Advanced Word List – 2

A good vocabulary is crucial to acing Verbal section in GRE, CAT, SAT and other such exams. In this series of articles, we have compiled 1000 words that frequently feature in competitive exams.Spread over 25 lists of 40 words, these lists offer you a chance to learn the most essential English words.
Each word in the list is accompanied with its meaning and followed by a usage example. The words are categorized on three levels: 1, 2 and 3, according to the degree of difficulty. Go through the word lists and strengthen your vocabulary database.
Level 1: Let’s get warmed up
Aspirants: An ambitious and aspiring young person
There are more than two hundred thousand CAT aspirants that appear for the exam every year.
Brash: Offensively bold
A brash newcomer flouted the rules of the club.
Concur: Be in accord, be in agreement
The policemen concurred with the Mayor on the issue of prevention of crime.
Condolence: An expression of sympathy with another's grief
They sent their condolences on her mother’s death.
Culprit: Someone who perpetrates wrongdoing
The culprit was caught while running from the scene of the crime.
Ethics: Motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
The medical ethics did not allow him to operate.
Frenzy: State of violent mental agitation
There was frenzied activity outside the castle.
Incongruous: Lacking in harmony
His joke was incongruous with polite conversation.
Ominous: Threatening/Presaging ill fortune
A dead and ominous silence prevailed after the storm.
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Level 2: Let’s take it up a notch
Admonish: Warn strongly
The teacher admonished the student on his bad behaviour.
Castigate: Censure severely
The judge castigated the prisoner.
Cessation: A stopping
The birds started chirping after the cessation of the storm.
Clandestine: Conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
During the war there were many clandestine operations to rescue prisoners of war.
Inane: Devoid of intelligence
They made inane and affected remarks to one another.
Intimidate: Make timid or fearful
She is intimidated by her boss.
Mundane: Found in the ordinary course of events
The mundane affairs of the office took up most of her time.
Solace: Comfort in disappointment or misery
She found solace in the park amidst the flowers.
Stipulate: Specify as a condition
Payment dates were stipulated in the contract itself.
Tangible: Capable of being treated as fact
His fear of the dark was tangible.
Tremulous: Marked by trembling, or shaking
She was so scared of her formidable aunt that she spoke in a tremulous voice in front of her.
Level 3: Time to be a master
Alacrity: Liveliness and eagerness
He accepted the job offer with alacrity.
Belittle: Express a negative opinion of
He belittled his subordinates daily.
Belligerent: Characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight
The boxer’s belligerent looks scared his opponents.
Bristle: Rise up as in fear
The dog’s fur bristled on seeing the big cat.
Disdain: Reject with contempt
He disdainfully rejected his brother’s offer of help.
Dregs: Residue or remains
The dregs left in the room of the victim showed traces of sleeping pills.
Duress: Compulsory force or threat
The witness confessed under duress.
Euphemism: An inoffensive or indirect expression
‘Passed away’ is just a euphemism for saying someone has died.
Feint: Deceive by a mock action
The midfielder feinted to launch a kick towards the goalkeeper.
Flagrant: shockingly noticeable or evident, glaring
There was flagrant violation of human rights during the British rule.
Inexorable: Unyielding, unalterable
Shyama inexorably ignored his pleas.
Laceration: A torn ragged wound
He had lacerations on feet because he was scrambling through the bushes earlier in the day.
Octogenarian: Being from 80 to 89 years old
The octogenarian celebrated his birthday in style with his family.
Promulgate: State or announce
His promulgation of the policy proved to be immature and he had to take it back under public pressure.
Pugnacious: Combative in nature
Bodyguards are generally pugnacious in nature.
Rampant: Unrestrained and violent
There was a rampant growth of weeds during the monsoon.
Repudiate: Refuse to acknowledge
The woman repudiated the divorce settlement she had finalized with her estranged husband.
Scoff: Laugh at with contempt and derision
There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t scoff at. He was simply an irritated old buffoon.
Scurrilous: Given to the use of vulgar, coarse, or abusive language
Reality TV shows, such as Big Brother, are a   mixture of nothing else but glamour and scurrilous language.
Sordid: Morally degraded
The sordid details of the case left nothing to imagination.
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