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TOEFL Words with Synonyms 1

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abandon
abash
abdicate
abet
abridge
abrogate
abstemious
academic
accede
accelerate
accolade
accord
acrimonious
acumen
admonish
admonition
adversary
adverse
adversity
aesthetic
affable
affluent
aggressive
alacrity
alienate
allay
allude
allure
allusion
ambiguous
amiable
analogous
analogy
anarchy
animus
annals
anonymous
anthology
antithesis
apathetic
apathy
apprehend
apprehensive
apprise
approbation
apt
aptitude
arbiter
archetype
arid
aristocracy
articulate
ascetic
assiduous
asylum
atheist
attribute
augment
auspicious
authentic
autocratic
avarice
awry
banal
bane
banter
baton
belie
bellicose
benevolent
besmirch
biased
bizarre
bland
blandishment
blemish
blight
blithe
bombastic
boorish
bucolic
buffoon
bulwark
bumptious
cabal
cacophonous
cadaverous
callous
candid
candor
cantankerous
capricious
captious
caricature
castigate
celestial
chauvinist
chicanery
chronic
circumspect
circumvent
civil
clamorous
clandestine
coalesce
coalition
coercion
cogent
collusion
commodious
compatible
compensation
compunction
concede
condole
condolence
confederate
congenial
conjecture
consensus
consternation
construction
consummate
contemptuous
convivial
copious
corpulent
cosmopolitan
coterie
countenance
credence
credible
credulous
cringe
crucial
cryptic
curb
cursory
curt
cynical
dearth
deference
deity
delectable
delete
delineate
delinquent
deluge
demagogue
demeanor
demure
denounce
deplete
deprecate
depreciate
devastation
devious
devoid
devout
dilemma
disconcert
disconsolate
discourse
discrete
discursive
disparate
disparity
dispassionate
dispatch
dispel
dissent
dissolute
distraught
diverse
diversify
divulge
dogmatic
dynamic

Word and Definition List


abandon: Read
/ə'bændən/ n. Syn. relinquish
lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm

abash: Read
/ə'bæʃ/ v. Syn. embarrass
embarrass; make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert

abdicate: Read
/'æbdɪkeɪt/ v. Syn. renounce
give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim

abet: Read
/ə'bɛt/ v. Syn. encourage
aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage

abridge: Read
/ə'brɪdʒ/ v. Syn. condense; shorten
condense; shorten; reduce length of written text

abrogate: Read
/'æbroʊgeɪt/ a. Syn. abolish
abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority

abstemious: Read
/æb'sti:mɪəs/ a. Syn. temperate
sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate

academic: Read
/ækə'dɛmɪk/ a. Syn. scholarly; collegiate; theoretical
related to school; not practical or directly useful; relating to scholarly organization; based on formal education

accede: Read
/æk'si:d/ v. Syn. agree; assent; concede
agree; give consent, often at insistence of another; concede

accelerate: Read
/ək'sɛləreɪt/ v. Syn. speed; hasten
move faster; cause to develop or progress more quickly; occur sooner than expected

accolade: Read
/'ækəleɪd/ n. Syn. praise
award of merit; expression of approval; praise

accord: Read
/ə'kɔ:d/ n. Syn. agreement; treaty
settlement or compromise of conflicting opinions; written agreement between two states

acrimonious: Read
/ækrɪ'moʊnɪəs/ a. Syn. rancorous
bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner

acumen: Read
/'ækjʊmɛn, ə'kju:mɛn/ n. Syn. acuteness; insight
mental keenness; quickness of perception

admonish: Read
/əd'mɒnɪʃ/ v. Syn. warn; reprove
warn; counsel someone against something to be avoided

admonition: Read
/ædmɒ'nɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. warning
gentle or friendly reproof; cautionary advice or warning

adversary: Read
/'ædvəsərɪ/ n. Syn. opponent; contestant
opponent in contest; someone who offers opposition

adverse: Read
/'ædvɜrs/ a. Syn. unfavorable; hostile
in opposing direction; harmful or unfavorable; acting or serving to oppose

adversity: Read
/əd'vɜrsɪtɪ/ n. Syn. poverty; misfortune
state of misfortune, hardship, or affliction; misfortune

aesthetic: Read
/i:s'θɛtɪk/ a. Syn. artistic; elegant
elegant or tasteful; of or concerning appreciation of beauty or good taste

affable: Read
/'æfəb(ə)l/ a.
easily approachable; warmly friendly

affluent: Read
/'æflʊənt/ a.
having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value

aggressive: Read
/'əgrɛsɪv/ a.
making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly

