Basic Word List – 1

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
Abnormal: Not normal
The child displayed abnormal behavior in class by suddenly shouting out loudly.
Elucidate: To make clear
The scholarly speaker elucidated on the topic in great details.
Pacify: To calm
The wise man tried to pacify both the warring parties, but they were hell bent on going ahead with their fight.
Query: Question
The teacher could not think of a suitable reply to Neha's query.
Queue: Line
As soon as the teacher announced that she would be giving a chocolate to each of the boys, they quickly queued up.
Quiet: Making no noise
I told them to be quiet and go to sleep.
Rapid: Having great speed
He walked at a rapid pace along the street when it became dark.
Stationary: Unchanging
A stationary object, if propelled with a force, will move in proportion to the force you apply on it.
Uproarious: Noisy
I entered the market to find out that it was completely chaotic and uproarious.
Urgent: Required immediately
This task requires your urgent attention as tomorrow is the last day to finish it.
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Level-2: Let’s take it up a notch
Abject: Miserable
The abject condition in which Gulzari Lal lived in his last days was testimony to the fact that despite being the P.M. twice, he had hardly made any money for himself in his political career.
Abrade: Wear away
The long drawn-out war abraded the army's morale and ultimately led to its dismal surrender.
Formidable: Overwhelming, alarming, dreadful
Considering his formidable fan following in the city, it is no surprise that he has won with a huge margin of 3 lakh votes.
Knotty: Puzzling
Whether the hen came first or the egg has been one of the knottiest problems facing our scientists for long.
Nullify: Make void
The Sukhigeeli Party, by going back on its election-time promises, has nullified the entire goodwill and support it enjoyed at the time of coming to power.
Oust: To eject
He was oust from his community due to his different ideological thought process.
Palatial: Like a palace
The palatial Maharaja’s Haveli, comprising 300 rooms, 5 banquet halls and 3 swimming pools, was auctioned last week.
Radical: Extreme
Osho Rajneesh’s radical ideas, which were in direct opposition to those of prevailing and popular religions, obviously gave rise to lots of criticism.
Rampage: Violence
The frenzied mob, enraged by the police excesses, went on a rampage and set ablaze several government buildings.
Wry: Twisted
His wry face was testimony to his contemptuous feelings towards the fellow.
Zombie: A frightening person
He was sleep walking and looked like a zombie.
Level-3: Time to be a master
Callous: Insensitive
Such a callous government, which is not moved even by the plight of a pregnant woman being slit open in her stomach, ought to go instantly.
Cantankerous: Quarrelsome, irascible
A candidate having even a shade of cantankerous nature in her is a strict no-no for a receptionist's job.
Fastidious: Careful in all details, meticulous, very difficult to please
A fastidious film-maker as he was, Ronu Sen sometimes did not okay a shot despite 50 re-takes.
Forsake: To abandon
Though Piyush was getting a private-sector job worth Rs. 50000/- a month, he was not ready to forsake the security of his government job.
Gauche: Tactless
Narendra Modi's gauche and childish handling of the Gujarat riots has deservedly earned him a dubious distinction.
Haughty: Proud
The late actor Raj Kumar was well-known for the haughty way in which he used to treat other co-stars on and off-screen.
Inextricable: Cannot be taken out, irredeemable
Had the government intervened earlier, the situation could have been salvaged, but right now it seems we are caught in an inextricable diplomatic crisis.
Macabre: Horrible
The scene of mass killings in the village presented a macabre sight to the visitors, enough to scare even the brave-hearted.
Ostensible: Apparent
The ostensible reason given for the boss' absence from the meeting was his ill health, while everybody knew deep down the heart that the boss had absented himself because of his differences with the management.
Overt: In the open
In an overt move against the CEO, the GM put the blame of failure on his head.
Quip: Witty remark
When confronted with this question "Do you like e-mail?", he quipped, " No, I like female".
Rapport: Harmony
Kavi Rakesh was appointed to the post of Chairman, Sahitya Academy because he enjoyed a close rapport with the members of the selection panel.
Recalcitrant: Obstinately defiant of authority, difficult to manage
His recalcitrant refusal to step down from the Chief Ministership of the state, despite all-round demand for his dismissal, only indicates his disregard for public sentiments.
Stealth: Secret
The thief moved about stealthily around the house, so as to get an idea about a safe entry and exit route.
Urbane: Courteous
He was a very polished, soft spoken and urbane speaker.
Wretchedness: Extreme misery or unhappiness
They lived in a wretched state and had to work hard to meet their daily requirements.
Wrought: Worked into shape by artistry or effort, fashioned, formed
The heated iron is wrought into different beautiful shapes by the workmen who must know the appropriate temperature needed for an article to get its proper shape.
Zany: Silly, crazy
The zany expression on her face belied her intellectual core.
Zenith: Peak
Today’s newcomers in the film industry are charging prices, which Amitabh Bachchan could never think of, even at the zenith of his career in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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