Just Vocabulary | ESL Podcast for learning SAT and GRE vocabulary

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JV664 (proximity and command)

September 19th, 2019

5:17

Proximity (noun) Definition: The quality of being near or close together. Proximity is used when describing how near things are to each other and is …

JV663 (insolvent and lucid)

September 18th, 2019

4:53

Insolvent (adjective) Definition: Unable to pay off debts–bankrupt Insolvent is derived from the Latin in solventem, which means “not paying.” …

JV662 (cower and cornucopia)

September 17th, 2019

4:39

Cower (verb ) Definition: To shrink away in fear. To cower implies that fear roots you to the spot where you stand, and also that you are shivering …

JV661 (arbitrary and durable)

September 16th, 2019

4:28

Arbitrary (adjective) Definition: 1.based on individual discretion and preference; 2. chosen or determined at random; 
3. in law, based on the …

JV660 (Larceny and Garbled)

September 13th, 2019

4:32

Larceny (noun) Definition: the act of stealing someone’s property. Larceny is generally used as a legal charge for stealing. Most states break the charge into degrees of larceny that range from petty to grand. Example...

JV659 (Connote and Solemn)

September 12th, 2019

5:05

Connote (verb) Definition: 1. to imply something additional to the literal meaning of something; 2. to imply a condition or consequence When ideas are connoted, they are not directly stated, but rather implied. Some …

JV658 (Demise and Synchronize)

September 11th, 2019

4:22

Demise (noun) Definition: 1. death; 2. the end of something. Demise is used formally or in archaic usage to mean “the death of a person.” It is also …

JV657 (Epitaph and Valid)

September 10th, 2019

4:38

Epitaph (noun) Definition: a memorial speech, poem, or short bit of writing about someone who has passed away, most often written on a tombstone. An epitaph is written usually shortly after someone dies to commemorate...

JV656 (Diminutive and Analogous)

September 9th, 2019

4:56

Diminutive (adjective) Definition: Very small. Diminutive means small. A diminutive person is short and small. A diminutive word is a “cute” version of a word or name: for example, “duckling” is a diminutive of …

JV655 (Fortitude and Embarkation)

September 6th, 2019

4:29

Fortitude (noun) Definition:  strength, courage, and determination during difficult circumstances. Someone who faces challenges with fortitude, does …

JV654 (Altruistic and Angular)

September 5th, 2019

4:29

Altruistic (adjective) Definition: Showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others. When you are altruistic, you are giving to other people–you are committing a selfless act. The noun altruism is the act of kindness …

JV653 (Bereft and Nonplussed)

September 4th, 2019

4:44

Bereft (adjective) Definition: 1. deprived of something cared for or about; 2. without something necessary or desirable; 3. feeling loss.  The difference between the adjectives bereft and its synonym bereaved is that …

JV652 (Buttress and Ratify)

September 3rd, 2019

5:06

Buttress (noun, verb) Definition: (n.) 1. something that gives support; 2. a support, usually made of stone or brick, which supports a building; (v.) to support or reinforce something. Buttress can be used in the...

The …

JV651 (Curriculum and Forbear)

September 2nd, 2019

4:47

Curriculum (noun) Definition: the courses taught at an educational institution, or the details taught in a particular subject. Curricular is the …

JV650 (Constrict and Neologism)

August 30th, 2019

4:41

Constrict (verb) Definition:  1. to draw together or become tight; 2. to limit the natural course of something; 3. to restrict the range and freedom of something. Similar to constrain, to constrict is “to tighten...

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JV649 (Idiosyncrasy and Alienate)

August 29th, 2019

4:36

Idiosyncrasy (noun) Definition: a peculiar way of behaving or thinking that is particular to an individual or group. A person’s idiosyncrasy is a …

JV648 (Adverse and Attribute)

August 28th, 2019

4:32

Adverse (adjective) Definition: 1. characterized by opposition; 2. contrary to one’s interests or welfare; 3. causing harm. Adverse is derived from the Latin adversus, “turned against or hostile.” One may encounter …

JV647 (Dossier and Unprecedented)

August 27th, 2019

4:25

Dossier (noun) Definition: A file of documents or records pertaining to a particular person or topic. Dossier comes from the French word meaning …

JV646 (Disabuse and Incur)

August 26th, 2019

4:13

Disabuse (verb) Definition: To correct someone’s error, fallacy, or misconception. Disabuse comes from the 17th-century French word desabuser, “to correct someone.” It carried an archaic meaning of “abuse” (a delusion), …

JV645 (Pertinent and Pious)

August 23rd, 2019

4:08

Pertinent (adjective) Definition: relevant to the matter at hand. The opposite of pertinent is NOT impertinent, but irrelevant. Impertinent means “rude,” while irrelevant means “unrelated.” Pertinent is slightly more …

JV644 (Reprehensible and Arrears)

August 22nd, 2019

4:16

Reprehensible (adjective) Definition: describes deplorable, highly unacceptable action, deserving severe rebuke. Reprehensible is a very strong word and is used to describe actions that are despicable and condemnable. A …

