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Vocabulary for I-CET

21 Jul

 

  1. Appertain = be a part of; pertain to; belong to; relate to.
  2. Abnegation = self-denial; disavow; renounce.
  3. Alleviation = to make less severe; to reduce; mitigation; palliation; reconciliation; mollification; appeasement.
  4. Attribute = to put blame on; to assign a cause or reason for something; accredit; impute; ascribe.
  5. Bias = showing special favour towards someone or something; partiality; penchant; slanting or inclined in direction or course or position.
  6. Bizarre = unusual; strange; unreasonable; outlandish. (A man biting a dog can be called as “bizarre”).
  7. Covenant = an agreement; pact; deed; truce; deal; compromise; treaty; compact.
  8. Confidant = a person in whom you confide or trust; a person to whom you reveal your secrets. (Feminine of this word is “Confidante”)
  9. Credulous = ready to believe; believing; gullible; naïve; unsuspecting. (Another word for this is “Schnook” which means one who can be cheated easily).
  10. Disseminate = spread; distribute; disburse; permeate; diffuse.
  11. Doting = loving excessively or foolishly; adoring; fond of.
  12. Erstwhile = former; previous; earlier; ex.
  13. Equity = the difference between the market value of a property and the claims held against it; conformity with rules or standards; fairness; justice; impartiality.
  14. Enigmatic = strange; mysterious; puzzling; bewildering; occult.
  15. Epitome = a standard or typical example; essence; archetype; paradigm; prototype; quintessence; personification; embodiment.
  16. Flagrant= shamelessly bold; egregious; impudent; chutzpah; impertinence; effrontery.
  17. Hiatus = a long gap; schism; break; respite; reprieve; abatement; suspension.
  18. Incongruent = not congruent or similar or corresponding; dissimilar; unequal; heterogeneous; disparate.
  19. Impetus = drive; thrust; force; propel; push.
  20. Miniature = something small; little; microcosm; meager; scanty; exiguous.
  21. Niggardly = petty in giving or spending; stingy; miserly; parsimonious; frugal; economical; thrifty; Spartan (People in Sparta are known for their thrifty nature, hence the word ‘Spartan’).
  1. Notional = a notion; fanciful; imaginary; speculative; ideational.
  2. Omnipotent = all-powerful; Almighty; supreme; insuperable; indefatigable; indomitable.
  3. Panacea = a cure for all diseases; elixir; antidote; therapeutic; theriac; pharmacon.
  4. Potable = that which can be drunk; drinkable; fit to drink.
  5. Preclude = prevent; thwart; forbid; foreclose; forestall.
  6. Precocity = early development of intelligence; acumen; perspicacity; sagacity; acuity; wisdom; far-sightedness.
  7. Recycle = to use again; re-use; re-process.
  8. Surreptitious = secretive; clandestine; underground; undercover; furtive; stealthy; sneaky.
  9. Serendipity = chance discovery; fluke; good luck; good fortune; a stroke of luck.
  10. Sultry = characterized by oppressive heat and humidity; humid; extremely and unpleasantly hot; torrid; stifling.
  11. Surmise = guess; assumption; speculation; supposition; inference; conjecture.
  12. Sycophantic = trying to win favour from influential people by flattery; flattering; flunky; obsequious; bootlicking; fawning; toadyish; servile; slavish; servitude; cringing; crouching; deferential.
  13. Syndrome = a pattern of some symptoms indicative of some disease; a complex of concurrent things.
  14. Tardy = slow; lethargic; torpid; otiose; languid; sluggish; lassitude; torpor; slothful; inert; dilatory; procrastinating; lazy.
  15. Tenuous = weak; flimsy; thin; slight; enervate; emasculate.
  16. Testimony = something that serves as evidence; a solemn statement made under oath; credentials; averment; assertion.
  17. Ubiquitous = present everywhere; omnipresent.
  18. Urbane = sophisticated; chic; classy; stylish; cultivated; matured; refined; polished; svelte; gracious.
  19. Venal = capable of being corrupted; bribable; corruptible; dishonest; purchasable.

