Advanced Word List – 5

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
Domicile: Make one's home in a particular place or community
The domicile rules of USA are very tough.
Elapse: Pass by
Three years elapsed before he met his family.
Emit: Expel or give off
The ozone layer blocks some harmful rays which the sun emits.
Integral: Existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
Honesty was an integral part of his personality.
Lax: Lacking in rigour or strictness
The students were lax in attending classes.
Nominal: Insignificantly small; a matter of form only
The doctor’s fee was nominal and not exorbitant by any standard.
Prestigious: Having an illustrious reputation; respected
He has a prestigious position in the company.
Rash: Imprudently incurring risk
Rash driving can cause accidents.
Ultimate: Furthest or highest in degree or order; utmost or extreme
The summer resort provided the ultimate in luxury.
Level 2: Let’s take it up a notch
Conjecture: A hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or without any proof
He dismissed the idea as mere conjecture having no factual basis.
Eventuate: To result ultimately
The pandemic eventuated in the deaths of thousands.
Flamboyant: Marked by ostentation but often tasteless
Everyone made fun of his flamboyant way of dressing.
Fortitude: Mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty.
The foreigners were typically impressed by the fortitude of the tribal’s.
Haven: A shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary
The school authorities provided for a safe haven for destitute children.
Ilk: A kind of person
 I can’t tolerate people of his ilk.
Incoherent: Without logical or meaningful connection
He gave a turgid and incoherent presentation.
Inhibition: Something that restrains or blocks
The political leaders gave speeches without inhibition.
Meticulous: Marked by precise accordance with details
The teacher meticulously compiled the results.
Placard: A sign posted in a public place as an advertisement
The way to the auditorium was written on the placard.
Remuneration: The act of paying for goods or services or to recompense for losses
He did not receive adequate remuneration for his work.
Sporadic: Irregular / occasional
The sporadic rise in prices caused lot of discomfort to the common man.
Truncated: Cut short in duration
The truncated tree was spread across the road.
Viable: Capable of living/ practical
The project was viable as the terms were very flexible.
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Level 3: Time to be a master
Anathema: One that is greatly reviled, loathed, or shunned
The subject of infidelity is anathema to him.
Diatribe: Thunderous verbal attack
The students continued their diatribe against the teachers.
Expunge: Remove by erasing
The writer corrected some factual slips and expunged some repetitions.
Fractious: Easily irritated or annoyed
He was an impatient fractious young man.
Importune: Beg persistently and urgently
He importuned the help of his relatives.
Incontrovertible: Impossible to deny or disprove
There was incontrovertible proof of the defendant’s innocence.
Jaunty: Crisp and dapper in appearance
The jaunty red hat suited her perfectly.
Lurid: Horrible in fierceness or savagery
There was a lurid account of the crime in the newspaper.
Obviate: Do away with
One can obviate a future difficulty but not one which already exists.
Ostentatious: Intended to attract notice and impress others
The ostentatious feathers in her cap caught everyone’s eye.
Quip: A witty saying
He is very good at making clever quips.
Schism: Division of a group into opposing factions
Another schism like that and the company will wind up in bankruptcy.
Subjugate: Put down by force or intimidation
The rich landowners subjugated the poor peasants working for them.
Subterranean: Being or operating under the surface of the earth/hidden
The culprit’s subterranean motives for murder were exposed by Patrick Jane.
Surreptitious: Conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
There was a surreptitious movement of troops on the border.
Timorous: Timid by nature or revealing timidity
The timorous mouse ran hither thither.
Utopia: An imaginary place considered to be perfect or ideal
The small and languid hill town forms part of the writer’s utopia, one that he craves for incessantly.
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