Basic Word List – 7

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
Consensus: The general opinion
Despite so much of discussion on this issue, no consensus has emerged on it.
Defraud: Cheat
Many plantation and chit fund companies have defrauded the gullible investors of their hard-earned money.
Durable: Long lasting
The peace, if any, achieved through these ad-hoc measures will not be durable in any case and will be disrupted at the slightest provocation.
Engross: Absorb
The comedy show was so interesting with its witty remarks that it kept me totally engrossed till the end.
Infectious: Affecting others
The infectious disease did not take long to spread among other localities and soon the hospital was facing a shortage of doctors and beds.
Opaque: Slow to understand
Such opacity of mind and a desire to enroll for the Ability Classes! Are you crazy, apart from being dull?
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Level-2: Let’s take it up a notch
Affinity: Similarity of structure
Since Gainda was from his hometown, some kind of affinity for him was natural on his part.
Anarchy: Absence of any form of government or law, disorder
There was complete anarchy in the house with the members hurling microphones, tearing away the copies of the bill and shouting slogans against the government.
Calibre: Ability; distinction
Raj proved himself to be a musician of high caliber.
Dominion: Rule
During Akbar’s dominion in India, there prevailed an unprecedented level of mutual religious acceptance and understanding, partly attributable to Akbar’s liberal policies.
Errant: Straying, mischievous, offending, lawless
The errant son was brought back on line by the combined efforts of his family, friends and a baba whom he respected a lot.
Finesse: Skill
The finesse with which the 5-year old girl performed the Bharatnatyam dance left everybody spellbound.
Glean: Gather
Information has been gleaned from many different sources and a lot of effort has gone into compiling it in the form of a composite booklet.
Hustle: To hurry
To “safeguard” the visiting movie star from her fans, her personal security guards hustled her into a hotel room, where the fans could not trouble her.
Immaculate: Flawless
I Could not find even a single fault with her essay, it was just immaculate.
Jeopardy: Danger
Why are you putting your job in jeopardy by openly speaking against the management?
Nocturnal: Done at night
Several nocturnal animals like lizards, owls and snakes cannot see well during the day, as their eyes are designed for the dim lighting of nights.
Venom: The poisonous fluid that certain animals secrete
 Some snakes have venom dangerous enough to kill a man in few seconds.
Level-3: Time to be a master  
Ameliorate: To make better or more tolerable
To ameliorate the economic conditions of poor ruralites, the department has come up with a new food-work-programme, which assures at least 180 days of productive work to at least one member of each household.
Appease: To pacify, often by satisfying, conciliate, calm, soothe
The ruling party tried its best to appease the hurt sentiments of the Muslims, but the community’s wounds were beyond any kind of attempt at soothing.
Asperity: Harshness
 The asperity in her voice was an indicator of her wickedness.
Bestial: Coarse or savage
The bestial treatment meted out to our PoWs by the Pak government is in sharp contrast to the humane and dignified way India has handled such issues in the past.
Cogent: Appealing forcibly to the mind or reason, convincing
My opponent’s reasoning was so cogent and powerful that I could not help but agree with him on the pertinent issues that he had raised.
Conscientious: Honest
Being a conscientious officer, he said a firm no to all offers of bribes and underhand dealings by the visitors, who wanted to influence his purchase decisions.
Disingenuous: Not native, sophisticated
Unlike his simple and innocent brother Bholu, Tolu is quite disingenuous and smart and take you for a ride easily.
Evanescence: Vanishing
 As evanescent as drops of rain in the hot desert.   
Forte: A strong point
To succeed in life one should regularly upgrade his forte.
Gaiety: Cheerfulness
Id was celebrated with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm, despite the highly charged atmosphere in the town.
Gallant: Brave
Shivaji’s acts of gallantry while fighting the Mughals have earned him a permanent place in Indian History’s Hall of Fame.
Imbibe: Drink, absorb, assimilate
Let my child imbibe the great musical traditions under the guidance of a renowned Guru like you.
Jocular: Joking
Such a jocular mood is not appropriate for a very serious occasion like this funeral.
Mawkish: Sickening or insipid
The tea has a very mawkish taste to it.
Obliterate: Erase
Great names may be forgotten for a while, but they are difficult to obliterate from the pages of our collective human history.
Omnipotent: All powerful
The delusions of omnipotence, which Ravana suffered and which made him think of himself as all-powerful, ultimately proved to be his undoing.
Paradigm: A model
This miniature paradigm of the machine will help you in understanding its working
Penitent: Repentant
A sociopathic criminal never feels penitent over his wrongdoings, which sets him apart from other, normal people, who do feel a sense of remorse sometime.
Portent: Omen
The dark skies can be a portent of the storm that is to follow.
Retort: A sharp answer
To Dhania’s comment calling him “a leech-like man sticking to his chair”, Bhajpayee retorted with “At least, I stick to one thing and cleanse the system of evils like you”.
Smug: Complacent
You people should not remain smug in the belief that since the rival army has been driven out, they cannot come again. On the contrary, we should be more vigilant to prevent such happenings in future.
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