Advanced Word List – 10

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
Array: An impressive display
It was a bewildering display of books.
Detriment: A damage or loss
She took a long leave of absence without detriment to her career.
Hostile: Characterized by enmity or ill will
The Governor faced hostile crowds when he visited the town.
Initiate: Bring into being
She was initiated as a member of the secret mission.
Lethargic: Deficient in alertness or activity
He felt too miserable and lethargic to get dressed.
Longevity: The property of being long-lived
His longevity vexed his heirs.
Prominent: Having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
She has a low forehead and prominent eyebrows.
Rue: Sadness associated with some wrong done
He was probably ruing his decision.
Level 2: Let’s take it up a notch
Acute: Extremely sharp or intense
His hearing was unusually acute.
Congenial: Pleasant, agreeable
The food at the party was excellent and the company congenial.
Culminate: End, especially to reach a final or climactic stage
The meeting culminated without any consensus.
Deplorable: Of very poor quality or condition
The working conditions inside the factory were deplorable.
Doddering: Mentally or physically infirm with age
The doddering old manservant opened the door to us with great difficulty.
Gist: The central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
He related the gist of the conversation to us.
Hoard: Get or gather together
They’ve begun to hoard food and gasoline.
Imbibe: Take in, also metaphorically
He had imbibed a set of mystical beliefs from his cradle.
Inevitable: Incapable of being avoided or prevented
The train was inevitably late.
Intrinsic: Belonging to a thing by its very nature
Diamonds have little intrinsic value.
Lucrative: Producing a sizeable profit
Many of them have found lucrative jobs in private security firms.
Obscure: Make less visible or unclear
The stars were obscured by the clouds.
Paramount: Having superior power and influence
The welfare of the children should be of paramount importance.
Sage: Having wisdom that comes with age and experience
He was famous for his sage advice to young painters.
Superficial: Of, affecting, or being on or near the surface
He made only a few superficial changes in the original manuscript.
Tussle: Disorderly fighting
They ended up tussling with the security staff.
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Level 3: Time to be a master
Aegis: Kindly endorsement and guidance
He prospered under the aegis of his uncle.
Ardent: Characterized by intense emotion
He was an ardent lover of books.
Aversion: A feeling of intense dislike
Many people have an aversion to insects.
Cogent: Powerfully persuasive
He gave a cogent speech against corruption.
Conflagration: A very intense and uncontrolled fire
All the stock was destroyed in the warehouse conflagration.
Evince: Give expression to
He evinces distaste by grimacing.
Jettison: Throw away something encumbering
When one of the engines failed, the crew jettisoned the luggage.
Obliterate: Do away with completely, without leaving a trace
The sandstorm obliterated the footprints of the camel.
Pinnacle: The highest level or degree attainable
He had reached the pinnacle of his career.
Rebuke: An act or expression of criticism and censure
He had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face.
Remiss: Failing in what duty requires
He is remiss in his duties.
Senile: Mentally or physically infirm with age
They thought her to be a senile old woman and she let them do so.
Terse: Brief and to the point; effectively cut short
He gave a terse one-word answer.
Transient: Lasting a very short time
High fashion is very transient in nature.
Virile: Characterized by energy and vigour
He was a tall virile man with rugged good looks.
Vogue: The popular taste at a given time
Hoops were once the vogue.
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