Dear Banking/Recruitment exams Candidates
After reading our daily tips, tricks and quizzes on different subjects and sections, we got endless requests from candidates for help in improving vocabulary and improve the performance in English section of banking/recruitment exams.
We have started posting a list 10 vocabulary words along with their meaning and pronunciation, your task would be to checkout those words, pronounce them correctly, understand their meaning and finally come up with sentences and statements which contains those words and convey their meaning. Comment your original sentences in the comments section below. The reason we are encouraging you to do that is because the key to improving vocabulary is using new and difficult words in your own sentences as you tend to remember the meaning once you have used it. You can also see how other candidates have used those words in their sentences and improve your word recall. After this you should use these sentences and words while talking to people. Even if you use the word once while talking to a person, you would realize that your vocabulary is increasing swiftly. The format of each word will be like:
“WORD (pronunciation) part of speech: Meaning
one or two Sentences” . Consider the following example:
Abash (uh BASH) v: to make ashamed, to embarrass.
• Raj felt abashed by his inability to remember his lines in the morning prayers.
• To do something without shame or embarrassment is to do it un-abashedly.
• Shreya handed in a term paper that she had unabashedly copied from the newspaper.
Notice that Abash is the word, ‘uh bash’ is the pronunciation, v signifies its a verb. This is followed by meaning ‘to make ashamed, embarrass’ . There are two-three sentences demonstrating how you can use the word and its antonym.
Candidates set your game brain on, here are the 10 vocabulary words for today:
1. Obdurate (OB doo rit) adj: stubborn and insensitive
Obdurate contains one of the same roots as durable and endurance. Each word conveys a different sense of hardness.
The committee’s obdurate refusal to listen to our plan was heartbreaking to us, since we had spent ten years coming up with it.
The child begged and begged to have a bubble-gum machine installed in his bedroom, but his parents were obdurate in their insistence that he have a soft-drink machine instead.
2. Obfuscate (ob FUS Kate) v: to darken, to confuse, to make confusing
People had hoped the spokesman would elucidate the issue. But he only obfuscated the issue further
Too much gin had obfuscated the old man’s senses.
To obfuscate something is to engage in obfuscation.
Randeep called himself a used-car salesman, but his real job was obfuscation. He sold cars by confusing his customers.
3.Oblique (uh BLEEK) adj: indirect, at an angle
In geometry, lines are said to be oblique if they are neither parallel nor perpendicular to each other. The word has a related meaning outside of mathematics.
An oblique statement is one that does not directly confront its true subject.
To insult someone obliquely is to do so indirectly.
Harry sprinkled his student council speech with oblique references to the principal’s new toupee. The principal is so dense that he never figured out what was going on, but the rest of us were rolling on the floor.
4. Oblivion (uh BLIV ee un) n: total forgetfulness, the state of being forgotten
A few of the young actors would find face, but most were headed for oblivion.
After tossing and turning with anxiety for most of the night, Richie finally found the oblivion of sleep.
To be oblivious is to be forgetful or unaware.
Old age had made the retired Professor oblivious of all his old theories.
The workmen stomped in and out of the room, but the happy child, playing on the floor, was oblivious of all distraction.
5. Obscure (up SKYOOR) adj: unknown, hard to understand, dark
The comedy nightclub was filled with obscure comedians who stole each other’s jokes and seldom got any laughs.
The artist was so obscure that even his parents had trouble remembering his name.
The noted scholar’s dissertation was terribly obscure. It had to be translated from English into English before anyone could make head or tail of it.
Some commentary poets apparently believe that the only way to be great is to be obscure.
The features of the forest grew obscure as night fell.
The state of being obscure in any of its senses is called obscurity.
6. Obsequious (ub SEE kwee us) adj: fawning, subservient, sucking up to
Ari’s assistant was so obsequious that she could never tell what he really thought about anything.
My obsequious friend seemed to live only to make me happy and never wanted to do anything if I said I didn’t want to do it
7. Wistful (WIST ful) adj: yearning, sadly longing
• I felt wistful when I saw Herb’s fancy new Car. I wished that I had enough money to buy one for myself.
• The boys who had been cut from the football team watched wistfully as the team put together an undefeated season and won the state championship.
8. Zealous (ZEL us) adj: enthusiastically devoted to something, fervent
• The zealous young policeman made so many arrests that the city jail soon became overcrowded.
• The dictator’s followers were so zealous that if he had asked them all to jump off a cliff, most of them would have done so.
• To be zealous is to be full of zeal or fervent enthusiasm. An overly zealous person is a zealot.
9. Wanton (WON tun) adj: malicious, unjustifiable, unprovoked, egregious
Terrorists commit wanton acts on a helpless populace to make their point.
Wanton also means intemperate. A hedonist lives a wanton life in the relentless, unremitting pursuit of pleasure. An ascetic does not.
10. Willful (WIL ful) adj: deliberate, obstinate, insistent on having one’s way
The mother insisted that the killing committed by her son had not been willful, but the jury apparently believed that he had known what he was doing.
When her mother told her she couldn’t have a cookie, the willful little girl simply snatched the cook
Dont forget to use atleast 4-5 words from the above list in sentences of your own and write them in the comments section below. It will also help us evaluate whether you have used the words properly or not. If you are really serious about improving your english, you start here. Don’t be afraid or shy in writing the sentences because of your fear of not writing proper English. Its good to commit mistakes now rather than in exam. Remember