Advanced Word List – 4

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
Adverse: Contrary to your interests or welfare
Her adverse circumstances made her more determined to fight.
Advocate: Push for something
The doctor advocated a ban on smoking in the whole hospital.
Asset: A useful or valuable quality
His perseverance proved a valuable asset in getting the contract.
Desist: Choose not to consume
He desisted from eating red meat.
Elusive: Difficult to describe
An elusive fragrance emanated from the flowers.
Frustrate: Hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
She felt frustrated when her efforts yielded no result.
Ineffectual: Not producing an intended effect
The water therapy proved ineffectual.
Interject: To insert between other elements
She interjected clever remarks in her conversation.
Respite: A (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
In spite of the sun shine there was no respite from the cold.
Scrutinize: To look at critically or searchingly, or in minute detail
He scrutinized the documents carefully before replying.
Solicit: To seek to obtain by persuasion, entreaty
The priest keeps soliciting money for various charities.
Venom: Toxin/poison secreted by animals
Snake venom is very poisonous.
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Level 2: Let’s take it up a notch
Amicable: Characterized by friendship and good will
An amicable settlement was reached at between the two parties.
Entourage: The group following and attending to some important person
The minister’s entourage included a lot of policemen.
Excruciating: Extremely painful
She had an excruciating pain in her knees.
Extortion: An exorbitant charge
The fees charged by the school mounted to extortion.
Fretful: Nervous and unable to relax
Due to the thunder there was a fretful stamping of hooves by the horses.
Inclement: (of weather or climate) severe
The inclement weather caused a lot of deaths.
Loath: Unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom
He was loath to attend the function.
Obsess: Haunt like a ghost; pursue
She is obsessed about her weight.
Pertinent: Having precise or logical relevance to the matter at hand
The lawyer asked for a list of articles pertinent to the discussion.
Premonition: A feeling of evil to come
He had a premonition about the bad times ahead.
Reverberating: Characterized by resonance
Her mother’s warning reverberated in her mind continuously.
Spew: Expel or eject from the mouth
The paper spewed dishonourable words about the presidential candidate.
Succumb: Consent reluctantly
He finally succumbed to the pressure of his parents.
Symptomatic: Characteristic or indicative of a disease
He had a rash symptomatic of scarlet fever.
Level 3: Time to be a master
Astute: Having insight or acumen
An astute tenant always reads the small print in a lease.
Bigot: A person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion
Political bigotry is very common.
Blatant: Completely obvious
He was blatantly rude to his seniors.
Doleful: Filled with or evoking sadness
The child’s doleful expression moved him to pity.
Histrionics: A deliberate display of emotion for effect
She indulged in histrionics when no-one paid attention to her.
Impresario: A sponsor who books and stages public entertainments
The efforts of the impresario were praised by the public on hearing the violinist.
Malady: Any unwholesome or desperate condition
The malady could be cured only by patience.
Mastiff: An old breed of powerful deep-chested smooth-coated dog used mainly as a watchdog and guard dog
The mastiff sadly bled to death, but a week later the German shepherd is still thriving and well on its way to grow into something big.
Nefarious: Extremely wicked
He escaped narrowly from the nefarious schemes of the agent.
Peruse: Examine or consider with attention and in detail
He perused the report at his leisure.
Recoil: Spring back, as from a forceful thrust
He recoiled on seeing the snake.
Vexatious: Causing irritation or annoyance
The vexatious child caused a ruckus.
Virulent: Extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom
A virulent virus spread in the city.
Wan: (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble
Her wan face flushed on receiving her appointment letter.
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