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IELTS Vocabulary

IELTS Vocabulary

IELTS Vocabulary

IELTS Vocabulary

aback

taken aback surprised
and shocked by something unpleasant
She was somewhat taken aback when he
told her there was no train that evening.

abandoned

adj no longer used or lived in

abashed

adj ashamed or embarrassed

abject

very bad abject poverty 2. making you feel ashamed
 an abject apology  abject terror

able-bodied

adj fit and healthy

abrasion

noun 1. the action of rubbing off the surface of something

2. an area of skin damaged by rubbing against
something hard  There were cuts and abrasions
all over her legs.

abridgement

noun a shortened form of a text such as a book or play

abysmal

adj extremely bad. Synonym terrible. Antonym superb

accredit

verb to make someone an official representative.

barbell 

noun a long metal bar
with a weight at each end which is used in
weightlifting

beastly 

adj nasty (dated informal.)
Synonym horrid. Antonym lovely

beckon 

verb  to beckon to
someone to make a sign with your hand telling
someone to come  The nurse beckoned
to her to come into the room

bedraggled

adj dirty, untidy
and wet. Synonym unkempt

bemoan 

verb to complain about
something. Synonym lament. Antonym
applaud

censure

noun criticism  There
was widespread public censure of the government.
Antonym approval  verb to criticise
 The Opposition put forward a motion
to censure the Government.

certitude 

noun certainty. Synonym
conviction. Antonym uncertainty

deaden

verb to make something
less intense, e.g. to make a sound quieter or a
pain less painful. Synonym soften

decadent /
dekəd(ə)nt/ adj which is declining
in moral values. Synonym
debauched

decry 

verb to criticise something
or say that something is bad. Synonym criticise.
Antonym praise

enigma

noun a mystery or puzzle.
Synonym paradox

enticing

adj which attracts or
tempts someone to do something. Synonym
tempting

fatality

noun a death in an accident

feisty

adj energetic and brave (informal.).
Synonym lively. Antonym feeble

gradient 

noun a slope in a
road or railway

hastily

adv carelessly and
quickly

revamp

verb to improve the appearance
of something which is slightly
old-fashioned

swindle 

noun an illegal deal in
which someone is cheated out of money 
She was caught up in some swindle involving
imported cars. Synonym fraud

tenacious

adj 1. holding on
tightly to something, determined to have
your own way  We have to deal with several
very tenacious tenants. 2. holding on to
an idea tightly  her tenacious belief in socialist
principles

wistful 

adj longing for something,
but sad because there is no hope of getting
it. Synonym pensive. Antonym
satisfied

 

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