 

I-CET-2008 Questions in English Vocabulary

 

  1. Insouciant = indifferent; unconcerned; nonchalant; apathetic; heedlessness.
  2. Euphoric = extremely happy; elated; ecstatic; blissful; rapture; excited.
  3. Sacrilege = disrespect to God, religion, and holy things; blasphemy; irreverence; impiety; profanity.
  4. Trenchant = having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect; clearly or sharply defined to the mind; distinct; clear-cut; penetrating; incisive.
  5. Craggy = rugged; rocky; mountainous; hilly; rocky and steep.
  6. Rendezvous = a meeting planned at a certain time and place; meeting place; get-together socially or for a specific purpose.
  7. Foibles = a behavioural attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual; idiosyncrasy; mannerism; eccentricity; fault; shortcoming.
  8. Parsimonious = excessively unwilling to spend; frugal; economical; niggardly; miserly; Spartan; penurious; thrifty.
  9. Circumspect = cautious; careful; discreet; alert; chary; wary; heedful.
  10. Paranoid = insane; a person suffering from paranoia, i.e., mental disorder or a psychological disorder characterized by delusions.
  11. Parochial = narrowly restricted in outlook or scope; insular; narrow-minded.
  12. Parasitic = relating to or caused by parasites; having the nature or habits of a parasite or leech; living off another; bloodsucking; leechlike; epenthesis.
  13. Pensive = persistently or morbidly thoughtful; brooding; contemplative; meditative; pondering; ruminative; musing; reflective.
  14. Providential = peculiarly fortunate or appropriate; divine intervention; heaven-sent; miraculous; divine.
  15. Raucously = in a rowdy manner; rowdily; loud and rough; rude and violent.
  16. Rapaciously = in a rapacious manner; excessively greedy and grasping; devouring or craving food in great quantities; voracious; ravenous; predatory; raptorial; esurient; edacious; vulturous; wolfish.
  17. Ravishingly = in a ravishing manner; stunningly beautiful; delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration.
  18. Ravenously = in the manner of someone who is very hungry; extremely hungry; famished; voracious; rapacious; starved; ravening.
  19. Conscientious = characterized by extreme care and great effort; arising from the sense of right and wrong; scrupulous; moral; punctilious; meticulous.
  20. Intrigue = cause to be interested or curious; fascinate; a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends; scheme; connive; machination.
  21. Wanton = lewd or lascivious woman; a person who enjoys sensuality; occurring without motivation or provocation; waste time.
  22. Aloof = remote in manner; solitude; reclusive; ascetic; hermit; cloister; shut away; distant; far-flung.
  23. Turbulent = characterized by unrest or disorder; tumultuous; disruptive; troubled; riotous; disturbance.
  24. Elation = a feeling of joy and pride; great joy; exhilaration; high spirits; ecstasy; bliss; rapture; jubilation; excitement.

 

Compiled with help from T.I.M.E. and OU website.

 

