Advanced Word List – 11

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
Engrosses: Devote (oneself) fully to
He engrosses himself fully in his work.
Fruitless: Unproductive of success
He indulged in a fruitless search for the important documents related to his work.
Inert: Unable to move or resist motion
A stone is an inert object.
Infamous: Known widely and usually unfavourably
Charles Sobhraj was an infamous conman of India.
Lacklustre: Lacking lustre or shine
The small girl was staring with lacklustre eyes.
Malnutrition: A state of poor nutrition
Malnutrition is an epidemic children in Africa seem to suffering from.
Sanctuary: A shelter from danger or hardship
There is a beautiful bird sanctuary on the outskirts of the city.
Tinge: A slight but appreciable amount
You can only wish that there is a tinge of truth in his testimony.
Tolerate: Put up with or to endure
He learnt to tolerate the heat with great difficulty.
Level 2: Let’s take it up a notch
Afflict: Cause great unhappiness for; distress
She was afflicted by the death of her parents.
Ascend: Travel up
The mountaineers slowly ascended the steep slope.
Construe: Make sense of; assign a meaning to
His behaviour was not difficult to construe.
Dupe: Fool or hoax
The immigrant was duped because of his foolishness.
Elicit: Call forth
He elicited the support of his family during his hard times.
Imminent: Close in time; about to occur
There was imminent danger in mountain climbing during the rainy season.
Inadvertent: Happening by chance or unexpectedly
She swept the vase off the table with an inadvertent gesture.
Nuance: A subtle difference in meaning
To enjoy the humour, one has to understand the finer nuances of the stand-up artist.
Paucity: An insufficient quantity or number
He couldn’t complete his studies due paucity of funds.
Poignant: Keenly distressing to the mind or feelings
The poignant grief on the loss of a loved one cannot endure forever.
Salient: Having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
The salient features of the article were very interesting.
Sinister: Bad, evil, base or wicked
A sinister plan brewed in the office against him.
Tranquil: Calm, quiet and peaceful
The lake reflected the tranquil blue sky.
Wrest: Obtain by seizing forcibly
He wrested the knife from the thief.
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Level 3:Time to be a master
Acrimonious: Bitter and sharp in language or tone or actions
An acrimonious dispute arose in the marketplace.
Besiege: Surround so as to force to give up
He was besieged by so many problems that he lost hope.
Distraught: Deeply agitated especially from emotion
He was distraught with grief after losing his job.
Duplicity: Deliberate deceptiveness in behaviour or speech.
He was successful in fooling a lot of people by his duplicity.
Egregious: extraordinary in some bad way
He is an egregious liar and just cannot overcome his habit.
Emaciated: Very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
The man was described as "emaciated, but alive” by the newspapers, but in actuality he was on the verge of death due to starvation. 
Garbled: Lacking orderly continuity
It was difficult to understand his garbled version of events.
Impunity: Exemption from punishment or loss
Diplomats enjoy impunity from the laws of the state.
Incipient: Only partly in existence
A vague incipient idea formed in his head.
Inundate: Fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid
He was inundated with job offers.
Loathe: Find repugnant
She loathes cats, she simply cannot stand them.
Pernicious: Exceedingly harmful
Teachings promoting racial hatred are pernicious in nature.
Privation: A state of extreme poverty
At long last, his life of privation began to affect his health.
Rudimentary: Being in the earliest stages of development
The village is in rudimentary stages of development.
Sanguine: Confidently optimistic and cheerful
He was sanguinely positive about his victory.
Squeamish: Excessively fastidious and easily disgusted
He was so squeamish that he wouldn’t touch the door handle.
Ubiquitous: Being present everywhere at once
The office staff marvelled at the ubiquitous appearance of the boss.
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