Basic Word List – 3

Vocabulary forms an essential part of every competitive exam. Here is a compilation of first 1000 words that must be prepared by SSC, MBA entrance, and government exam aspirants. Spread over 25 lists of 40 words, these lists offer you a chance to learn the most common English words.
Each word in each list is accompanied with its meaning and followed by a usage example. The words are categorized on three levels: Level 1 (beginner), Level 2 (intermediate) and Level 3 (advanced). Go through the word lists and enhance your vocabulary skills.
Level 1: Let’s get warmed up
Adverse: Unfavorable, detrimental
The drug has so far had no adverse effect on patients.
Backfire: To bring a result opposite to that which was planned or expected
Once the engine is running smoothly, a backfire can be dangerous.
Bandit: Outlaw
The bandit, on the run for the past 15 years in the Chambal ravines, surrendered before the police and vowed to give a permanent break to her criminal career.
Blunder: A bad mistake
The blunder of a mistake you have committed by calling the company chairman a “worthless joker” is bound to cost you dearly.
Deduce: Reason out
How can you deduce such a conclusion on the basis of such insufficient and misleading information?
Fabricate: To build
When the student could not come up with a satisfactory explanation for his inability to do home work, he blurted out with a fabricated account of his mother's illness to justify his case.
Glimmer: A faint, wavering, unsteady light
Moonlight glimmered on the pond.
Hypothesis: A tentative theory or explanation
Upon seeing the phenomenon spread of scent all around the room upon opening the bottle, Graham came up with the hypothesis that it must have been due to the movement of scent molecules from the bottle to other areas.
Nuisance: Pest
What a nuisance this dog is creating! Always doing this or that, messing up the things and making life difficult for me.
Pilgrimage: Religious long journey
The first group set forth today for its pilgrimage to the Amarnath Temple.
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Level 2: Let’s take it up a notch
Affable: Friendly, good-natured, amiable
The affable manners of the programme host created a friendly and jocular atmosphere at the recording and everybody enjoyed it a lot.
Bonafide: Authentic
All the bonafide residents of the state, having a residence certificate, are exempted from this payment, nevertheless, those from outside the state will have to make the payment as usual.
Deplete: Empty
By the end of the 48-hour journey, he was totally depleted of all his energy and badly needed some rest.
Earnest: Ardent in spirit and speech
Earnest prayer is hard work.
Façade: Front of a building, false front
Many politicians in India use religion as a facade to promote their political interests.
Gaudy: Showy
Such gaudy colours are not at all suitable for an occasion like somebody’s cremation; you need to wear sober colours.
Industrious: Diligent
Mr. Hard Working’s industrious nature is revealed by the fact that he often puts in an 18-hour workday without any rest.
Onus: Burden
He may have committed some wrongdoing in his own capacity, but since you are the in charge of this department, the entire onus comes on your shoulders.
Pertinent: Relevant
It was a pertinent move for him to check his bank balance prior to making his purchase or he would have found himself overdrawn.
Pilfer: Steal
Pilfering even a small amount daily from a big treasure will empty it one day.
Level 3: Time to be a master
Chivalry: The qualities idealized by knighthood, such as bravery, honor and gallantry toward women.
The young man made a lasting impression with his chivalry.
Choleric: Quick tempered
The choleric fellow that he was, he soon got into a high temper over the small mistake.
Decrepit: Worn down from age
The once famous poet used to live in an obscure and decrepit building, which was in dire need of repair.
Ebullient: Showing excitement, overflowing with enthusiasm
Khushi Ram’s ebullient face told it all: he had earned the well-deserved post of the party general-secretary.
Entrench: To establish
Competition is bound to be tough as there are at least five very well-entrenched players in this segment at the national level: Maruti, Hyundai, Daewoo, Fiat and Telco.
Forebode: Foretell
The committee meeting on his dismissal is yet to take place, but as of now the forebodings are quite ominous.
Gnarled: Twisted
The gnarled appearance of the old peepal tree makes it look like if some expert sculptor has carved this irregular but beautiful shape out of a smooth structure.
Heresy: Controversial or unorthodox view, against established beliefs
Many rivals of the established ideas of Hinduism, tried to form their own, rebellious sects based on such heretical thinking in ancient days, but such attempts never got any mass popularity.
Idiosyncrasy: Peculiarity of temperament, whims
The objective, multiple choice tests are a big safeguard that protect the test-takers from falling a prey to the examiner’s idiosyncrasies, moods and whims, which can lead to many wrong judgments.   
Languid: Weak
She had grown considerably languid after the tragic accident.
Lewd: Lustful
She accused her husband of lewd and lascivious behaviour.
Muzzle: Prevent free speech
The chairman of the newspapers association criticized the government's attempt to muzzle the freedom of the press by enacting draconian provisions for the journalists.
Novice: Beginner
A novice in a job is expected to make many mistakes and learn from them.
Repent: To feel sorry and change one's ways
People say that after this soul-searching experience, Sajjan-the thug decided to repent his wrong-doings and in course of time this changed his name and reputation to Sajjan- the-kind.
Restitution: Payment of damages, compensation, reparation
The restitution ordered by the Court for the victims of the terrorist crimes is so meager that nobody can survive on such small sums of money.
Sojourn: Trip
During my numerous sojourns to Bengal, I came in contact with a number of Bengalis, which gave me an initiation into the Bengali language and culture.
Thwart: Hinder
We shall do everything possible to thwart the terrorist plans of creating disturbances in different parts of the country.
Tumultuous: Noisy crowd
With the assembly already having being witness to such tumultuous scenes of MLAs creating chaos, raising slogans, tearing away papers and the like, it’s no surprise that the speaker adjourned the sitting as soon as he got a hint.
Tyrant: A cruel leader
The tyrant that the ruler was, he never heeded the public or anyone else and meted out brutal and inhuman punishments to those opposing his rule.
Unmitigated: Unequaled
The fall from fame and grace of the UTI scheme US-64 was an unmitigated disaster for the UTI investors, who had put in their lifetime savings in the scheme.
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