[Learn English] 250+ One Word Substitutions

One word Substitution is one of the integral parts of vocabulary. It simply means that a sentence has to be replaced with a single word. This area requires a good vocabulary to solve the questions well.

Questions based on one word substitution are often asked in various competitive exams.

In this article, we are sharing a list of most important and frequently asked one word substitutions for various competitive examinations like SSC, Bank, Etc.

  • For “Individual Character/ Person/ People”
  • For “Collection/ Group”
  • For “Research/ Profession”
  • For “Spot/ Venue”
  • For “Government/ Systems”
  • For “Murder/ Death”
  • For “Sound”
  • For Competitive Exam Related to “Generic Terms”
S.No. PHRASE ONE WORD ONE WORD
One Word Substitution List For “Individual Character/ Person/ People”
1 One who is not sure about God’s existence Agnostic Agnostic
2 A person who deliberately sets fire to a building Arsonist
3 One who does a thing for pleasure and not as a profession Amateur
4 One who can use either hand with ease Ambidextrous
5 One who makes an official examination of accounts Auditor
6 A person who believes in or tries to bring about a state of lawlessness Anarchist
7 A person who has changed his faith Apostate
8 One who does not believe in the existence of God Atheist
9 A person appointed by two parties to solve a dispute Arbitrator
10 One who leads an austere life Ascetic
11 One who does a thing for pleasure and not as a profession Amateur
12 One who can either hand with ease Ambidextrous
13 An unconventional style of living Bohemian
14 One who is bad in spellings Cacographer
15 One who feeds on human flesh Cannibal
16 A person who is blindly devoted to an idea/ A person displaying aggressive or exaggerated patriotism Chauvinist
17 A critical judge of any art and craft Connoisseur
18 Persons living at the same time Contemporaries
19 One who is recovering health after illness Convalescent
20 A girl/woman who flirts with man Coquette
21 A person who regards the whole world as his country Cosmopolitan
22 One who is a centre of attraction Cynosure
23 One who sneers at the beliefs of others Cynic
24 A leader or orator who espoused the cause of the common people Demagogue
25 A person having a sophisticated charm Debonair
26 A leader who sways his followers by his oratory Demagogue
27 A dabbler (not serious) in art, science and literature Dilettante
28 One who is for pleasure of eating and drinking Epicure
29 One who often talks of his achievements Egotist
30 Someone who leaves one country to settle in another Emigrant
31 A man who is womanish in his habits Effeminate
32 One hard to please (very selective in his habits) Fastidious
33 One who runs away from justice Fugitive
34 One who is filled with excessive enthusiasm in religious matters Fanatic
35 One who believes in fate Fatalist
36 A lover of good food Gourmand
37 Conferred as an honour Honorary
38 A person who acts against religion Heretic
39 A person of intellectual or erudite tastes Highbrow
40 A patient with imaginary symptoms and ailments Hypochondriac
41 A person who is controlled by wife Henpeck
42 One who shows sustained enthusiastic action with unflagging vitality Indefatigable
43 Someone who attacks cherished ideas or traditional institutions Iconoclast
44 One who does not express himself freely Introvert
45 Who behaves without moral principles Immoral
46 A person who is incapable of being tampered with Impregnable
47 One who is unable to pay his debts Insolvent
48 A person who is mentally ill Lunatic
49 A person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society Misanthrope
50 A person who primarily concerned with making money at the expense of ethics Mercenary
51 Someone in love with himself Narcissist
52 One who collect coins as hobby Numismatist
53 A person who likes or admires women Philogynist
54 A lover of mankind Philanthropist
55 A person who speaks more than one language Polyglot
56 One who lives in solitude Recluse
57 Someone who walks in sleep Somnambulist
58 A person who is indifferent to the pains and pleasures of life Stoic
59 A scolding nagging bad-tempered woman Termagant
60 A person who shows a great or excessive fondness for one’s wife Uxorious
61 One who possesses outstanding technical ability in a particular art or field Virtuoso
One Word Substitution List For “Collection/ Group”
62 A group of guns or missile launchers operated together at one place Battery
63 A large bundle bound for storage or transport Bale
64 A large gathering of people of a particular type Bevy
65 An arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present Bouquet
66 A family of young animals Brood
67 A group of things that have been hidden in a secret place Cache
68 A group of people, typically with vehicles or animals travelling together Caravan
69 A closed political meeting Caucus
70 An exclusive circle of people with a common purpose Clique
71 A group of followers hired to applaud at a performance Claque
72 A series of stars Constellation
73 A funeral procession Cortege
74 A group of worshippers Congregation
75 A herd or flock of animals being driven in a body Drove
76 A small fleet of ships or boats Flotilla
77 A small growth of trees without underbrush Grove
78 A community of people smaller than a village Hamlet
79 A group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals Herd
80 A large group of people Horde
81 A temporary police force Posse
82 A large number of fish swimming together Shoal
83 A strong and fast-moving stream of water or other liquid Torrent
One Word Substitution List For “Research/ Profession”
84 The medieval forerunner of chemistry Alchemy
85 A person who presents a radio/television programme Ancho
86 One who studies the evolution of mankind Anthropologist
87 A person who is trained to travel in a spacecraft Astronaut
