100 Vocabulary Words Every Starter Should Know

American Heritage Dictionaries normally feature about more than 70,000 entries. From that multitude, the editors have chosen best 100 words those are neither obscure nor outlandish that could give starters more aplomb and aptitude in their verbal encounters. If you’re not sure whether that is something you need, study this list first.
Words selected by the Editors of the American Heritage® Dictionaries. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.


E.g. stands for exempli gratia in Latin, which means “for example.” It introduces one or more examples that illustrate something stated, such as: Submit a sample of academic writing—e.g., a dissertation chapter.

Adversary ( প্রতিদ্বন্দ্বী )
Someone who offers opposition.
eg. The students are united by shared suffering, and by a common adversary.

Aplomb ( আত্মবিশ্বাস )
Great coolness and composure under strain
eg. I wish I had handled it with aplomb.

In fear or dread of possible evil or harm.
eg. Virga still feels apprehensive when visiting an unfamiliar zoo.

Inherent ability
eg. I was recently asked in an interview, what is more valued by companies – aptitude or attitude?

Taking heed
eg. You make sure to be extra attentive to your friend.

Send away from a place of residence, as for punishment
eg. Napoleon loses so big that he is banished to an island.

Block off with barriers
eg. The Secret Service ordered nearby streets and parking lots barricaded for security.

Deceive someone about your strength or intentions
eg. Sporting a pith helmet, Nixon observed that “whoever is talking the loudest is pretty sure to be bluffing.”