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300 TOEFL Writing Vocabulary (1)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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abandon  Speak
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lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
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settlement or compromise of conflicting opinions; written agreement between two states
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fantastic; violently contrasting; strangely unconventional in style or appearance
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obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
academic  Speak
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soil, smear so as to make dirty or stained
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book of literary selections by various authors
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related to school; not practical or directly useful; relating to scholarly organization; based on formal education
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leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
accelerate  Speak
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person with power to decide a dispute; judge
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move faster; cause to develop or progress more quickly; occur sooner than expected
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attract with something desirable; be highly, often subtly attractive
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feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
allure  Speak
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bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner
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attract with something desirable; be highly, often subtly attractive
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contrast; direct contrast; opposition
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something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin
analogous  Speak
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soil, smear so as to make dirty or stained
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mental keenness; quickness of perception
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lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
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comparable; similar or alike
apathetic  Speak
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agree; give consent, often at insistence of another; concede
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gentle or friendly reproof; cautionary advice or warning
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feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
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prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned
aptitude  Speak
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inherent ability; quickness in learning and understanding
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fantastic; violently contrasting; strangely unconventional in style or appearance
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mental keenness; quickness of perception
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comparable; similar or alike
arbiter  Speak
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agree; give consent, often at insistence of another; concede
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embarrass; make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert
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settlement or compromise of conflicting opinions; written agreement between two states
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person with power to decide a dispute; judge
archetype  Speak
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prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned
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mental keenness; quickness of perception
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take into custody; arrest a criminal; grasp mentally; perceive
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inherent ability; quickness in learning and understanding
arid  Speak
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something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin
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feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
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dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants
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in opposing direction; harmful or unfavorable; acting or serving to oppose
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/əd'mɒnɪʃ/ v. Syn. warn; reprove
warn; counsel someone against something to be avoided
I would again [___] the reader carefully to consider the nature of our doctrine.


Spelling Word: admonish
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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.


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/ə'leɪ/ v. Syn. calm; pacify; relieve
calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve
The crew tried to [___] the fears of the passengers by announcing that the fire had been controlled.


Spelling Word: allay
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/æm'bɪgjʊəs/ a.
unclear or doubtful in meaning
His [___] instructions misled us; we did not know which road to take.


Spelling Word: ambiguous
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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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/'ænəkɪ/ n. Syn. lawlessness; disorder
absence of governing body; state of disorder; political disorder and confusion
One might say that eastern Congo is already in [___], but Congo has faded from the headlines in recent months.


Spelling Word: anarchy
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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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/'ɑrkɪtaɪp/ n. Syn. prototype
prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned
The Brooklyn Bridge was the [___] of the many spans that now connect Manhattan with Long Island and New Jersey.


Spelling Word: archetype
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/ærɪs'tɒkrəsɪ/ n.
hereditary nobility; privileged class
Americans have mixed feelings about hereditary [___].


Spelling Word: aristocracy