Valentine Vocab – Feb 14

(Prepared by SSC Focus Team )

Here are a few ‘WORD’ Families look up them in A DICTIONARY or A THESAURUS 















1. One who has become dependent on something or drugs –Addict

2. Fear of being enclosed in small closed space –Claustrophobia

3. Call upon God or any other power (like law) for help or protection –Invocation

4. Severely abusive writing in journals –Scurrilous

5. A person who opposes war or use of military force –Pacifist

6. One not concerned with right or wrong –Amoral

7. Something no longer in use –Obsolete

8. Stealthily done (something done in a quiet and secret way in order to avoid being noticed) –Surreptitious

9. Words written on a tomb –Epitaph

10. A person with a long experience of any occupation –Veteran

11. Something capable of being done –Feasible

12. A person coming to a foreign land to settle there –Immigrant

13. In a threatening manner –Ghastly

14. A person who is unable to pay debts –Insolvent

15. Capable of being understood in either of two or more possible senses, and therefore not definite –Ambiguous

16. Fear of water –Hydrophobia

17. Act of deceiving somebody in order to make money –Fraud

18. Flat metal or Porcelain plate fixed on a wall as an ornament or memorial – Plaque

19. To cut something into two pieces –Sever

20. Succession of rulers belonging to one family –Dynasty

21. To seize control of a vehicle in order to force it to go to a new destination or demand something –Hijack

22. Lasting only for a moment – Momentary

23. One who is indifferent to pleasure or pain –Stoic

24. The practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food –Gastronomy

25. Killing of a child –Infanticide

26. One who believes in offering equal opportunities to women in all spheres –Feminist

27. One who studies election trend by means of opinion polls –Psephologist

28. A doctor who treats children –Paediatrician

29. One who can think about the future with imagination and wisdom –Visionary

30. Give and receive mutually – Reciprocate

31. A building where an audience sits –Auditorium

32. The first model of a new device –Prototype

33. Tough tissues in joints –Ligaments

34. The study of maps –Cartography

35. A person who breaks into houses in order to steal –Burglar

36. The study of the origin and history of words –Etymology

37. One who can walk on ropes (tightrope walker)– Funambulist

38. Belonging to all parts of the world –Cosmopolitan

39. One who hates mankind –Misanthrope

40. One who goes to settle in another country –Emigrant

41. Constant efforts to achieve something –Perseverance

42. A person who believes in total abolition of war –Pacifist

43. A four footed animal –Quadruped

44. Ready to believe anything –Credulous

45. That which lasts for a short time –Transitory

46. Indifference to pleasure or pain –Stoicism

47. A body of persons appointed to hear evidence or judge and give their verdict (decision) –Jury

48. The essential or characteristic customs , habits and conventions of a society or community –Mores

49. A system of Government in which only one political party is allowed to function – Totalitarianism

50. One who collects coins –Numismatist

51. Violation of something holy or sacred –Sacrilege

52. A broad road bordered with trees – Boulevard

53. Animals who live in herds –Gregarious

54. The murder of parents or near relative –Parricide

55. A mild or indirect expression substituted for an offensive or harsh one –Euphemism

56. One who believes in no government and therefore incites disorder in a state – Anarchist

57. One who secretly listens to talks of others –Eavesdropper

58. Science of diseases –Pathology

59. One who is beyond reforms –Incorrigible

60. Intense and unreasonable fear or dislike –Phobia

61. The act of killing whole group of people, especially a whole race –Genocide

62. One who stays away from school without permission –Truant

63. A person without training or experience in a skill or subject –Novice

64. Dissection of a dead body to find the cause of the death –Autopsy

65. The study of religion and religious ideas and beliefs – Theology

66. The full agreement of all members –Unanimously

67. A place where Jews worship according to their religion –Synagogue

68. An area of land that is controlled by a ruler –Dominion

69. One who is greedy –Voracious

70. Simple, fast-spreading plant without flowers or leaves, which can often cause disease –Fungus

71. Dry weather with no rainfall –Drought

72. Too much official formality –Red-tapism

73. Living together of a man and woman without being married to each other (live in relationship) – Concubinage

74. A place where government / public records are kept –Archive

75. A place where all religions are honoured – Secular

76. Excessive preoccupation with one’s health –Hypochondria

77. Without risk of punishment – Impunity

78. Deep in thought – Pensive

79. A jocular person who is full of amusing anecdotes –Wag

80. A sly look that is lustful –Leer

81. Irresistible craving for alcoholic drinks –Dipsomania

82. A hater of mankind –Misanthrope

83. A remedy for all diseases –Panacea

84. Something that is poisonous and unhealthy – Toxic

85. The worship of idols or images –Idolatry

86. A place where nuns live and work –Convent

87. Violation of something holy and sacred –Sacrilege

88. One who destroys images or attacks popular beliefs –Iconoclast

89. Feeding on food made of both plant and flesh –Omnivorous

90. A woman having more than one husband at the same time –Polyandry

91. A den for small animals –Hutch

92. To take back, withdraw or renounce –Recant

93. The habit of always admiring oneself –Narcissism

94. One who intervenes between two or more parties to settle difference –Intermediary

95. One who deserts his principle or believes –Renegade

96. Property handled down after the death of a person –Inheritance

97. One who breaks the established traditions and image –Iconoclast

98. One who believes in that gaining pleasure is the most important thing in life –Hedonist

