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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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belie: Read
/bɪ'laɪ/ v. Syn. contradict
contradict; give a false impression
His coarse, hard-bitten exterior does belie his inner sensitivity.

bellicose: Read
/'bɛlɪkoʊs/ a. Syn. warlike; belligerent
warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; showing or having impulse to be combative
His bellicose disposition alienated his friends.

belligerent: Read
/bɪ'lɪdʒərənt/ a. Syn. quarrelsome; aggressive
inclined or eager to fight; aggressive
Whenever he had too much to drink, he became belligerent and tried to pick fights with strangers.

benevolent: Read
/bɪ'nɛvələnt/ a. Syn. generous; charitable
generous in providing aid to others; charitable
Mr. Fezziwig was a benevolent employer, who wished to make Christmas merrier for young Scrooge and his other employees.

besmirch: Read
/bɪ'smɜrtʃ/ v.
soil, smear so as to make dirty or stained
The scandalous remarks in the newspaper besmirch the reputations of every member of the society.

biased: Read
/'baɪəs(ɪ)d/ a. Syn. slanted; prejudiced
favoring one person or side over another; prejudiced
Because the judge played golf regularly with the district attorney's father, we feared he might be biased in the prosecution's favor.

bizarre: Read
/bɪ'zɑr(r)/ a. Syn. fantastic
fantastic; violently contrasting; strangely unconventional in style or appearance
The plot of the novel was too bizarre to be believed.

bland: Read
/blænd/ a. Syn. soothing; mild; agreeable
lacking stimulating or mild; agreeable
She kept her gaze level and her expression bland, but her teeth were gritted.

blandishment: Read
/'blændɪʃmənt/ n. Syn. flattery
flattery; speech or action expressive of affection or kindness, and tending to win the heart
Despite the salesperson's blandishment, the customer did not buy the outfit.

blemish: Read
/'blɛmɪʃ/ v.
mark with deformity; injure or impair, as anything which is excellent; make defective, either the body or mind
A newspaper article alleging he had taken bribes may blemish his reputation.

blight: Read
/blaɪt/ v.
blast; prevent the growth and fertility of; destroy the happiness of; ruin; frustrate
I wish to foster, not to blight -- to earn gratitude, not to wring tears of blood -- no, nor of brine: my harvest must be in smiles, in endearments, in sweet -- That will do.

blithe: Read
/blaɪð/ a. Syn. gay; joyous; heedless
gay; joyous; carefree and lighthearted
Shelley called the skylark a "blithe spirit" because of its happy song.

bombastic: Read
/bɒm'bæstɪk/ a. Syn. pompous
pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning
The biggest military power on Earth was acting belligerent and its president was indulging in bombastic nationalistic grandstanding.

boorish: Read
/'bʊərɪʃ/ a. Syn. rude; clumsy; illiterate
rude and clumsy in behavior; ungentlemanly; awkward in manners
Natasha was embarrassed by her fellow spy's boorish behavior.

bucolic: Read
/bju:'kɒlɪk/ a. Syn. rustic; pastoral
rustic; pastoral; agricultural; relating to country affairs, or to shepherd's life and occupation
Filled with browsing cows and bleating sheep, the meadow was a charmingly bucolic sight.

buffoon: Read
/bʌ'fu:n/ n.
one who makes a practice of amusing others by low tricks, antic gestures; droll; mimic; clown
This buffoon is the most self-centered idiot I have ever seen or heard.

bulwark: Read
/'bʊlwək/ n.
earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
The navy is our principal bulwark against invasion.

bumptious: Read
/'bʌmpʃəs/ a.
offensively self-assertive; liable to give or take offense; forward; pushing
His classmates called him a show-off because of his bumptious airs.

cabal: Read
/kə'bæl/ n.
small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
The number of Republicans who support this man and his cabal is astonishing, but nothing will change the minds of that percentage.

cacophonous: Read
/kə'kɒfənəs/ a. Syn. discordant; inharmonious
discordant; inharmonious; sounding harshly; ill-sounding
Do the students in the orchestra enjoy the cacophonous sounds they make when they're tuning up? I don't know how they can stand the racket.

