Vocabulary_One Word Substitution

One Word Substitution is the process to find a single word that describes the given definition or word phrase. This key-word suddenly dominates the whole sentence. The meaning of the whole sentence automatically converts into a single word. Let us see with the help of some examples.

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1. A form of government in which the people have the authority-

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2. A community of people smaller than a village-

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3. One who believes in God-

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4. An optical device for projecting various celestial images and effects-

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5. One who eats all kinds of food-

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6. The scientific study of the structure, behaviour and distribution of animals-

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7. Words which have the same meaning-

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8. One who supervises in the examination hall-

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9. Someone who leaves one country to settle in another-

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10. Examine one’s motives or look inwards-

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A building where animals are butchered Abattoir
An act of abdicating or renouncing the throne Abdication
Do away with wholly Abolish
To increase the speed; to hasten the progress of Accelerate
That which falls to someone or something Accident
Liable to be called to account Accountable
The branch of physics concerned with the properties of sound Acoustics
One who calculates premium Actuary
The period between childhood and adulthood Adolescence
Indefinite period of time Aeon
Appreciation of beauty, by a set of principles Aesthetics
To increase the gravity of an offence or the intensity of a disease Aggravate
Some on who attacks first Aggressor
One who doubts the existence of god Agnostic
The medieval forerunner of chemistry Alchemy
To turn friends in enemies Alienate
A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one Allegory
The school or college one attends Alma Mater
An annual calendar that contains important dates and time Almanac
One who does something not professionally but for pleasure Amateur
One who can use either hand with ease Ambidextrous
Statements open to more than one interpretation Ambiguous
Having opposing feelings Ambivalent
To walk aimlessly Amble
A carriage for sick people Ambulance
General pardon for political offenders Amnesty
A cold blooded vertebrate animal that lives in the water and breathes using gills Amphibian
Someone or something out of time Anachronism
One who is out to subvert a government Anarchist
A state of disorder due to absence of authority Anarchy
A person who presents a radio/television programme Anchor
Madness or obsession with males Andromania
One who loves men Androphile
One who loves and admires the British Anglophile
A book written by an unknown author Anonymous
To date before the true time Antedate
One who studies the evolution of mankind Anthropologist
Strong, deep dislike Antipathy
A word opposite in meaning to another Antonym
A collection of beehives Apiary
A place where bees are kept; a collection of beehives Apiary
A person who has changed his faith Apostate
To rise in value Appreciate
A building containing tanks of live fish of different species Aquarium
A person appointed by two parties to solve a dispute Arbitrator
Collection of historical documents or records about a place, person or thing Archives
A place or scene of activity, debate, or conflict Arena
Nobility powered government Aristocracy
A collection of weapons and military equipment Arsenal
A person who deliberately sets fire to a building Arsonist
One who leads an austere life Ascetic
A person who is trained to travel in a spacecraft Astronaut
An institution for the care of people who are mentally ill Asylum
One who does not believe in the existence of God Atheist
An assembly of hearers at a lecture or concert Audience
One who makes an official examination of accounts Auditor
The part of a theatre where people who are watching and listening sit Auditorium
Writing of one’s own life story Autobiography
Government by one absolutely Autocracy
Self-fertilization especially in plants Autogamy
A signature of a celebrity (signature of oneself) Autograph
A machine that functions by itself Automatic
A self-moving vehicle Automobile
Self-rule or control Autonomy
One who is greedy for money Avaricious
A cage made for birds Aviary
A structure on which abstractly defined structure is based Axiom

