Foreign words and phrases are generally not asked directly. But the knowledge of foreign words and phrases will help you in reading comprehension and other types of common questions. So, make yourself familiar with the common foreign words and phrases.
Common Foreign Words and Phrases
from the beginning.
from the origin.
list of additions. (addenda to a book)
according to value.
a body elected or appointed lor a definite work. (ad hoc comm ittee).
a school which one has attended.
A la carte
according to the bill of fare. (a la carte dishes are available)
according to the custom (fashion). (a la mode silk)
the other self, intimate friend, (Kissinger is the alter ego of Nixon)
satisfactory apology, reparation.
the forrner order of things.
from cause to effect, presumptive. (every science cannot be taught a priori)
in respect of
fully acquainted with matters.
until we meet again (to say au revoir at parting)
preliminary matter, preface
the ideal of perfection.
the world of fashion.
men of wit.
a special aversion (India has always been bete noire for Pakistan)
good faith (His bona fide in the matter cannot be doubted)
a good voyage or journey to you.
that which causes or justifies war.
a celebrated or notorious case in law
Charge d’ affaires
diplomat inferior in tank to an Ambassador.
masterpiece (Mona Lisa is Vinci’s Chef-d’ oeuvre)
about (‘circa 1930’)
an unexpected or untoward event; a hitch
a list of errors (in a book)
violent change in government.
Coup de grace
a finishing stroke. (The coup de grace of the Russian Revolution was the total annihilation of the Czar family)
a blind alley (The failure of the Policy of non-alignment in 1962 saw our foreign reach a cul-de-sac)
complete tout (debacle of opposition in the election)
actual or actually (de facto recognition to a state)
from the law, by law.
anew, again (trial of a case)
the end of a plot (in play)
out of the depths
easing of strained relations especially between states.
characters of the drama or play.
the best part; the pick. (The elite of town)
a terrible child; one who makes disconcerting remarks.
person in effective control of a business organization.
in a body. (They took leave en masse)
friends, group of people accompanying a dignitary.
list of errors
Esprit de corps
the animating spirit of a collective body, as a regiment.
and the rest.
I have found it
in virtue of his office.
a thing already done.
a false step; slip in behaviour.
a deadlock. (Talks reached an impasse)
at full length
entirely. (The committee’s recommendations were accepted in tote)
by that very fact.
with bad faith
manner of working. (of a gang, group etc.)
with the necessary changes (rules will come into force mutatis mutandis)
rank imposes obligation.
side by side.
Piece de resistance
a resistance piece, the main dish of a meal.
to remain in the post office till called for. (said of letters)
(examination) made after death.
at first view or consideration. (prima facie a good case)
Pro bone publico
for the good of the public
for the sake of the form.
according to rate or proportion.
one under the protection of another. (S.Vietnam is U.S.’s protege).
Quid pro quo
an equivalent, something in return.
the reason for a thing’s existence.
a summary or abstract (of a discussion Etc.)
holy of holies. (temple, church etc.)
in a series
without a day being appointed.
the existing condition. (status quo on border should be maintained)
let it stand.
before a court, not yet decided. (The case is sub judice)