Tuesday, March 22, 2011

English One-Word Vocabulary (H - I)

(H)
Hemisphere
Half sphere of the earth
Herbivorous
One who feeds on herbs
Hereditary
Descending from one ancestor to an heir

Hierarchy
A system in which ranks are in successive grades, each subordinate to the one above it.
Heptarchy
Government by seven rulers
Heretic
Holder of unconventional religious opinions which are rejected by the majority.
Hermaphrodite
Living being combining characteristics of both the sexes.
Homicide
The killing one human being by another.
Homophone
A word having the same sound as another but different origin.
Homonym
A word having the same sound as another but different meaning.
Honorarium
Voluntary fee for professional services.
Honorary
Degree or rank conferred as an honour without the usual requirements.
Horoscope
Scheme showing the position of stars at a particular time.
Hygien
Science of health
Hypocrite
One who has double standards and professes outward virutes.
(I)
Iconoclast
A breaker of images; also one who attacks cherished beliefs as shams
Idiosyncrasy
A characteristic distinguishing an individual from others.
Illegible
A writing which cannot be accurately read.
Illicit
An immoral activity prohibited by law.
Illiterate
One who cannot read or write.
Immigrant
One who comes into a country, of which one is not a native, for permanent residence.
Immiscible
That cannot be mixed
Immutable
That which is not subject to change.
Impeccable
Not liable to sin
Impecunious
Having little or no money
Imperceptible
Incapable of being received by the senses
Impervious
A person deaf to argument
Impetuous
Acting with rash or sudden energy.
Implacable
Incapable of being quieted. That cannot be appeased.
Impostor
One who assumes a false character.
Impracticable
Incapable of being pout into practice.
Impregnable
Incapables of being seized.
Impromptu
An extempore performance
Inaudible
What cannot be heard.
Inaccessible
Incapable of being reached or approached.
Incendiarism
The malicious setting on fire of property.
Incognito
Person in disguise
Incombustible
Incapable of being consumed by fire.
Inconceivable
Incapable of being conceived.
Incontestable
That cannot be disputed
Incorrigible
One who is incapable to admit of belief. Incapable of being corrected.
Incredible
Incapable of being believed
Indefatigable
In capable being tired
Indelible
In capable of being effected.
Indeterminable
Incapable of being fixed or ascertained.
Indispensable
That which cannot be done away with
Indivisible
Incapable of being fixed or ascertained.
Indispensable
That which cannot be done away with
Indivisible
Incapable of being divided
Ineffable
Too great for words.
Ineligible
Incapable of being elected
Inevitable
That which cannot be avoided
Inexorable
Incapable of being moved by entreaty.
Inexpressible
Incapable of being expressed
Infanticide
The killing of an infant
Inflammable
Easily set on fire
Infinitesimal
Infinitely small
Inflexible
That cannot be bended
Inimitable
Incapable of being imitable
Insecticide
That which kills insects and pests
Insoluble
Incapable of being solved.
Insolvent
One who is unable to pay one’s debt.
Intangible
That cannot be touched
Interdict
Authoritative prohibition
Intuition
Immediate apprehension by the mind without reasoning.
Invincible
Incapable of being conquered, overcome, or subdued.
Invisible
Incapable of being seen
Invulnerable
Incapable of being wounded
Irrecusable
Incapable of being wounded
Irrelevant
Not concerned with the topic in hand.
Irreparable
Incapable of being repaired.
Irrevocable
Incapable of being altered.
Itinerate
One who travels from place to place.

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