CBSE Affiliation No. 1030239
Let Every Bud Bloom
Cornucopia

Cornucopia of vocabulary

Session 2016-2017

 


Cornucopia of vocabulary

Session 2015-2016

Class IX and X

 

Word accord
concurrence of opinion
Examples
  • The committee worked in accord on the bill, and it eventually passed
   
Word render
do, perform, provide
Examples
  • If you are a witness to a car accident, it is important to render all possible assistance to anyone who is injured until the ambulance arrives.
   
Word bestow
present
Examples
  • He bestowed favours to the people in return for votes.
   
Word perpetual
continuing forever or indefinitely
Examples
  • The house of the politician had a perpetual stream of visitors all day.
   
Word contrive
make or work out a plan for; devise
Examples
  • The author contrived a clever plot.
   
Word stealthily
done secretly
Examples
  • While they continued to quarrel, Daniel stealthily made his escape.
   
Word afflict
cause physical pain or suffering
Examples
  • Melanoma globally afflicts nearly 160,000 new people each year.
   
Word assent
to agree or express agreement
Examples
  • His two companions readily gave their assent to his demand as they saw their benefit in the same.
   
Word exalt
praise, glorify, or honor
Examples
  • The man was exalted from a humble carpenter to a minister.
  • They exalted their king for the works done by him for their welfare.
   
Word sublime
of high moral or intellectual value, superb
Examples
  • People appreciated his sublime pieces of art.
   
Word cower
crouch or curl up
Examples
  • The boys cowered in a corner of the room on hearing that shrill cry again.
   
Word forsake
leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
Examples
  • A true soldier never forsakes his country in a crisis.
   
Word wistful
showing pensive sadness
Examples
  • I observed that you did cast a wistful eye upon my bookshelf.
   
Word conscientious
characterized by extreme care and great effort
Examples
  • Miss Blake was a hardworking and conscientious lawyer.
   
Word ominous
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
Examples
  • There was an ominous pause, then a crash, shaking us all off our feet.
   
Word incidental
not of prime or central importance
Examples
  • There were other incidental factors which determined the success of the movement.
   
Word fray
a noisy fight
Examples
  • The man ran into the barn, returned with a log, and joined the fray.
   
Word explicate
elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses
Examples
  • She lectured for quite some time but could not explicate the phenomenon.
   
Word avarice
extreme greed for material wealth
Examples
  • The avarice of the travel agencies results in misery for the tourists.
   
Word prowess
a superior skill learned by study and practice
Examples
  • There, javelin in hand, he displayed his prowess, and none could stand against him.
   
Word dingy
thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot
Examples
  • At one o'clock we stopped at a dingy little cottage to dine.
   
Word ignominy
a state of dishonor
Examples
  • Perhaps his friends would interfere to save him from the ignominy.
   
Word crevice
a long narrow opening
Examples
  • The light coming out from the crevice indicated that someone was in the room.
   
Word fitful
occurring in spells and often abruptly
Examples
  • With these gloomy thoughts he fell at last into a fitful slumber.
   
Word scrutinize
to look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail
Examples
  • All his documents were scrutinized at the airport thoroughly before he boarded the plane.
   

 

Classes VI to VIII

Word FLOUT
Transitive Verb - If you flout something such as a law, you openly disobey or ignore it
Examples
  • We can’t allow pupils to go unpunished when they flout the school rules.
  • They flouted convention by wearing brightly coloured clothes to the funeral.
   
Word PERCEPTIBLE
Adj. - Something such as a difference or an increase that is perceptible is able to be observed, although it is usually small or minor
Examples
  • The difference between them is slight, but perceptible.
  • Her only reaction was a barely perceptible raising of her right eyebrow.
   
Word RECIPROCATE
Transitive and Intransitive Verb - If you reciprocate (something), you give back to a person what they have given to you
Examples
  • I’d feel better about receiving help from them, if I could reciprocate in some way.
  • We reciprocate your good wishes and look forward to meeting you soon.
   
Word HURTLE
Intransitive Verb - If something hurtles, it moves at a very high and sometimes dangerous speed
Examples
  • The train hurtled through the station.
  • The explosion sent huge chunks of rock hurtling through the air.
   
