Advanced Word List – 15

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
Adherent: Someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
The vote for educational reform pleased the adherents.
Adversary: Someone who offers opposition
His political adversaries were creating problems for him.
Atypical: Not representative of a group, class, or type
The economy of the province was atypical because it was so small.
Compatible: Able to exist and perform in harmonious or agreeable combination
His deeds were not compatible with his ideology.
Eradicate: Destroy completely, as if down to the roots
Their goal was to eradicate poverty.
Exploit: Use or manipulate to one's advantage
The landlord exploited the farmers to his own advantage.
Irrational: Not consistent with or using reason
They behaved in such a bizarre and irrational manner.
Obese: Excessively fat
Obese people tend to have higher blood pressure than lean ones.
Pathetic: A state of extreme sadness
The extremely shabby condition of the room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic.
Serenity: A disposition free from stress or emotion
She had a wonderful feeling of peace and serenity after reaching her own home.
Level 2: Let’s take it up a notch
Accrue: Grow by addition
Interest accrues on the loan taken by an individual.
Apathy: An absence of emotion or enthusiasm
His apathy towards his work was painful to see.
Avarice: Reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth
He paid six month’s rent in advance to satisfy his landlord’s avarice.
Banal: Repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
The text is banal.
Bliss: A state of extreme happiness
It was a beautiful scene of domestic bliss.
Cacophony: Loud, confusing, disagreeable sounds
The whole place erupted in a cacophony of sounds as soon as the winner was announced.
Fracas: Noisy quarrel
Many people were injured in the ensuing fracas.
Impede: Be a hindrance or obstacle to
Fallen rocks are impeding the work of the rescue workers.
Infallible: Incapable of failure or error
She had an infallible eye for style.
Nondescript: Lacking distinct or individual characteristics; dull and uninteresting
They lived in a nondescript building.
Sedate: Characterized by dignity and propriety
We set off again at a more sedate pace.
Wane: Grow smaller
The sliver of a waning moon was high in the sky.
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Level 3: Time to be a master
Bedlam: A state of extreme confusion and disorder
He is causing bedlam at the hotel.
Dilettante: Showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish
The sailing elite considered him a rank amateur, a dilettante.
Disgruntled: In a state of sulky dissatisfaction
The disgruntled priest did not deliver his sermon properly.
Exhort: Spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts
Mahatma Gandhi exhorted his listeners to turn away from violence.
Garrulous: Full of trivial conversation
He gave a garrulous speech.
Glabrous: Having no hair or similar growth.
The doctor has a glabrous scalp.
Gusto: Vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
The aria was sung with great gusto.
Inebriated: Fill with sublime emotion
He was inebriated with his phenomenal success.
Insatiable: Impossible to satisfy
He had an insatiable desire for adventure.
Lithe: Moving and bending with ease
She was a lithe ballet dancer and could bend herself almost 360 degrees on the dance floor.
Moribund: Not growing or changing; without force or vitality
They had a moribund way of life, always confined in the 4 walls of their house.
Nadir: An extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything
That period was the nadir of his presidency.
Panacea: Hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists
Western aid will not be a panacea for all the country’s problems.
Pique: A sudden outburst of anger
In a fit of pique he threw down his bag.
Platitude: A trite or obvious remark
Politicians normally spout the same old platitudes.
Propinquity: Closeness, proximity.
The propinquity of God can be felt by pious souls.
Rescind: Cancel officially
The court took one moment to rescind the illegal lease.
Revere: Love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess
People either revere politicians or hate them.
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