Advanced Word List – 9

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
Acknowledge: Declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of
They sent me a postcard acknowledging my request.
Artefact: A man-made object taken as a whole
He loved collecting artifacts.
Bizarre: Conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual
The book he was reading was really bizarre.
Decade: A period of 10 years
The palace was repaired after decades.
Dispersed: To cause to separate and go in different directions
The police dispersed the crowd.
Neutralize: Make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of
Her gaiety and optimism neutralizes his gloom.
Phenomenon: A remarkable development
Magnetic attraction is an interesting phenomenon.
Potential: Expected to become or be; in prospect
We are aware of the potential dangers.
Level 2: Let’s take it up a notch
Analogous: Similar or equivalent in some respects though otherwise dissimilar
The paddle of a whale and the fin of a fish are analogous.
Compensatory: Serving for compensation; making amends
The management had a liberal compensatory policy for the staff.
Cumulative: Increasing by successive addition
This drug has a cumulative effect.
Escalation: To increase, enlarge, or intensify.
Higher wages caused an escalation in the budgetary allowance.
Gamut: A complete extent or range
The old man’s face went through a whole gamut of expressions, from rage to contentment.
Heterogeneous: Consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature
The society today is very heterogeneous.
Inanimate: Not endowed with life
A rock is an inanimate object.
Indifference: Unbiased impartial unconcern
It was heart-rending to see his callous indifferent attitude towards his son.
Introspective: Given to examining own sensory and perceptual experiences
He is terribly introspective and shy.
Maladjusted: Poorly adjusted to demands and stresses of daily living
He sometimes teaches in a school for maladjusted children.
Mandate: A document giving an official instruction or command
The union already has a mandate to go strike and disrupt the functioning of the factory.
Mortality: The ratio of deaths in an area to the population of that area; expressed per 1000 per year
Africa’s infant mortality rate is very high.
Neurotic: Characteristic of or affected by neurosis
She was almost neurotic about being followed.
Prelude: Something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows
The threats are now seen as a prelude to last year’s uprising.
Prohibition: A decree that prohibits something
The laws of prohibition are very strict in some states.
Susceptible: yielding readily to or capable of
He was unusually susceptible to flattery.
Taboo: Excluded from use or mention
Freedom of speech was taboo in their house.
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Level 3: Time to be a master
Anthropologist: A social scientist who specializes in anthropology
Anthropology is a difficult science and anthropologists are a rare breed of scientists.
Catastrophe: An event resulting in great loss and misfortune
The food was cold, the guests came late, and the whole dinner was a catastrophe.
Chimerical: Produced by a wildly fanciful imagination
We all dream of our own chimerical paradise.
Delude: Be false to; be dishonest with
Fraudulent ads deluded the customers into sending money.
Enunciate: Express or state clearly
She enunciated each word slowly and carefully.
Fetish: Excessive or irrational devotion to some activity
She made a fetish for cleanliness.
Imperative: Requiring attention or action
It was imperative that he finished the job in hand before starting the new one.
Imprudent: Lacking wise self-restraint
His imprudent remarks cost him his job.
Inordinate: Beyond normal limits
They spent an inordinate amount of time talking about immaterial things.
Irascible: Quickly aroused to anger
He had an irascible temper.
Palliate: Lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
He tried unsuccessfully to palliate the widespread discontent.
Pedagogue: Someone who educates young people
His grandfather was a born pedagogue.
Perpetuate: Cause to continue or prevail
The new library will perpetuate the founder’s love for learning.
Perspicacious: Acutely insightful and wise
He is too perspicacious to be taken in by such a spurious argument.
Recondite: Not easily understood
His poems are recondite in subject matter.