Word SAUNTER
Intransitive Verb - If you saunter somewhere, you walk at a leisurely pace and in a stylish or carefree way
Examples
  • We saw three elegant young men sauntering through the park.
  • The actors sauntered into the green room after their performance.
   
Word IMBIBE
Verb (formal) - If you imbibe information, knowledge, etc, you take it in or learn it
Examples
  • These are basic do's and don’ts of good behavior that most people imbibe as they grow.
  • The children imbibed good values during their stay with their grandparents.
   
Word BOISTEROUS
Adjective - People who are boisterous are lively and noisy and a little rough
Examples
  • There was a very boisterous group at one table in the restaurant.
  • If you want to play any boisterous games, you’ll have to go outside.
   
Word ARTICULATE
Adjective - If someone is articulate, they are able to express their ideas and feelings easily in words, especially spoken words
Examples
  • They would have done better to chose someone more articulate as their spokesperson.
  • He’s actually much more articulate on paper than he is in conversation.
   
Word CLAMOUR
Intransitive Verb - If people are clamouring for something, they are demanding it loudly and often angrily (which may or may not mean literally shouting for it)
Examples
  • He was faced with a pack of journalists, all clamouring for a statement on the crisis.
  • The newspapers are clamouring for the minister to resign.
   
Word FORMULATE
Transitive Verb - If you formulate something such as a sentence or an idea, you put words together in order to make it or express it
Examples
  • Can anyone think of a better way of formulating that sentence so that its meaning is very clear?
  • She helped me to formulate my proposal in a way that made it more acceptable to the management.
   
Word GARBLE
Transitive Verb - If you garble something such as a message, you get the words wrong in some way so that they do not make sense
Examples
  • The message was supposed to be ‘send reinforcements; we’re going to advance’. But the men garbled it as they passed it along, and it came out as ‘send three or four men; we’re going to a dance’.
  • I received a garbled e-mail from Fred, which he must have written while he was sleepy.
   
Word HOARSE
Adjective - If someone is hoarse, they speak in a rough, but quiet voice, often because they have made their throat sore by shouting, etc
Examples
  • His voice was hoarse with shouting.
  • We all cheered ourselves hoarse when our team won.
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Hoarsely

Adverb:    ‘I think I’m starting to lose my voice,’ he said hoarsely.

   
Word ELOQUENT
Adjective - A person, speech or piece of writing that is eloquent uses language in an effective (and often beautiful) way
Examples
  • He is not a very eloquent speaker, but he was obviously totally sincere in what he said.
  • Her eloquent speech had a great effect on the jury.
   
Word RETICENT
Adjective - Someone who is reticent is unwilling to talk or reveal things about themselves
Examples
  • She was very reticent, and I found it hard to keep the conversation going.
  • Tom became reticent after his best friend moved to another town.
   
Word STAMPEDE
Transitive and Intransitive Verb - If people or animals stampede, they all rush away together in an uncontrolled way because they are frightened.
Examples
  • The teacher asked the students to move out of the auditorium in a line so as to avoid a stampede.
  • There was a stampede at the fair when one of the shopkeepers started giving out free gifts to the children.
   
Word AMICABLE
Adjective - An amicable relationship, solution or settlement is one that is characterized by friendliness or the absence of hostility and arguments
Examples
  • If both sides are willing to make a few compromises, I’m sure that an amicable settlement can be reached.
  • We’ve always enjoyed very amicable relations with our colleagues in Beijing.
   
Word PLACATE
Transitive Verb (formal) - If you placate someone, you stop them from feeling angry
Examples
  • When the child threw a tantrum, I gave him sweets to try to placate him.
  • To placate the environmentalists, the government offered to fund a new recycling scheme.
   
Word CAJOLE
Transitive Verb - If you cajole someone, you (try to) persuade the person to do something by saying nice things to them, or promising them something
Examples
  • She somehow managed to cajole her mother into lending her the diamond necklace.
  • After a lot of cajoling, the minister agreed to resign.
   
Word IMPEL
Transitive Verb - (impelling, impelled) if you are or feel impelled to do something, you have a powerful feeling inside you that tells you that you must do it
Examples
  • I felt impelled to warn him of the risks he was running into .
  • Impelled by family loyalty, she spoke up for her brother, even though she disapproved of what he had done.
   
