthy
not counterfeit or copied; valid; trustworthy
It is [___], genuine, and a true and correct copy of the original.


Spelling Word: authentic