Important Words that are useful in Answer Short Questions

SOME WORDS EVERY STUDENT SHOULD KNOW –

DEFT
skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands

To make it work requires a deft hand. 

DESTINATION 
the place designated as the end, as of a race or journey

Airports get stacked up with planes that can’t take off for their destinations. 

DIMINISH
decrease in size, extent, or range

By Friday morning, most of the heavy rain is expected to diminish. 

DISDAIN
lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

In the visage of Grumpy Cat, it seems, her fans found the perfect holy expression of indifferent disdain for all things. 

DISMAL
causing dejection

It’s been a pretty dismal month, as far as world events go, but the news wasn’t all bad thanks to some very entertaining on-air mishaps. 

DISPEL
force to go away

For most of us, dispelling the darkness is as simple as turning on a light. 

EAVESDROP
listen without the speaker’s knowledge

They eavesdrop on the noises that other birds make while hiding food in order to steal the stash later, new research shows. 

EGREGIOUS
conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

Prosecutors questioned him about killings and other egregious human rights abuses perpetrated by his regime. 

EMBER
a hot, smoldering fragment of wood left from a fire

“Every hot spot is an ember that, if not contained, can become a new fire,” 

EMERGE
come out into view, as from concealment

They say that program has helped them emerge from the shadows, making possible a work permit, a Social Security number and enhanced self-respect. 

ENGROSS
consume all of one’s attention or time

I don’t know how long I was reading; I was so engrossed in the paper that I did not hear any footsteps. 

EXASPERATION
a feeling of annoyance

Like many a teenager on his school holidays, Parys is in bed, his mother explains with exasperation. 

FALTER
move hesitatingly, as if about to give way

“The rocket has faltered, but it won’t crash,” 

FORESIGHT
seeing ahead; knowing in advance; foreseeing

But nobody had the wherewithal or foresight to think that day would actually happen. 

FRAGRANCE
a distinctive odor that is pleasant

After 30 minutes in the oven, what hits you first is the enticing, warm fragrance that fills your kitchen. 

FURTIVE
secret and sly or sordid

What muffled whispers do they share, what furtive games are they playing?

 

APLOMB
great coolness and composure under strain

I wish I had handled it with aplomb. 

APPREHENSIVE 
in fear or dread of possible evil or harm

Virga still feels apprehensive when visiting an unfamiliar zoo. 

APTITUDE
inherent ability

I was recently asked in an interview, what is more valued by companies – aptitude or attitude? 

ATTENTIVE
taking heed

You make sure to be extra attentive to your friend. 

BANISH
send away from a place of residence, as for punishment

Napoleon loses so big that he is banished to an island. 

BARRICADE
block off with barriers

The Secret Service ordered nearby streets and parking lots barricaded for security. 

BLUFF
frighten someone by pretending to be stronger than one is

Sporting a pith helmet, Nixon observed that “whoever is talking the loudest is pretty sure to be bluffing.” 

BRACKISH
slightly salty

Brackish water can be used, but freshwater is easier and less costly. 

BRANDISHED
move or swing back and forth

Hart brandished a “Free Hugs” sign as he stood alone in front of a police barricade. 

CIRCUMFERENCE
the size of something as given by the distance around it

That’s almost 10 times the circumference of the Earth, which is a surprisingly small 24,859.82 miles. 

COMMOTION
confused movement

Moments later came commotion, followed by shouts of “Stop pushing me!” 

CONCOCTIONS
any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients

There are some food combos that blend beautifully with each other to create truly tasty concoctions. 

CONSPICUOUS
obvious to the eye or mind

Today, the link is more conspicuous: highlighted in blue, it appears directly beneath the site’s login form. 

COUNTER
speak in response
The seller can then accept, counter or reject the offer. 

CUNNING
shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

Moreover, it was no secret that Cleopatra had ruthless cunning and superior intelligence.

 

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