Vocabulary Roots

21 Jul
  1. a, an = without
  2. able, ible = capable of
  3. aclous, iclous = full of
  4. ant, ent = full of
  5. ate = to make
  6. ation = that which is
  7. Ali = another
  8. Alt = high
  9. Alter = other
  10. Apo = away, from, off
  11. Arch = chief, first, ruler
  12. Aster = star
  13. Aud, audit = hear
  14. Ac, Acr = sharp, sour
  15. Anim = mind, soul
  16. Apt = fit
  17. Aqua = water
  18. Am, ami = love
  19. Ambi, amphi = both
  20. Ant, ante = before
  21. Anti = against, opposite
  22. Auto = self
  23. Andro = male
  24. Anthrop = humanity, mankind
  25. Ben, bon= good, well
  26. bi = two
  27. Biblio = book
  28. Bio = life
  29. Breve = short
  30. Bucolics = a herdsman
  31. Belli, bellu = war, fight
  32. Burs = money, purse
  33. Caco = bad
  34. Calli = good, beautiful
  35. Cad, cas, cid = fall, happen
  36. Cata = down
  37. Cide = cut, kill
  38. Cap, capt, cept, cip = to take
  39. Capit, capt = head
  40. Cele = swift
  41. Cent = hundred
  42. Chron = time
  43. Cit, citat = to call, to start
  44. Clan = secret
  45. Carn = flesh
  46. Cede, cess = yield, go
  47. Compl = to fill
  48. Cord = heart
  49. Contra, contro = against, opposite
  50. Corp = body
  51. Circ, circum = round, around
  52. Clud, clus, claus, clois = closed
  53. Clin. Cliv = slope, lean
  54. Cogn = know
  55. Crac, crat = rule, power
  56. Cred, credit = belief
  57. Culp = blame, fault, punishment
  58. Cyno = dog
  59. De = down, away
  60. Dem = people
  61. Demi = partly, half
  62. Di, diurn = day
  63. Di = two
  64. Dic, dict = to say
  65. Domin = rule
  66. Dour = hard, severe, sour (in appearance)
  67. Dubit = doubt
  68. Dia = across
  69. Dis, dif = not, apart
  70. Dol = pain, sorrow
  71. Derm = skin
  72. Doc, doct = teach
  73. Dorm = sleep, rest
  74. Duc, duct = lead
  75. Dys = faulty, bad
  76. Dynam = power, strength
  77. Epi = on, upon
  78. Eu = good, well
  79. Ego = self, I
  80. Erg, urg = work
  81. Err = to wander
  82. Extra, extro = beyond, outside
  83. Ex, e = out
  84. Frag, frac = break
  85. Fall, fals = to deceive
  86. Fid = belief, faith
  87. Fin = end, limit
  88. Flect, flex = bend
  89. Fort = strong
  90. Fort = luck, chance
  91. Fratr = brother
  92. Fugere = flee
  93. Fus = pour
  94. Gam = marriage
  95. Gen, gener = birth, race, class, creation
  96. Gen = give birth to
  97. Geronto = old
  98. Greg = herd, corwd, flock
  99. Grad, gress = step, go
  100. Graph, gram = writing
  101. Gyne, gynae = female
  102. Homi = human
  103. Helio = sun
  104. Hemera = day
  105. Homo = same
  106. Hyper = above, excessively
  107. Hypo = beneath, lower
  108. Icon = image, statue
  109. It, itiner = journey, road
  110. Inter = between, among
  111. Intra, intro = within
  112. ism = doctrine, belief
  113. ist = dealer, doer
  114. ity = state of being
  115. ize, ise = make
  116. Jud = judge
  117. Jet, Ject, jac = throw
  118. Lat = side
  119. Locu, loqu, logue, logy, lix = Speak
  120. Leg = law
  121. Liber, libr = book
  122. Leg, lect, lig = to choose, to read
  123. Labor, laborat = to work
  124. Liber = free
  125. Log = word, study
  126. Leg, lec, lex = read, speak
  127. Luc, lum, lus = light, shine
  128. Lud, lus = play
  129. Macro = large, long
  130. Man = hand
  131. Mar = sea
  132. Mendicus = poor man
  133. mens = measure
  134. Mit, miss = to send
  135. Mega = great, million
  136. Mal = bad
  137. Magn, maj, mas, max = great, big
  138. Mania = excessive love, liking
  139. Meta = involving change
