200+ Advanced English Vocabulary Words List

Let’s explore some advanced English words with their meanings to help you understand where you can use these terms.

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Advanced English Vocabulary Words with Meanings

AberrationDeviation from normal/expected
EnervateSap energy from
VenalitySusceptibility to bribes/corruption
Betrayto reveal or make known something, usually unintentionally
Censureto express strong disapproval
Extantstill in existence (usually refers to documents)
Maintainto assert
Profligatespending resources recklessly or wastefully
Involvedcomplicated, and difficult to comprehend
Ingenuousto be naïve and innocent
Auspiciousfavorable, the opposite of sinister
Ambivalentmixed or conflicting emotions about something
Demurto object or show reluctance
Impertinentbeing disrespectful; improperly forward or bold
Prodigalrashly or wastefully extravagant
Equivocalconfusing or ambiguous
Intimateto suggest something subtly
Belieto give a false representation to; misrepresent
Galvanizeto excite or inspire (someone) to action
Calumnymaking of a false statement meant to injure a person’s reputation
Egregiousstanding out in a negative way; shockingly bad
Iconoclastsomebody who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions
Castigateto reprimand harshly
Vindicateto clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting arguments or proof
AmbiguousOpen to more than one interpretation, not clear
Parochialnarrowly restricted in scope or outlook
Disinterestedunbiased; neutral
Mercurialprone to unexpected and unpredictable changes in mood
ArtfulCunning/exhibiting artistic skill
Gregariouswillingness to socialize
Laconicusing very few words
Qualifyto make less severe; to limit (a statement)
Upbraidto reproach; to scold
Anomalousnot normal
Prevaricateto speak in an evasive way
Venerateto respect deeply
Acrimonybitterness and ill will
Frugalnot spending much money (but spending wisely)
Haranguea long pompous speech; a tirade
Amenableeasily persuaded
Undermineto weaken
Amalgama mixture of multiple things
Parsimoniousextremely frugal; miserly
Commensurateto be in proportion or corresponding in degree or amount
Innocuousharmless and doesn’t produce any ill effects
Chastiseto reprimand harshly
Audaciouswilling to be bold in social situations or to take risks
Torporinactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy
Dogmaticnot accepting that one’s own beliefs may not be correct
Gallbeing rude and impertinent, feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
Crypticmysterious or vague, usually intentionally
Rusticcharacteristic of rural life; awkwardly simple and provincial
Didacticinstructive (especially excessively)
Platitudea trite or obvious remark
Vociferousconspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry
Banalrepeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
Reconditedifficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge


Concedeacknowledge defeat, admit, give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another
Meticulousmarked by extreme care in treatment of details
Dictatorialexpecting unquestioning obedience; characteristic of an absolute ruler
Entrenchedfixed firmly or securely
Conspicuouswithout any attempt at concealment; completely obvious
Deferentialshowing respect
Exacerbatemake worse
Fortuitousoccurring by happy chance; having no cause or apparent cause
Perfidydeliberate betrayal; a breach of a trust
Decorouscharacterized by good taste in manners and conduct
Obscuremake unclear, not known by many
Frivolousnot serious in content or attitude or behavior
Queruloushabitually complaining
Incisivehaving or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
Superfluousmore than is needed, desired, or required; serving no useful purpose
Aestheteone who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature
Engendergive rise to
Gossamercharacterized by unusual lightness and delicacy
Aestheticconcerned with the appreciation of beauty, set of principles underlying and guiding the work of a particular artist or artistic movement.
Predilectiona strong liking
Inexorableimpossible to stop or prevent; stubborn
EschewAvoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of
Mawkishoverly sentimental to the point that it is disgusting
Lambastcriticize severely or angrily
Diffidentmodest reserve; lacking self-confidence


Presciencethe power to foresee the future
Glutan excessive supply; supply with an excess of
Reticentdisinclined to talk, not revealing one’s thoughts
Bucolicrelating to the pleasant aspects of the country
Apatheticmarked by a lack of interest
Germanerelevant and appropriate
Precludekeep from happening or arising; make impossible
Culminatereach the highest or most decisive point
Impudentimproperly forward or bold
Gainsaydeny or contradict; speak against or oppose
Volubilitythe quality of talking or writing easily and continuously
Culpabilitya state of guilt, responsibility
Mitigatemake less severe or harsh
Chortleto chuckle, laugh merrily, often in a breathy, muffled way
Treacheroustending to betray; dangerously unstable and unpredictable
Precociousexceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude)
Supplanttake the place or move into the position of
Rudimentaryearliest stages of development; being or involving basic facts or principles
Frustratehinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
Disaffecteddiscontented as toward authority
Guilelessfree of deceit
Hereticperson who holds unorthodox opinions in any field (not merely religion)
Subsumecontain or include; consider (an instance of something) as part of a general rule or principle
Insidiousworking in a subtle but destructive way
Vilifyspread negative information about
Panachedistinctive and showy elegance
Derivativenot original but drawing strongly on something already in existence, especially in reference to a creative product (e.g. music, writing, poetry etc.)
Immutablenot able to be changed
Avariciousexcessively greedy
Haughtyhaving or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
Quotidianfound in the ordinary course of events
Refractorystubbornly resistant to authority or control
Jingoismfanatical patriotism
Unequivocaladmitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; having only one meaning or interpretation and leading to only one conclusion
Spuriousplausible but false
Eclecticcomprised of a variety of styles
Fallaciousof a belief that is based on faulty reasoning
Ephemerallasting a very short time
Staunchfirm and dependable especially in loyalty
Derivecome from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example; reason by deduction; establish by deduction
Elucidatemake clearer and easier to understand
Denotebe a sign or indication of; have as a meaning
Languidnot inclined towards physical exertion or effort; slow and relaxed
Travestyan absurd presentation of something; a mockery
Apathyan absence of emotion or enthusiasm
Tantamountbeing essentially equal to something
Abstainchoose not to consume or take part in (particularly something enjoyable)
Mollifyto make someone angry less angry; placate
Magnanimousnoble and generous in spirit, especially towards a rival or someone less powerful