alacrity: Read
/ə'lækrɪtɪ/ n.
cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness

alienate: Read
/'eɪlɪəneɪt/ v. Syn. estrange; transfer; separate
cause to become unfriendly or hostile; transfer property or ownership; isolate or dissociate emotionally

allay: Read
/ə'leɪ/ v. Syn. calm; pacify; relieve
calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve

allude: Read
/ə'lu:d/ v. Syn. imply; refer
refer casually or indirectly, or by suggestion

allure: Read
/ə'ljʊə(r)/ v. Syn. entice; attract
attract with something desirable; be highly, often subtly attractive

allusion: Read
/ə'lu:ʒ(ə)n/ n. Syn. metaphor
indirect reference; symbolical reference or comparison; metaphor

ambiguous: Read
/æm'bɪgjʊəs/ a.
unclear or doubtful in meaning

amiable: Read
/'eɪmɪəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. agreeable; lovable
good-natured and likable; lovable; warmly friendly

analogous: Read
/ə'næləgəs/ a. Syn. comparable
comparable; similar or alike

analogy: Read
/ə'nælədʒɪ/ n. Syn. similarity; parallelism
similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity

anarchy: Read
/'ænəkɪ/ n. Syn. lawlessness; disorder
absence of governing body; state of disorder; political disorder and confusion

animus: Read
/'ænɪməs/ n. Syn. enmity; disposition
feeling of enmity or ill will; attitude that informs one's actions; disposition

annals: Read
/'æn(ə)lz/ n. Syn. records; history
chronological record of the events of successive years

anonymous: Read
/ə'nɒnɪməs/ a. Syn. unknown; nameless
having no name; having unknown or unacknowledged name

anthology: Read
/æn'θɒlədʒɪ/ n. Syn. collection
book of literary selections by various authors

antithesis: Read
/æn'tɪθəsɪs/ n. Syn. contrast
contrast; direct contrast; opposition

apathetic: Read
/æpə'θɛtɪk/ a.
feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent

apathy: Read
/'æpəθɪ/ n. Syn. indifference
lack of caring; indifference

apprehend: Read
/æprɪ'hɛnd/ v. Syn. arrest; perceive
take into custody; arrest a criminal; grasp mentally; perceive

apprehensive: Read
/æprɪ'hɛnsɪv/ a.
capable of apprehending; knowing; conscious; relating to the faculty of apprehension; sensible; feeling; perceptive

apprise: Read
/ə'praɪz/ v. Syn. inform
inform; give notice to; make aware

approbation: Read
/æprə'beɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. approval
expression of warm approval; praise

apt: Read
/æpt/ a. Syn. appropriate; suitable
likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand

aptitude: Read
/'æptɪtju:d/;/'æptɪtud/ n. Syn. intelligence; talent
inherent ability; quickness in learning and understanding

arbiter: Read
/'ɑrbɪtə(r)/ n. Syn. judge
person with power to decide a dispute; judge

archetype: Read
/'ɑrkɪtaɪp/ n. Syn. prototype
prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned

arid: Read
/'ærɪd/ a. Syn. dry; barren
dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants

aristocracy: Read
/ærɪs'tɒkrəsɪ/ n.
hereditary nobility; privileged class

articulate: Read
/ɑr'tɪkjʊlət/ a. Syn. effective; distinct
expressing oneself easily in clear and effective language

ascetic: Read
/ə'sɛtɪk/ a. Syn. austere; severe
leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere

assiduous: Read
/ə'sɪdjʊəs/;/ə'sɪdʒʊəs/ a. Syn. diligent; persistent
constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent

asylum: Read
/ə'saɪləm/ n. Syn. protection
place of refuge or shelter; protection

atheist: Read
/'eɪθiɪst/ n. Syn. nonbeliever
nonbeliever; one who denies the existence of god

attribute: Read
/ə'trɪbju:t/ n. Syn. trait
essential quality; reputation; honor

augment: Read
/ɔ:g'mɛnt/ v. Syn. increase
make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity

auspicious: Read
/ɔ:'spɪʃəs/ a. Syn. propitious
attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous

authentic: Read
/ɜr'θɛntɪk/ a. Syn. genuine; real; valid; trustworthy
not counterfeit or copied; valid; trustworthy

autocratic: Read
/ɔtə'krætɪk/ a. Syn. dictatorial
having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial

avarice: Read
/'ævərɪs/ n.
greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain

awry: Read
/ə'raɪ/ ad. Syn. distorted; crooked ; askew; amiss
in a position that is turned toward one side; away from correct course

