Advanced Word List – 25

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
Belated: After the expected or usual time; delayed
She sent him a belated birthday present.
Calligraphy: Beautiful handwriting
Calligraphy is an ancient art which should be preserved.
Facet: A distinct feature or element in a problem
There are several facets to this question.
Fatal: Bringing death
She had suffered a fatal heart attack.
Stagnant: Not circulating or flowing
Mosquitoes have been thriving in stagnant waters on building sites.
Level 2: Let’s take it up a notch
Abet: Assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
To abet someone in a crime wilfully is as good as doing the deed yourself.
Attrition: Erosion by friction, a gradual decrease in numbers.
Employee attrition is one of the biggest challenges faced by software companies.
Blitz: An intense campaign.
A media blitz focused on young voters.
Calibre: A degree or grade of excellence or worth
The new young employee is a sales executive of low calibre.
Capitulate: Surrender under agreed conditions
The club eventually capitulated and gave equal rights to women.
Jurisprudence: The branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do
Jurisprudence is one of the fundamental virtues upon which the society operates.
Laggard: Someone who takes more time than necessary
Laggards at the work place are generally subjected to ridicule.
Passé: Out of fashion
Her clothes were new but passé.
Stigmatize: To accuse or condemn
She was stigmatized by the society because her parents were unknown.
Tacit: Implied by or inferred from actions or statements
Management has given its tacit approval to the plan for renovation.
Level 3: Time to be a master
Abattoir: A building where animals are butchered
Abattoirs are not places where kids should be taken.
Abject: Most unfortunate or miserable
The beggars lived in abject poverty.
Ablution: A washing or cleansing of the body, especially as part of a religious rite.
A lot of devotees take an ablution in the Ganges.
Acclivity: An upward slope or grade (as in a road)
The acclivity of the mountain made it impossible to climb.
Audacity: Fearless daring
He had the audacity to look at his watch while I was talking.
Babble: Utter meaningless sounds
The old man is only babbling--don't pay attention.
Barefaced: Without disguise; unconcealed.
Eve-teasers are barefaced individuals who should be put behind bars.
Chicanery: The use of tricks to deceive someone
The trial revealed a world of crime, corruption and chicanery.
Cubbyhole: A small compartment
Pigeons reside in cubbyholes on the side of buildings.
Declivity: A downward slope or bend
He slipped down the mountain as the declivity was too hard to manage.
Decrepit: Worn and broken down by hard use
The film was shot in a decrepit police station.
Dissident: Disagreeing, especially with a majority
Dissidents are found all too often in politics.
Docile: Easily handled or managed
They were docile, obedient children.
Domineering: Exercise power over someone in cruel manner.
Domineering characters can be hard to bear.
Foist: To force onto another
He foisted his work on me.
Gavel: A small mallet used by a presiding officer or a judge
The judge pounded his gavel to bring order to the proceedings.
Immure: Imprison
The con-man was immured for life.
Impasse: A situation in which no progress can be made
The government finds itself in a state of impasse with respect of the Lokpal issue.
Imperturbable: marked by extreme calm and composure
He was cool, aloof and imperturbable in all circumstances.
Maculate: Spotted or blotched
Cheetahs are maculates with black spots on their skin.
Procrastinate: Postpone or delay needlessly
He procrastinated the matter until it was almost too late to help anyone.
Retort: Answer back
His sharp retort made an impact.
Scrawny: Being very thin
She has a long scrawny neck.
Tantalize: Harass with persistent criticism or carping
He would tantalize the dog with food.
Vacillate: Move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern
She is vacillating over whether or not to marry him.
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