Advanced Vocabulary Booster #2

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On this page, you will find another dozen randomly chosen, low-frequency, high-impact vocabulary words that you can integrate into your speaking and writing. If you are preparing for the IELTS or the TOEFL exam, using these words correctly will give the examiners a good impression of the size and sophistication of your active vocabulary.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to download a PDF of these words arranged onto cards. Print them out, cut them up, and play a guessing game with friends and family. See below for instructions.

philogynist

/fill-LOJ-in-ist/

Noun

  1. A lover of women

uxorious

/uk-SO-ree-us/

Adjective

  1. Excessively devoted to one’s wife in a submissive way

eloquent

/ELL-oh-kwent/

Adjective

  1. Having power to speak vividly and appropriately
  2. Stirring or persuasive

philomath

/fill-LO-math/

Noun

  1. A lover of learning; specifically, a devotee of mathematics and science

nubile

/NOO-by-ull/

Adjective

  1. Of females: suitable for marriage
  2. Of marrying age

meretricious

/Meh-ruh-TRISH-us/

Adjective

  1. Showily attractive
  2. Of the character of a prostitute

lecher

/LECH-ur/

Noun

  1. A lewd man
  2. A man addicted to lewdness

lewd

/L(Y)OOD/

Adjective

  1. Indecent, lustful
  2. Obscene

misogynist

/miss-SOJ-in-ist/

Noun

  1. A hater of women

steatopygic

/STEE-ah-tuh-PID-jick/

Adjective

  1. Having large buttocks

misandrist

/miss-AND-rist/

Noun

  1. A hater of men

philandrist

/fill-AND-rist/

Noun

  1. A lover of men

Download and play the card game

Download and print the cards and the card backs on a double-sided sheet of paper. Cut the cards along the lines and place them in a pile facedown. In groups of 3 or 4, take turns selecting a card from the top of the pile, reading the definitions.

Player One takes a card from the pile and reads the definition and part of speech. The other players try to guess the word first. The first player to guess correctly gets the card, placing it faceup in front of him or her.
The player to the left takes the next turn.

If no one can guess the word from its definition, the player whose turn it is reads the answer and returns the card to the bottom of the pile, and selects another card from the top of the pile.

The player with the most cards (and therefore the best vocabulary) at the end of the game is the winner.

Advanced vocabulary card game
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