important synonym for ssc 2017 part 1

ABANDON:     To give up completely

Synonyms: relinquish,  forsake

ABASH:     To lose self-confidence; to confuse, put to shame – abashed

 Synonyms:  disconcert, discomfit, discompose.

Antonym:  self-possessed

ABDICATE:  To give up claim to – abdicated the throne.

Synonyms:  renounce, abandon, relinquish

ABET:  To encourage

Synonyms: spur, incite.

Antonym: deter

ABRIDGE: To shorten

Synonyms: curtail, diminish.

Antonyms: protract, elongate, amplify

ABROGATE: To abolish consent

Synonyms: annul, nullify, rescind, void.

ABSTEMIOUS: Moderate in the use of food or drink

Synonym: temperate

ACADEMIC: Pertaining to school

Synonym: scholastic

ACCEDE: To agree to

Synonym: assent.

Antonym: demur

ACCELERATE: To quicken, speed tip

Synonym: expedite (adj. expeditious).

Antonym: retard.

ACCOLADE: An award or salute

Synonyms: tribute, ovation

ACCORD: Agreement or harmony

Synonyms: concord, concurrence. Antonyms: dissension, discord



ACRIMONIOUS: Sharp or harsh in language or temper –

Synonyms: caustic, acerb, pungent, tart, mordant, acrid; (noun) asperity.

Antonyms: suave, affable,

ACUMEN:  Keenness of mind or insight

Synonyms: perspicacity, discernment, perception. Antonym:


ADMONISH (noun: ADMONITION): To warn or find fault gently

Synonyms: chide, caution, reprimand,

reprehend, reproach.

ADVERSARY: (adj.: ADVERSE): An opponent

Synonym: antagonist. Antonyms: cohort, confederate, ally,


ADVERSITY: Misfortune

Synonyms: affliction, mischance, reverses.

AESTHETIC: Pertaining to the beautiful

AFFABLE: Sociable, courteous, and agreeable in manner a much admired, affable gentleman.

Synonyms: civil, complaisant, benign, gracious, genial, urbane, cordial

Antonyms: curt, brusque, rude, boorish, surly.

AFFLUENT: Prosperous, flourishing; copious

Synonyms: opulent, profuse. Antonyms: destitute,impecunious.

AGGRESSIVE  selfassertive;attacking, offensive  attitude.

Synonyms: bumptious, officious, obtrusive.

Antonyms: meek,humble, retiring, diffident.

ALACRITY: Eagerness; cheerful promptness – responded to the flattering

offer with alacrity.

Synonyms: celerity, briskness, energy, animation.

Antonyms: apathy, nonchalance, sluggishness, lethargy, phlegmatism.

ALIENATE: To estrange

ALLAY: To calm; to lessen in severity been allayed.

Synonyms: appease, alleviate, pacify, assuage, abate, mitigate, propitiate, mollify, placate.

Antonyms: intensify, aggravate.

ALLUDE : To refer to indirectly to his friend’s misfortune.

Synonyms: insinuate, intimate, imply.

Antonyms: refer, cite.

ALLURE: To tempt by flattery or an attractive offer

Synonyms: lure, decoy, inveigle, entice, seduce,wheedle, beguile, cajole.

Antonym: repel.

AMBIGUOUS: Uncertain, vague, capable of being inter

Synonyms: hazy, obscure,equivocal, dubious, nebulous.

Antonyms: explicit, unquestionable.

AMENABLE: Obedient; willing to submit

Synonyms: tractable, docile, responsive.

Antonyms: intractable,refractory, recalcitrant.

AMIABLE: Good-natured; friendly ,disposition. Synonym: complaisant.

ANACHRONISM: A thing placed or occurring out of its normal time

ANALOGY : A relation between two things shown in the resemblance not of the things themselves but of their characteristics

 Synonyms: correspondence, affinity.

Antonym: anomaly (a deviation from the general rule).

ANARCHY: State of confusion or lawlessness

Synonyms: chaos, pandemonium.

ANIMUS: A feeling of hatred-felt no animus, even against the enemy.

Synonyms: enmity, rancor, malevolence, animosity.

Antonym: amity.

ANNALS: Historical records – in the annals of literature.

ANONYMOUS: Of unknown authorship-an anonymous publication.

ANTHOLOGY: A collection of choice literary works – an anthology of

modern poetry.


ANTITHESIS (adj.: ANTITHETICAL): Contrast; the direct opposite

APATHY (adj.: APATHETIC): Lack of feeling, emotion, or interest

Synonyms: torpor, lethargy, sluggishness, listlessness, languor, lassitude,

dispassion; (verb) languish. Antonyms: zeal, animation.

APPREHENSIVE (verb: APPREHEND): Fearful – Being unprepared, John is apprehensive of the examination.

APPRISE: To inform

APPROBATION: Approval; praise

Synonyms: sanction, commendation.

Antonym: disapprobation.


ARBITER: A person who has authority to decide matters in dispute

Synonyms: mediator, arbitrator

ARCHETYPE: An original pattern

Synonym: prototype. Antonyms: Stereotype, facsimile,


ARID: Dry; barren – the arid desert land.

Synonyms: jejune, parched.

Antonyms: arable, fertile.

ARISTOCRACY: Government by the best people;

Synonym: oligarchy.

Antonym: democracy.

ARMISTICE: A temporary suspension of hostilities.

Synonym: truce

ARTFUL: Sly; crafty

Synonyms: cunning, wily, adroit, ingenious, guileful.


guileless, ingenuous, artless.


ARTICULATE (verb): To speak clearly or distinctly Capable of speech; distinct,

clear – an articulate man, always ready to give his views.

ASCETIC: Rigorously self-denying – pursued the ascetic life of a monk.

Synonyms: austere, abstinent.

Antonyms: wanton, self-indulgent.

ASKANCE: With distrust

ASSEVERATE: To declare positively; to confirm

Synonyms: assert, avouch, aver, avow, allege.

Antonyms: gainsay, controvert, recant, rescind, abjure, disavow.

ASSIDUOUS: Industrious

Synonyms: sedulous, attentive, diligent, indefatigable

Antonyms: indolent, slothful.

ASYLUM: A place offering shelter and retreat

Synonyms: sanctuary, refuge.

ATHEIST: One who denies that God exists

Synonyms: infidel, agnostic, skeptic.

ATTRIBUTE (verb): Assign -attributed his success to bard work.

Synonym: ascribe (noun): An inherent quality -Generosity was his

outstanding attribute.

AUGMENT: To increase or enlarge – an army augmented by numerous


Synonyms: enhance, amplify. Antonyms: abate, curtail.

AUSPICIOUS: Indicating a happy outcome – The prospect for this project

appears auspicious.

Synonyms: propitious, fortunate.

Antonyms: ominous, foreboding.


 Synonyms:veritable, bona fide.

Antonyms: apocryphal, counterfeit, spurious, bogus.

AUTOCRATIC: Despotic – feared by the masses as an autocratic ruler.

Synonym: tyrannical.

Antonym: benevolent.

AVARICE: Excessive greed

Synonyms: covetousness, cupidity, avidity.


AWRY: Unsymmetrical; not straight – the picture, hanging awry on the

wall. Synonym: askew.

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