Glossary of useful Register Words

Glossary of useful Register Words

ZIMSEC Register Glossary of useful words

As a completing year student you will find the following list of words useful when answering your final public examination register questions. There are however two things that you should note:

  1. While this list of words was created and chosen to cover most common questions it is by no means exhaustive; it is not even close to being exhaustive although it will no doubt prove to be invaluable to most students.
  2. It is important for you to find out the exact and precise meaning of each and every one of the following words so that you will use them corectily when answering questions. Do not assume meanings based on your experience and how you have thus far used the word. You should look up the meanings of even the most basic words like “bored”. Do not live anything to chance.

It has become something of a song, the way we constantly remind you that English is an art subject, but that does not make it less true. With art subjects not everything can be taught in the classroom so it is essential that you take the time and make an effort to practice on your own and learn new things and develop your own style and technique. There is no substitute for hard-work and often in English the difference between the mediocre students and those who excel is hard work.

To ease your reading experience we have grouped these words according to their categories in register. You should note however that there are several words that transcend these arbitrary groupings and be found in more than one group.

Emotions/Feelings

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annoyedinsultedrelievedstressedsatisfied
ridiculedecstaticreassuredconfidentunseasy
dissappointeddepressedpleasedfrightenedenraged
upsetfuriousdiscouragednervousglum
humiliatedagitateddemoralizeddisheartenedbored
hopefulfrustrateddejectedconfidentpleased
jealousrelieveddelightedinterestedcalm
comfortedsympatheticfascinatedpassionatesecure
irritatedangrybitterresentifulinfuriated
indiginantfumingdisappointeddissatisfiedin despair
ashamedguiltyuncertaindoubtifulembarassed
disillusionedunbelievingskepticaldistrustfulpessimistic
optimisticwearyfearfulanxiousworried

Attitude

hostilediplomaticjealousaccomodatinghelpful
tolerantsupportivcynicalcontemptousenvious
unfriendlyencouraginproudindiferrentaggressive
uncaringsympatheticarrogantunforgivingfriendly
carefreerespectifulwelcomingintransigentfunny
appreciativebeligerentmoodyconfrontationalsarcastic
sardonicribaldquizzicalpessimisticoptimistic
realisticmelancholypatronizingforthrightcontemplative
callousbitterapatheticaccusatoryreflective
understandingsensitivenegativepositive

Character

tolerantfrankdubiousegotisticpleasant
indifferentfearlessgenerousbigotedreliable
optimisticpatientdecentcruelhostile
pessimisticthreateningmatureoppressiverude
strictboastfulimmaturewickedchildish
candidaggressivestubbornmischievousweird
wittymanipulativemanicargumentativearrogant
aggressiveassertivebossycarelesscautious
caringcharmingcheekyconscientiousconceited
creativecoycuriousdogmaticenthusiastic
domineeringextrovertedintrovertedfunnyimpulsive
inconsiderateirritatingloyalmoodynervous
old-fashionedpassivepoliterudequick tempered
seriousshyslythoughtfulhonest
trustworthyproudpompouspassionatecontemptous
huaghtyjovialhatefulexuberantcritical

Reaction

indignantaggrievedunmovedsensiblyfurious
menacingstartleddiplomaticthreateningrudely
alarmedsurprised delightedindifferentlyangrily

Manner

courteousgraciousculturedgentlecivil
impulsivecheerfulunculturedcontempousrude
suspiciousunfriendlypolishedrespectfulwarm
politeroughtolerantdisgustingsincere
ungraciousdiscourteoushonesthostilecondescending
coarseauthoritativecoldarrogantcalm
comicalcriticalcynicalderisiveecstatic
pompoushurtfulfacetious

Mood

sullenjovialjoyfulgloomybitter
morosehappysomberhostilesad
melanchoyawe

Tone

defiantsarcasticamicablecheerfulsardonic
seriousplayfulexcitederuditesatiric
solemnwhimsicalsincerereflectivereverent
ribaldquizzicalpessimisticpatronizingoptimistic
objectivemockingmatter of factjudgimentalintimate
haughtyearnestderisivedidacticcuastic
contemplativecontemptouscallouscynical

You can use Google’s dictionary to find out the meaning of these words and in some cases their synonyms. To do so just Google search “define [word]” without the quotes where [word] is the word whose meaning you are researching. For example “define facetious”.

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