|Backpedal: Modify one's opinion, make it less strong
|Politicians generally find it hard to backpedal on their publicly stated positions.
|Compound: Add or increase
|Strong winds compounded the difficulties of the fire-fighters.
|Caustic: Harsh or corrosive in tone
|He heaped caustic comments on his opponents.
|Voracious: Very Greedy
|Ram is a voracious shopkeeper who over-charges all his clients.
|Indiscriminate: Not making or based on careful distinctions
|The indiscriminate marking by the teacher led to the failure of a number of students.
|Eminent: Of high rank or importance
|Some eminent members of the society helped in rehabilitating the slum-dwellers in the city.
|Matron: Supervisor or monitor
|The hospital matron was very strict with the new nurses.
|It is a strange paradox that standing is more tiring than walking ,
|The priest lived in an idyllic realm of contentment and self-indulgence.
|Throng: A large gathering of people
|The crowds thronged the stadium of the rock concert.
|Accost: Speak to someone
|He was accosted in the street by four men.
|Plethora: Extreme excess
|There was a plethora of toys in Santa’s bag.
|Felon: Someone who has committed a crime.
|As a convicted felon he was sent to prison.
|Fabricate: Make up something artificial or untrue
|He fabricated a lie to save his life.
|Gesticulate: Show, express or direct through movement
|He gesticulated to call them near.
|Vigilant: Carefully observant or attentive.
|It was difficult to escape the vigilant eye of the town watch.
|Avid: Ardently or excessively desirous
|She was an avid reader of literary books.
|This condiment will enhance the flavour of the meal.
|Jostle: To come in rough contact while moving; push and shove
|The passengers jostled each other in the overcrowded train.
|Steeped: To soak in liquid/devote oneself fully
|The peach blossoms were soaked in oil to be able to take out their fragrance.
|Replete: Fill to satisfaction
|The cricket match was replete with excitement and great plays.
|Abound: In large quantities
|In spring, the gardens abound with flowers.
|Only an automaton wouldn’t have noticed the hectic activity on the busy street.
|Annals: Chronological records
|The king is mentioned several times in annals of the period of his rule.
|Perceive: To become conscious of something
|She finally managed to perceive the truth.
|Laconic: Brief and to the point
|Whenever you ask him a tricky question, he gives a laconic reply.
|Reticent: Cool and formal in manner
|The students were very reticent to discuss their work.
|Hapless: Deserving or inciting pity
|The poor became hapless victims of a ruthless society.
|Irate: Feeling or showing extreme anger
|Irate protesters came onto the streets against corruption.
|Prognosticate: To portend
|The latest date of urban renewal prognosticates a social and cultural renaissance.
|Badger: Annoy persistently
|The beggar badgered the tourists constantly till they gave him some money.
|The victim implored the tribunal to have mercy.
|Drudgery: Hard, menial work
|The loss of a maid added to the drudgery of the housekeeper.
|Interminable: Tiresomely long
|The interminable sermon almost put the congregation to sleep.
|Intrepid: Invulnerable to fear
|All super heroes are intrepid people.
|Furtive: Secret and sly or sordid
|He was a young man with furtive eyes.
|Pretext: Something serving to conceal plans
|Under the pretext of friendship, he betrayed them.
|Adroit: Quick or skilful
|He is an adroit negotiator when it comes to cracking business deals.
|Cajole: To persuade by flattery or urging
|He cajoled her into going along with him to the movies.
|Reprimand: Rebuke formally
|The customer rebuked the waiter for bringing cold soup.