A large bundle bound for storage or transport Bale
A group of guns or missile launchers operated together at one place Battery
Cut off the head Behead
The sound of Deers Bell
A nation or person engaged in war or conflict, as recognized by international law Belligerent
The sound of Alligators Bellow
A large gathering of people of a particular type Bevy
Someone who loves collecting books Bibliophile
Practice of having two wives or husbands Bigamy
One who has narrow and prejudiced religious views Bigot
Writing of one’s life story Biography
The science which treats with life Biology
An examination of tissue removed from a living body to discover the presence, cause or extent of a disease Biopsy
The action or offence of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk Blasphemy
Spartan snowstorms with uncontrollable winds  Blizzard
An unconventional style of living Bohemian
Huge fire for celebration Bonfire
Dwarfed varieties of trees and shrubs in pots  Bonsai
The branch of biology dealing with plant life Botany
An arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present Bouquet
Hard but liable to be easily broken Brittle
A family of young animals Brood
Government by departments of state Bureaucracy
State official decision making government Bureaucratic
A hole or tunnel dug by a small animal Burrow
A group of things that have been hidden in a secret place Cache
The sound of Geese Cackle
One who is bad in spellings Cacographer
A person who writes beautiful writing Calligrapher
Somebody who eats human flesh Cannibal
A group of people, typically with vehicles or animals travelling together Caravan
Living on flesh Carnivorous
A person who draws or produces maps Cartographer
A place to play games and bet on them Casino
A list of books Catalogue
A closed political meeting Caucus
The sound of Crows Caw
One who is unmarried Celibate
A burial Ground Cemetery
Celebration of a hundredth year, once Centenary
A person employed to drive a private or hired car Chauffeur
A person who is blindly devoted to an idea/ a person displaying aggressive or exaggerated patriotism Chauvinist
A person who composes the sequence of steps and moves for a performance of dance Choreographer
A thing occurring again and again for a long time Chronic
The branch of biology concerned with cyclical physiological phenomena Chronobiology
An instrument which records short intervals of time Chronograph
The arrangement of events or dates in the order of their occurrence Chronology
A highly accurate timepiece Chronometer
To walk around a place especially in a ritual fashion Circumambulate
Talking around, a method of talking indirectly Circumlocution
Careful, cautious watch on surroundings Circumspect
A group of followers hired to applaud at a performance Claque
The sound of Dolphins Click
An exclusive circle of people with a common purpose Clique
A room in a public building where outdoor clothes or luggage may be left Cloakroom
The sound of Hens Cluck
When two things befall together Coincident
People who work together Colleagues
Informal, less grammatically rigid language Colloquial
A person who introduces the performers or contestants in a variety show Compere
Belonging or pertaining to an individual from birth Congenital
A group of worshippers Congregation
One who knows a lot about good food and wine Connoisseur
A series of stars Constellation
Perfectly, highly skilled reached the zenith of art Consummate
People living at the same time Contemporaries
One who is recovering from illness Convalescent
A Christian community of nuns living together under monastic vows Convent
A girl/woman who flirts with a man Coquette
A solemn procession, especially for a funeral Cortege
Science of origin of universe Cosmology
A person who regards the whole world as his country Cosmopolitan
The sound of Crickets Creak
Nursery where babies and young children are cared for during the working day Creche
One who easily believes others Credulous
A place where a dead person’s body is cremated Crematorium
The sound of Frogs Croak
A vigorous campaign for a cause Crusade
A keeper or custodian of a museum or other collection Curator
One who sneers at the beliefs of others Cynic
One who is a centre of attraction Cynosure
A secret or disguised way of writing Cypher
The use of the fingers and hands to communicate and convey ideas Dactylology
A person having a sophisticated charm Debonair
A stoppered glass container into which wine or spirit is decanted Decanter
Trees whose leaves fall every autumn Deciduous
To transfer one’s authority to another Delegate
A leader who sways his followers by his oratory Demagogue
Government by the people Democracy
The study of statistics Demography
To go down in value Depreciate
To go from bad to worse Deteriorate
Government by two agencies Diarchy
A dabbler (not serious) in art, science and literature Dilettante
Morbid compulsion to keep on consuming alcohol Dipsomania
A large bedroom for a number of people in a school or institution Dormitory
A herd or flock of animals being driven in a body Drove

