One Word Substitution is the most important topic for BCS BANKS and Other Competitive Exams as questions from this topic comes every year in the English Section. Here you can learn the complete list (more than 200) of one-word substitution that is important for the competitive and jobs exams. One word substitution means a single word for a number of words, expressions, phrases or even clauses.

A baby carriage — Perambulator (Pram)

A battle or a match in which neither party wins. = Drawn

A book containing all the published work of an author —Omnibus

A child whose parents are dead. = Orphan

 A diplomatic representative of one country in another. = Ambassador

A disease that spreads over a large area. = Epidemic

A garden of fruits. = Orchard

A government of the people by the people and for the people. = Democracy

A hollow space in a wall for a statue. = Niche

A lover of mankind. = Philanthropist

A machine that functions by itself — Automatic


A man residing in a country of which he is not a citizen. = Foreigner

A man who has more than one wife. = Polygamist

A medicine that kills germs. = Germicide

A medicine which counteracts the effects of poison. = Antidote

A medicine which prevents infection by killing germs. = Antiseptic

A person residing in a country of which he is not a citizen. = Alien

A person who believes that there is no God. = Atheist

A person who comes to one country from another in order to settle there. = Immigrant

A person who does something not professionally but for pleasure. = Amateur

A person who eats too much. = Glutton

A person who hates mankind. = Misanthropist

A person who is free from national prejudices. = Cosmopolitan

A person who leaves his own country and goes to live in another. = Emigrant

A person who looks at the bright side of things. = Optimist

A person who looks at the dark side of things. = Pessimist

A person who write dictionaries — Lexicographer

A person working for money. = Mercenary

A place where dead bodies are kept before post mortem. = Mortuary

 A remedy for all kinds of diseases. = Panacea

A selfish person who always thinks of himself. = Egoist

A self-moving vehicle — Automobile

A signature of oneself — Autograph

A speech delivered without previous preparation. = Extempore

A system ruled by father/men — Patriarchy

A thing which is not fresh. = Stale

A traveller in space. = Astronaut

A word or custom which is no longer in use. = Obsolete

A writer who steal ideas from another. = Plagiarist

A written message from far off place — Telegraph

All-powerful. = Omnipotent

Almighty One who is all knowing — Omniscient

An assembly of listeners. = Audience

An established principle of practical wisdom. = Maxim

An expert in writing (drawing) maps — Cartographer Writing of one's life story —Biography

An expert in writing by hand — Chirographer

An inheritance from father — Patrimony

An office for which no salary is paid. = Honorary

Art of good handwriting — Calligraphy

Articles sent from one country to another. = Export

Belonging to the same time. = Contemporary

Capable of catching fire easily. = Inflammable

Carriage for sick people — Ambulance

Child, born after the death of father. = Posthumous

Festival of the hundredth anniversary. = Centenary

Fit to be chosen. = Eligible

Giving of special favour by a person in high position to his relatives. = Nepotism