Word RAPPORT
Noun - A rapport between people is a feeling of friendliness and mutual understanding
Examples
  • I felt an immediate rapport with him from the moment we met.
  • She seems to have a rapport with people on both sides of the dispute, which would make her an ideal mediator.
   
Word DIMINUTIVE
Adjective - Someone or something that is diminutive is very short or small
Examples
  • He towered over his diminutive sister.
  • The dog that the sign warned us of , turned out to be a diminutive creature smaller than the average cat.
   
Word GALORE
Adjective (informal, always used after a noun)- If there are things galore, there are in a very large number or a very great quantity
Examples
  • There are bargains galore in our great winter sale.
  • They can afford it – they’ve got money galore!
   
Word MEAGRE
Noun - If your pay, salary, etc. is meagre, it is a very less
Examples
  • They expect an enormous amount of work from you, considering that they pay you such a meagre salary.
  • This is a pretty meagre reward for six months of hard work.
   
Word SUPERFLUOUS
Adjective - If something is superfluous, you do not need it for what you intend to do (and it is usually a bad thing to keep it)
Examples
  • If you find any superfluous words in the sentence, cut them out.
  • A lot of this equipment is superfluous to our requirements, so we might as well sell it.
   
Word TACITURN
Adjective - A person who is taciturn does not say very much
Examples
  • He is not an easy person to interview because he is so taciturn.
  • Nobody realized how smart Jennifer was because she was very taciturn.
   

June 2015 - September 2015

 

Word INDELIBLE
Adj. - cannot be removed or erased; incapable of being canceled or forgotten
Examples
  • The story made an indelible impression on me.
  • The grease from the machine left an indelible stain on my shirt.
   
Word EBULLIENT
- Adj. - cheerful and full of energy
Examples
  • Shishyans were ebullient when they came to know about the NASA trip.
  • Shreya’s ebullient attitude had made her a favourite amongst her classmates.
   
Word AUGMENT
Verb – to increase, support
Examples
  • To augment the family income, she began making dolls.
  • Reading regularly will augment your vocabulary.
   
Word ECLECTIC
Adj. – selecting what appears to be best from diverse sources
Examples
  • The best universities offer an eclectic mix of courses.
  • The restaurant had an eclectic menu and included foods from a number of cultures.
   
Word EDIFY
Verb - instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually
Examples
  • The purpose of the moral education session was to edify the outgoing class.
  • We hope the Social Service Club will edify the students and encourage them to contribute to the community.
   
Word PERUSE
Verb – read something carefully and thoroughly
Examples
  • The officer perused the papers minutely before attesting them.
  • I’ve attached some documents with this mail for your perusal.
   
Word STICKLER
Noun - a person who insists on a certain quality or type of behavior; perfectionist
Examples
  • Aamir Khan is a stickler for perfection and proves it everytime with his diligence.
  • Anany is such a stickler for spellings that I couldn’t find a single mistake in his essays.
   
Word MUNDANE
Adj. – ordinary, not interesting, dull
Examples
  • Tired of his mundane lifestyle, he decided to go on an adventure trip.
  • From exciting to the mundane, all his experiences can be found in his autobiography.
   
Word TEMERITY
Noun - excessive confidence or boldness
Examples
  • Sophia had the temerity to question even her boss about an absurd decision.
  • Most patients do not have the temerity to challenge the medical diagnosis of a doctor.
   
Word LUCRATIVE
Adj. – profitable
Examples
  • Shanti gave up a lucrative career in the IT industry to follow her passion for music.
  • Arrival of big companies in Indore will create lucrative jobs and business opportunities in the city.
   
Word VIVACIOUS
Adj. – lively and animated
Examples
  • She has a charming and vivacious personality.
  • The vivacious folk dance was so uplifting that we were soon dancing with the dancers.
   
Word SUCCINCT
Adj. – brief and clearly expressed
Examples
  • The teacher appreciated her for her apt and succinct answers.
  • If you have something to say, make sure it is succinct and accurate.
   
Word ALOOF
Adj. – not friendly, distant, uninvolved
Examples
  • Because of his shyness, he always stayed aloof from his classmates.
  • While my mother may seem a bit aloof, she is really a very caring woman.
   