99. Building in which a dead body is kept for a time –Mortuary

100. Experts in the scientific study of birds –Ornithology

101. Placing a thing besides another – Juxtapose

102. One who does not follow the usual way of life –Bohemian

103. The first public speech delivered by a person –Maiden speech

104. Wild and noisy disorder –Pandemonium

105. General view of person’s character –Profile

106. A person who is in his seventies –Septuagenarian

107. Study of insects –Entomology

108. Military waking up signals in the morning –Reveille

109. The sound of the funeral bell – Knell

110. One who has obstinate and narrow religious views – Bigot

111. One who eats human flesh –Cannibal

112. A short poem or speech addressed to the spectators after the conclusion of a drama –Epilogue

113. Causing or ending in death –Fatal

114. A group of girls –Bevy

115. Belief that war and violence are unjustified –Pacifism

116. A wall built to prevent the sea or a river from flooding an area – Dyke

117. A specialist who tests eyesight – Optometrist

118. Commencement of adjacent words with the same letter –Alliteration

119. One who walks in sleep –Somnambulist

120. A government by officials – Bureaucracy

121. Of very bad morals ; characterized by debasement or degeneration –Depraved

122. Body of a human being or animal embalmed for burial –Mummy

123. Something which cannot be believed –Incredible

124. A method which never fails –Infallible

125. A place where birds are kept –Aviary

126. The abandonment of one’s country and cause –Defection

127. Treatment by means of exercise and massage –Physiotherapy

128. Bitter and violent attack in words against someone or something – Diatribe

129. Motion of heads, hands etc., as a mode of expression indicating attitude –Gesture

130. To be biased against someone or something –Prejudice

131. A person who never takes alcoholic drinks –Teetotaller

132. A tank where fish or water plants are kept –Aquarium

133. A person devoted to sensual enjoyment, especially that derived from fine food and drink – Epicurean

134. Inability to sleep –Insomnia

135. One who believes in giving equal opportunity to women in all fields –Feminist

136. To have a very high opinion about oneself – Conceited

137. Place of burial (especially not in churchyard) –Cemetery

138. A person who is always hopeful and looks upon the brighter side of things –Optimist

139. An occasion of great importance –Momentous

140. Government by ruler who has unlimited power –Autocracy

141. One who journeys from place to place –Itinerant

142. That which cannot be called back –Irrevocable

143. The state of being miserable bereft (deprived of or lacking) of all possessions –Destitute

144. A picture of a person or a thing drawn in such a highly exaggerated manner to cause a laughter –Caricature

145. Belief that God is in everything and that everything is God – Pantheism

146. One who breaks the law – Transgressor

147. That which cannot be captured – Ungrippable

148. Reproducing or memorizing word for word – Verbatim

149. Careful in spending of money, time, etc. –Economical

150. Study of insects – Entomology

151. Science of the race of mankind –Ethnology

152. Detaining and confining something –Internment

153. One who criticizes popular beliefs which he thinks is mistaken or unwise –Iconoclast

154. Impossible to describe –Ineffable

155. An underhand device resorted to in order to justify misconduct –Manoeuvre

156. The animals of a particular region –Fauna

157. An emolument over and above fixed salary –Perquisite

158. An unexpected piece of good fortune –Windfall

159. Clues available at the scene –Circumstantial

160. One hides away in a ship or passenger vehicle to obtain a free passage –Stowaway

161. One who is a citizen not of a country but of the world –Cosmopolitan

162. Circular building or hall with a dome –Rotunda

163. The use of many words where only a few are necessary –Circumlocution

164. A continuous process of change is known as –Flux

165. An involuntary action under a stimulus is described as a –Reflex

166. Determine the nature of disease –Diagnose

167. Occurring at night –Nocturnal

168. Arrangement in order of occurrence –Chronological

169. Science of heredity – Genetics

170. To run away with a lover –Elope

171. With much liveliness and a sense of purpose –Jauntily

172. Seeing something which is not actually present –Hallucination

173. The practice of having more than one husband –Polyandry

174. Calmness and indifference to suffering –Stoicism

175. Person who insists on adherence to formal rules or literary meaning –Pedant

176. Words of similar meaning –Synonyms

177. To be known for bad acts –Notorious

178. Belonging to all parts of the world –Universal

179. One who tends to take a hopeful view of a life –Optimist

180. Instrument to measure atmospheric pressure –Barometer

181. The practice of submitting a proposal to popular vote –Referendum

182. An object or portion serving as a sample –Specimen

183. Not to be moved by entreaty –Despotic

184. To renounce a high position of authority or control –Abdicate

185. Code of diplomatic etiquette and precedence –Protocol

186. To struggle helplessly –Flounder

187. Loss of memory –Amnesia

188. Release of a prisoner form jail on certain terms and conditions –Parole

189. Feeling inside you which tells you what is right and what is wrong –Conscience

190. The study of insects –Entomology

191. To look at someone in an angry or threatening way –Glower

192. Pertaining to cattle –Bovine

193. A person who writes decoratively- Calligrapher

194. Something that causes death –Fatal

195. A post with little work but high salary –Sinecure

196. A test in which cells from diseased organs are removes and tested – Biopsy

197. One who compiles a dictionary –Lexicographer

198. Quibble (to avoid giving a direct answer to a question in order to hide the truth)- Prevaricate

199. Words uttered impiously about God –Blasphemy

200. A person who has no money to pay off his debts – Insolvent