Vocabulary Building – Word Meanings – List of words – Alphabets A to B


Given here under is a list of  meanings of words often used. It is illustrative and not exhaustive. A word usually has more than one meaning. It is generally according to the use of the word in a sentence. Some of the implied meanings have been given in the list. However in case of any doubt candidates are requested to refer to some authentic dictionary.

(In examination a word with three or four options of its meaning is  given. Candidates are required  to choose the correct option.This list is based on the questions of examinations of previous years)


(Alphabets – A to B)



WORD                  MEANINGS

  • Abject ———–Miserable, Humble, despicable
  • Abhor——– —-Despise, hate, loathe
  • Abjure——-renounce, reject, give up.
  • Abstruse——— Obscure, mysterious, perplexing
  • Abysmal ———Terrible, Awful, dreadful, Very bad
  • Acclimate——– Adapt, familiarize, adjust
  • Acerbic———-sharp,bitter,sour,mordant.
  • Acrimony———-hostility, bitterness, animosity, ill-will.
  • Acumen————Intelligence, wisdom. shrewdness.
  • Audacious———daring, bold, brave, impudent, overconfident
  • Adroit———— Adept, dexterous, clever
  • Admonition——–scold, rebuke, reprimand.
  • Agile ———— Alert, Swift, nimble
  • Agnostic———Atheist, non-believer, disbeliever
  • Alacrity——– eagerness, swiftness, enthusiasm
  • Albatross——–Impediment, shackle, encumbrance
  • Ambidextrous———-Skillful, Using both hands
  • Apathy————Lethargy, ennui, Indifference.
  • Apostasy————Renunciation of belief
  • Apposite————– Appropriate, Pertinent, suitable
  • Arduous———–Strenuous, Onerous, Tough
  • Argot———- Jargon, Slang, Vernacular
  • Arraign——— Prosecute, Impeach, accuse
  • Astute———– Wise, judicious, smart, shrewd
  • Artifice———Trick, deceit, Ploy
  • Ascetic——– Austere, frugal, abstinent, severe
  • Askew———Crooked, awry, out of line
  • Assiduous——–Diligent, Hardworking, Industrious
  • Assimilate——–incorporate, learn, digest
  • Astigmatic——–Blurred vision
  • Augury——–warning, signal, omen.
  • Aureole——–Halo, circle of light
  • Austere———-Severe, Stern, strict.
  • Avid——–ardent, fervent, keen, enthusiastic
  • Aver———-assert, affirm, maintain




  • Barbaric———-Uncivilized, cruel, ill-mannered, uncultured.
  • Barge————–Boat, to move roughly, to push
  • Belligerent——–aggressive, confrontational, quarrelsome
  • Bivouac———Brief  stay, halt camp.
  • Bravado——Audacity, boldness, boasting.
  • Beseech——-implore, request, plead.
  • Blasphemy——–profanity, sacrilege, irreverence.
  • Blatant——- obvious, transparent, deliberate.
  • Boisterous——-energetic, active, overexcited
  • Bounteous———-Ample, abundant, plentiful.
  • Boulevard——–Avenue, road, concourse.
  • Blithe—————happy, merry, amiable.
  • Bourgeois——-conventional, conservative, materialistic
  • Byzantine——–complex, intricate, complex.
  • Buoyant——-Cheerful, happy, optimistic.
  • Beguile———-fascinate, lure, entice.
  • Banal———ordinary, dull, prosaic.
  • Baneful——–Bad, evil, destructive.
  • Bellicose——-Belligerent, aggressive, combative.


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