MVP Words (top 500)

Core Level

  1. characterized
  2. underscore
  3. undermine
  4. plausible / implausible
  5. imply
  6. implicit
  7. explicit
  8. personify / personification
  9. analogy  / analogous
  10. anecdote / anecdotal
  11. metaphor / metaphorical
  12. hyperbole / hyperbolic
  13. nostalgia / nostalgic
  14. paradox (read wikipedia)
  15. erroneous
  16. refute / irrefutable
  17. reconcile
  18. anomaly / anomalous
  19. wit / witty
  20. veracity
  21. to allude / allusion
  22. concede / concession
  23. evoke / evocative / evocation
  24. intrinsic vs. extrinsic
  25. convey
  26. fertile
  27. skeptical
  28. sensationalist / sensationalism
  29. bias
  30. rational
  31. irony / ironic
  32. digress / digression
  33. objective / subjective
  34. partisan
  35. generalization / generalize
  36. rhetorical / rhetoric
  37. derive / derivative
  38. sentimental
  39. harmony / harmonious
  40. fallacy / fallacious
  41. hypothetical
  42. contrast
  43. chronicle
  44. tenuous
  45. tenable / untenable
  46. satire
  47. imminent
  48. clarify
  49. paradigm
  50. exemplify
  51. pragmatic
  52. relevant / irrelevant
  53. generic
  54. foreshadow
  55. speculate
  56. disparate
  57. secular
  58. former, latter
  59. delineate
  60. supersede

Gold Level (#0-100 most valuable words)

  1. aesthetic
  2. paradox
  3. ingenuity / ingenious
  4. incredulous / incredulity
  5. reverent / irreverent / revere
  6. concise
  7. succinct
  8. lax
  9. instinct
  10. intuitive
  11. prose / prosaic
  12. decorous / indecorous / decorum
  13. propriety / impropriety
  14. iconoclast
  15. inveterate
  16. ambivalent  — ambi-
  17. dubious
  18. contradict
  19. austere / austerity
  20. spartan
  21. ascetic
  22. platitude
  23. credibility – credence – credit
  24. precedent / unprecedented
  25. diffident / diffidence
  26. mitigate
  27. cryptic
  28. censure
  29. tact / tactful
  30. prohibit / prohibited
  31. deceit
  32. vitality
  33. myopic
  34. serene
  35. trivial / trifle / trivialize
  36. altruism / altruistic
  37. lackadaisical
  38. exploit
  39. abundant
  40. inept
  41. competent / incompetent
  42. cynical
  43. lucrative
  44. benevolent
  45. malevolent
  46. egalitarian
  47. reciprocal / reciprocity
  48. mercurial
  49. indelible
  50. zealot / zealous / zeal
  51. maverick
  52. dilettante
  53. benign
  54. malign / malignant
  55. unequivocal, equivocal / equivocate
  56. cosmopolitan
  57. nonchalant
  58. bombastic
  59. connoisseur
  60. revere / reverend / reverent
  61. eloquent  / loquacious / locution / elocution
  62. convoluted
  63. terse
  64. forgo  / eschew
  65. intricate / involved
  66. dogmatic / dogma
  67. stoic / stoicism
  68. ubiquitous
  69. prolong
  70. erudite / erudition
  71. progenitor
  72. pioneer
  73. missive
  74. pejorative
  75. discreet
  76. ruminate / ruminative
  77. adroit
  78. modest
  79. arduous
  80. static
  81. profound / profundity
  82. insidious
  83. prudent / prudence / imprudent
  84. marginal / marginalize
  85. corollary
  86. postulate
  87. pensive
  88. qualify –  To describe the qualities of; characterize
  89. lament

Silver Level (#101-200 most valuable words)

  1. neglect / negligible
  2. incorrigible
  3. verbose / verbosity
  4. ineffable
  5. sophistry
  6. bucolic
  7. equanimity
  8. capricious
  9. intractable / tractable
  10. whim / whimsical
  11. misanthrope
  12. diatribe
  13. castigate
  14. ossify
  15. tenacity / tenacious
  16. milieu
  17. ostentatious
  18. bureaucracy
  19. venerate / venerable
  20. futile
  21. duplicity / duplicitous
  22. perfidy / perfidious
  23. dexterity / dexterous
  24. tranquil
  25. epitome / epitomize
  26. rigor / rigorous
  27. stringent
  28. obtrusive
  29. prolific
  30. scrutinize / inscrutable / scrutiny
  31. panacea
  32. tacit / taciturn
  33. impetuous
  34. circumscribe
  35. corroborate
  36. collaborate
  37. thrive
  38. dearth
  39. prestige
  40. autonomy / autonomous
  41. melancholy
  42. eschew
  43. exacerbate
  44. hackneyed
  45. voracious
  46. candid / candor
  47. redundant
  48. innocuous
  49. sate / insatiable
  50. avuncular
  51. prodigy
  52. inconspicuous / conspicuous
  53. placate / implacable
  54. belligerent / belligerence
  55. cathartic / catharsis
  56. reconcile
  57. aversion
  58. phenomenon
  59. flippant
  60. pedantic
  61. magnanimous
  62. protean
  63. vicarious
  64. charlatan
  65. mundane
  66. pugnacious
  67. apathetic / apathy
  68. itinerant
  69. augment
  70. enigma
  71. eccentric
  72. multitude
  73. paragon
  74. sanguine
  75. halcyon
  76. complacent
  77. prodigious
  78. phlegmatic
  79. banal
  80. trite
  81. resilient
  82. defy / defiant
  83. indifferent
  84. solitary
  85. appease
  86. susceptible
  87. enamored
  88. laconic
  89. aloof
  90. languor
  91. streamline
  92. innuendo
  93. forbear / forbearance
  94. lethargic / lethargy
  95. acute
  96. terra – terrestrial – extraterrestrial
  97. celestial
  98. reticent
  99. placid
  100. anticipate
  101. edify / edification


