Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Review 9

This is the ninth part of the Civil Service Vocabulary Review series of Ph Civil Service Reviewer. In this series, we discuss the words that commonly appear in English vocabulary examinations. The other parts of this series can be found in this blog’s English page.

Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Review 9

1. affliction – state of pain, distress, or grief

Sample Sentence: We must not abandon our brothers and sisters in the time of their affliction.

2. cajole – to persuade someone to do something or to give you something by making promises or saying nice things

Sample Sentence: Anna, the favorite daughter in the family, cajoled her father to buy her a new computer.

3. drought – a long period of dry weather

Sample Sentence: Many crops were damaged because of the 5-month drought.

4. dumbfounded – so shocked that you cannot speech

Sample Sentence: Maria was dumbfounded when her boyfriend proposed to her in front of so many people.

5. extol – to praise highly

Sample Sentence: His first movie was extolled by critics for its profound originality and musical scoring.

6. illicit – not legally authorized; not allowed

Sample: A teacher and student relationship in the same school is an illicit affair. -_-

7. harangue – a scolding or a long verbal attack; a long and passionate speech

Sample Sentence: He delivered his speech in a harangue: full of passion, vehemence, and discourse.

8.  reverberate – to continue in a series of repeated sounds

Sample Sentence: The sound of his voice reverberates across the room.

9. succumb – to give away to a superior force; to yield to disease, or wounds (die)

Sample Sentence: After 3 years of suffering, she finally succumbed to cancer.

10.  vehement – strongly emotional, passionate, zealous

Sample Sentence: Despite the vehement protest of the employees, the company did not give in to increasing their salary or other benefits.

That’s all for now, I hope you have learned something. If you have any questions, just use the comment box below.

References: Your Dictionary, Merriam Webster, Cambridge Dictionary Online

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