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This TOEFL writing vocabulary is basically selected for writing test. The short list of 300 words is organized in 6 groups to let spelling practice flexible. Test takers had better try to spell these words rather than just know them. AS we know, spelling skill is the foundation of writing. If you cannot spell an enough TOEFL writing vocabulary in right and fast, you probably cannot express your idea in writing, and examiners may misunderstand your word or even sentence. In such case, you will lose chance to have a good mark in writing test. So to build a writing vocabulary is prerequisite to succeed in TOEFL writing test. If you have this list, it will be an important asset in your TOEFL writing test. In fact, this is the most popular word list in this web site, simple and useful, not only for writing test, but also for other tests: reading, speaking, and listening.


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arbiter: Read
/'ɑrbɪtə(r)/ n. Syn. judge
person with power to decide a dispute; judge
As an arbiter in labor disputes, she has won the confidence of the workers and the employers.

archetype: Read
/'ɑrkɪtaɪp/ n. Syn. prototype
prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned
The Brooklyn Bridge was the archetype of the many spans that now connect Manhattan with Long Island and New Jersey.

arid: Read
/'ærɪd/ a. Syn. dry; barren
dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants
The cactus has adapted to survive in an arid environment.

aristocracy: Read
/ærɪs'tɒkrəsɪ/ n.
hereditary nobility; privileged class
Americans have mixed feelings about hereditary aristocracy.

articulate: Read
/ɑr'tɪkjʊlət/ a. Syn. effective; distinct
expressing oneself easily in clear and effective language
Her articulate presentation of the advertising campaign impressed her employers.

ascetic: Read
/ə'sɛtɪk/ a. Syn. austere; severe
leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
The wealthy, self-indulgent young man felt oddly drawn to the strict, ascetic life led by members of some monastic orders.

assiduous: Read
/ə'sɪdjʊəs/;/ə'sɪdʒʊəs/ a. Syn. diligent; persistent
constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
He was assiduous, working at this task for weeks before he felt satisfied with his results.

asylum: Read
/ə'saɪləm/ n. Syn. protection
place of refuge or shelter; protection
The refugees sought asylum from religious persecution in a new land.

atheist: Read
/'eɪθiɪst/ n. Syn. nonbeliever
nonbeliever; one who denies the existence of god
The view that children are born atheist is relatively recent.

attribute: Read
/ə'trɪbju:t/ n. Syn. trait
essential quality; reputation; honor
His outstanding attribute was his kindness.

augment: Read
/ɔ:g'mɛnt/ v. Syn. increase
make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity
Armies augment their forces by calling up reinforcements.

auspicious: Read
/ɔ:'spɪʃəs/ a. Syn. propitious
attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous
With favorable weather conditions, it was an auspicious moment to set sail.

authentic: Read
/ɜr'θɛntɪk/ a. Syn. genuine; real; valid; trustworthy
not counterfeit or copied; valid; trustworthy
It is authentic, genuine, and a true and correct copy of the original.

autocratic: Read
/ɔtə'krætɪk/ a. Syn. dictatorial
having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial
Someone accustomed to exercising authority may become autocratic if his or her power is unchecked.

avarice: Read
/'ævərɪs/ n.
greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
King Midas is a perfect example of avarice, for he was so greedy that he wished everything he touched would turn to gold.

awry: Read
/ə'raɪ/ ad. Syn. distorted; crooked ; askew; amiss
in a position that is turned toward one side; away from correct course
He held his head awry, giving the impression that he had caught cold in his neck during the night.

banal: Read
/bə'nɑrl/;/'beɪnl/ a. Syn. dull; commonplace; trite
obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
The writer made his comic sketch seem banal, only a few people liked it.

bane: Read
/beɪn/ n. Syn. curse
something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin
Lucy's little brother was the bane of her existence: his attempts to make her life miserable worked so well that she could have poisoned him.

banter: Read
/'bæntə(r)/ n.
good-humored, playful conversation
You bring good diversity to the BombCast because your opinions are varied and present a good contrast to what can sometimes be predictable banter from the guys.

baton: Read
/'bæt(ə)n/;/bə'tɒn/ n.
staff or truncheon for various purposes, as one of a conductor in musical performances, one transferred by runners in a relay race
What's the textbook way to handoff the baton in the relays?