One who has strange habits Eccentric
Study of environment Ecology
A thing that is fit to be eaten Edible
A man who is womanish in his habits Effeminate
A person who boasts of one’s achievements Egotist
People who can vote in an election: Electorate
A poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead Elegy
One who is qualifies for election. Eligible
Expressive in the use of words Eloquent
To explain something mysterious or difficult Elucidate
Misappropriation of money Embezzlement
Someone who leaves one country to settle in another Emigrant
Mentally identifying oneself with other person or a thing Empathy
To lay special stress on Emphasize
Marriage within one’s own tribe Endogamy
Lasting for a very short time Ephemeral
One who is fond of sensuous pleasures Epicure
Inscription on a tombstone Epitaph
Person who rides on horse-back Equestrian
To root out an evil, disease Eradicate
Marriage outside one’s tribe Exogamy
To free somebody from all blame Exonerate
To send out of one’s native country Expatriate
A speech delivered without any previous preparation Extempore
Spoken or done without preparation Extempore
One who turns his thoughts outwards Extrovert
An exact copy Facsimile
One who is filled with excessive enthusiasm in religious matters Fanatic
A person difficult to please Fastidious
Anything that leads to death Fatal
One who believes in fate Fatalist
One who thinks only of welfare of women Feminist
Killing of one’s son or daughter Filicide
A person who sells and arranges cut flowers Florist
A small fleet of ships or boats Flotilla
Destruction or abortion of a fetus Foeticide
Something that has been determined beforehand Foregone
Killing of one’s brother or sister Fratricide
Living on fruits Frugivorous
One who eat only fruits Fruitarian
One who runs away from justice Fugitive
A line of descent traced continuously from an ancestor Genealogy
Killing of a large group of people Genocide
A group governed by old people Gerontocracy
The sound of Monkeys Gibber
One who eats too much Glutton
A lover of good food Gourmand
One who has keen interest in food and drinks Gourmet
A storehouse for threshed grain Granary
High sounding pompous speech or writing Grandiloquent
Without payment Gratis
Fond of company Gregarious
A small growth of trees without underbrush Grove
The sound of Camels Grunt
One who is easily deceived Gullible
A place of exercising and training Gym
A room or building equipped for gymnastics, games, and other physical exercise Gymnasium
A community of people smaller than a village Hamlet
A large building with an extensive floor area, typically for housing aircraft Hangar
The therapeutic use of sunlight Heliotherapy
A person who is controlled by wife Henpeck
Of animals feeding on grass and plants Herbivorous
A group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals Herd
A person who acts against religion Heretic
People who have both male and female sexual organs Hermaphrodite
A person of intellectual or erudite tastes Highbrow
The remote regions of a country which are far away from the rivers Hinterland
The killing of a human being Homicide
The sound of Penguins Honk
Work for which no salary is paid Honorary
The sound of Owls Hoot
A large group of people Horde
The art or practice of garden cultivation and management Horticulture
State of antagonism Hostility
One who feels sympathetic towards human beings Humanitarian
Assembly or parliament in which no party has got clear majority Hung
A box or cage, typically with a wire mesh front, for keeping rabbits or other small domesticated animals Hutch
A patient with imaginary symptoms and ailments Hypochondriac
One who pretends to be what he is not Hypocrite

