Advanced Word List – 3

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
Affluent : Plentiful; abundant/ having an abundance of wealth
The affluent banker had a lot of respect in the city.
Arbitrary: Based on or subject to individual discretion, at times without preference to reasoning
The diet imposes daily intake of calories but the daily menu is arbitrary.
Discern: Detect with the senses
The fragrance was discernable by its exclusivity.
Dubious: Fraught with uncertainty or doubt
They agreed to my arguments but remained dubious.
Feasible: Capable of being done with means at hand
The project was feasible as they had the necessary know-how.
Fiasco: A sudden and violent collapse
The function turned into a fiasco due to the rain.
Harass: Annoy continually or chronically
The army commandant harassed his battalion.
Jurisdiction: In law; the territory within which power can be exercised
The jurisdiction of the court is fixed according to the district.
Oust: Remove from a position or office
The chairperson was ousted after he misappropriated funds.
Revert: Go back to a previous state
We reverted to the old policies of the company and choose to do things as our boss told us to do so.
Terminate: Bring to an end or halt
An official accused of dishonesty should be terminated immediately.
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Level 2: Let’s take it up a notch
Cognizant: Fully informed; conscious
The police chief was cognizant of the difficulties faced by his sub-ordinates.
Confidante: Someone to whom private matters are confided
The queen called her confidante before retiring.
Deride: Treat or speak of with contempt
The teacher derided the student in front of the whole class.
Disparage: Express a negative opinion of
Her mother’s disparagement caused her a lot of embarrassment.
Effigy: A crude representation of a person, at times used for purposes of ridicule
The crowd burnt the effigies of those tainted politicians involved in the riots.
Flout: Treat with contemptuous disregard
The students flouted the rules of the hostel.
Forthwith: At once, immediately
Any bureaucrat accused of corruption should be suspended forthwith.
Laudable: Worthy of high praise
The NGO made laudable efforts to save the environment.
Perverse: Directed away from what is right or good
Her husband took perverse pleasure in foiling her plans.
Quell: Suppress or crush completely
He quelled his hunger with water.
Skirmish: A minor short-term fight
There was a skirmish over the rules before the debate began.
Turbulent: being in a state of agitation or tumult
The flight was delayed due to turbulent weather.
Level 3: Time to be a master
Chagrin: Strong feelings of embarrassment
She was chagrined at the imbecile behaviour of the child.
Consternation: Fear resulting from the awareness of danger
The small child watched in consternation as the thief took away the valuables.
Eschew: To avoid; shun
To eschew one’s duty is never a good sign for an employee.
Exacerbate: Make worse
Heavy rainfall in the North-east exacerbated the flood problems.
Fray: A noisy fight/ A heated dispute or contest
The electoral candidates frayed publicly.
Implacable: Not to be appeased, or pacified
He failed to please the implacable woman.
Indigent: Poor enough to need help from others
The indigent ground soldiers were happy to receive the help of the natives.
Masticate: Grind and knead
The cows were masticating grass in the meadow.
Monolithic: Imposing in size or bulk or solidity
The monolithic architecture of the Mughals impressed everyone.
Obsolescence: Being in the process of passing out of use or usefulness
The government used policies of complete obsolescence.
Paroxysm: A sudden uncontrollable attack
The joker induced a paroxysm of giggling amongst the audience.
Perfunctory: Done usually and with little interest or care
A perfunctory inspection failed to reveal the flaws in the structure.
Precocious: Characterized by unusually early development or maturity
In some species of magnolias, precocious flowers appear before the leaves.
Reprehensible: Blameworthy
The judge reprimanded him for his reprehensible acts.
Sally: A venture off the beaten path
He sallied into the wide world beyond his home.
Stymie: A thwarting and distressing situation
A problem in thermodynamics stymied half the class.
Voluble: Marked by a ready flow of speech
She is a very voluble young woman.
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