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Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Review 17

This is the PCSR 17th vocabulary reviewer.

1. Scurrilous – Adjective
Scandalous, defamatory, libelous, offensive

Example: Once you enter the world of the show business, you should be ready to face the scurrilous attacks of your bashers.

2. Ebullient – Adjective
Showing excitement; cheerful and full of energy

Example: The host’s ebullient nature is contagious.

3. Primp – Verb
Groom oneself with care; tidy; spend time making minor adjustments to (one’s hair, makeup)

Example: The groom stood by nervously while his bride-to-be primped one last time before the mirror.

4. Expedite – Verb
Hasten; hurry; accelerate

Example: The client requested to expedite the delivery due to her tight schedule.

5. Affluence – Noun
Abundance; wealth

Example: The philanthropist uses his affluence to help people in need.

6. Consort – Noun
Husband or wife; or companion

Example: The search for a consort for the debutant ended happily.

7. Flout – Verb
Defy; break; disobey

Example: The protesters flouted all authority.

8. Gawk – Verb
Stare foolishly; look in open-mouthed awe

Example: Ruben gawked at Sally as she walked down the stairs.

9. Haggle – Verb
Argue about the price; negotiate; bargain

Example: Although Gina is quite wealthy, she will haggle to save a peso.

10. Hoard – Verb
Stockpile; accumulate for future use; stock; store

Example: Whenever there are rumors of food shortage, many people are tempted to hoard food.

That’s all.

Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Week 9 – Set 2

This is the PCSR ninth vocabulary reviewer.

1.) Venerate – verb

Regard with feelings of respect and reverence; revere

After his beatification on March 2005, Pedro Calungsod is now venerated as a saint.

2.) Adumbrate – verb

To report or represent in an outline

The employees got excited after their supervisor adumbrated the

3.) Agglomerate – verb

A jumbled collection or mass; to pile or heap together

Nicole Hyala has an agglomeration of Hello Kitty stuff.

4.) Languid – adjective

Weak or faint from illness or fatigue; lacking spirit or liveliness

The heat makes me languid and dizzy.

5.) Votary – noun

One bound by vows to a religion or life of worship or service

A group of votaries organized a concert prayer.

6.) Terminus – noun

The final point or goal; end point

Taft Station is the terminus of MRT Line 1 when you’re from North Avenue.

7.) Somnolent – adjective

Sleepy; inclined to or marked by drowsiness

The piano sound had a somnolent effect to the baby.

8.) Valorous – adjective

Valiant; courageous; brave

Chief Angeles was promoted for his valorous action that prevented the robbery.

9.) Sumptuous – adjective

Splendid and expensive-looking; costly; lavish

“I’ll marry a prince someday and I will live in a huge palace!”, says the child after watching a fairy tale.

10.) Shriek – noun

Sharp piercing cry caused by agony or terror

The baby shriek as the nurse gave him a vaccination.

Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Week 8 – Set 2

This is the PCSR eighth vocabulary reviewer.

1.) Saunter – verb

Stroll slowly; walk leisurely

The newly-weds sauntered by the beach while enjoying the sunset.

2.) Acquiesce – verb

To agree or express agreement; to accept something without protest; to comply; submit

The employees acquiesce to the new policies.

3.) Defame – verb

To slander or libel

Miguel sue Arnold for defaming him.

4.) Contingency – noun

A possible event

Because of the bad weather, we were advised to be prepared for all possible contingencies.

5.) Emblem – noun

A symbol; special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.

During Holy week, we abstain from eating meat as an emblem of our sacrifice.

6.) Castigate – verb

To punish; reprimand severely

Mang Pedro castigated his son for stealing.

7.) Exigent – adjective

Urgent; demanding attention

The exigent demand of the situation leave me no choice but to agree with the majority.

8.) Virile – adjective

Masculine; manly

Robert’s deep virile voice on the phone sounds scary.

9.) Trivial – adjective

Of little importance or value

Today’s preaching was about focusing our eyes on riches in heavens, not on the trivial things here on earth.

10.) Umbrage – noun

Feeling of anger caused by being offended; offense or annoyance

He took umbrage at my remarks.

Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Week 7 – Set 2

This is the PCSR seventh vocabulary reviewer.

1.) Adamant– adjective

Hard; inflexible

Romy’s statement “My love for you is as adamant as Wolverine’s claws” made his friends tease him.

2.) Composure – noun

Statement of mind under stress

The rookie accepted all the challenges with composure.

3.) Embellish – verb

Adorn; beautify; decorate

Beads and sequences embellished the Reyna Elena’s gown.

4.) Genealogy – noun

Record of descent; lineage

I had fun using the new G-app or Genealogy App that shows your celebrity genealogy.

5.) Irksome – adjective

Boring; dull

I find the movie “The Beguiled” irksome because of the slow flow of the story.