banal: Read
/bə'nɑrl/;/'beɪnl/ a. Syn. dull; commonplace; trite
obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality

bane: Read
/beɪn/ n. Syn. curse
something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin

banter: Read
/'bæntə(r)/ n.
good-humored, playful conversation

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

belie: Read
/bɪ'laɪ/ v. Syn. contradict
contradict; give a false impression

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

benevolent: Read
/bɪ'nɛvələnt/ a. Syn. generous; charitable
generous in providing aid to others; charitable

besmirch: Read
/bɪ'smɜrtʃ/ v.
soil, smear so as to make dirty or stained

biased: Read
/'baɪəs(ɪ)d/ a. Syn. slanted; prejudiced
favoring one person or side over another; prejudiced

bizarre: Read
/bɪ'zɑr(r)/ a. Syn. fantastic
fantastic; violently contrasting; strangely unconventional in style or appearance

bland: Read
/blænd/ a. Syn. soothing; mild; agreeable
lacking stimulating or mild; agreeable

blandishment: Read
/'blændɪʃmənt/ n. Syn. flattery
flattery; speech or action expressive of affection or kindness, and tending to win the heart

blemish: Read
/'blɛmɪʃ/ v.
mark with deformity; injure or impair, as anything which is excellent; make defective, either the body or mind

blight: Read
/blaɪt/ v.
blast; prevent the growth and fertility of; destroy the happiness of; ruin; frustrate

blithe: Read
/blaɪð/ a. Syn. gay; joyous; heedless
gay; joyous; carefree and lighthearted

bombastic: Read
/bɒm'bæstɪk/ a. Syn. pompous
pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning

boorish: Read
/'bʊərɪʃ/ a. Syn. rude; clumsy; illiterate
rude and clumsy in behavior; ungentlemanly; awkward in manners

bucolic: Read
/bju:'kɒlɪk/ a. Syn. rustic; pastoral
rustic; pastoral; agricultural; relating to country affairs, or to shepherd's life and occupation

buffoon: Read
/bʌ'fu:n/ n.
one who makes a practice of amusing others by low tricks, antic gestures; droll; mimic; clown

bulwark: Read
/'bʊlwək/ n.
earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends

bumptious: Read
/'bʌmpʃəs/ a.
offensively self-assertive; liable to give or take offense; forward; pushing

cabal: Read
/kə'bæl/ n.
small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests

cacophonous: Read
/kə'kɒfənəs/ a. Syn. discordant; inharmonious
discordant; inharmonious; sounding harshly; ill-sounding

cadaverous: Read
/kə'dævərəs/ a. Syn. pale
like corpse; pale; Having appearance or color of dead human body

callous: Read
/'kæləs/ a.
emotionally hardened; unfeeling; toughened

candid: Read
/'kændɪd/ a. Syn. straightforward; frank
straightforward; frank; free from prejudice; impartial

candor: Read
/kændə(r)/ n. Syn. frankness
frankness; quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech

cantankerous: Read
/kæn'tæŋkərəs/ a. Syn. irritable
ill humored; irritable; marked by ill-tempered contradiction or opposition; ugly; malicious

capricious: Read
/kə'prɪʃəs/ a. Syn. unpredictable; fickle; arbitrary
fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly

captious: Read
/'kæpʃəs/ a.
intended to confuse in an argument

caricature: Read
/kærɪkə'tjʊə(r)/ n. Syn. distortion; burlesque
representation that is deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic effect

castigate: Read
/'kæstɪgeɪt/ v. Syn. punish
criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication

celestial: Read
/sɪ'lɛstɪəl/;/sə'lZstʃl/ a. Syn. heavenly
relating to the sky or the heavens; supremely good; god or angel

chauvinist: Read
/'ʃoʊvɪnɪst/ n.
person with prejudiced belief in superiority of own kind

chicanery: Read
/ʃɪ'keɪnərɪ/ n. Syn. trickery; deception
mean or unfair artifice to obscure truth; deception by trickery or sophistry

chronic: Read
/'krɒnɪk/ a.
lasting for long period; marked by frequent recurrence, as certain diseases

circumspect: Read
/'sɜrkəmspɛkt/ a. Syn. prudent; cautious
carefully aware of all circumstances; cautious

circumvent: Read
/sɜrkəm'vɛnt/ v. Syn. outwit
surround an enemy; enclose or entrap; beat by cleverness and wit

civil: Read
/'sɪv(ə)l/ a. Syn. civic
having to do with citizens or the state; courteous and polite

