Just Vocabulary | ESL Podcast for learning SAT and GRE vocabulary

Just Vocabulary | ESL Podcast for learning SAT and GRE vocabulary

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Just Vocabulary is a daily 5 minute (audio) podcast aimed at growing your English vocabulary. The JustVocabulary podcast is a daily ESL (English as a Second Language) podcast for learners at an intermediate to advanced level from all around the world. The


JV663 (insolvent and lucid)
Sep 18 • 4 min
Insolvent (adjective) Definition: Unable to pay off debts–bankrupt Insolvent is derived from the Latin in solventem, which means “not paying.” Insolvent denotes the inability to pay off debts. The noun insolvency refers to a lack…
JV662 (cower and cornucopia)
Sep 17 • 4 min
Cower (verb ) Definition: To shrink away in fear. To cower implies that fear roots you to the spot where you stand, and also that you are shivering or trembling with fear and have shrunk…
JV661 (arbitrary and durable)
Sep 16 • 4 min
Arbitrary (adjective) Definition: 1.based on individual discretion and preference; 2. chosen or determined at random; 
3. in law, based on the decision of a particular judge or court rather than accordance with any rule or…
JV660 (Larceny and Garbled)
Sep 13 • 4 min
Larceny (noun) Definition: the act of stealing someone’s property. Larceny is generally used as a legal charge for stealing. Most states break the charge into degrees of larceny that range from petty to grand. Example…
JV659 (Connote and Solemn)
Sep 12 • 5 min
Connote (verb) Definition: 1. to imply something additional to the literal meaning of something; 2. to imply a condition or consequence When ideas are connoted, they are not directly stated, but rather implied. Some words…
JV658 (Demise and Synchronize)
Sep 11 • 4 min
Demise (noun) Definition: 1. death; 2. the end of something. Demise is used formally or in archaic usage to mean “the death of a person.” It is also used to mean the end or complete…
JV657 (Epitaph and Valid)
Sep 10 • 4 min
Epitaph (noun) Definition: a memorial speech, poem, or short bit of writing about someone who has passed away, most often written on a tombstone. An epitaph is written usually shortly after someone dies to commemorate…
JV656 (Diminutive and Analogous)
Sep 9 • 4 min
Diminutive (adjective) Definition: Very small. Diminutive means small. A diminutive person is short and small. A diminutive word is a “cute” version of a word or name: for example, “duckling” is a diminutive of “duck”,…
JV655 (Fortitude and Embarkation)
Sep 6 • 4 min
Fortitude (noun) Definition: strength, courage, and determination during difficult circumstances. Someone who faces challenges with fortitude, does so with strength and determination to overcome his difficulties. Example Sentences: – The investors sold…
JV654 (Altruistic and Angular)
Sep 5 • 4 min
Altruistic (adjective) Definition: Showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others. When you are altruistic, you are giving to other people–you are committing a selfless act. The noun altruism is the act of kindness or…
JV653 (Bereft and Nonplussed)
Sep 4 • 4 min
Bereft (adjective) Definition: 1. deprived of something cared for or about; 2. without something necessary or desirable; 3. feeling loss. The difference between the adjectives bereft and its synonym bereaved is that the latter usually…
JV652 (Buttress and Ratify)
Sep 3 • 5 min
Buttress (noun, verb) Definition: (n.) 1. something that gives support; 2. a support, usually made of stone or brick, which supports a building; (v.) to support or reinforce something. Buttress can be used in the…
JV651 (Curriculum and Forbear)
Sep 2 • 4 min
Curriculum (noun) Definition: the courses taught at an educational institution, or the details taught in a particular subject. Curricular is the related adjective and relates to academic study. Example Sentences: – It is necessary these…
JV650 (Constrict and Neologism)
Aug 30 • 4 min
Constrict (verb) Definition: 1. to draw together or become tight; 2. to limit the natural course of something; 3. to restrict the range and freedom of something. Similar to constrain, to constrict is “to tighten…
JV649 (Idiosyncrasy and Alienate)
Aug 29 • 4 min
Idiosyncrasy (noun) Definition: a peculiar way of behaving or thinking that is particular to an individual or group. A person’s idiosyncrasy is a peculiar quirk or habit that makes someone unique. Example Sentences: – Steve…
JV648 (Adverse and Attribute)
Aug 28 • 4 min
Adverse (adjective) Definition: 1. characterized by opposition; 2. contrary to one’s interests or welfare; 3. causing harm. Adverse is derived from the Latin adversus, “turned against or hostile.” One may encounter adverse conditions either in…