JV643 (Contumacious and Biased)

August 21st, 2019

4:25

Contumacious (adjective) Definition: openly insubordinate and willfully obstinate–exhibiting stubborn rebelliousness. In law, contumacious conduct …

JV642 (Flourish and Inextricable)

August 20th, 2019

4:50

Flourish (verb) Definition: 1. to grow in strength; 2. to grow in wealth; 3. to thrive and be healthy; 4. to move back and forth in a swinging motion …

JV641 (Agog and Prompting)

August 19th, 2019

4:45

Agog (adjective) Definition: Extremely excited or eager about something. Agog is a more complicated (and somewhat old-fashioned) way of saying …

JV640 (Profusion and Impending)

August 16th, 2019

3:59

Profusion (noun) Definition: 1. a lavish or extravagant amount; 2. large quantity of something. The adjective form of profusion is profuse, which describes anything overflowing or copious. The adverb is profusely. You …

JV639 (Fixate and Curtail)

August 15th, 2019

4:11

Fixate (verb) Definition: 1. to obsess or be preoccupied with something; 2. to focus or concentrate on something; 3. to center, secure, or stabilize …

JV638 (Soloist and Calamity)

August 14th, 2019

4:34

Soloist (noun) Definition: a performer, especially a musician, who performs alone Example Sentences: – Yo Yo Ma is a cello soloist, and last night he …

JV637 (Desecrate and Predicate)

August 13th, 2019

4:31

Desecrate (verb) Definition:  to insult or damage something sacred, Desecrate originated in the 17th century, from de and consecrate, literally, “to …

JV636 (Malevolence and Divert)

August 12th, 2019

4:51

Malevolence (noun) Definition: 1. the desire to harm someone; 2. bitterness, hatred, or ill will. Malevolence comes from the Latin male, “evil” and …

JV635 (Sully and Abstract)

August 9th, 2019

4:25

Sully (adjective) Definition: dirty or tarnished, especially said of a reputation Example Sentences: – Margie closed her bank account with the large …

JV634 (Adulation and Temperament)

August 8th, 2019

4:16

Adulation (noun) Definition: excessive flattery or admiration. Adulation is praise that is often overdone or excessive. Adulation is similar to …

JV633 (Afford and Concise)

August 7th, 2019

4:10

Afford (verb) Definition: 1. to be able to spare or give up; 2. to be the cause or source of something; 3. to be able to buy or do something because …

JV632 (Convene and Turpitude)

August 6th, 2019

3:50

Convene (verb) Definition: 1. to arrange (a group of people); 2. to assemble; 3. to meet formally Example Sentences: – During the financial collapse, …

JV631 (Proliferate and Soporific)

August 5th, 2019

4:16

Proliferate (verb) Definition: 1. to increase greatly in number; 2. to reproduce rapidly Example Sentences: – Virtual currencies are not going away …

JV630 (Dictate and Egalitarian)

August 2nd, 2019

4:51

Dictate (verb, noun) Definition: (v.) 1. to give orders or demands with authority; 2. to speak into a tape recorder for later transcription of the …

JV629 (Bask and Cursory)

August 1st, 2019

4:34

Bask (verb) Definition: 1. to expose yourself to the warmth of the sun; 2. to derive pleasure and enjoyment from something. To bask in something is …

JV628 (Cabal and Exposition)

July 31st, 2019

5:09

Cabal (noun, verb) Definition: (n.) 1. a group of people secretly conspiring against something, especially political; 2. a plot by conspirators; (v.) …

JV627 (Urbane and Poignant)

July 30th, 2019

4:44

Urbane (adjective) Definition: showing sophistication and refinement, especially due to extensive travel and wide social experience. Urbane people …

JV626 (Decry and Impolitic)

July 29th, 2019

4:07

Decry (verb) Definition: to openly criticize something or someone, When you decry something, you simultaneously condemn it and discredit it, a formal …

JV625 (Qualm and Destitute)

July 26th, 2019

4:50

Qualm (noun) Definition:  a feeling of doubt or uneasiness about something, A qualm is a feeling of uneasiness, or a sense that something you’re doing is wrong. Example Sentences: – My mother was anxious at first, but...