clamorous: Read
/'klæmərəs/ a.
speaking and repeating loud words; full of clamor; calling or demanding loudly or urgently; vociferous; noisy; bawling; loud

clandestine: Read
/klæn'dɛstɪn/ a. Syn. secret
secret; conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

coalesce: Read
/koʊə'lɛs/ v. Syn. combine; fuse; mix
combine; fuse; grow together; come together so as to form one whole; unite

coalition: Read
/koʊə'lɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. partnership; league; union
partnership; league; state of being combined into one body

coercion: Read
/koʊ'ɛrfɛn/ n.
use of force to get someone to obey

cogent: Read
/'koʊdʒənt/ a. Syn. convincing
reasonable and convincing; based on evidence; forcefully persuasive

collusion: Read
/kə'lu:ʒ(ə)n/ n.
secret agreement for an illegal purpose; conspiracy

commodious: Read
/kə'moʊdɪəs/ a.
spacious and comfortable; fit; proper; convenient

compatible: Read
/kəm'pætɪb(ə)l/ a. Syn. harmonious
harmonious; having similar disposition and tastes

compensation: Read
/kɒmpɛn'seɪʃ(ə)n/ n.
something given or received as payment as for a service or loss or injury

compunction: Read
/kəm'pʌŋkʃ(ə)n/ n.
feeling of deep regret; strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt

concede: Read
/kən'si:d/ v. Syn. admit; yield
admit; yield; give up physical control of another

condole: Read
/kən'doʊl/ v. Syn. grieve
grieve; express sympathy; speak sympathetically to one in pain, grief, or misfortune

condolence: Read
/kən'doʊləns/ n.
expression of sympathy with another in sorrow or grief.

confederate: Read
/kən'fɛdərət/ n. Syn. ally; collaborator
ally; form a group or unite

congenial: Read
/kən'dʒi:nɪəl/ a. Syn. compatible
compatible

conjecture: Read
/kən'dʒɛktʃə(r)/ v.
believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

consensus: Read
/kən'sɛnsəs/ n. Syn. Agreement; accord
general agreement or accord; opinion reached by a group as a whole

consternation: Read
/kɒnstə'neɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. dismay; shock; fear
intense state of fear or dismay; astonishment combined with terror

construction: Read
/kən'strʌkʃ(ə)n/ n.
act of constructing or building something

consummate: Read
/'kɒnsəmeɪt/ a.
carried to the utmost extent or degree; of the highest quality; complete; perfect

contemptuous: Read
/kən'tɛmptjʊəs/ a. Syn. scornful
scornful; expressing contempt; showing a lack of respect

convivial: Read
/kən'vɪvɪəl/ a. Syn. festive
festive; occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company

copious: Read
/'koʊpɪəs/ a. Syn. plentiful
plentiful; containing plenty; affording ample supply

corpulent: Read
/'kɔ:pjʊlənt/ a. Syn. fat
very fat; large in body; overweight

cosmopolitan: Read
/kɒzmə'pɒlɪt(ə)n/ a. Syn. sophisticated
sophisticated; of worldwide scope

coterie: Read
/'koʊtərɪ/ n.
group that meets socially; an exclusive circle of people with common purpose

countenance: Read
/'kaʊntɪnəns/ v. Syn. approve; tolerate
give sanction or support to; tolerate or approve

credence: Read
/'kri:dəns/ n. Syn. credit; faith
credit; faith

credible: Read
/'krɛdɪb(ə)l/ a.
capable of being credited or believed; worthy of belief; entitled to confidence; trustworthy

credulous: Read
/'krɛdjʊləs/;/'krɛdʒələs/ a.
apt to believe on slight evidence; easily imposed upon; unsuspecting; believed too readily

cringe: Read
/krɪndʒ/ v.
shrink or recoil, as in fear, disgust or embarrassment; bend or crouch with base humility

crucial: Read
/'kru:ʃ(ə)l/ a.
of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis; of the greatest importance

cryptic: Read
/'krɪptɪk/ a.
having hidden meaning; mystifying; using code or cipher

curb: Read
/kɜrb/ v.
bend or curve; guide and manage, or restrain

cursory: Read
/'kɜrsərɪ/ a. Syn. casual
casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed

curt: Read
/kɜrt/ a.
having been shortened; effectively cut short; rudely brief or abrupt, as in speech or manner

cynical: Read
/'sɪnɪk(ə)l/ a.
skeptical of motives of others; selfishly calculating; negative or pessimistic

dearth: Read
/dɜrθ/ n. Syn. scarcity
scarcity; shortage of food; famine from failure or loss of crops

deference: Read
/'dɛfərəns/ n. Syn. respect
willingness to carry out the wishes of others; great respect

deity: Read
/'di:ɪtɪ/ n. Syn. god; divinity
god; divinity; supernatural things

delectable: Read
/dɪ'lɛktəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. delightful; delicious
delightful; delicious; extremely pleasing to the sense of taste

delete: Read
/dɪ'li:t/ v. Syn. erase
erase; strike out; remove or make invisible

delineate: Read
/dɪ'lɪnɪeɪt/ v. Syn. portray; depict; sketch
portray; depict; draw or trace outline of; sketch out

delinquent: Read
/dɪ'lɪŋkwənt/ a.
failing in duty; offending by neglect of duty.