JV647 (Dossier and Unprecedented)
Aug 27 • 4 min
Dossier (noun) Definition: A file of documents or records pertaining to a particular person or topic. Dossier comes from the French word meaning “bundle of papers.” You will often hear the word dossier used in…
JV646 (Disabuse and Incur)
Aug 26 • 4 min
Disabuse (verb) Definition: To correct someone’s error, fallacy, or misconception. Disabuse comes from the 17th-century French word desabuser, “to correct someone.” It carried an archaic meaning of “abuse” (a delusion), so that it meant “to…
JV645 (Pertinent and Pious)
Aug 23 • 4 min
Pertinent (adjective) Definition: relevant to the matter at hand. The opposite of pertinent is NOT impertinent, but irrelevant. Impertinent means “rude,” while irrelevant means “unrelated.” Pertinent is slightly more descriptive than relevant, as…
JV644 (Reprehensible and Arrears)
Aug 22 • 4 min
Reprehensible (adjective) Definition: describes deplorable, highly unacceptable action, deserving severe rebuke. Reprehensible is a very strong word and is used to describe actions that are despicable and condemnable. A reprehensible act is one that,…
JV643 (Contumacious and Biased)
Aug 21 • 4 min
Contumacious (adjective) Definition: openly insubordinate and willfully obstinate–exhibiting stubborn rebelliousness. In law, contumacious conduct refers to disobeying a court of law and refusing to appear in court or deliberately disobeying a court…
JV642 (Flourish and Inextricable)
Aug 20 • 4 min
Flourish (verb) Definition: 1. to grow in strength; 2. to grow in wealth; 3. to thrive and be healthy; 4. to move back and forth in a swinging motion Example Sentences: – My garden flourished…
JV641 (Agog and Prompting)
Aug 19 • 4 min
Agog (adjective) Definition: Extremely excited or eager about something. Agog is a more complicated (and somewhat old-fashioned) way of saying “excited,” “eager,” or “enthusiastic.” This word is not commonly used, but is commonly tested on…
JV640 (Profusion and Impending)
Aug 16 • 3 min
Profusion (noun) Definition: 1. a lavish or extravagant amount; 2. large quantity of something. The adjective form of profusion is profuse, which describes anything overflowing or copious. The adverb is profusely. You have probably heard…
JV639 (Fixate and Curtail)
Aug 15 • 4 min
Fixate (verb) Definition: 1. to obsess or be preoccupied with something; 2. to focus or concentrate on something; 3. to center, secure, or stabilize something Example Sentences: – Vincent Van Gogh would fixate exclusively on…
JV638 (Soloist and Calamity)
Aug 14 • 4 min
Soloist (noun) Definition: a performer, especially a musician, who performs alone Example Sentences: – Yo Yo Ma is a cello soloist, and last night he delivered an impassioned performance – Robbie Williams decided to pursue…
JV637 (Desecrate and Predicate)
Aug 13 • 4 min
Desecrate (verb) Definition: to insult or damage something sacred, Desecrate originated in the 17th century, from de and consecrate, literally, “to make unholy.” Something may be desecrated by speech or action. Example Sentences: – When…
JV636 (Malevolence and Divert)
Aug 12 • 4 min
Malevolence (noun) Definition: 1. the desire to harm someone; 2. bitterness, hatred, or ill will. Malevolence comes from the Latin male, “evil” and volence, “to wish.” Thus, both the noun malevolence and its adjective form,…
JV635 (Sully and Abstract)
Aug 9 • 4 min
Sully (adjective) Definition: dirty or tarnished, especially said of a reputation Example Sentences: – Margie closed her bank account with the large German bank because it had a sullied reputation. – Anthony’s career in politics…
JV634 (Adulation and Temperament)
Aug 8 • 4 min
Adulation (noun) Definition: excessive flattery or admiration. Adulation is praise that is often overdone or excessive. Adulation is similar to flattery. While adulation is excessive praise, flattery is praise used to influence someone or to…
JV633 (Afford and Concise)
Aug 7 • 4 min
Afford (verb) Definition: 1. to be able to spare or give up; 2. to be the cause or source of something; 3. to be able to buy or do something because the resources are available…
JV632 (Convene and Turpitude)
Aug 6 • 3 min
Convene (verb) Definition: 1. to arrange (a group of people); 2. to assemble; 3. to meet formally Example Sentences: – During the financial collapse, the FED convened in an emergency meeting. – Boris Johnson is convening his…
JV631 (Proliferate and Soporific)
Aug 5 • 4 min
Proliferate (verb) Definition: 1. to increase greatly in number; 2. to reproduce rapidly Example Sentences: – Virtual currencies are not going away and they will proliferate to every economy and every part of the planet….
