34 Tricky FCE Vocab - Lesson

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One of the most important factors that is tested in the FCE is vocabulary use and range. Having a larger vocabulary allows you to understand and use a wider range of words, which will help you to express yourself more clearly and accurately. Additionally, a larger vocabulary will also helps you to read and understand texts more easily. In this activity, you will be learning 34 words that are considered difficult for students at FCE level. By mastering these words, you will be well on your way to acing the FCE and achieving your language goals.

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Definitions Adjudicate (verb) - to make a formal judgment or decision about something Asperity (noun): roughness or harshness of tone or manner Beleaguer (verb): to harass or besiege with armed forces; to cause persistent trouble or distress to Cacophony (noun): a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds; dissonance Conundrum (noun) - a difficult problem or puzzle; a riddle Discombobulate (verb) - to confuse or disorient Disparate (adjective) - fundamentally different or distinct; not comparable Enigma (noun) - something that is mysterious or difficult to understand Ennui (noun) - a feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction Ephemeral (adjective) - lasting for a very short time Erudite (adjective) - having or showing extensive knowledge acquired through reading and study Exacerbate: (verb) to make a bad situation worse; to increase the severity or intensity of something. (missed out in video) Fastidious (adjective): very attentive to and concerned about accuracy and detail; difficult to please Fervent (adjective) - having or showing strong feelings or enthusiasm; having or showing intense and passionate feeling; having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit. Incongruous (adjective) - not suitable or fitting in with the surroundings or context Ineffable (adjective) - too great or extreme to be described or expressed in words Inscrutable (adjective) - impossible to understand or interpret; mysterious Jubilant (adjective) - feeling great happiness and triumph Lachrymose (adjective) - tending to cause or characterized by tears or crying Laconic (adjective) - using very few words Mellifluous (adjective) - having a sweet, smooth sound Obdurate (adjective) - stubbornly resistant to change or persuasion Obfuscate (verb) - to make something unclear or difficult to understand Perfidious (adjective) - disloyal or deceitful Perplexing (adjective) - causing confusion or uncertainty; difficult to understand or explain Perspicacious (adjective) - having keen insight or understanding; shrewd Prevaricate (verb) - to speak or act evasively or untruthfully Propinquity (noun) - proximity or nearness Requite (verb) - to repay or return something Salubrious (adjective) - promoting health or well-being Sartorial (adjective) - relating to tailoring or style of dress Serendipity (noun) - the occurrence of fortunate events by chance Temerity (noun) - foolish or reckless boldness Vexation (noun) - annoyance or irritation Example Sentences Adjudicate. The judge was tasked with adjudicating the dispute. Asperity. The asperity in his tone made it clear that he was not happy. Beleaguer. The enemy troops beleaguered the city for months before it finally fell. Cacophony. The cacophony of honking cars and yelling vendors was overwhelming. Conundrum. The puzzle presented a real conundrum for the team. Discombobulate. The sudden change of plans discombobulated everyone. Disparate. The two groups had disparate opinions on the matter. Disparity. The disparity in wealth between the rich and the poor is striking. Enigma. The unsolved crime remained an enigma, with no leads or suspects. Ennui. She felt a sense of ennui, bored with her daily routine. Ephemeral. The butterfly's lifespan is ephemeral, lasting only a few weeks. Erudite. He was an erudite scholar, well-versed in many fields of study. Exacerbate. His careless actions only served to exacerbate the situation. Fastidious. The fastidious editor went through the manuscript with a fine-toothed comb. Fervent. She was a fervent supporter of the candidate. Incongruous. The clown's sad face seemed incongruous with the joy of the party. Ineffable. The beauty of the sunset was ineffable, impossible to put into words. Inscrutable. The Mona Lisa's smile is inscrutable, leaving many to wonder what she is thinking. Jubilant. The team was jubilant after winning the championship. Lachrymose. The funeral was a lachrymose affair, with many in attendance shedding tears. Laconic. He was known for his laconic speech, never saying more than necessary. Mellifluous. The singer's voice was mellifluous, sweet and smooth. Obdurate. Despite our efforts, he remained obdurate in his refusal to change his mind. Obfuscate. The lawyer's use of jargon was an attempt to obfuscate the truth. Perfidious. He was perfidious, betraying his friends and colleagues for personal gain. Perplexing. The math problem was so perplexing that I couldn't even begin to solve it. Perspicacious. He was a perspicacious businessman, always able to spot a good investment. Prevaricate. He prevaricated when asked about his whereabouts the night before. Propinquity. The propinquity of the two buildings made them a perfect choice for the merger. Requite. He requited her love with his own. Salubrious. The mountain air was salubrious, making her feel rejuvenated. Sartorial. He prided himself on his sartorial elegance and always dressed impeccably. Serendipity. Our meeting was a happy serendipity, neither of us expecting it. Temerity. It took temerity to attempt such a dangerous climb. Vexation. The constant delays caused much vexation for the passengers.

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