Bronze Level (#200-300 most valuable words)

  1. profligate
  2. prodigal
  3. stolid
  4. opulent
  5. bellicose
  6. effusive
  7. ephemeral
  8. provocative / provoke
  9. esoteric
  10. obscure
  11. opaque
  12. misnomer
  13. worldly
  14. proximity
  15. cantankerous
  16. mentor
  17. apprentice
  18. protege
  19. munificent
  20. rectitude
  21. indigent / indigence
  22. pilfer
  23. acrimonious / acrimony
  24. torrid
  25. assuage
  26. annihilate
  27. obliterate
  28. decimate
  29. imperative
  30. fervent / fervor
  31. totalitarian
  32. despotic
  33. inferior
  34. fathom
  35. extant
  36. dilatory
  37. obsequious
  38. husbandry
  39. insipid
  40. soporific
  41. ornate
  42. anachronistic
  43. inane
  44. mendacity
  45. superfluous
  46. imperious
  47. torpid
  48. meticulous
  49. aberration / aberrant
  50. corrosive
  51. defer / deferential
  52. docile
  53. quackery / quack
  54. precocious
  55. ludicrous
  56. raconteur
  57. nominal
  58. elucidate
  59. enmity
  60. animosity
  61. indefatigable
  62. disparity
  63. polymath / polyglot
  64. cavalier
  65. perspicacity / perspicacious
  66. exonerate
  67. ameliorate
  68. proficient
  69. maudlin
  70. naive / naivete
  71. recondite – little known, abstruse
  72. surreptitious
  73. callous
  74. penchant
  75. abstemious
  76. trenchant
  77. debilitate
  78. aplomb
  79. tangential
  80. flotsam
  81. mollify
  82. chicanery
  83. perfunctory
  84. vestigial
  85. polemical
  86. sedentary
  87. abstruse
  88. facetious
  89. obdurate
  90. prescient
  91. propitious
  92. amiable
  93. pertinent
  94. illusory
  95. poignant
  96. supercilious
  97. despondent
  98. sycophant
  99. irascible

Bronze II

  1. scion
  2. sinecure
  3. quotidian
  4. parochial
  5. euphonious
  6. circumspect
  7. panoply
  8. paucity
  9. spate
  10. magnitude
  11. harbinger
  12. expedient
  13. obfuscate
  14. facilitate
  15. modicum
  16. infinitesimal
  17. manifest / manifestation
  18. self-aggrandizing
  19. self-effacing
  20. self-conscious
  21. self-congratulatory
  22. sublime
  23. garish
  24. subdued
  25. scathing
  26. quizzical
  27. pompous
  28. culpable
  29. felicitous
  30. frivolous
  31. realize
  32. apathetic
  33. bewilder
  34. demoralize
  35. overwrought
  36. contentious
  37. kinetic
  38. strident
  39. acquiesce / acquiescent
  40. proliferate
  41. somnolent
  42. sedulous
  43. amicable
  44. improvident
  45. flowery
  46. discern
  47. evasive
  48. ecstatic
  49. indignant
  50. sincere / insincere
  51. perilous / peril
  52. jocular
  53. perturb / perturbed
  54. ebullient
  55. vitriol / vitriolic
  56. doctrinaire
  57. consummate
  58. suppress
  59. rapacious
  60. judicious
  61. uniform
  62. colloquial
  63. apprehensive
  64. retract
  65. forthright
  66. coherent
  67. libel / libelous
  68. fastidious
  69. diminutive
  70. vicissitudes
  71. yen
  72. expound
  73. daunting
  74. harrowing
  75. enervate
  76. inquisitive
  77. extemporize
  78. expostulate
  79. remonstrate
  80. recrimination
  81. exalt
  82. acclamation / acclaim / acclaimed
  83. commensurate
  84. collective
  85. narcissistic
  86. egotistical
  87. resolute
  88. philistine
  89. ideology / ideologue
  90. morose
  91. gregarious
  92. urbane
  93. mordant
  94. vainglorious
  95. vain
  96. collude / collusion
  97. discrepancy
  98. preclude
  99. supplant
  100. hone
  101. accessible
  102. sacrosanct
  103. arcane
  104. defunct
  105. promulgate
  106. ensconce
  107. ostracize
  108. beguile
  109. fulsome
  110. querulous
  111. assiduous
  112. garrulous
  113. solicitous
  114. solicit
  115. ingratiate
  116. predilection
  117. providential / providence
  118. humbug