88 The scientific study of the physiology, structure, genetics, ecology, distribution, classification, and economic importance of plants Botany
89 A person who draws or produces maps Cartographer
90 A person who writes beautiful writing Calligrapher
91 A person who composes the sequence of steps and moves for a performance of dance Choreographer
92 A person employed to drive a private or hired car Chauffeur
93 A person who introduces the performers or contestants in a variety show Compere
94 A keeper or custodian of a museum or other collection Curator
95 The branch of biology concerned with cyclical physiological phenomena Chronobiology
96 A secret or disguised way of writing Cypher
97 The study of statistics Demography
98 The use of the fingers and hands to communicate and convey ideas Dactylology
99 A person who sells and arranges cut flowers Florist
100 A line of descent traced continuously from an ancestor Genealogy
101 The therapeutic use of sunlight Heliotherapy
102 The art or practice of garden cultivation and management Horticulture
103 One who supervises in the examination hall Invigilator
104 The theory or philosophy of law Jurisprudence
105 A person who compiles dictionarie Lexicographer
106 The scientific study of the structure and diseases of teeth Odontology
107 One who presents a radio programme Radio Jockey
108 The art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing Rhetoric
109 The branch of science concerned with the origin, structure, and composition of rocks Petrology
110 One who study the elections and trends in voting Psephologist
111 An artist who makes sculptures. Sculptor
112 The scientific study of the behaviour, structure, physiology, classification, and distribution of animals Zoology
One Word Substitution List For “Spot/ Venue”
113 A collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people Archive
114 A large cage, building, or enclosure for keeping birds in Aviary
115 A building where animals are butchered Abattoir
116 A place where bees are kept; a collection of beehives Apiary
117 A building containing tanks of live fish of different species Aquarium
118 A place or scene of activity, debate, or conflict Arena
119 A collection of weapons and military equipment Arsenal
120 An institution for the care of people who are mentally ill Asylum
121 A hole or tunnel dug by a small animal, especially a rabbit, as a dwelling Burrow
122 A collection of items of the same type stored in a hidden or inaccessible place Cache
123 A public room or building where gambling games are played Casino
124 A large burial ground, especially one not in a churchyard Cemetery
125 A room in a public building where outdoor clothes or luggage may be left Cloakroom
126 A place where a dead person’s body is cremated Crematorium
127 a Christian community of nuns living together under monastic vows Convent
128 Nursery where babies and young children are cared for during the working day Creche
129 A stoppered glass container into which wine or spirit is decanted Decanter
130 A large bedroom for a number of people in a school or institution Dormitory
131 The nest of a squirrel, typically in the form of a mass of twigs in a tree Drey
132 A room or building equipped for gymnastics, games, and other physical exercise Gymnasium
133 A storehouse for threshed grain Granary
134 A large building with an extensive floor area, typically for housing aircraft. Hangar
135 A box or cage, typically with a wire mesh front, for keeping rabbits or other small domesticated animals Hutch
136 A place in a large institution for the care of those who are ill Infirmary
137 A small shelter for a dog Kennel
138 A place where wild animal live Lair
139 A place where coins, medals, or tokens are made Mint
140 A collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition Menagerie
141 A building or buildings occupied by a community of monks living under religious vows Monastery
142 A place where bodies are kept for identification Morgue
143 A piece of enclosed land planted with fruit trees Orchard
144 A large natural or artificial lake used as a source of water supply Reservoir
145 A small kitchen or room at the back of a house used for washing dishes and another dirty household work Scullery
146 A close-fitting cover for the blade of a knife or sword Sheath
147 A room or building for sick children in a boarding school Sanatorium
148 A place where animal hides are tanned Tannery
149 A large, tall cupboard in which clothes may be hung or stored Wardrobe
One Word Substitution List For “Government/ Systems”
150 A state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority or other controlling systems Anarchy
151 A form of government in which power is held by the nobility Aristocracy
152 A system of government by one person with absolute power Autocracy
153 A self-governing country or region Autonomy
154 A system of government in which most of the important decisions are taken by state officials rather than by elected representatives Bureaucracy
155 A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives Democracy
156 A state, society, or group governed by old people Gerontocracy
157 A state or country run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens Kakistocracy
158 Government by new or inexperienced hands Neocracy
159 Government by the populace Ochlocracy
160 A small group of people having control of a country or organization Oligarchy
161 Government by the wealthy Plutocracy
162 Government not connected with religious or spiritual matters Secular
163 A form of government with a monarch at the head Monarchy
164 A political system based on government of men by God Thearchy
One Word Substitution List For “Fear/ Phobia”
165 An extreme or irrational fear of heights Acrophobia
166 An irrational fear of fresh air or drafts of air Aerophobia