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abdicate  Read
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make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity
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blast; prevent the growth and fertility of; destroy the happiness of; ruin; frustrate
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give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim
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similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity
abrogate  Read
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make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity
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generous in providing aid to others; charitable
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abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
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warn; counsel someone against something to be avoided
acrimonious  Read
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having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial
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warn; counsel someone against something to be avoided
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bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner
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feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
adverse  Read
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in opposing direction; harmful or unfavorable; acting or serving to oppose
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place of refuge or shelter; protection
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blast; prevent the growth and fertility of; destroy the happiness of; ruin; frustrate
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abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
adversity  Read
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likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand
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state of misfortune, hardship, or affliction; misfortune
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abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
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in opposing direction; harmful or unfavorable; acting or serving to oppose
alacrity  Read
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cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
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in opposing direction; harmful or unfavorable; acting or serving to oppose
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staff or truncheon for various purposes, as one of a conductor in musical performances, one transferred by runners in a relay race
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give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim
allude  Read
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refer casually or indirectly, or by suggestion
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greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
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give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim
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blast; prevent the growth and fertility of; destroy the happiness of; ruin; frustrate
animus  Read
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likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand
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feeling of enmity or ill will; attitude that informs one's actions; disposition
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one who makes a practice of amusing others by low tricks, antic gestures; droll; mimic; clown
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constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
anthology  Read
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warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; showing or having impulse to be combative
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book of literary selections by various authors
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attract with something desirable; be highly, often subtly attractive
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in opposing direction; harmful or unfavorable; acting or serving to oppose
assiduous  Read
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mental keenness; quickness of perception
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constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
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expression of warm approval; praise
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settlement or compromise of conflicting opinions; written agreement between two states
 300 TOEFL Writing Vocabulary - SpellMore Exercises Show Exercise 
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/æb'sti:mɪəs/ a. Syn. temperate
sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate
Concerned whether her vegetarian son's [___] diet provided him with sufficient protein, the worried mother pressed food on him.


Spelling Word: abstemious
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/ækə'dɛmɪk/ a. Syn. scholarly; collegiate; theoretical
related to school; not practical or directly useful; relating to scholarly organization; based on formal education
The dean's talk about reforming the college admissions system was only an [___] discussion.


Spelling Word: academic
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/'ækəleɪd/ n. Syn. praise
award of merit; expression of approval; praise
In Hollywood, an "Oscar" is the highest [___].


Spelling Word: accolade
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/'ækjʊmɛn, ə'kju:mɛn/ n. Syn. acuteness; insight
mental keenness; quickness of perception
However, her team's political [___] is clearly beyond mine, an Ivy League Medical Science Professor and NOT a Political "Science" Professor.


Spelling Word: acumen
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/əd'mɒnɪʃ/ v. Syn. warn; reprove
warn; counsel someone against something to be avoided
I would again [___] the reader carefully to consider the nature of our doctrine.


Spelling Word: admonish
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/'əgrɛsɪv/ a.
making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly
During his tenure in Beijing, Huntsman was known as an [___] advocate for human rights and pushed to expand U.S. economic ties with China.


Spelling Word: aggressive
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/'æptɪtju:d/;/'æptɪtud/ n. Syn. intelligence; talent
inherent ability; quickness in learning and understanding
The counselor gave him an [___] test before advising him about the career he should follow.


Spelling Word: aptitude
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/ærɪs'tɒkrəsɪ/ n.
hereditary nobility; privileged class
Americans have mixed feelings about hereditary [___].


Spelling Word: aristocracy
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/ɑr'tɪkjʊlət/ a. Syn. effective; distinct
expressing oneself easily in clear and effective language
Her [___] presentation of the advertising campaign impressed her employers.


Spelling Word: articulate
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/ə'saɪləm/ n. Syn. protection
place of refuge or shelter; protection
The refugees sought [___] from religious persecution in a new land.


Spelling Word: asylum