  140. Micro = small
  141. Matr, mater = mother
  142. Mem, men, min, amne, mnem = remember
  143. Mis = bad, improper
  144. Mis = hatred
  145. Mor, mori, mort = death
  146. Moll = soft
  147. Morph = shape, form
  148. Mono = single, one
  149. Mon, monit = to warn
  150. Mut = change
  151. Multi = many
  152. Mot, mov, mob, mom = move
  153. Nat = born
  154. Neg = not, deny
  155. Naut, nav, naus = sea
  156. Nihil = destroy, nothing
  157. Neo, nov = new
  158. Noc, Nox, nic, nec = harm
  159. Nomen = name
  160. Non = not
  161. Omni = all
  162. Ochlo = mob
  163. Ology = study of
  164. Olig = few
  165. Onoma, onyma = name
  166. Ous, ose = full of
  167. Osis = condition
  168. Pan = all, every
  169. Para = beyond, related
  170. Per, pel = through, completely
  171. Peri = around, near
  172. Plac, pac, peac = peace, calm
  173. Pater, patr = father
  174. Pachy = thick
  175. Phil = love
  176. Pec = money
  177. Ped, pod = foot
  178. Ped = child
  179. Pleos = full
  180. Pet, petit = to seek
  181. Pel, puls = to drive
  182. Pon, posit = to place
  183. Port, portat = to carry
  184. Poten = able, powerful
  185. Psych = mind
  186. Phon = sound
  187. Phob = fear
  188. Pot = power, drink
  189. Poly = many
  190. Proto = first
  191. Prim = first
  192. Pre, pro = before
  193. Pro = forward, in favour of
  194. Post = after
  195. Path = disease, feeling
  196. Pseudo = false
  197. Put, putat = to trim, to calculate
  198. Pyr = fire, heat, fever
  199. Quer, ques, quir, quis = to ask
  200. Re = again, back
  201. Reg, rect = rule
  202. Retro = backward
  203. Robor = strength
  204. Roga, rogat = ask
  205. Rid, ris = laugh
  206. Rupt = to break
  207. Sacr, sanct = sacred, holy
  208. Sci = to know
  209. Scop = watch, see
  210. Se = away, side
  211. Sect = cut
  212. Solv, solute = to loosen
  213. String, strict = bind
  214. Stru, struct = build
  215. Semi = half, partly
  216. Sem = seed
  217. Sen = old
  218. Sed, sid, sess = sit, settle
  219. Scrib, scrip, scriv = write
  220. Seq, sec = follow
  221. Sens, sent = think, feel
  222. Simu, simi = same, similar
  223. Sol = sun, alone
  224. Soror = sister
  225. Sub, suc, suf, sug, sup, sus = under, below, less
  226. Super, sur, supra = above, over
  227. Syn, sym, syl, sys = with, together
  228. Sin = curve
  229. Somn, sop = sleep
  230. Soph = wise
  231. Sper = hope
  232. Spers, spar = scatter
  233. Spir = breathe, live
  234. Spec, spect, spic = look, see
  235. Summa = highest
  236. Surg, surrect = rise
  237. Tang, tact, ting = to touch
  238. Tele = far
  239. Tempor = time
  240. Ten, tent = hold
  241. Torp = stiff, numb
  242. Terra, Terre = earth, land
  243. Tacit, tic = silent
  244. Term = end
  245. Therm = heat
  246. Tome = a slice, a piece cut off
  247. Theo, thei = god, religion
  248. Tim = fear
  249. Tors, tort = twist
  250. Trans = beyond, across
  251. Tract = draw, pull
  252. Trud, trus = push, shove
  253. Tri = three
  254. Turb = shake, whirl
  255. Umbr = shadow
  256. Ultra = beyond, excessive
  257. Uxor = wife
  258. Un = not
  259. Under = below
  260. Un, uni = one
  261. Urb = city
  262. Ver = true
  263. Vac = empty
  264. Vad, vas = go
  265. Veni, vent, vene = to come
  266. Vice = in place of
  267. Vita, viva = life
  268. Verb = word
  269. Via = way
  270. Vid, vis = to see
  271. Vinc, vict, vanq = to conquer
  272. Vol = wish
  273. Volv, volut = to roll
  274. Vert, vers = turn
  275. Voc, voca, vok, vow = call, word
  276. Vor = eat
  277. With = away, against