167 Fear of being egotistical, being alone or isolated Autophobia
168 A phobia of pain Algophobia
169 An abnormal fear of heights Altophobia
170 An emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat Anorexia
171 An extreme or irrational fear of open or public places Agoraphobia
172 An abnormal and persistent fear of depths Bathophobia
173 Fear or hatred of books Bibliophobia
174 Fear of ugliness and things that are ugly Cacophobia
175 A dislike of being in the centre Centrophobia
176 An extreme fear about beauty Cellophobia
177 Fear of time Chronophobia
178 Fear of dogs Cynophobia
179 An extreme or irrational fear of confined places Claustrophobia
180 A delusion of being possessed by evil spirits Demonomania
181 An abnormal and persistent fear of drinking alcohol Dipsophobia
182 An abnormal and persistent fear of work or finding employment Ergophobia
183 Fear of getting married, being in a relationship, or commitment Gamophobia
184 Physical or psychological fear of sexual relations or sexual intercourse Genophobia
185 Fear of old age Geraphobia
186 Fear of knowledge Gnosiophobia
187 Fear of women Gynaephobia
188 Fear of writing or handwriting Graphophobia
189 An irrational and intense fear of travel Hodophobia
190 An excessive fear or aversion to obtaining pleasure Hedonophobia
191 Fear of disease Haemetophobia
192 An obsessive fear of words Logophobia
193 An extreme fear of wind or drafts Menemophobia
194 An extreme or irrational fear of the night or of darkness Nyctophobia
195 Fear of medication Pharamacophobia
196 Fear of death Thanatophobia
197 Extreme superstition regarding the number thirteen Triskaidekaphobia
One Word Substitution List For “Murder/ Death”
198 A solemn procession, especially for a funeral Cortege
199 A poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead Elegy
200 A phrase or form of words written in memory of a person who has died Epitaph
201 Killing of one’s son or daughter Filicide
202 Destruction or abortion of a fetus Foeticide
203 Killing of one’s brother or sister Fratricide
204 Killing of a large group of people Genocide
205 Killing of one person by another Homicide
206 Killing of infants Infanticide
207 Burial of a corpse in a grave or tomb Interment
208 Killing of one’s mother Matricide
209 A room or building in which dead bodies are kept Mortuary
210 A news article that reports the recent death of a person Obituary
211 Killing of a parent or other near relative Parricide
212 Killing of one’s father Patricide
213 An examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death Postmortem
214 Action of killing a king Regicide
215 Killing of one’s sister Sororicide
216 Act of intentionally causing one’s own death Suicide
217 Killing of one’s wife Uxoricide
One Word Substitution List For “Sound”
218 The branch of physics concerned with the properties of sound Acoustics
219 The sound of Alligators Bellow
220 The sound of Deers Bell
221 The sound of Crows Caw
222 The sound of Geese Cackle
223 The sound of Hens Cluck
224 The sound of Dolphins Click
225 The sound of Frogs Croak
226 The sound of Crickets Creak
227 The sound of Monkeys Gibber
228 The sound of Camels Grunt
229 The sound of Owls Hoot
230 The sound of Penguins Honk
231 The sound of Cattle Moo
232 The sound of Horses Neigh
233 The sound of Nightingales Pipe
234 The sound of Ducks Quack
235 The sound of Parrots Screech
236 The sound of Rats Squeak
237 The sound of Birds Twitter
238 The sound of Elephants Trumpet
239 The sound of Mosquitoes Whine
One Word Substitution List For Competitive Exam Related to “Generic Terms”
240 An act of abdicating or renouncing the throne Abdication
241 An annual calendar containing important dates and statistical information such as astronomical data and tide tables Almanac
242 A cold-blooded vertebrate animal that is born in water and breathes with gills Amphibian
243 A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one Allegory
244 A statement or proposition on which an abstractly defined structure is based Axiom
245 A nation or person engaged in war or conflict, as recognized by international law Belligerent
246 An examination of tissue removed from a living body to discover the presence, cause, or extent of a disease Biopsy
247 The action or offence of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk Blasphemy
248 The arrangement of events or dates in the order of their occurrence Chronology
249 A vigorous campaign for political, social, or religious change Crusade
250 Lasting for a very short time Ephemeral
251 Spoken or done without preparation Extempore
252 Release someone from a duty or obligation Exonerate
253 Fond of company Gregarious
254 Making marks that cannot be removed Indelible
255 Incapable of making mistakes or being wrong Infallible
256 Certain to happen Inevitable
257 A sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past Nostalgia
258 A solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases Panacea
259 A doctrine which identifies God with the universe Pantheism
260 Excessively concerned with minor details or rules Pedantic
261 The practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own Plagiarism
262 Safe to drink Potable
263 The emblems or insignia of royalty Regalia
264 Violation or misuse of what is regarded as sacred Sacrilege
265 A position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit Sinecure
266 A thing that is kept as a reminder of a person, place, or event Souvenir
267 An imaginary ideal society free of poverty and suffering Utopia
268 Denoting a sin that is not regarded as depriving the soul of divine grace Venial
269 In exactly the same words as were used originally Verbatim

Enhance your vocabulary and learn new words related to one word substitution to boost your exam preparation.

You may also read:

Leave a Reply