Government by a ruler who has unlimited power. = Autocracy

Government by the officials = Bureaucracy

Hand written matter. = Manuscript

Having several husbands — Polyandry

He is an artist that draws comic pictures. = Caricaturist

Holding conventional beliefs in matter of religion. = Orthodox

Killing of a human being especially by another. = Homicide

Killing of one's own self. = Suicide

Living on flesh — Carnivorous

Living on grass — Herbivorous

Love for mankind — Philanthropy

Medical examination of a dead body. = Postmortem

One who abstains completely from alcoholic liquor. = Teetotaler

One who believes in fate. = Fatalist

One who believes in God — Theist

One who believes in many Gods — Polytheist

One who believes in one God —Monotheist

One who believes the presence of God in everything in the universe-- Pantheist

One who can neither read nor write. = Illiterate

One who collects postage stamps. = Philatelist

One who eats all kinds of food — Omnivorous

One who goes on a journey to a holy place. = Pilgrim

One who has great love for one's country. = Patriot

One who has narrow and prejudiced religious views. = Bigot

One who hates humans — Misanthrope

One who hates marriage — Misogamist

One who hates marriage — Misogamy

One who hates men — Misandrist

One who hates women — Misogynist

One who is all powerful — Omnipotent

One who is new to a profession. = Novice

One who is present all over — Omnipresent

One who is present everywhere. = Omnipresent

One who knows everything. = Omniscient

One who knows many languages. = Linguist

One who lacks knowledge. = Ignorant

One who lives by alone and avoids people. = Recluse

One who lives on another. = Parasite

One who loads and unloads ships. = Stevedore

One who loves books as collection — Bibliophile

One who loves his fatherland (country) — Patriot

One who loves mankind — Philanthropist

One who loves men — Androphile

One who loves wisdom — Philosopher

One who loves women — Phylogeny

One who speaks on behalf of others. = Spokesman

One who walks at night — Noctambulist

One who walks in sleep — Somnambulist

One who walks on ropes — Funambulist

One with unlimited power — Autocrat

People having both male and female characteristics — Androgynous

People who have both male and female sexual organs — Gynandries

People working together in the same office or department. = Colleague

Person unable to pay debts. = Insolvent

Person who believes that there is God. = Theist

Person who eats meat. = Non-vegetarian

Person who is caused to suffer for a great cause. = Martyr

Place for burials other than a churchyard. = Cemetery

Place for cremating of dead bodies. = Crematorium

Practicing only one marriage (having only one wife) — Monogamy

Practicing several marriages (having many wives) — Polygamy

Practicing two marriages — Bigamy

Process of printing from a plate — Lithography

Room or building used for scientific experiments. = Laboratory

Scientific study of bodily diseases — Pathology

Self-rule or control — Autonomy

Study of animals — Zoology

Study of arthropod and reptiles — Herpetology             

Study of bees — Apiology

Study of birds — Ornithology

Study of broken bones — Orthopedics

Study of cancer — Oncology

Study of cats — Felinology

Study of celestial bodies —Astronomy

Study of coins — Numismatics

Study of dogs — Cynology

Study of earth and rocks — Geology

Study of earthquakes — Seismology

Study of eggs — Oology

Study of eyes — Ophthalmology

Study of flags - Vexillology

Study of flying aeroplanes — Aviation

Study of hand writing — Graphology

Study of heart/heart diseases — Cardiology

Study of heredity — Genetics

Study of human development — Anthropology

Study of kidneys and their diseases — Nephrology

Study of languages — Philology

Study of living things — Biology

Study of medicine for children and their diseases—Paediatrics/Pediatrics

Study of medicine for women — Gynecology/ Gynaecology

Study of mountains and their mapping — Orology Study of bones — Osteology

Study of mouth and its diseases — Stomatology

Study of nerves — Neurology

Study of poisons (w) — Toxicology

Study of problems of old age — Gerontology

Study of relation between organism and environment — Ecology

Study of religion — Theology

Study of religion — Theology

Study of rocks — Petrology

Study of science of insects — Entomology

Study of skin/skin diseases — Dermatology

Study of snakes — Serpentology

Study of the influence of planets and stars — Astrology

Study of trees — Dendrology

Study of water — Hydrology

Study of weather — Meteorology

Study of wine/wine making — Enology/Oenology

Study of horses — Hippology

Substance designed to make the skin or hair more beautiful. = Cosmetics

That can be believed. = Credible

That does not bear the name of the writer. = Anonymous

That which cannot be read. = Illegible

That which cannot be repaired. = Irreparable

That which cannot be seen through. = Opaque

That which is contrary to law. = Illegal

The killing of a father — Patricide

The killing of a human being — Homicide

The killing of a king — Regicide

The killing of a mother — Matricide

The killing of a new born child — Infanticide

The killing of a whole race — Genocide

The killing of new born child. = Infanticide

The killing of one's husband — Mariticide

The killing of one's own brother — Fratricide

The killing of one's sister — Sororicide

The killing of one's wife — Uxoritide

The killing of oneself — Suicide.

The killing of parents — Parricide

The life history of a man written by himself. = Autobiography

The life history of a man written by someone else. = Biography

The man who can eat human flesh. = Cannibal

The practice of having more than one husband at the same time. = Polyandry

The rule or control of mother — Matriarchy

The school or college one attends — Alma Mater

The science of vegetable life. = Botany

The science which treats of life. = Biology

The state of being father — Paternity

The state of being unmarried. = Celibacy

The street is not wide. = Narrow

The study of human development — Anthropology

To give up the throne. = Abdicate

To walk aimlessly — Amble

Very exact or scrupulous in the observance of forms of etiquitte, ceremony or behaviour. = Punctitious

Want of rain. = Drought

Which cannot be conquered. = Invincible

Which cannot be corrected. = Incorrigible

Which cannot be heard. = Inaudible

Which cannot be imitated. = Inimitable

Which cannot be reached. = Inaccessible

Which cannot be removed. = Indelible

Which is difficult to believe. = Incredible

Which is fit to be eaten. = Edible

Which may cause death. = Fatal

Widely known for bad works. = Notorious

Words inscribed on the graves. = Epitaph

Writing of one's won life story — Autobiography

Written by light — Photograph