Advanced Word List – 1

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
Backpedal: Modify one's opinion, make it less strong
Politicians generally find it hard to backpedal on their publicly stated positions.
Compound: Add or increase
Strong winds compounded the difficulties of the fire-fighters.
Caustic: Harsh or corrosive in tone
He heaped caustic comments on his opponents.
Voracious: Very Greedy
Ram is a voracious shopkeeper who over-charges all his clients.
Indiscriminate: Not making or based on careful distinctions
The indiscriminate marking by the teacher led to the failure of a number of students.
Eminent: Of high rank or importance
Some eminent members of the society helped in rehabilitating the slum-dwellers in the city.
Matron: Supervisor or monitor
The hospital matron was very strict with the new nurses.
Paradox: Contradiction
It is a strange paradox that standing is more tiring than walking ,
Realm: Kingdom
The priest lived in an idyllic realm of contentment and self-indulgence.
Throng: A large gathering of people
The crowds thronged the stadium of the rock concert.
Accost: Speak to someone
He was accosted in the street by four men.
Plethora: Extreme excess
There was a plethora of toys in Santa’s bag.
Felon: Someone who has committed a crime.
As a convicted felon he was sent to prison.
Fabricate: Make up something artificial or untrue
He fabricated a lie to save his life.
Gesticulate: Show, express or direct through movement
He gesticulated to call them near.
Vigilant: Carefully observant or attentive.
It was difficult to escape the vigilant eye of the town watch.
Avid: Ardently or excessively desirous
She was an avid reader of literary books.
Enhance: Increase
This condiment will enhance the flavour of the meal.
Jostle: To come in rough contact while moving; push and shove
The passengers jostled each other in the overcrowded train.
Level 2: Let’s take it up a notch
Steeped: To soak in liquid/devote oneself fully
The peach blossoms were soaked in oil to be able to take out their fragrance.
Replete: Fill to satisfaction
The cricket match was replete with excitement and great plays.
Abound: In large quantities
In spring, the gardens abound with flowers.
Automaton: Robot
Only an automaton wouldn’t have noticed the hectic activity on the busy street.
Annals: Chronological records
The king is mentioned several times in annals of the period of his rule.
Perceive: To become conscious of something
She finally managed to perceive the truth.
Laconic: Brief and to the point
Whenever you ask him a tricky question, he gives a laconic reply.
Reticent: Cool and formal in manner
The students were very reticent to discuss their work.
Hapless: Deserving or inciting pity
The poor became hapless victims of a ruthless society.
Irate: Feeling or showing extreme anger
Irate protesters came onto the streets against corruption.
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Level 3: Time to be a master
Prognosticate: To portend
The latest date of urban renewal prognosticates a social and cultural renaissance.
Badger: Annoy persistently
The beggar badgered the tourists constantly till they gave him some money.
Implore: Entreat
The victim implored the tribunal to have mercy.
Drudgery: Hard, menial work
The loss of a maid added to the drudgery of the housekeeper.
Interminable: Tiresomely long
The interminable sermon almost put the congregation to sleep.
Intrepid: Invulnerable to fear
All super heroes are intrepid people.
Furtive: Secret and sly or sordid
He was a young man with furtive eyes.
Pretext: Something serving to conceal plans
Under the pretext of friendship, he betrayed them.
Adroit: Quick or skilful
He is an adroit negotiator when it comes to cracking business deals.
Cajole: To persuade by flattery or urging
He cajoled her into going along with him to the movies.
Reprimand: Rebuke formally
The customer rebuked the waiter for bringing cold soup.
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