deluge: Read
/'dɛlju:dʒ/ n. Syn. flood; rush
great flood; heavy downpour; any overflowing of water

demagogue: Read
/'dɛməgɒg/ n.
person who appeals to people's prejudice; false leader of people

demeanor: Read
/dɪ'mi:nə(r)/ n. Syn. behavior
conduct; management; way in which a person behaves

demure: Read
/dɪ'mjʊə(r)/ a. Syn. grave; serious
modest and reserved in manner or behavior

denounce: Read
/dɪ'naʊns/ v. Syn. condemn; criticize; announce
condemn openly; criticize; make known in formal manner

deplete: Read
/dɪ'pli:t/ v. Syn. reduce; exhaust
decrease fullness of; use up or empty out

deprecate: Read
/'dɛprɪkeɪt/ v. Syn. belittle
express disapproval of; protest against; belittle

depreciate: Read
/dɪ'pri:ʃɪeɪt/ v.
lessen price or value of; think or speak of as being of little worth; belittle

devastation: Read
/dɛvəs'teɪʃən/ n.
an event that results in total destruction; the state of being decayed or destroyed

devious: Read
/'di:vɪəs/ a.
departing from correct or accepted way; misleading; not straightforward

devoid: Read
/dɪ'vɔɪd/ a. Syn. barren; empty
completely lacking; barren or empty

devout: Read
/dɪ'vaʊt/ a. Syn. pious
expressing devotion or piety; earnest in religious field

dilemma: Read
/daɪ'lɛmə/ n. Syn. predicament
predicament; state of uncertainty or between equally unfavorable options

disconcert: Read
/dɪskən'sɜrt/ v. Syn. confuse; upset; embarrass
confuse; frustrate by throwing into disorder; embarrass

disconsolate: Read
/dɪs'kɒnsələt/ a. Syn. sad
sad; cheerless; gloomy; hopeless or not expecting

discourse: Read
/'dɪskɔ:s/ n. Syn. conversation
formal, lengthy discussion of a subject; verbal exchange; conversation

discrete: Read
/dɪ'skri:t/ a. Syn. separate; distinct
separate; consisting of unconnected distinct parts

discursive: Read
/dɪ'skɜrsɪv/ a.
tending to depart from main point or cover a wide range of subjects

disparate: Read
/'dɪspərət/ a. Syn. unrelated
fundamentally distinct or different in kind; entirely dissimilar

disparity: Read
/dɪ'spærɪtɪ/ n. Syn. difference
difference; condition or fact of being unequal, as in age, rank, or degree

dispassionate: Read
/dɪ'spæʃ(ə)nət/ a. Syn. calm; impartial
calm; impartial; unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice

dispatch: Read
/dɪ'spætʃ/ n. Syn. expedition; sending off
act of sending off something; property of being prompt and efficient; message usually sent in haste

dispel: Read
/dɪ'spɛl/ v. Syn. scatter
scatter; drive away; cause to vanish

dissent: Read
/dɪ'sɛnt/ v. Syn. disagree
differ in opinion or feeling; withhold assent or approval

dissolute: Read
/'dɪsəlu:t/ a.
lacking moral restraint; indulging in sensual pleasures or vices

distraught: Read
/dɪ'strɔ:t/ a. Syn. upset
deeply agitated, as from emotional conflict; mad; insane

diverse: Read
/daɪ'vɜrs/ a. Syn. various
differing in some characteristics; various

diversify: Read
/daɪ'vɜrsɪfaɪ/ v. Syn. vary
give variety to; spread out activities or investments

divulge: Read
/daɪ'vʌldʒ/ v. Syn. reveal
reveal; make known to public

dogmatic: Read
/dɒg'mætɪk/;/dɔ:gmætɪk/ a. Syn. opinionated; doctrinal
stubbornly adhering to insufficiently proven beliefs; inflexible, rigid

dynamic: Read
/daɪ'næmɪk/ a. Syn. energetic
energetic; vigorously active