JV630 (Dictate and Egalitarian)
Aug 2 • 4 min
Dictate (verb, noun) Definition: (v.) 1. to give orders or demands with authority; 2. to speak into a tape recorder for later transcription of the text or to speak text to somebody writing it down;…
JV629 (Bask and Cursory)
Aug 1 • 4 min
Bask (verb) Definition: 1. to expose yourself to the warmth of the sun; 2. to derive pleasure and enjoyment from something. To bask in something is to take it in, receive its warmth, or bathe in its…
JV628 (Cabal and Exposition)
Jul 31 • 5 min
Cabal (noun, verb) Definition: (n.) 1. a group of people secretly conspiring against something, especially political; 2. a plot by conspirators; (v.) to enter into a conspiracy with others Example Sentences: – The new and…
JV627 (Urbane and Poignant)
Jul 30 • 4 min
Urbane (adjective) Definition: showing sophistication and refinement, especially due to extensive travel and wide social experience. Urbane people are sophisticated, polished, cultured, refined. Example Sentences: – Brett is an urbane gentleman who was…
JV626 (Decry and Impolitic)
Jul 29 • 4 min
Decry (verb) Definition: to openly criticize something or someone, When you decry something, you simultaneously condemn it and discredit it, a formal act. Example Sentences: – The ministry of health has released a statement which decries crowded…
JV625 (Qualm and Destitute)
Jul 26 • 4 min
Qualm (noun) Definition: a feeling of doubt or uneasiness about something, A qualm is a feeling of uneasiness, or a sense that something you’re doing is wrong. Example Sentences: – My mother was anxious at first, but…
JV624 (Commuter and Coagulate)
Jul 25 • 4 min
Commuter (noun) Definition: 1. person who travels from home to work regularly, usually between a suburb and a city; 2. an inter-city airplane flying short distances to serve remote communities Example Sentences: – Traffic jams…
JV623 (Tentative and Distinguish)
Jul 24 • 4 min
Tentative (adjective) Definition: 1. unsure, hesitant, or showing a lack of confidence; 2. not finalized, not fully worked out Example Sentences: – AOL and Time Warner signed a tentative agreement until further details of the…
JV622 (Vestige and Merger)
Jul 23 • 4 min
Vestige (noun) Definition: the remains or a trace of something that was there, but no longer exists Example Sentences: – The appendix is a vestige that no longer serves a purpose in the human body….
JV621 (Abide and Replica)
Jul 22 • 4 min
Abide (verb) Definition: 1. to tolerate (often used in the negative); 2. to last for a long time; 3. to live or reside; 4. to accept something or to follow something such as a rule…
JV620 (Circuitous and Inoculate)
Jul 19 • 4 min
Circuitous (adjective) Definition: 1. describes indirect, unclear speech or behavior; 2. having a circular, indirect course Example Sentences: – The CEO’s circuitous explanation of our solution was totally confusing and did not convince the client….