Word ATROCIOUS
Adj. - of a very poor quality; extremely bad or unpleasant; shockingly cruel, horrifying
Examples
  • Her handwriting is so atrocious, sometimes even she is unable to read what she’s written.
  • Nobody wanted to befriend him because of his atrocious manners.
   
Word CONSPICUOUS
Adj. – easily seen or noticed, completely obvious
Examples
  • The Sports Secretary was conspicuous by her absence on the Sports Day.
  • Their conspicuous disregard for rules often lands them in trouble.
   
Word MEDIOCRE
Adj. - Moderate to inferior in quality, average, not very good
Examples
  • It is a good phone but the battery is mediocre, lasting less than 5 hours talktime.
  • His presentation was at best mediocre, and so he got only average marks.
   

 

Classes IX and X

Word SPURT - a sudden burst or outburst, as of activity, energy, or feeling
Examples
  • That spurt in the private sector set the stage for his successful career.
  • The favourable policies of the government led to a spurt in industrial production.
   
Word BREACH - an infraction or violation, as of a law, trust, faith, or promise
Examples
  • Breach of any law is punishable.
  • The breach of trust is something that will never happen in our friendship.
   
Word INADVERTENT- unplanned, inattentive
Examples
  • Sam forgot to switch off the microphone and so there was an inadvertent transmission of the conversation between him and William.
  • Due to his inadvertent disclosure of the mystery of the movie, I was no more interested in watching it.
   
Word SURREPTITIOUS- done, acquired, etc, in secret or by improper means
Examples
  • I stole a surreptitious glance over her shoulder to see what she was reading.
  • There is nothing surreptitious about our methods. We always act openly.
   
Word SCAMPER- to run or go hastily or quickly
Examples
  • The mice scampered out of the cat’s way.
  • My daughter scampers all over the house looking for the birthday presents.
   
Word LURCH- an act or instance of swaying abruptly, make a jerky movement
Examples
  • My foot slipped off the brake pedal, and the car lurched forward.
  • The whole ship lurched to the right as if it had been struck by something.
   
Word SCUFFLE- a short and not very serious fight
Examples
  • A scuffle broke out between demonstrators and the police.
  • It wasn’t a serious fight, more of a scuffle, and nobody got hurt.
   
Word GRIMACE- an ugly or unpleasant facial expression, usually expressing displeasure or pain
Examples
  • She grimaced as she tasted the medicine.
  • I hold onto my injured friend’s arm and lift him while he closes his eyes and tries not to grimace.
   
Word BLATHER- to talk or utter foolishly; blither; babble
Examples
  • What on earth was he blathering on about?
  • I haven’t got time to listen to people blathering about their personal problems.
   
Word TERSE- neatly brief and concise
Examples
  • “Isn’t it rather terse? Shouldn’t we expand on it a bit?”
  • She offered a terse description of how her plants had come to die.
   

 


 

Session 2014-2015 

Click on word to find the meaning and details
Date Word
August 11 Cornucopia
August 12 Blurb
August 13 Taciturn
August 14 Icing on the cake
August 15 Sovereignty
August 16 Plethora
August 19 Debonair
August 20 Fugacious
August 21 Charisma
August 22 Audacity
August 23 Bear the brunt
August 25 Austere
August 26 Obfuscate
August 27 Loquacious
August 28 Dribs and drabs
August 30 Scrumptious
October 07 Mitigate
October 08 Coerce
October 09 Dubious
October 10 to be on pins and needles
October 11 Ostentatious
October 13 Indomitable
October 14 Dishevelled
October 15 Proficient
October 16 Vanquish
October 17 To be as Fit as a Fiddle
October 27 Disconcert
October 28 Prudence
October 29 Admonish
October 30 To bury the hatchet
October 31 Spiffy
November 01 Squeamish
November 03 Tortuous
November 05 Paradigm
November 07 Faux Pas
November 08 Repertoire
November 10 Think Tank
November 11 Innocuous
November 12 Cosmopolitan
November 13 Hoax
November 14 Galore
November 15 Tranquility
November 17 Gabble
November 18 Deplorable
November 19 Fastidious
November 20 Fallacy
November 21 Perfidious
November 22 Vacillate
November 24 to burn the midnight oil
November 25 to sit on the fence
November 26 to call it a day
   

 

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