Competitive Exams: Word List: Vocabulary R

Word List: R

  • rabble-mob, crowd; the lower classes of populace
  • raconteur-person who tells anecdotes
  • radiant: Bright, shining
  • raffish: Low, vulgar, base, tawdry
  • rail at: Find fault, utter reproaches
  • ramify: To be divided or subdivided; to branch out
  • rancorous: Feeling bitterness, spitefulness
  • rant: Use extravagant language
  • rapacious: Greedy (esp for money)
  • rarefy: To make thin, to make less dense, to purify or refine
  • reactionary: Opposing progress
  • rebuff: Snub
  • recalcitrant: Disobedient
  • recant: Take back as being false; give up
  • recast: Cast or fashion anew
  • recidivism: Relapse into antisocial or criminal behavior
  • reciprocity-granting of privileges in return for similar
  • recitals: a number of, performance of music
  • recluse: Person who lives alone and avoids people
  • recompense: Make payment to; reward, punish
  • reconcile: Settle a quarrel; restore peace
  • recondite: Little known; abstruse
  • recourse: Smth turned to for help
  • recreancy: Cowardice, a cowardly giving up
  • recuperate: Become strong after illness, loss, exhaustion
  • redeem: Get back by payment; compensate
  • redemptive: Serving to redeem
  • redoubtable: Formidable, causing fear
  • refine: Make or become pure, cultural
  • refractory: Stubborn, unmanageable, untractable
  • refulgent: Shining, brilliant
  • regale: To delight or entertain; to feast
  • regicide: Crime of killing a king
  • reiterate: Say or do again several times
  • rejuvenation: Becoming young in nature or appearance
  • relapse: Fall back again
  • relinquish: Give up
  • reluctant: Unwilling or disinclined
  • remonstrate: To protest, object
  • render: Deliver, provide, represent
  • renovate: Restore smth to better condition
  • renowned: Celebrated, famous
  • rent: Regular payment for the use of smth, division or split
  • repast: Meal
  • repine at: Be discontented with
  • reproach: Scold, upbraid
  • reprobate: Person hardened in sin; one devoid of decency
  • repudiate: Disown, refuse to accept or pay
  • repulsive: Causing a feeling of disgust
  • requite: Repay, give in return
  • resigned: Unresisting, submissive
  • resilience: Quality of quickly recovering the original shape
  • resolve: Determine
  • resort to: Frequently visit
  • restive: Refusing to move; reluctant to be controlled
  • resurrect: Bring back into use
  • resuscitation: Coming back to consciousness
  • retard: Check, hinder
  • reticent: Reserved, untalkative, silent, taciturn
  • revere: Have deep respect for
  • rift: Split, crack, dissension
  • rivet: Fix, take up, secure; metal pin
  • roll call: Calling of names
  • rope: Thick strong cord made by twisting
  • rotund: Rich and deep; plump and round
  • rubric: Heading, title, or category
  • ruffian: Violent, cruel man
  • raconteur: A person skilled in telling stories.
  • ramify: To divide or subdivide into branches or subdivisions.
  • rapacious: Sieze by force, avaricious
  • raucous: Harsh.
  • reactionary: Pertaining to, of the nature of, causing, or favoring reaction. Rebuff: A peremptory or unexpected rejection of advances or approaches. Recalcitrant: Marked by stubborn resistance.
  • recant: To withdraw formally one's belief (in something previously believed or maintained).
  • reciprocity: Equal mutual rights and benefits granted and enjoyed.
  • recluse: One who lives in retirement or seclusion.
  • recondite: Incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding.
  • recrudescent: Becoming raw or sore again.
  • recuperate: To recover.
  • redoubtable: Formidable.
  • redress: To set right, as a wrong by compensation or the punishment of the wrong-doer. Refractory: Not amenable to control. Regale: To give unusual pleasure. Regicide: The killing of a king or sovereign.
  • reiterate: To say or do again and again.
  • relapse: To suffer a return of a disease after partial recovery.
  • remonstrate: To present a verbal or written protest to those who have power to right or prevent a wrong.
  • renovate: To restore after deterioration, as a building.
  • repast: A meal; figuratively, any refreshment.
  • repel: To force or keep back in a manner, physically or mentally.
  • repine: To indulge in fretfulness and faultfinding.
  • reprobate: One abandoned to depravity and sin.
  • repudiate: To refuse to have anything to do with:
  • repulsive: Grossly offensive.
  • requisite: Necessary.
  • requite: To repay either good or evil to, as to a person.
  • rescind: To make void, as an act, by the enacting authority or a superior authority. Resilience: The power of springing back to a former position resonance: Able to reinforce sound by sympathetic vibrations. Respite: Interval of rest. Restive: Resisting control.
  • retinue: The group of people who accompany an important person during travels. Revere: To regard with worshipful veneration. Reverent: Humble.
  • ribald: Indulging in or manifesting coarse indecency or obscenity. Risible: Capable of exciting laughter. Rotund: Round from fullness or plumpness. Ruffian: A lawless or recklessly brutal fellow.
  • ruminate: To chew over again, as food previously swallowed and regurgitated.