Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Review 7

By | February 10, 2014

This is the seventh 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 7

1. diligent – hardworking; constant in effort to accomplish something

Sample Sentence: That student is very diligent. He always submits his homework on time and does extra work.

2. emulate – to try to equal or excel; to surpass

Sample Sentence: Many tenor singers nowadays are trying to emulate Pavarotti, but I think we only have one Pavarotti in this generation.

3. haughty – proud, snobbish, arrogant

Sample Sentence: His haughty attitude makes everyone hate him.

4. incompatible – not to be able to exist together without conflict; not able to be used together

Sample Sentences

  • Many stories tells how incompatible a prince and a pauper, but who cares about status anyway.
  • This plug is incompatible with the socket. Kindly buy another one.

5. novice – a person who has just started doing something

Sample Sentence: For novice boxers, head gears are needed.

6. orator – an eloquent public speaker; a person who can make speeches and is very good in making them

Sample Sentence: Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the greatest orators of his time.

7. prosperity – the condition of being successful especially financially

Sample Sentence: “I wish you good luck, happiness, and prosperity in your newfound life.”

8. resilient – recovering readily from illness, depression, etc.

Sample Sentence: He was resilient enough to cope up with the tragedy that happened to his family.

9. submissive – obedient

Sample Sentence: During the feudal times in Japan, the women were expected to be totally submissive to their husband.

10.  substantiate – to establish proof or complete evidence

Sample Sentence: There were many allegations of corruption against him, but no one was able to substantiate their claims.

That’s all for now, see you in the next vocabulary review.

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