JV624 (Commuter and Coagulate)

July 25th, 2019

4:04

Commuter (noun) Definition:  1. person who travels from home to work regularly, usually between a suburb and a city; 2. an inter-city airplane flying …

JV623 (Tentative and Distinguish)

July 24th, 2019

4:25

Tentative (adjective) Definition: 1. unsure, hesitant, or showing a lack of confidence; 2. not finalized, not fully worked out Example Sentences: – …

JV622 (Vestige and Merger)

July 23rd, 2019

4:10

Vestige (noun) Definition: the remains or a trace of something that was there, but no longer exists Example Sentences: – The appendix is a vestige …

JV621 (Abide and Replica)

July 22nd, 2019

4:16

Abide (verb) Definition: 1. to tolerate (often used in the negative); 2. to last for a long time; 3. to live or reside; 4. to accept something or to …

JV620 (Circuitous and Inoculate)

July 19th, 2019

4:14

Circuitous (adjective) Definition: 1. describes indirect, unclear speech or behavior; 2. having a circular, indirect course Example Sentences: – The …

JV619 (Compulsion and Catalyst)

July 18th, 2019

3:53

Compulsion (noun) Definition: 1. a force that makes somebody do something; 2. a strong urge to do or say something; 3. an irrational motive for doing …

JV618 (Forge and Transpire)

July 17th, 2019

4:19

Forge (verb) Definition: 1. to falsify and make a copy with the intent to deceive; 2. to form or bring into being especially by an expenditure of …

JV617 (Dexterous and Slander)

July 16th, 2019

4:13

Dexterous (Adjective) Definition: physically quick and skilful. Adroit, deft, and adept are all synonymous with dexterous. These words, however, do …

JV616 (Sententious and Abscond)

July 15th, 2019

4:41

Sententious (adjective) Definition: 1. tending to use too many maxims; 2. given to moralizing; 3. concise, but full of meaning Example Sentences: – …

JV615 (Fruition and Superficial)

July 12th, 2019

4:23

Fruition (noun) Definition: 1. a state or point in which something has come to maturity or had a desired outcome; 2. the enjoyment of a desired …

JV614 (Cognate and Allot)

July 11th, 2019

4:31

Cognate (adjective, noun) Definition: (adj.) 1. allied by blood–having a common ancestor or parentage; 2. in language, having the same root or origin; (n.) words that have the same root or languages that are …

JV613 (Accountability and Pro-Forma)

July 10th, 2019

4:29

Accountability (noun) Definition: 1. responsibility to someone or something; 2. liability or answerability for something Example Sentences: – We don’t have enough accountability at the big banks; no one wants to take …

JV612 (Remuneration and Credulity)

July 9th, 2019

3:56

Remuneration (noun) Definition: 1. payment or compensation for services rendered or losses sustained; 2. the act of paying or compensating someone Example Sentences: – The Labour Union is not asking for a lot; they …

JV611 (Curt and Ogle)

July 8th, 2019

3:44

Curt (adjective) Definition: Spoken shortly and often rudely–terse. It’s similar to the words brief and concise, but those words usually have a …

JV610 (Factor and Onus)

July 5th, 2019

4:16

Factor (noun, verb) Definition: (n.) 1. an element contributing to the result of something; 2. a mathematical quantity multiplied with other numbers, …

JV609 (Weary and Impunity)

July 4th, 2019

4:20

Weary (adjective) Definition:  (adj.) tired and out of energy; (v.) 1. to get tired of something or someone; 2. to make somebody tired or impatient. …

JV608 (Defray and Affiliate)

July 3rd, 2019

4:29

Defray (verb) Definition: 1. to offset costs or bear an expense; 2. to pay some or all of an expense Example Sentences: – We should be able to defray …

JV607 (Usury and Discretionary)

July 2nd, 2019

4:29

Usury (noun) Definition: 1. the act of lending money while charging the borrower a terribly large or illegally high amount of interest; 2. excessive interest on a loan. Usury originally referred to money lent with...

JV606 (Collateral and Harrowing)

July 1st, 2019

4:36

Collateral (noun, adjective) Definition: (n.) 1. a security pledged for the repayment of a loan; 2. accompaniment to something else (as in: …

JV605 (Nemesis & Espouse)

June 28th, 2019

4:39

Nemesis (noun) Definition: 1. an arch rival, especially one who seems incapable of being overcome or beaten; 2. something that harms or interferes with something else, especially good intentions; 3. a just punishment …

JV604 (Inordinate & Propriety)

June 27th, 2019

3:42

Inordinate (adjective) Definition: more than what is considered a normal amount Example Sentences: – Joanne was excited about the prom, she spent an inordinate amount of time picking out a dress. – The flight was...

The …

JV603 (Defame & Tenuous)

June 26th, 2019

4:44

Defame (verb) Definition: to attack or harm someone’s reputation with slander or libel Example Sentences: – The president did not respond via Twitter to the article about him; instead he hired a lawyer to sue...

The …

JV602 (Euphony & Ecstatic)

June 25th, 2019

4:10

Euphony (noun) Definition: a pleasant, harmonious quality of sound formed when words are combined to create smooth enunciation of letters and syllables Example Sentences: – To some people, opera is a euphony; to others …

JV601 (Thrive & Assess)

June 24th, 2019

4:29

Thrive (verb) Definition: 1. to grow strong; 2. to do well and achieve success Example Sentences: – I don’t think I can thrive at a huge university, …

JV600 (Proclivity & Tenable)

June 21st, 2019

4:34

Proclivity (noun) Definition: a natural inclination or tendency to behave in a certain way, often objectionable or immoral
noun (pl. proclivities) a …

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