Basic Word List – 12

Vocabulary forms an essential part of every competitive exam. Here is a compilation of first 1000 words that must be prepared by SSC, MBA entrance, and government exam aspirants. Spread over 25 lists of 40 words, these lists offer you a chance to learn the most common English words.
Each word in each list is accompanied with its meaning and followed by a usage example. The words are categorized on three levels: Level 1 (beginner), Level 2 (intermediate) and Level 3 (advanced). Go through the word lists and enhance your vocabulary skills.
Level-1: Let’s get warmed up  
Deter: To prevent or discourage  from acting by use of fear or doubt
High customs duties are imposed with a view to deterring people from importing more foreign goods.
Incorporate: Introduce something into a larger whole combine , unite
Apart from discussing the economic scenario in general, this issue also incorporates important data on the performance of different companies.
Lapse: small error
He failed to realize that this small lapse on his part might lead to bigger problems later on.  
Legible: Readable
You must write your answers legibly in the answer booklet so that they are easily readable.
Leisure: Spare time
Leisure reading can not only be relaxing but also one of the most productive hobbies.
Mediocre: Average
The painting is neither too good nor too bad, it is just mediocre.
Melodious: pleasing to the ear
Such a melodious voice is bound to please even the most discerning of music critics.
Taint: To soil
The scam-tainted ministers will be denied any party post or ministry in future, the P.M. asserted at the press conference on the scam.
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Level-2: Let’s take it up a notch
Aloof: Reserved
Never the one to bare her feelings in the open, Renuka mostly keeps aloof from the rest of the group.
Blatant: Very showy or noisy
The official, it was alleged, had made many unjustified appointments in blatant violation of selection norms.
Caricature: A representation, especially pictorial or literary, in which the subject's distinctive features or peculiarities are deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic or grotesque effect
The trial was a caricature of justice.
Contaminate: To pollute
As per a news report, two bottles of the widely popular Tangola drink were found to be contaminated with mud and dead insects and were sent to the FDA for analysis.
Deviate: To turn aside
Oh God! Grant us the power and the sagacity not to deviate from our chosen paths, come what may.
Inanimate: Lifeless
The rather inanimate portrayal of a gusty girl, without any freshness or novelty in approach, had half the audience sleeping in their chairs.
Incapacitate: Disable
Depression is notorious for incapacitating its victim's ability to function normally in a social environment.
Incompetent: Lacking ability
The incompetent successors of Bansi Khan, who lacked both the ability and the will to work, caused the downfall of his once-flourishing business.
Latent: Present but undeveloped, dormant
The latency of the tension between the two friends was revealed when they moved the court over a seemingly trivial issue.
Lax: Not strict
These college girls are able to cheat during the final exams mainly because of lax vigilance by the invigilation staff posted by the university.
Mayhem: Violence
Oh! The mayhem that resulted when the monkey-man struck in Delhi.
Meddlesome: Interfering
Her meddlesome attitude robbed her off the few friends she has.
Mediate: To settle a dispute
I am not ready to mediate this time between the two warring factions because I have already burnt my fingers: the last time I got nothing but abuses from both the sides.
Opportunist: One who takes advantage of circumstances to gain his ends
She was an opportunist, and thus never turned down any chance to get ahead.
Parasite: A free-loader
By giving alms to beggars, many of us feel proud that we have done our social duty, but in reality, we are encouraging their parasitic habits.
Level-3: Time to be a master
Affection: Fond attachment
He has great affection for his younger brother.
Apparition: Ghost
She had died a long time back; probably you have seen her apparition, if you believe in them and if they exist.
Incarcerate: Imprison
The judge had ordered his incarceration, but the jail official pleaded helplessness as there was no room left in the jail to accommodate the new prisoner.
Inception: A start
Ever since its inception in the early 1950s, the Planning Commission has been busy making 5-year plans for the optimal socio-economic development of India and this continues even in these liberalized times.
Incinerate: Burn up
The hospital rules require that the medical waste must be incinerated to prevent any spread of infection.
Inclement: Harsh
The inclement jury, impervious to all his pleas for mercy, slapped a fine of $ 10 million on him.
Incontrovertible: Not debatable, true
The Church was an incontrovertible institution before Renaissance made its advent.
Juxtapose: To place close together
Juxtapose the administrations of Bush and Obama to find the culprit of America's downfall.
Kindle: Set on fire
Regrettably, we need national crises like Kargil to kindle our fire of patriotism, which should always be burning in our hearts.
Lampoon: Ridicule
A cartoon, by definition, is meant to lampoon the character concerned and if it does not, it is not a cartoon at all.
Medley: A mixture
The concert has a harmonious medley of Indian and western musical forms.
Opulence: Affluence
The opulence of the tycoon's lifestyle was demonstrated by the solid gold cutlery on the large dining room table.
Parley: To confer
The BSP members were seen parleying with both the BJP and the Congress for hammering out an acceptable formula for government formation in UP.
Parochial: Local
The parochial-minded elements within the community, who cannot think beyond the confines of their own religious teachings, are a real threat to communal harmony.
Tactile: Sensed by touch
Human tactile sense, dependent on the presence of touch-sensitive cells in the skin, is probably the least prominent of all human senses and has attracted very little research.
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