NMAT Vocabulary Words of Past Years

Every year words get repeated in NMAT Exam, So Here we bring for you previous years words. Memorise them as You will see many words from this list in NMAT Exam:

Last year VOCAB LIST which appeared in NMAT ;

1. cacophony :a harsh discordant mixture of sounds,  noisediscorddissonance, discordance

2. seine :a large net with sinkers on one edge and floats on the other that hangs vertically in
the water and is used to enclose and catch fish

3. ubiquitous : present, appearing, or found everywhere.

4. epicure :a person who takes particular pleasure in fine food and drink

5. surreptitious :kept secret, especially because it would not be approved of

6. furtive :attempting to avoid notice or attention, typically because of guilt or a belief that
discovery would lead to trouble

7. Follicle: a small spherical group of cells containing a cavity

8. foist :impose an unwelcome or unnecessary person or thing on.

9. perusal :examine

10. ostensible : stated or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so

11. fetter :a chain or manacle used to restrain a prisoner, typically placed around the ankles.

12. proclivity :a tendency to choose or do something regularly; an inclination or predisposition towards a particular thing.

13. Languid = Lacking spirit or liveliness

14. Grandiloquent: pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way
that is intended to impress.

15. Magnanimous: very generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or someone less
powerful than oneself.

16. Soporific: tending to induce drowsiness or sleep.

17. LACONIC:- brief, concise, terse.(Asked as synonym-Correct Answer in options->terse)

18. HERALD:- messenger,harbinger(noun) ; impending, sign of something that is about to
happen( Verb)

19. Parsimonious: very unwilling to spend money or use resources.(adj)

20. perspicacious:having a ready insight into and understanding of things.

21. Larinth : a maze

22. Attrition : the process of reducing something’s strength or effectiveness through sustained
attack or pressure.

23. Realistic : having or showing a sensible and practical idea of what can be achieved or

24. Parochial : having a limited or narrow outlook or scope.

25. tacit: understood or implied without being stated.

26. discord : disagreement

27. sedulous : (of a person or action) showing dedication and diligence.

28. circumlocution :the use of many words where fewer would do, especially in a deliberate
attempt to be vague or evasive.

29. spiel – an elaborate or glib speech or story, typically one used a salesperson (synonyms:
speech, line, patter, pitch, sales pitch; monologue, rigmarole, story, saga)

30. Prurient: lustful,salacious

31. tendentious: expressing or intending to promote a particular cause or point of view,
especially a controversial one.

32. Treacherous : guilty of or involving betrayal or deception.

33. Sequestered: (of a place) isolated and hidden away.

34. Supercilious: behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others.

35. Loquacious: talkative, garrulous, voluble, over-talkative, long-
winded, wordy, verbose,profuse, prolix, effusive, gushing, rambling;communicative;
chatty, gossipy, gossiping, chattering, chattery, babbling,blathering, gibbering; with the gift of
the gab, having kissed the blarney stone, yakking, big- mouthed, gab, gassy, talky; raremultiloquent, multiloquous

36. Petulant: childishly sulky or bad-tempered

37. Castigate: reprimand, rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, reprove, reproach,scold, r
emonstrate with, berate, take to task, pull up, lambaste, read someone the Riot Act, give
someone a piece of one’s mind, haul over the coals, lecture, criticize, censure;

38. cock-a-hoop: be boastful

39. beguile :to influence trickery, to take away from cheating or deceiving ,to charm or
divert,to pass (time) pleasantly

40. cognomen :any name, especially a nickname.

41. impugn : to challenge as false (another’s statements, motives, etc.); cast doubt upon, to

42. credulous :willing to believe or trust too readily, especially without proper or adequate
evidence; gullible.

43. urbane :reflecting elegance, sophistication

44. ostentatious : characterized or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to
impress others.

