Advanced Word List – 13

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.
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Level 1: Let’s get warmed up
Absurd: Incongruous; inviting ridicule
They went to absurd lengths to save a small amount of money.
Appreciation: An expression of gratitude
He expressed his appreciation by sending a short note.
Cope: Come to terms with
He coped with his responsibilities with courage.
Dismantle: Tear down so as to make flat with the ground
He dismantled the furniture before moving out of the house.
Fabricated: Formed or conceived by the imagination
She fabricated an excuse for not attending the function.
Incompatibility: The quality of being unable to exist or work in congenial combination
Incompatibility between mother and baby’s blood group may cause jaundice.
Materialism: A great or excessive regard for worldly concerns.
Disciples of materialism are more concerned about their bank balances than the fate of humanity.
Nurture: Help develop, help grow
The teacher nurtured her student’s talent.
Originate: Come into existence; take on form or shape
No-one who originated that story is available for comment.
Plight: An unfavourable or unfortunate state.
She was in a terrible plight as she had lost all her money.
Taint: The state of being contaminated
The elections were tainted by corruption.
Tradition: A specific practice of long standing
She has carried on the family tradition of giving away plants.
Universal: Of worldwide scope or applicability
Gargles are a universal remedy for sore throat.
Level 2: Let’s take it up a notch
Amnesty: A period during which offenders are exempted from punishment
Activists will not automatically be granted amnesty.
Awesome: Inspiring awe or admiration or wonder
He stood in awesome silence in front of the ancient ruins.
Bona fide: Undertaken in good faith
He was a bona fide citizen of The United States.
Covert: Secret or hidden.
They have been supplying covert military aid to the rebels.
Debris: The remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
There was a lot of debris in the house after the builder had left.
Eruption: A sudden violent spontaneous occurrence
There was a sudden eruption of violence on the streets.
Incapacitated: Lacking in or deprived of strength or power
He is incapacitated so he cannot work.
Nirvana: Any place of complete bliss and delight and peace
The soul reaches nirvana after numerous cycles of birth and death.
Puny: Inferior in strength or significance
It was difficult to arrange a grand function due to the puny resources at our disposal.
Salvation: A means of preserving from harm or risk.
Reading was his only salvation from boredom.
Sumptuous: Rich and superior in quality
They live in sumptuous surroundings.
Underwrite: Guarantee financial support of
They hired a special agency to underwrite their small  business loans,
Vulnerable: Susceptible to attack
Small animals are often vulnerable to attack from the stronger ones.
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Level 3: Time to be a master
Abhor: Find repugnant
She abhors delay of any kind.
Connubial: Of or relating to marriage or to the relationship between a wife and husband
It is difficult to explain what connubial felicity actually is.
Contemptuous: Expressing extreme contempt
She gave a contemptuous little laugh and walked away.
Demur: Take exception to
He demurred at the suggestion of working on Saturday.
Entreaty: Earnest or urgent request
They have resisted all entreaties to pledge their support for the campaign.
Exonerate: Pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
The official report exonerated the school of any blame.
Expatriate: A person who is voluntarily absent from home or country
The military is preparing to evacuate expatriate families.
Fiat: A legally binding command or decision entered on the court record
He has imposed solutions by fiat.
Inviolable: Incapable of being transgressed or dishonoured
The game had a single inviolable rule.
Juxtapose: Place side by side
The judge juxtaposed the statements of the two eye-witnesses to arrive at the conclusion.
Mendacious: Given to lying
The politicians were issuing mendacious claims and counter- claims.
Parsimonious: Excessively unwilling to spend
His parsimonious thrift was relieved by a few generous impulses.
Pecuniary: Relating to or involving money
He received gratitude but no pecuniary benefit for his services.
Proscribe: Command against
He was proscribed not to leave the house until his parents came back.
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