 

 

My Tryst With English – My First & Last Love

17 Jul

English is something which has fascinated me from my childhood, and continues to do so with each passing day, each passing hour, and each passing minute. I fell in love with English even before I knew that I was in love with it! But, when I realized it, it only grew from strength to strength. My profound love for English cannot be described in words, for all words in the English language will not suffice to express my love for the truly international language. Sometimes, I wonder what I would have been without English – a Zilch! English has bestowed upon me so much that I shudder to think of a life without English! English has become my breath – a second life, so to say, and the other side of me, without an iota of exaggeration! English and I are like the two sides of the same coin – inseparable and complementary. Such is my love for English that I feel even death cannot do us apart, since my literary works will live (and be cherished and preserved) after me for generations to come, and keep reminding readers and my posterity of my presence in this world once upon a time!

 

My love with English would be incomplete without the mention of ‘Vocabulary.’ It is vocabulary which makes my love with English consummate. ‘Words’ are the world to me. They help me choose the right expression for an opportune moment. They provide me the right platform to express my innermost feelings, and empathize and connect with others – a natural trait of any human being. Words not only equip you with the power and freedom of expression, but they go much beyond that by way of helping you forge deep human bonds and relationships. It is aptly said that ‘words are like the arrows in your quiver.’ It is always beneficial to have as many arrows in the quiver, because you never know when you might need them. There’s no harm in having a plethora of arrows, but you should never fall short of it! Words are like the arrows which are shot by Cupid (The God of Love) into the hearts of humans. They help build and fortify relationships, more so, when they come from the bottom of your heart, through your lips, and make its way permanently into the heart and mind of the receiver/listener!

© 2008. P. Mohan Chandran. All Rights Reserved.

Math Nightmare

17 Jul

I want to stay away from quant,

Because, it’s something, I don’t want!

I’ve a morbid fear for ‘Geometry’ and ‘Trigonometry,’

They drive me to take refuge in Optometry!

The topic on ‘Surd,’

Makes me absolutely absurd!

When it comes to ‘Sets and Relation,’

It hardly gives me any elation!

When I turn on to ‘Algebra,’

It makes me go haphazard, like the stripes of a Zebra!

When I solve ‘Quadratic Equations and Inequations,’

I end up making only equivocations!

For me, Math is a real nightmare,

We both can never make a pair!

© 2008. P. Mohan Chandran. All Rights Reserved.

Lord Ganesha

16 Jul
Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha

Crystal Ganesha

16 Jul
Crystal Ganesha

Crystal Ganesha

GRE English

16 Jul

 

A NORMAL PERSON: People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
GRE STUDENT: Individuals who make their abodes in vitreous edifices would be advised to refrain from catapulting perilous projectiles.

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NORMAL PERSON: Twinkle, twinkle, little star
GRE STUDENT: Scintillate, scintillate, asteroid minim.

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NORMAL PERSON: All that glitters is not gold.
GRE STUDENT: All articles that coruscate with resplendence are not truly auriferous.

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NORMAL PERSON: Beggars are not choosers
GRE STUDENT: Sorting on the part of mendicants must be interdicted.

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NORMAL PERSON: Dead men tell no tales
GRE STUDENT: Male cadavers are incapable of rendering any testimony.

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NORMAL PERSON: Beginner’s luck
GRE STUDENT: Neophyte’s serendipity.

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NORMAL PERSON: A rolling stone gathers no moss
GRE STUDENT: A revolving lithic conglomerate accumulates no congeries of small, green, biophytic plant.

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NORMAL PERSON: Birds of a feather flock together
GRE STUDENT: Members of an avian species of identical plumage tend to congregate.

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NORMAL PERSON: Beauty is only skin deep
GRE STUDENT: Pulchritude possesses solely cutaneous profundity.

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NORMAL PERSON: Cleanliness is godliness
GRE STUDENT: Freedom from incrustations of grime is contiguous to
rectitude.

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NORMAL PERSON: There’s no use crying over spilt milk
GRE STUDENT: It is fruitless to become lachrymose of precipitately departed lactile fluid.

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NORMAL PERSON: You can’t try to teach an old dog new tricks
GRE STUDENT: It is fruitless to attempt to indoctrinate a superannuated canine with innovative maneuvers.

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NORMAL PERSON: Look before you leap
GRE STUDENT: Surveillance should precede saltation.

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NORMAL PERSON: He who laughs last, laughs best
GRE STUDENT: The person presenting the ultimate cachinnation possesses thereby the optimal cachinnation.

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NORMAL PERSON: All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
GRE STUDENT: Exclusive dedication to necessitous chores without interludes of hedonistic diversion renders Jack a hebetudinous fellow.

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NORMAL PERSON: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire!
GRE STUDENT: Where there are visible vapours having their provenance in ignited carbonaceous materials, there is conflagration.