JV619 (Compulsion and Catalyst)
Jul 18 • 3 min
Compulsion (noun) Definition: 1. a force that makes somebody do something; 2. a strong urge to do or say something; 3. an irrational motive for doing something against one’s will Example Sentences: – Frank had…
JV618 (Forge and Transpire)
Jul 17 • 4 min
Forge (verb) Definition: 1. to falsify and make a copy with the intent to deceive; 2. to form or bring into being especially by an expenditure of effort; 
3. to move ahead steadily and with…
JV617 (Dexterous and Slander)
Jul 16 • 4 min
Dexterous (Adjective) Definition: physically quick and skilful. Adroit, deft, and adept are all synonymous with dexterous. These words, however, do not have as strong of a noun form as dexterous with dexterity. Dexterity is a…
JV616 (Sententious and Abscond)
Jul 15 • 4 min
Sententious (adjective) Definition: 1. tending to use too many maxims; 2. given to moralizing; 3. concise, but full of meaning Example Sentences: – Lisa’s boss welcomed her sententious comments, which were succinct and to the…
JV615 (Fruition and Superficial)
Jul 12 • 4 min
Fruition (noun) Definition: 1. a state or point in which something has come to maturity or had a desired outcome; 2. the enjoyment of a desired outcome when it happens Example Sentences: – If Elon…
JV614 (Cognate and Allot)
Jul 11 • 4 min
Cognate (adjective, noun) Definition: (adj.) 1. allied by blood–having a common ancestor or parentage; 2. in language, having the same root or origin; (n.) words that have the same root or languages that are genetically…
JV613 (Accountability and Pro-Forma)
Jul 10 • 4 min
Accountability (noun) Definition: 1. responsibility to someone or something; 2. liability or answerability for something Example Sentences: – We don’t have enough accountability at the big banks; no one wants to take responsibility for bad…
JV612 (Remuneration and Credulity)
Jul 9 • 3 min
Remuneration (noun) Definition: 1. payment or compensation for services rendered or losses sustained; 2. the act of paying or compensating someone Example Sentences: – The Labour Union is not asking for a lot; they just…
JV611 (Curt and Ogle)
Jul 8 • 3 min
Curt (adjective) Definition: Spoken shortly and often rudely–terse. It’s similar to the words brief and concise, but those words usually have a positive connotation. curt means “short” in a negative, often impolite, way. Example Sentences:…
JV610 (Factor and Onus)
Jul 5 • 4 min
Factor (noun, verb) Definition: (n.) 1. an element contributing to the result of something; 2. a mathematical quantity multiplied with other numbers, or the amount by which something is multiplied; 3. a person or organization…
JV609 (Weary and Impunity)
Jul 4 • 4 min
Weary (adjective) Definition: (adj.) tired and out of energy; (v.) 1. to get tired of something or someone; 2. to make somebody tired or impatient. When you are weary, you are worn out; there has…
JV608 (Defray and Affiliate)
Jul 3 • 4 min
Defray (verb) Definition: 1. to offset costs or bear an expense; 2. to pay some or all of an expense Example Sentences: – We should be able to defray some of our expenses through money…
JV607 (Usury and Discretionary)
Jul 2 • 4 min
Usury (noun) Definition: 1. the act of lending money while charging the borrower a terribly large or illegally high amount of interest; 2. excessive interest on a loan. Usury originally referred to money lent with…
JV606 (Collateral and Harrowing)
Jul 1 • 4 min
Collateral (noun, adjective) Definition: (n.) 1. a security pledged for the repayment of a loan; 2. accompaniment to something else (as in: collateral damage); Example Sentences: -This brochure is one of the best collateral pieces…
JV605 (Nemesis & Espouse)
Jun 28 • 4 min
Nemesis (noun) Definition: 1. an arch rival, especially one who seems incapable of being overcome or beaten; 2. something that harms or interferes with something else, especially good intentions; 3. a just punishment that results…
JV604 (Inordinate & Propriety)
Jun 27 • 3 min
Inordinate (adjective) Definition: more than what is considered a normal amount Example Sentences: – Joanne was excited about the prom, she spent an inordinate amount of time picking out a dress. – The flight was…
JV603 (Defame & Tenuous)
Jun 26 • 4 min
Defame (verb) Definition: to attack or harm someone’s reputation with slander or libel Example Sentences: – The president did not respond via Twitter to the article about him; instead he hired a lawyer to sue…
JV602 (Euphony & Ecstatic)
Jun 25 • 4 min
Euphony (noun) Definition: a pleasant, harmonious quality of sound formed when words are combined to create smooth enunciation of letters and syllables Example Sentences: – To some people, opera is a euphony; to others rap…
JV601 (Thrive & Assess)
Jun 24 • 4 min
Thrive (verb) Definition: 1. to grow strong; 2. to do well and achieve success Example Sentences: – I don’t think I can thrive at a huge university, so I’ve chosen to go to a small…
JV600 (Proclivity & Tenable)
Jun 21 • 4 min
Proclivity (noun) Definition: a natural inclination or tendency to behave in a certain way, often objectionable or immoral
noun (pl. proclivities) a tendency to do or choose something regularly; an inclination or predisposition. Example Sentences: –…