With that said, let’s dive right in to the list of words we are going to share today. Like we have said in the past, please don’t try to memorize all these words within the next hour. Learn a few words now, try to apply them in real life situations, re visit them later, and make them part of your active vernacular. So this is part 1 of our The Ultimate TOEFL Vocabulary Guide:
Onus – someone’s duty or responsibility. E.g. “The onus is on the prosecutor to prove that man is guilty”. Synonym: responsibility.
Ludicrous – silly, unreasonable or out of place. E.g. “It is ludicrous that the man is demanding payment from me when the accident was his fault”. Synonym: ridiculous.
Whim – an unexplained or unexpected change of mind or desire. E.g. “She went away for the weekend on a whim”. Synonym: impulse.
Panacea – a miraculous solution or cure for everything. E.g. “The panacea for obesity is exercise.” Synonym: cure-all.
Renegade – a person who has changed their loyalties, usually to an oranisation or country. E.g. “Jim used to be in the army but now he’s a renegade bodyguard for the enemy”. Synonym: traitor.
Zenith – highest point. E.g. “The sun is at its zenith at noon”. Synonym: peak.
Elucidate – explain something to make it clear, understandable. E.g. “we must elucidate so that their are no gray areas in the policy”. Synonym: clarify.
Clamorous – making loud, undefined noises. E.g. “The protestesters were a clamorous group when the police showed up”. Synonym: raucous.
Dictum – a formal announcement or statement from a source of authority. E.g. “It was the mayor’s dictum that kept everyone off the streets after 7pm”. Synonym: pronouncement.
Indomitable – impossible to conquer or beat. E.g. “The mountaineer’s spirit was indomitable and he eventually reached the summit”. Synonym: unconquerable.
Activate your vocabulary by using one of these words in conversation today. Using new words, in context, is the best way to learn and remember. Learning a new word a day is the best way to improve your vocabulary.
This is part of a blog article series we are going to publish continuously. Our goal is to provide additional resources to students preparing for exams such as TOEFL, IELTS, GRE and GMAT.