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Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Week 6 – Set 2

This is the PCSR sixth vocabulary reviewer.

1.) Carnal– adjective

Fleshly, sensual

“People nowadays are more interested in carnal pleasures than spiritual matters”, Fr. Julyo said during his Sunday sermon.

2.) Declivity– adjective

Downward slope or bend

The kids are having fun skiing down the declivity.

3.) Heckler – noun

Person who harasses others; someone who tries to embarrass you with gibes and questions and objectives.

Senator Cruz’s face turned red when he was interrupted by a heckler during his speech.

4.) Jostle – verb

Shove, bump into/against

When Superstar Maine’s cover was blown, she was jostled by the crowds.

5.) Mellifluous – adjective

Pleasing to the ear

The mellifluous tones of the piano put the baby to sleep.

6.) Protocol – noun

Diplomatic etiquette; code of correct conduct

We should follow safety protocols to avoid accident.

7.) Rhapsodize– verb

Speak or write about something with great enthusiasm and delight.

Kelly was so ecstatic after meeting her idol. She rhapsodized about it for weeks.

8.) Saturnine – adjective


They often call Ronald “Mr. Mysterious” because of his saturnine countenance and watchful eyes.

9.) Soliloquy – noun

Talking to oneself; monologue

Dina uses the soliloquy as a device to reveal the emotion of the character she needs to portray.

10.) Waif – noun

Homeless, orphaned

Because he was once a waif, Gino founded an orphanage to help the homeless and abandoned children.

Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Review 15

This is the PCSR 15th vocabulary reviewer.

1. Abridge – verb
Shorten, diminish, curtail

Because my time was limited, I just watched the abridged version of the movie.

2. Blunder – noun
Error, careless mistake, blooper

The criminal’s blunder led to his capture.

3. Cacophonous- adjective
Discordant, loud noise

I did not sleep well last night because of the cacophonous sound upstairs.

4. Deadlock-noun
Standstill, dead end, stalemate

Because the negotiations had reached a deadlock, the team leader decided to take a recess.

5. Ensconce-verb
Settle, establish

After her retirement, the old maid ensconced on her rest house by the beach.

6. Fervent-adjective
Ardent, hot

After attending a retreat, Allison suddenly felt a fervent desire to change herself.

7. Gibe-verb
Mock, jibe, slam, taunt

The mean girls at school consistently gibed at Minna, teasing her about her old clothes.

8. Heinous-adjective
Atrocious, hatefully bad

Most of the senators voted to bring back the death penalty, but for heinous crimes only.

9. Incorrigible-adjective
not correctable

The effect of the drugs on the youth makes them incorrigible; they will just keep on justifying their wrongdoings.

10. Insipid-adjective
Lack of flavor, dull

Grandma prepared us an insipid cookie. We pretend that it was sweet so that grandma’s feelings won’t get hurt.

Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Review 10

This is the tenth 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.

The Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Review 10

1. belligerent – angry and aggressive; feeling or showing readiness to fight

Sample Sentence: I don’t like the belligerent tone of his speech.

2. convergent – tending to come together; tending to move toward one point

Sample Sentence: Most of the speakers have convergent views toward the use of contraceptives. Continue Reading

Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Review 4

This is the fourth Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Review. This review series consists of the most commonly used words in vocabulary exams both local an international.   I have simplified their meanings and use them in a sentence.  Although you can memorize their meanings,  it is more effective if you use them in a sentence whenever possible and appropriate. Get a notebook and write your sentence or use the comment box below.

1. arid – with very little rain or moisture, extremely dry

In the recent climate change, in some countries, the farmers could not grown anything on the lands that had become arid. In some countries, though, it has been raining and flooding a lot.

2. conformist – a person who complies or follows tradition and usual practices (manners, religion, dress, etc).

Being a conformist is good most of the time. But sometimes you must learn how to take risks.   Continue Reading