Advanced Word List – 18

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
Augment: Enlarge or increase
She was searching for a way to augment her income
Curry: A pungent dish of vegetables or meats flavoured with curry powder and usually eaten with rice
His mother prepared an excellent curry for his dinner
Facile: Arrived at without due care or effort
His facile win tells us he is in form
Mentor: A wise and trusted guide and advisor
She has sacked her coach and mentor and is now relying on her father
Unwieldy: Difficult to use or handle
The child almost dropped the unwieldy parcel
Level 2: Let’s take it up a notch
Atrocity: The quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
Atrocities are committed everyday against women
Demeanour: The way a person behaves toward other people
Her calm and cheerful demeanour was very soothing
Elucidate: Make clear and (more) comprehensible
He refused to elucidate his decision to quit the job
Heinous: Extremely wicked
Terrorists are capable of the most heinous acts
Imperceptible: Impossible or difficult to perceive by the mind or senses
His hesitation was almost imperceptible
Magnanimous: Noble and generous in spirit
He was a man capable of magnanimous gestures and work for the good of humanity
Proximity: The property of being close together
Their house is in close proximity to ours
Repertoire: A collection of works
He has an impressive repertoire of funny stories
Satiety: The state of being satisfactorily full and unable to take on more
He felt satiated after eating a heavy meal
Staunch: Firm and dependable especially in loyalty
He is a staunch supporter of controls on government spending
Unconscionable: Lacking a conscience
He is an unconscionable liar
Vindicate: Show to be right by providing justification or proof
The director said he had been vindicated by the expert’s report
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Level 3: Time to be a master
Cant: Pretence, lip-service
Politicians are holding forth with their usual hypocritical cant
Clamorous: Offensively loud
Naughty children in a classroom are generally clamorous in nature
Clique: An exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
The country is run by a small clique of wealthy families
Contort: Twist and press out of shape
His face was contorted with pain after being hit by the car
Delineation: A graphic or vivid verbal description
His razor sharp delineation of ordinary life is very apt
Extol: Praise, glorify, or honour
She keeps extolling his management skills
Fatuous: Devoid of intelligence
That is not a fatuous argument, it has to be taken seriously
Flay: Strip the skin off
The critics flayed him with accusations of racial hatred
Infraction: A crime less serious than a felony
Another infraction by him would mean a stint in the probation centre
Lassitude: A state of comatose torpor
She remained in a state of lassitude after her illness
Machiavellian: A follower of Machiavelli's principles
The Machiavellian and devious decisions made by him were not appreciated
Opprobrium: A state of extreme dishonour
He had to undergo the opprobrium of a public trial
Pall: Become less interesting or attractive
History classes palled on me
Pandemonium: A state of extreme confusion and disorder
There was pandemonium in the court as the verdict was delivered
Redress: Act of correcting an error or a fault or an evil
Victims are turning to litigation to redress wrongs done to them
Rhetoric: Using language effectively to please or persuade
Hitler was a champion in use of rhetoric and used it to rouse the masses
Succulent: Full of juice
We ate a succulent pie yesterday
Turpitude: A corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice
He was a beacon of morality in a sea of turpitude
Umbrage: A feeling of anger caused by being offended
He takes umbrage at anyone who criticizes him
Vapid: Lacking taste or flavour or tang
The cleric’s wife was young and vapid
Vilify: Spread negative information about
He was vilified and forced into exile
Vitiate: Make imperfect
His otherwise admirable character is vitiated by his pride
Vituperation: Abusive or venomous language used to express blame
He is one of the media’s most vituperative critics and anyone who appears on his show is subject to harsh criticism
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