Advanced Word List – 22

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
Conductive: Having the quality or power of conducting heat or electricity or sound.
I did so because I wanted an experience that was unique and conductive to my growth in this world.
Homogenous: All of the same or similar kind or nature
The gypsies are a close knit homogenous group.
Motivate: Give an incentive for action
His hard work was motivated by a need to achieve his goals.
Phobia: The fear of or aversion to something
She has a phobia of closed spaces.
Rationalize: Weed out unwanted or unnecessary things
They have been unable to modernize and rationalize the business.
Superfluous: Serving no useful purpose
My presence at the afternoon’s proceedings was superfluous.
Therapy: The act of caring for someone
He is having therapy to conquer his phobia.
Trend: A general direction in which something tends to move
The momentary trend of the stock-market is positive.
Level 2: Let’s take it up a notch
Austere: Severely simple
The life of a desert nomad is very Austere.
Confront: Oppose, as in hostility or a competition
I wish to confront my accuser in a court of law.
Glib: Marked by lack of intellectual depth
He is full of glib excuses for his past mistakes.
Iconoclast: A destroyer of images used in religious worship
He was an iconoclast who refused to be bound by tradition.
Malleable: Capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
Gold is an extremely malleable metal.
Nascent: Being born or beginning
The science of genomics is still nascent.
Plunge: Drop steeply
The stock market plunged due to negative news.
Servile: Submissive or fawning in attitude or behaviour
He was subservient and servile in public.
Sojourn: A temporary stay
The children were happy by a sojourn in the log cabin while a proper house was being built for them.
Tenable: Based on sound reasoning or evidence
This argument is simply not tenable.
Volition: The act of making a choice
He followed his father out of his own volition.
Wilted: Become limp
The flowers wilted in the heat.
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Level 3: Time to be a master
Antipathy: A feeling of intense dislike
Cats were his greatest antipathy.
Aquiline: Curved down like an eagle's beak
His aquiline nose is a prominent feature of his face.
Covet: Wish, long, or crave for
She coveted her fur coat.
Erudite: Having or showing profound knowledge
I found him a charming and erudite companion.
Felicitous: Exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style
Her speech was not at all felicitous while greeting the guests.
Frigid: Extremely cold
She replied with a frigid smile to his question.
Germane: Relevant and appropriate
He asks questions that are central and germane to the issue.
Halcyon: Idyllically calm and peaceful; suggesting happy tranquillity
The next day dawned sunny with a halcyon blue sky after a stormy one.
Ignominious: deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
Many thought that he was doomed to ignominious failure because of his sloppy ways.
Ingratiate: Gain favour with somebody by deliberate efforts
She quickly sought to ingratiate herself with the new administration.
Legerdemain: An illusory feat
He is a financial and legal legerdemain.
Misogyny: Hatred of women
Misogyny is still prevalent in some patriarchal families.
Parochial: Relating to or supported by or located in a parish
He was uncomfortable in the stuffy and parochial atmosphere of a small village.
Penury: A state of extreme poverty or destitution
Suddenly left penniless after his business failed, he had to live in penury.
Perfidious: Tending to betray
She says that the politicians are a perfidious breed.
Plebiscite: A vote by the electorate determining public opinion on a question of national importance
The future of the country should be decided by plebiscite.
Procrastination: Slowness as a consequence of not getting around to it
Humans are in the habit of procrastination, they tend to delay their work to the next day almost always.
Recalcitrant: Stubbornly resistant to authority or control
She is a recalcitrant child of an unhappy mother.
Seethe: Be in an agitated emotional state
I seethed with anger over the insult.
Vertigo: A reeling sensation
Keep her back from the edge of the cliff-she suffers from vertigo.
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