Itineranttraveling from place to place to work
Tenaciousstubbornly unyielding
Juxtaposeplace side by side for contrast
Vehementmarked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions
Jubilantfull of high-spirited delight because of triumph or success
Asceticpracticing self-denial; one who practices great self-denial
Contriveto pull off a plan or scheme, usually through skill or trickery
Belligerentcharacteristic of one eager to fight
Forlornmarked by or showing hopelessness
Circumventcleverly find a way out of one’s duties or obligations
Eminentstanding above others in quality or position
Amelioratemake something bad better
Incongruouslacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
Negligibleso small as to be meaningless; insignificant
Delineatedescribe in detail
Aberrantmarkedly different from an accepted norm
Soporificinducing mental lethargy; sleep inducing
Blatantwithout any attempt at concealment; completely obvious
Acerbicharsh in tone
Exactingrequiring and demanding accuracy
Reconcilemake (one thing) compatible with (another)
Contingentdependent on (usually used with upon); a gathering of persons representative of some larger group
Construeinterpreted in a particular way
Provincialcharacteristic of a limited perspective; not fashionable or sophisticated
Iconoclasticdefying tradition or convention
Apocryphalbeing of questionable authenticity
Intransigentunwilling to change one’s beliefs or course of action
Hackneyedlacking significance through having been overused
Forthcomingavailable when required or as promised; at ease in talking to others
Expoundadd details or explanation; clarify the meaning; state in depth
Implausibledescribing a statement that is not believable
Pedanticmarked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
Petulanteasily irritated or annoyed
Pragmaticguided by practical experience and observation rather than theory
Temperancethe trait of avoiding excesses
Largessextreme generosity and giving
Espouseto adopt or support an idea or cause
Bumblinglacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands
Implacableincapable of making less angry or hostile
Punditsomeone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
Idiosyncrasya behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
Tortuousmarked by repeated turns and bends; not straightforward
Underscoregive extra weight to (a communication)


Abstrusedifficult to understand; incomprehensible
Ostentatiousintended to attract notice and impress others; tawdry or vulgar
Decorumpropriety in manners and conduct
Laudableworthy of high praise
Copiousin abundant supply
Opaquenot clearly understood or expressed
Discreteconstituting a separate entity or part
Refuteprove to be false or incorrect
ConfoundTo cause confusion; mistake one thing for another
Exaltpraise or glorify
Unscrupulouswithout scruples or principles
Burgeongrow and flourish
Incorrigibleimpervious to correction by punishment
Ingratiategain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts
Denigratecharge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
Eradicateto completely destroy
Exoneratepronounce not guilty of criminal charges
Myopiclacking foresight or imagination
Indifferencethe trait of seeming not to care
Adamantrefusing to change one’s mind
Admonitoryserving to warn; expressing reproof or reproach especially as a corrective

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AngstA very high feeling of anxiety
AnomalySomething standing out from normal
BonafideSomething which is authentic and real
BravadoAn act of bravery mainly for impressing somebody
CacophonyAn unpleasant blend of sounds
Carte BlancheThe freedom given to one to do what they want to do
CloyingDisgusted by an excess of sweetness
Deja VuA feeling of already having experienced something that one is facing at the moment
DichotomyA contrast between two things totally different from each other
DisheveledDirtying a person’s clothes
EpitomeA person or a thing considered to be the most ideal
EquanimityBeing in a very calm state
EquivocateUsing a confusing way of speaking for avoiding commitment
EuphemismReplacing a harsh word by a mild word to avoid saying something unpleasant
Faux PasAn embarrassing act in a social situation
FiascoA failure which turns into humiliation
GlibA fluent but shallow way of speaking
GregariousAn adjective for being considering a fond person
HarbingerA person who announces the coming of another person
IdiosyncraticBeing peculiar or distinctive
IndelicateShowing a lack of understanding and not being delicate
InsidiousProceeding being stealthy and, but having very harmful effects of it
LuridA color which is so bright that it causes a bad effect
MachiavellianBeing cunning, mainly in the field of politics
MalingerActing to be ill just to skip out on work
MinimalistA person practicing minimalism, mainly in politics
NarcissistA person who admires themselves to a very high extent
OblivionBeing unaware of the happenings in surroundings
ParadoxA contradictory statement or theory that can be proved true by digging deep into it
Quid Pro QuoA favour granted in exchange for something

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