One who is violently against established beliefs and traditions Iconoclast
Someone who attacks cherished ideas or traditional institutions Iconoclast
Worship of idols Idolatry
That which is against law Illegal
A handwriting that cannot be read Illegible
That is prohibited by law Illicit
Complex situation or a mix-up Imbroglio
One who lives in a foreign country Immigrant
Who behaves without moral principles Immoral
That which cannot be noticed Imperceptible
Incapable of being seized by attack Impregnable
A person who is incapable of being tampered with Impregnable
That which is unlikely to happen Improbable
Without life Inanimate
A sound that cannot be heard Inaudible
That which falls upon, befalls, happens Incident
One who cannot be corrected Incorrigible
That which cannot be believed Incredible
That which cannot be cured Incurable
One incapable of being tired Indefatigable
That which cannot be defended Indefensible
Making marks that cannot be removed Indelible
Something that is essential and cannot be dispensed with Indispensable
That which cannot be avoided Inevitable
Certain to happen Inevitable
That which cannot be explained Inexplicable
One who does not make mistakes Infallible
The killing of a new born child Infanticide
A place in a large institution for the care of those who are ill Infirmary
Something that is quickly and easily set on fire and burned Inflammable
Something that cannot be imitated Inimitable
That which cannot be satisfied Insatiable
Incapable of being dissolved in a liquid Insoluble
One who is unable to pay his debts Insolvent
To examine carefully Inspect
One who takes part in dialogue or conversation Interlocutor
Burial of a corpse in a grave or tomb Interment
One who dies without a Will Intestate
One who exhibits courage or fearlessness Intrepid
Examine one’s motives or look inwards Introspect
The action of looking back on past time Introspection
One who does not express himself freely Introvert
One who supervises in the examination hall Invigilator
That which cannot be conquered Invincible
A thing that cannot be seen with human eyes Invisible
That which cannot be hurt Invulnerable
Remarks which do not apply to the subject under discussion Irrelevant
That cannot be altered or withdrawn Irrevocable
The area over which an official has control Jurisdiction
The theory or philosophy of law Jurisprudence
A small shelter for a dog Kennel
Morbid compulsion to steal Kleptomania
Few words packed with meaning, concise Laconic
A place where wild animal live Lair
That which is lawful Legal
A person who compiles dictionaries Lexicographer
One who loves to speak Loquacious
A person who is mentally ill Lunatic
Generous, forgiving talk Magniloquent
The first speech made by a person Maiden
Madness with obsession with something Mania
Handwritten book Manuscript
One who demands strict conformity to rules Martinet
The rule or control of mother Matriarchy
The killing of a mother Matricide
Related to marriage Matrimony
Belonging to the Middle Ages Medieval
Morbid delusion of power, importance or godliness Megalomania
A collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition Menagerie
One who can do anything for money Mercenary
A place where coins, medals, or tokens are made Mint
One who hates men Misandrist
One who hates mankind Misanthrope
One who hates marriage Misogamist
One who hates women Misogynist
Violation or misuse of power Misusage
Rule by the mob Mobocracy
Government by one person (royal) Monarchy
A building or buildings occupied by a community of monks living under religious vows Monastery
Practice of having one wife or husband Monogamy
Person with one-track mind Monomania
One who believes in the theory of only one God Monotheist
The sound of Cattle Moo
A place where bodies are kept for identification Morgue
A room or building in which dead bodies are kept Mortuary
Ordinary and Dull Mundane
A place where objects are exhibited Museum
Compulsion to tell lies Mythomania
Somebody or something with the same name as somebody or something else Namesake
Someone in love with himself Narcissist
A person who loves himself the most Narcissist
The sound of Horses Neigh
Inexperienced people governing a state or a region Neocracy
One who is a newcomer Neophyte
One who walks at night Noctambulist
A sentimental memory of the past Nostalgia
Well known for bad qualities Notorious
One who is new to a trade or profession Novice
Science of coins or medals Numismatics
One who collect coins as hobby Numismatist
Morbid, uncontrollable desire on the part of a woman Nymphomania

