Words of Topic: History

Word group for topic: History, it helps to enhance speaking and writing skills in English tests, especially for ESL students who are working for IELTS, TOEFL, and GRE exams.
 Word Group By Topic: History

autobiography  Speak
n.
a book about a person's life, written by that person
He published his autobiography last autumn.
inspirational  Speak
a.
making you feel full of hope or encouraged
Gandhi was an inspirational figure.
obscure  Speak
a.
not discovered or known about
His origins and parentage are obscure.
renowned  Speak
a.
famous
The area is renowned for its schools.
memorize  Speak
v.
learn by heart
He memorized thousands of verses.
tedious  Speak
a.
boring and tiring because long or often repeated
Learning a new computer program can be a tedious process.
dull  Speak
a.
lacking interest or excitement; boring
Those books seem rather dull beside this one.
despise  Speak
v.
to feel a strong dislike for someone or something
She despised him for the way he treated her sister.
glimpse  Speak
v.
a brief look or catch a sight of
He caught a glimpse of her face.
drop by  Speak
v.
to visit
He dropped by my office this morning.
recollect  Speak
v.
call to mind or remember something
There were five young men in the car, as near as I can recollect.
restricted  Speak
a.
limited; don’t allow
Building in this area of town is restricted.
fascinated  Speak
a.
strongly attracted and interested
They were absolutely fascinated by the game.
curricular  Speak
a.
relating to the subjects studied in a school, college
Universities welcomed the free textbooks and other curricular materials.
pursuit  Speak
n.
the action of following someone or something
We all deserve the pursuit of happiness.
hard-pressed  Speak
a.
having a lot of difficulties doing something
This year the airline will be hard-pressed to make a profit.
passionate  Speak
a.
having very strong feelings or emotions
He's passionate about football.
occurrence  Speak
n.
something that happens
Death was an everyday occurrence during the Civil War.
prominent  Speak
a.
important or famous
She was a prominent member of the city council.
frightened  Speak
a.
afraid or anxious
The police officer found a frightened child in the hut.
cherish  Speak
v.
recognize the full value or worth of something or someone
The previous owners had cherished the house.
genre  Speak
n.
a category of composition
What genre does the book fall into - comedy or tragedy?
devour  Speak
v.
read quickly and eagerly
She began devouring newspapers when she was only 12.
chunky  Speak
a.
thick and bulky
Her taste in fiction was for chunky historical romances.
loathe  Speak
v.
to hate
I loathe doing housework.
bookshelf  Speak
n.
a shelf on which books can be stored
He had built a set of bookshelves into one of the walls.
cultivate  Speak
v.
to create a new condition by directed effort
We’re trying to help these kids cultivate an interest in science.
decisive  Speak
a.
making choices quickly and surely, without having any doubts
In an emergency, decisive action is called for.
defeat  Speak
v.
win a victory over someone in a battle or other contest
The French were defeated at Waterloo in 1815.
distorted  Speak
a.
giving a misleading or false account or impression
His report gives a distorted view of the meeting.
irresponsible  Speak
a.
not showing a proper sense of responsibility
It would be irresponsible to ignore these warnings.
baffling  Speak
a.
impossible to understand
I found what he was saying completely baffling.
amaze  Speak
v.
surprise someone greatly
He amazed us by his knowledge of Welsh history.
keen  Speak
a.
very interested
She's keen on playing tennis.
hustle  Speak
n.
energetic action
The team showed a lot of determination and hustle.