Basic Word List – 24

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
Absurd: Unreasonable
She makes the most absurd claims about her past achievements.
Abundant: Present in great quantity
Rainfall is abundant in this region.
Monotonous: Unchanging and tedious
She was complaining that the questions were monotonous.
Severe: Serious
Right now, we are seeing the beginnings of a mild water crisis, which if left unattended, will certainly blow up into a severe water crisis later.
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Level-2: Let’s take it up a notch
Abstract: Difficult to understand
Philosophy is concerned with understanding abstract concepts.
Accustom: Familiarize, habituate
She had to accustom herself to eating later in the evening.
Adept: Skillful
Quite adept at repairing computers, he was often called for trouble-shooting even from other cities.
Cumulative: Accumulated
One's present position in life is a cumulative product of all that has happened to her in the past.
Deficient: Not having an adequate or proper supply or amount.
She was found to be deficient in confidence and knowledge by the interview panel.
Dubious: Doubtful
Several deals of dubious genuineness were struck during his tenure, lending substance to the charges against him.
Dupe: One who is easily deceived or used, to deceive or trick
Since Mauji Nath has already been duped by these fly-by-night operators several times, he is not ready to touch these schemes even with a barge pole.
Endanger: To put to danger
Rapid urbanization has endangered many species.
Hurdle: An obstacle
Overcoming all hurdles in his way, he emerged victorious in his mission at the end.
Ineligible: Not qualified
Since Rukamini had scored less than 60% in her boards; she was ineligible to apply for the scholarship.
Intoxicate: Make drunk
Power is a heady brew and it intoxicates the drinker regardless of his earlier background.
Naïve: Having or showing a lack of experience, judgment, or information
She's so naive she believes everything she reads
Relish: To enjoy
Since I have never relished Chinese food at any restaurant, I cannot comment on the quality of food available at this specialty restaurant.
Subtle: Not obvious, difficult to understand, obscure, elusive
Only the really knowledgeable will be able to make out the subtle difference between the two almost identical voices.
Level-3: Time to be a master
Caliber: Quality
Since the launch of the spacecraft is a prestigious ISRO project, they do not wish to take any chances and will take only people with high technical calibre and experience.
Chide: To scold mildly
Rondu's mother chided him for his carelessness in handling home appliances.
Corpulence: Obesity
She tried hard to fight her corpulence by heavy exercise, but the dietician told her that it would not help as diet control was equally important.
Dauntless: Fearless
Porus’ dauntless fighting in his war with Alexander The Great earned him the praise of his enemies.
Deference: Courteous regard for another's wish
Out of deference to his father’s last wishes, he decided to stay back and manage his family diamond business.
Demise: Death
Professor Dinkar's demise at this critical time has come as a big loss to our college, which had not yet recovered from the Principal's death.
Disinterested: Free of bias and self-interest, impartial
Shilpa was disappointed by the new teacher's disinterested attitude because she was used to getting special treatment from the old teacher.
Eminent: Standing above
Several eminent film directors like Kahesh Butt, SharanMohar, Hush Topra and SavidGaban are likely to attend the conference.
Engender: Cause, produce
She told the police that her acute poverty had engendered her to take to the softer option of pickpocketing; otherwise, she belonged to a respectable, decent family.
Envisage: To picture
Since the scheme is yet to be implemented fully, we cannot envisage as of now its benefits to people.
Equivocal: Subject to different interpretations, intentionally misleading
Politicians' equivocal statements on the issue have led to lots of confusion and misconceptions among the public.
Fulsome: Offensive from excess of praise or commendation.
Public could judge the intention behind thefulsome vote of thanks raised by the minister .
Furtive: Marked by stealth, covert, surreptitious
She could cast only a furtive glance at the booty recovered by the police, lest she should be caught watching it so keenly.
Hibernate: To spend the winter in close quarters in a dormant condition, as bears and certain other animals
Some animals hibernate from October to May.
Incriminate: To accuse
Several incriminating documents, which point to tax evasion, have been recovered from his residence by the raiding party.
Indomitable: Unconquerable
She was defeated by her rival in the first two sets, but her indomitable spirit enabled her to bounce back with a splendid victory in the next four sets.
Pittance: Small amount
Since he was unable to support himself and his family on the pittance he got as salary, he decided to switch to a more paying job.
Polemical: Controversial, argumentative
Salman Rushdie is known for his polemical writings on Islam
Preconception: Prejudice
Preconceptions and prejudices are great barriers to a meeting of the hearts; let us abandon them and start afresh with a clean slate. 
Recant: Disclaim or disavow, retract a previous statement
Recanting the statement he made from a public forum will not undo the damage it must have done by now; he should not have done so in the first place.
Shackle: To restrain
Shackled as she was to the chains of superstition, she strongly believed in the healing powers of the Ojhas and Pandits.
Superfluous: Exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
Since the students already know their result, the publication of thee results in a newspaper will serve little purpose; it will be superfluous and a waste of money.
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