A news article that reports the recent death of a person Obituary
A thing no longer in use Obsolete
That which falls on the western countries Occidental
The scientific study of the structure and diseases of teeth Odontology
Government by a few powerful people Oligarchy
Book containing all the published work of an author Omnibus
Capable of moving in all directions Omnidirectional
One who is all powerful Omnipotent
One who is present everywhere Omnipresent
A person who knows everything Omniscient
One who eats all kinds of food Omnivorous
That through which light cannot pass Opaque
One who looks on the bright side of things Optimist
A piece of enclosed land planted with fruit trees Orchard
A solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases Panacea
A doctrine which identifies God with the universe Pantheism
One who believes that God is union of all forces of the universe Pantheist
Killing of a parent or other near relative Parricide
A system of governing a country suggesting a father-child relation Paternalism
Fatherhood Paternity
Something or someone makes you feel deep sadness or pity Pathetic
A father-like figure Patriarch
A system ruled or controlled by men Patriarchy
The killing of a father Patricide
An inheritance from father Patrimony
One who loves his country Patriot
A name framed after father’s name Patronymic
One who has no money Pauper
Excessively concerned with minor details or rules Pedantic
One who goes on foot Pedestrian
A baby carriage Perambulator
One who looks on the dark side of things Pessimist
The branch of science concerned with the origin, structure and composition of rocks Petrology
One who loves without seriousness Philanderer
A lover of mankind Philanthropist
Love for mankind Philanthropy
One who does not care for art, literature etc. Philistine
A person who likes or admires women Philogynist
Fondness towards women Philogyny
One who loves wisdom (hence pursues it) Philosopher
Written by light Photograph
The sound of Nightingales Pipe
Living on fish Piscivorous
Copying someone else’s work and trying to submit as your own Plagiarism
One who copies from other writers Plagiarist
An optical device for projecting various celestial images and effects     Planetarium
Government governed by wealth Plutocracy
A place for feet or speaker’s platform Podium
Practice of having several husbands Polyandry
The custom of having more than one wife at a time Polygamy
One who knows many languages Polyglot
One who believes in many Gods Polytheist
A temporary police force Posse
A book published after the death of its author Posthumous
Medical examination of a dead body Postmortem
Water fit for drinking Potable
Safe to drink Potable
Walk before hand or an introductory statement Preamble
An animal who preys on other animals Predator
A forward look or a view into future Prospect
One who studies the elections and trends in voting Psephologist
Systematic study of election trends Psephology
To write under a different name Pseudonym
Morbid compulsion to start a fire Pyromania
The sound of Ducks Quack
One who is extravagantly romantic, chivalrous and impractical Quixotic
One who presents a radio Programme Radio Jockey
A person who lives in solitude Recluse
Emblem of Royalty Regalia
The killing of a king Regicide
Make someone feel young Rejuvenate
Not showing enough care and attention Remiss
A large natural or artificial lake used as a source of water supply Reservoir
One who speaks less Reticent
A backward look or a view into the past Retrospect
The art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing Rhetoric
Violating the sanctity of a church Sacrilege
One who helps others Good Samaritan
A room or building for sick children in a boarding school Sanatorium
Morbid, uncontrollable desire on the part of a man Satyromania
The sound of Parrots Screech
An artist who makes sculptures. Sculptor
Government not concerned with religious activities Secular
A close-fitting cover for the blade of a knife or sword Sheath
A large number of fish swimming together Shoal
An office with high salary but no work Sinecure
A place for sun to enter where one can sunbath Solarium
A speech to oneself, alone Soliloquy
One who walks in sleep Somnambulist
One who talks while sleeping Somniloquist
The killing of one’s sister Sororicide
A thing that is kept as a reminder of a person, place, or event Souvenir
The sound of Rats Squeak
One who is indifferent to pleasure or pain Stoic
Government by military class Stratocracy
The killing of oneself Suicide
Excessive love for one’s country Super patriotism
A doubtful look or examination of one’s motives Suspect
One who is a boot licker, flatterer Sycophant
Simultaneously affected by similar feelings Sympathy
Make to happen at the same time Synchronize
Words which have the same meaning Synonyms
A place where animal hides are tanned Tannery
One who doesn’t consume alcohol Teetotaler
A written message from far off place Telegraph
A scolding nagging bad-tempered woman Termagant
One who believes in God Theist
Government by divine guidance Theocracy
Battle among the Gods Theomachy
Religious madness Theomania
A strong and fast-moving stream of water or other liquid Torrent
That through which light can partly pass Translucent
That through which light can pass Transparent
The sound of Elephants Trumpet
One who changes sides Turncoat
The sound of Birds Twitter
An imaginary society free from crimes and poverty Utopia
The killing of one’s wife Uxoricide
A person who shows a great or excessive fondness for one’s wife Uxorious
One who always thinks himself to be ill Valetudinarian
One who damages public property Vandal
One who eats no animal flesh Vegetarian
Denoting a sin that is not regarded as depriving the soul of divine grace Venial
One who can throw his voice Ventriloquist
Exact use of words that were being used originally Verbatim
Somebody who is considerably experienced in something Veteran
A shrewish loud-mouthed female Virago
One who possesses outstanding technical ability in a particular art or field Virtuoso
One who works for free Volunteer
A large, tall cupboard in which clothes may be hung or stored Wardrobe
The sound of Mosquitoes Whine
The scientific study of the behaviour, structure, physiology, classification and distribution of animals Zoology

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