Ruby Level

  1. Solipsism
  2. Stygian
  3. Lilliputian
  4. Epicurean
  5. Pathos
  6. Ethos
  7. Logos
  8. redoubtable
  9. largess
  10. preternatural
  11. convivial
  12. subtext
  13. overt
  14. desultory
  15. privation
  16. turgid
  17. approbation
  18. stalwart
  19. dictum
  20. inimical
  21. calamity
  22. constituent
  23. discourse
  24. comity
  25. tutelage
  26. intransigent
  27. replete with
  28. contingency
  29. anathema
  30. divest
  31. expropriate
  32. invariably
  33. vagary
  34. pastiche
  35. sequestered
  36. reprisal
  37. heady
  38. confound
  39. archetype
  40. obviate
  41. ostensibly
  42. invective
  43. redress
  44. throngs
  45. supplicate
  46. proprietors
  47. inimitable
  48. vernacular
  49. verisimilitude
  50. effete
  51. pretext
  52. trumped-up
  53. dialectic
  54. unilaterally
  55. verbiage
  56. proto-
  57. ben-
  58. mal-
  59. staid
  60. coerce/ coercive ; coercion
  61. surpass
  62. intelligible
  63. invariably
  64. incontrovertible
  65. deplorable
  66. pithy
  67. callow
  68. aphorism – a short statement that expresses a true or wise idea
  69. tepid : lukewarm; mild
  70. blithe – showing a casual and cheerful indifference; lacking due thought or consideration
  71. (cavalier but happier)
  72. fecund – fertile; intellectually productive
  73. guile – duplicity
  74. eschew – to shun; avoid
  75. flummoxed – confused; perplexed
  76. cerebral – intellectual rather than emotional
  77. recant
  78. idyllic – 2. charming; picturesque
    (esp. of a time or place) like an idyll; extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque.
  79. vacillate – – alternate or waver between different opinions or actions; be indecisive.
  80. apocryphal – of spurious authenticity; doubtful
  81. obstreperous : defiant, unruly: noisy and difficult to control. “the boy is cocky and obstreperous”
  82. chagrin – distress or embarrassment at having failed or been humiliated.
  83. ungainly – clumsy; awkward
  84. venal – corrupt
  85. carp – criticize for trivial matters
  86. redolent – reminiscent ; bringing to mind; suggesting a smell
  87. insular
  88. nonplussed – perplexed; bewildered
  89. probity – integrity; honesty
  90. gestate – develop over a long period. ; development of fetus in pregnant woman
  91. vertiginous – vertigo
  92. reprobate – morally unprincipled person
  93. exorbitant
  94. galvanize
  95. excise; expunge; expurgate
  96. painstaking – meticulous; extreme detail
  97. recur
  98. nihilism
  99. affected
  100. machinations
  101. aberration / aberrant
  102. assuage – make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense.
  103. penitent – feeling or showing sorrow and regret for having done wrong
  104. remorse –
  105. contrite – feeling or expressing remorse or penitence;
  106. portent / portentous / portend
  107. stilted – (of a manner of talking or writing) stiff and self-conscious or unnatural.
  108. belie –
  109. qualify
  110. alacrity – eagerness
  111. nihilism
  112. pernicious
  113. recur
  114. machinations

Collegiate level

  1. recidivism
  2. luddite
  3. de facto
  4. de jure
  5. physiognomy
  6. ipso facto
  7. a priori
  8. red herring
  9. strawman
  10. ad hominem
  11. et al
  12. noblesse oblige
  13. prima facie
  14. fait accompli
  15. ad nauseum
  16. synecdoche
  17. ipso facto
  18. a priori
  19. sui generis
  20. neologism
  21. verboten
  22. epistolary
  23. satrap
  24. attendant
  25. probate
  26. riposte
  27. pogrom
  28. parvenu
  29. prehensile
  30. concomitant
  31. libation
  32. emolument
  33. ersatz
  34. fungible
  35. mutually exclusive
  36. belles-lettres
  37. notwithstanding
  38. patrician
  39. potentate
  40. recidivism
  41. imprimatur
  42. patois
  43. treacly
  44. troglodyte
  45. antediluvian
  46. antebellum
  47. provenance
  48. heretofore
  49. latent
  50. exigency