45. Deleterious : harmful to human beings, Detrimental

46. Restitute : give or bring back

47. Circumlocution : the use of many words where fewer would do, especially in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive.
Synonym: periphrasis, circuitousness, indirectness

48. Soporific : tending to induce drowsiness or sleep.

49. quiescent- in a state or period of inactivity or dormancy

50. asperity – harshness of tone or manner,sharpness.biterness,acrimony

51. plaudit – praise,approval,approbation,congratulation

52. eulogy – a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly, especially a
tribute to someone who has just died,speech,panegyric,paean,encomium,tribute,testimonial.

53. debilitate – make weak ( synonym – enervate )

54. Rectitude – uprightness

55. Purloin – Steal, Make off with belongings of others

56. Tenacity – Determined

57. Abettor – ( उकसाने वाला ) encourage, urge

58. taciturn – uncommunicative, a person who speaks less (antonym- garrulous, synonym- reticent)

59. morose – sullen and ill-tempered

60. Wan Meaning : looking sick or pale
Synonym: pale, pallid, ashen
Antonym: flushed, ruddy, bright

61. Casuistry Meaning : a resolving of specific cases of conscience, duty, or conduct through interpretation of ethical principles or religious doctrine
Synonym: chicanery,deception, trickery, equivocation, evasion, sophistry(sophism), specious, 
Antonym: certainity, surity, fact, reality, trut

62.. Egregious Meaning : extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant
Synonym: gross, outrageous, notorious, shocking
Antonym: tolerable, moderate, minor, unnoticeable, little

63. Vindicate Meaning : clear (someone) of blame or suspicion/justfy/authenticate
Synonym: acquit, absolve, confute, shield, exonerate, exculpate
Antonym: convict, blame, incriminate, accused

64. Adumbrate Meaning : to suggest, disclose, or outline partially adumbrate a
Synonym: augur, indicate, foretell, suggest, obscure
Antonym: ignore

65. Adulate Meaning : praise (someone) excessively
Synonym: praise, fawn, worship, 
approbation, apple-polish
Antonym: criticise, complain, insult, slander, blame

66. vitiate Meaning : spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of
Synonym: abolish,

deny, negate, annul, annihilate, recant
Antonym: schedule, set-up

67. conundrum Meaning : a confusing and difficult problem or question
puzzlement, enigma, riddle, quandry, dilemma
Antonym: understanding, known

68. profligate Meaning : recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of

Synonym: spendthrift, thriftless, improvident, reckless, imprudent


Antonym: thrifty, frugal

69. maverick Meaning : an unorthodox or independent-minded person

Synonym: non-conformist, individualist, eccentric, trendsetter, unconventional, bohemian,

Antonym: conformist, conventional, orthodox

70. cantankerous Meaning : bad-tempered, argumentative, and

Synonym: fractious, grumpy, irrascible, choleric, disagreeable,

Antonym: good-natured, affable

71. Gaucherie meaning: 
awkward or unsophisticated ways

Synonym: unsophisticated, goof-up, indiscretion, gaff, foul-up,

blunder, misconduct, indecorum

Antonym: correctness, propriety, suitableness,


72. Scald Meaning : A type of burn injury caused hot gases or

Synonym: burn, scorch, sear, cauterize, criticize

Antonym: extinguish, quench, smother, cool

73. Guile Synonym: cunning, artful, ingenuity, deceive, shrewdness

Antonym: artless, 
honesty, candour

74. Punctilious Meaning : giving great attention to detail or correct behavior.

Synonym: meticulous, diligent,

precise, perfectionist, conscientious, scrupulous

Antonym: careless, easy-going,


75. Doughty Meaning : intrepid, fearless, resolute, mettlesome,
valiant, determined, dauntless, audacious

Antonym: timid, trepidation, fear, alarmed,

abashed, flinch, flagged, alarmed

76. Promulgate meaning: promote or make widely known (an idea or cause).

77. Proclaim meaning : announce officially or publicly.

78. Lackadaisical Meaning: lacking enthusiasm and determination 

Synonym: Careless, lazy, indifferent, leizurely, insouciant, blase 

Antonym: enthisiastic, excited

One thought on “NMAT Vocabulary Words of Past Years

  • Dear sir/madam,

    I need more vocabulary for practices for the exams like SNAP, CMAT too.

    So please provide me from where can i get it?

    I will wait for your reply.

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