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 300 TOEFL Writing Vocabulary - QuizMore Quizzes Show Quiz 
accelerate  Read
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move faster; cause to develop or progress more quickly; occur sooner than expected
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sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate
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elegant or tasteful; of or concerning appreciation of beauty or good taste
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responsive to advice or suggestion; responsible to higher authority; willing to comply with; agreeable
adversary  Read
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opponent in contest; someone who offers opposition
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feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
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mark with deformity; injure or impair, as anything which is excellent; make defective, either the body or mind
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rustic; pastoral; agricultural; relating to country affairs, or to shepherd's life and occupation
aggressive  Read
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mark with deformity; injure or impair, as anything which is excellent; make defective, either the body or mind
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making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly
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lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
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book of literary selections by various authors
allay  Read
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calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve
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prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned
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person with power to decide a dispute; judge
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book of literary selections by various authors
annals  Read
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chronological record of the events of successive years
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cause to become unfriendly or hostile; transfer property or ownership; isolate or dissociate emotionally
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move faster; cause to develop or progress more quickly; occur sooner than expected
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obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
apathy  Read
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gay; joyous; carefree and lighthearted
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expression of warm approval; praise
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lack of caring; indifference
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related to school; not practical or directly useful; relating to scholarly organization; based on formal education
apprise  Read
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absence of governing body; state of disorder; political disorder and confusion
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inform; give notice to; make aware
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expressing oneself easily in clear and effective language
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one who makes a practice of amusing others by low tricks, antic gestures; droll; mimic; clown
arbiter  Read
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contradict; give a false impression
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similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity
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person with power to decide a dispute; judge
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cause to become unfriendly or hostile; transfer property or ownership; isolate or dissociate emotionally
banal  Read
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cause to become unfriendly or hostile; transfer property or ownership; isolate or dissociate emotionally
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aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage
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capable of apprehending; knowing; conscious; relating to the faculty of apprehension; sensible; feeling; perceptive
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obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
bane  Read
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related to school; not practical or directly useful; relating to scholarly organization; based on formal education
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something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin
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move faster; cause to develop or progress more quickly; occur sooner than expected
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one who makes a practice of amusing others by low tricks, antic gestures; droll; mimic; clown
 300 TOEFL Writing Vocabulary - SpellMore Exercises Show Exercise 
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/'æbdɪkeɪt/ v. Syn. renounce
give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim
When Edward VIII did [___] the British throne to marry the woman he loved, he surprised the entire world.


Spelling Word: abdicate
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/ək'sɛləreɪt/ v. Syn. speed; hasten
move faster; cause to develop or progress more quickly; occur sooner than expected
Demand for Taiwanese goods likely will [___] from the second quarter, as strong Asian demand offsets the effects of a U.S. slowdown.


Spelling Word: accelerate
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/ə'kɔ:d/ n. Syn. agreement; treaty
settlement or compromise of conflicting opinions; written agreement between two states
Although the [___] is a small step forward, politicians around the world have their work cut out for them.


Spelling Word: accord
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/ækrɪ'moʊnɪəs/ a. Syn. rancorous
bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner
The candidate attacked his opponent in highly [___] terms.


Spelling Word: acrimonious
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/ə'lækrɪtɪ/ n.
cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
Phil and Dave were raring to get off to the mountains; they packed up their ski gear and climbed into the van with [___].


Spelling Word: alacrity
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/ə'lu:ʒ(ə)n/ n. Syn. metaphor
indirect reference; symbolical reference or comparison; metaphor
Without naming names, the candidate criticized the national leaders by [___].


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


Spelling Word: assiduous
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/'eɪθiɪst/ n. Syn. nonbeliever
nonbeliever; one who denies the existence of god
The view that children are born [___] is relatively recent.


Spelling Word: atheist
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/ɔ:'spɪʃəs/ a. Syn. propitious
attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous
With favorable weather conditions, it was an [___] moment to set sail.


Spelling Word: auspicious