This is the eleventh 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.
Vocabulary Review for the Civil Service Exam
1. appease – to ease, to calm, to satisfy
To appease the angry passengers due to a 5-hour flight delay, the airline gave them free meals.
2. coerce – to force someone to do something by threat, intimidation, or authority
He was just coerced to sign the document, so the court did not honor the document as evidence.
3. confidante – somebody entrusted with secrets
Jean is my only confidante. She is the only one who understands my problems.
4. demure – shy, modest, reserved
She was not chosen by the panel because she was so demure during the interview. She didn’t look confident.
5. erudite – characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly
After one audience asked an interesting question, the speaker gave a 10-minute erudite lecture about it.
6. fabricate – to make or build; to fake or forge
The parts of many products are fabricated in first world countries but they are usually assembled in developing countries.
They try to fabricate a story in order to sell their magazine.
7. jubilant – showing great happiness, joy, or triumph
The jubilant coach ran around and shout loudly after his team won the championship game.
8. nadir – lowest point, point of greatest adversity or despair
The nadir of his career was the time when he was caught having an affair with his cousin.
9. parody – a piece of writing, music, etc. that imitates someone else in a funny or an amusing way
The students made a parody of how their teacher teach in a play.
10. vex – to annoy or irritate
My boyfriend keep on vexing me about getting married. I’m too young for that!