Advanced Word List – 7

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
Accommodate: Be agreeable or acceptable to
His parents were very accommodating.
Attest: Authenticate, affirm to be true, genuine, or correct, as in an official capacity
The painting was attested by the appraiser.
Barometer: An indicator
Opinion polls serve as a barometer of the public mood.
Component: An artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up
Their company was famous for manufacturing car components.
Crave: Have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
He had a craving for adventure.
Deem: Keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view
He said he would use force if he deemed it necessary.
Deploy: To distribute systematically or strategically
The U.S. deploys its weapons in the Middle East.
Evaluate: Evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
The king got the family jewels evaluated by a renowned jeweler.
Hoax: Something intended to deceive
There wasn’t a bomb in the school at all –it was just a hoax.
Irrelevant: Having no bearing on or connection with the subject at issue
She was disturbed by his irrelevant comments.
Modify: Make less severe or harsh or extreme
Please modify this letter to make it more polite.
Murky: Dark or gloomy
The murky rooms of the inn were lit by smoke-blackened lamps.
Resourceful: Having inner resources; adroit or imaginative
He was the most resourceful cook in town.
Level 2: Let’s take it up a notch
Abortive: Failing to accomplish an intended result
The staff made an abortive attempt to prevent the manager from taking office.
Enigma: Something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
This country remained an enigma for the outside world.
Fallacious: Intended to deceive
Their argument is fallacious and will not hold any water in a court of law.
Fraught: Marked by distress
He embarked on a venture fraught with danger.
Gullible: Easily tricked because of being too trusting
Gullible tourists were taken in by the shell game.
Impeccable: Without fault or error
Her taste in clothes is impeccable.
Inherent: In the nature of something though not readily apparent
He had an inherent hatred of foreigners.
Latent: Potentially existing but not presently
She had a latent talent for music.
Manifold: Many and varied; having many features or forms
He had to overcome manifold difficulties before qualifying for the job.
Perpetrate: Perform an act, be responsible for something
He perpetrated a nasty joke on his sister.
Romp: Play boisterously
The toddlers romped in the playroom.
Spontaneous: Happening or arising without apparent external cause
His offer to help the blind man was very spontaneous.
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Level 3: Time to be a master
Assiduous: Marked by care and persistent effort
Her assiduous attempts to learn French failed.
Buff: An ardent follower and admirer
He is a real film buff.
Concoct: Devise or invent
The prisoner concocted a false story to get a lighter sentence.
Conjugal: Of or relating to marriage or to the relationship between a wife and husband
Due to the sadist behaviour of the husband, the conjugal bliss they once shared was at an end.
Consummate: Make perfect; bring to perfection
Her dream was finally consummated by the publication of her first book.
Exult: Feel extreme happiness or elation
He is still exulting over his victory.
Innate: Being talented through inherited qualities
As a race they have an innate sense of fairness.
Itinerant: Travelling from place to place to work
The author’s experiences as an itinerant musician were very interesting.
Labyrinth: A maze
There was a labyrinth of corridors in the university.
Myriad: Too numerous to be counted
There were myriad of bees in the hive.
Peregrination : Travelling or wandering around
Their wild peregrinations up and down the Rio Grande were the talk of the town.
Subterfuge: A deceptive stratagem or device, ruse
The paltry subterfuge of an anonymous signature diverted the attention of everyone.
Tortuous: Highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
It was a tortuous mountain route.
Urbane: Showing a high degree of refinement
She maintained an urbane tone in her letters.
Veneer: An ornamental coating to a building
The bath panels were fitted with a mahogany veneer.
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