6.) Nauseate – verb

Cause to become sick; fill with disgust; sicken

Malou’s sense of smell is very sensitive since she’s pregnant. Anything that has odor nauseates her.

7.) Parameter – noun


The police officer instructed his men to check the parameters to ensure the guests safety.

8.) Prim – adjective

Very precise and formal

Miss Minchin ordered her girls to be prim and proper on the event day.

9.) Sacrosanct – adjective

Most sacred

During the war in Marawi, the terrorists invaded the churches and destroy all the sacrosanct things inside.

10.) Scrutinize – verb

Examine closely and critically

Jessa is known for her ability to scrutinize everything to death.

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 Week 5 – Set 2

This is the PCSR fifth vocabulary reviewer.

1.) Adulation– noun

Servile flattery, exaggerated and hypocritical praise, excessive admiration and praise

The grand winner found it difficult to cope with the adulation of the fans.

2.) Bleak– adjective

Unfavorable, unpromising, black, dim

After their break-up, Mary paints a bleak picture of her future.

3.) Excoriate – verb

Censure of criticize severely, scold with biting harshness

Arman’s father furiously excoriated him after being involved in a gang war.

4.) Flux – noun

Following, series of changes

According to Lester, “Technology is in state of flux”, that’s why he cannot cope with it easily.

5.) Gourmet – noun

Connoisseur of food and drink

The culinary students were inspired to pursue their dreams after hearing the speech of a well-known gourmet.

6.) Importune – verb

Beg persistently, ask pressingly

Desperate to win the pageant, the contestant importuned her fans to vote for her.

7.) Pastiche– noun

An artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work; piece of writing or music made up of borrowed bits and pieces

Gemma’s art teacher was very disappointed after finding out that the idea she claimed to be original was a pastiche of the plays and movies she had watched.

8.) Petty – adjective

Trivial, unimportant

“We have no major complaints on this hotel’s service, only a few petty remarks that are too minor to state”, says the guest while giving her feedback.

9.) Repudiate – verb

Renounce, disown, reject

Chris disobeyed his parents and was repudiated.

10.) Salvage – verb

Rescue from loss, relieve, save

All efforts are being made to salvage the sinking ship.

Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Week 4 – Set 2

This is the PCSR fourth vocabulary reviewer.

1.) Tempestuous – adjective

Stormy, violent, wild

Their slight misunderstanding turned into a tempestuous argument.

2.) Bovine – adjective

Dull, slow

Nothing can rush Myra; she still acts in a bovine manner even in a middle of an emergency.

3.) Caulk – verb

Seal, block, waterproof

I immediately called the carpenter to caulk the tiles under the basin to prevent flooding.

4.) Sate – verb

Fill, gorge

I took a nap after getting sated.

5.) Roster – noun

List, schedule

The manager printed the roster for the month of October.

6.) Permeate – verb

Pass through, spread, diffuse through
During our Science class, we observed carefully how the water quickly permeated the sand.

7.) Gibberish – verb

Nonsense, babble, prattle

“Here I am again, listening to your gibberish argument.” Rommel said to himself while listening to his drunken friend.

8.) Incessant – adjective

Uninterrupted, non-stop

The incessant barking of the dogs disturbed the neighborhood.

9.) Combustible – adjective

Flammable, explosive

After the recent fire accident, the Fire Inspector ordered to keep all the combustible materials in a safe place.

10.) Loath – verb

Detest, opposed

PUV drivers conducted a nationwide strike to show how much they loathed the government.

Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Week 3 – Set 2

This is the PCSR third vocabulary reviewer.

1. Confound – verb

Confuse, puzzle

“Ha! No one can confound Conan! He can solve any case in a short period of time!” Billy said after watching the whole episode of Detective Conan.

2. Gall – noun

Irritation, bitterness

Lucas was filled with gall after being rejected by Annie.

3. Jaunty – adjective

Carefree, cheerful

Myrna got picked to play the role Lucy. She portrayed the scene in a jaunty style.

4. Ire – noun

Anger, rage

Jose tried his best to pacify the ire of his mother after failing on his exam.

5. Laud – verb

Praise, extol

Mrs. Gomez was lauded for her efforts to help the unfortunate children to get proper education.

6. Sinewy – adjective
Lean, firm, tough

The newly opened restaurant received negative feedbacks because their meat was sinewy to chew.

7. Retinue – noun

a group of advisers, assistants, or others accompanying an important person; attendants

Mr. President’s retinue followed him on his meeting abroad.

8. Warble – verb

Sing, babble

My 1-year-old baby is warbling while watching her favorite nursery rhyme video.

9. Scapegoat – noun

Someone who bears the blame for others

Cinderella is the scapegoat of her two wicked sisters.

10. Rubble – noun

Broken fragments, debris

After the earthquake, the rescue officers are now removing the rubble, hoping to find any survivors.