Basic Word List – 6

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.
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Level-1: Let’s get warmed up
Decoy: To lure
Lavish lifestyle, glittering jewels were all a mere decoy to make her accept the assignment.  
Deficiency: Lack or insufficiency
Deficiency of Vitamin D leads to weak bones.
Fraudulent: Deceitful
Such fraudulent dealings may get you some money, but will make you lose a lot of sleep.
Plight: Sad situation
You can just imagine his plight: No family, no friends, no home and no money.
Proximity: Nearness, closeness
It is difficult to understand why the police could not hear his screams despite the fact that the police post and his house are in physical proximity of each other.
Quarrelsome: inclined or ready to quarrel
You can’t call someone quarrelsome just because they give reasons to support themselves
Rehabilitate: To restore
The army takes upon itself the task of rehabilitating its retired soldiers so that they continue to be useful, productive citizens for the country and themselves also.
Terminal: Final
A terminal test, unlike a house test, is quite important because the marks you obtain in it count a lot.
Vocation: Career
The parents wanted their son to become an engineer, but the son was more inclined towards taking up the vocation of a doctor.
Level-2: Let’s take it up a notch
Brevity: Conciseness
Since the time available to you for making the speech is short, you will have to exercise brevity.
Compendium: Brief, comprehensive summary
The compendium of results, published by the agency, gave us fair indication of the detailed results to be expected in future.
Elusive: Hard to catch
The ever-elusive officer was hard to track; whenever I went to him, he was either busy with some meeting, or was having lunch or was out of station.
Gait: Pace
Sidha's beautiful gait during the catwalk on the stage was made even more so by the slight pauses she took in between.
Kismet: Fate
“All this is kismet, my dear son. And you can do hardly anything to erase what God has written for you,” the old man advised the restless young man.
Opulent: Rich
Such opulent lifestyle of a professedly simple and poor person is beyond explanation.
Pseudonym: An assumed name
To hide his real identity, Samuel Clemens adopted the pseudonym of Mark Twain, the name which appears in all his works.
Rue: To regret
He always rued the fact that due to family circumstances, he could not complete his education.
Sparse: Meager
As you move up the atmosphere, the oxygen available becomes increasingly sparse until you reach a point where it becomes practically impossible to breathe.
Toilsome: Laborious
Do not hate toilsome labor, or farm work, which were created by the God
Transient: Temporary
The current economic slowdown, the expert noted, was a transient phenomenon and was not bound to last forever.
Woeful: Pitiful
There is a woeful shortage of electricity supply against demand, which is zooming every day.
Level-3: Time to be a master  
Crescendo: Increase in loudness
The song starts on low notes, slowly increases in intensity until it reaches a crescendo, at which point all the singers sing at the top of their voices.
Deadbeat: A lazy person
Such swiftness of action cannot be expected of a deadbeat like him.
Dissonance: Discord, opposite of harmony
The dissonance between Tarun’s and his wife Sandhya’s opinions over how to raise the kids often led to serious fight.
Enfeeble: To debilitate
India came out of the war not enfeebled, but strengthened.
Jettison: Throw away
The captain of the sinking boat decided to jettison some less desirable cargo to deal with the overload.
Nestle: To press close to
She nestled her head on her father’s shoulder and started weeping.
Nettle: To irritate, annoy, or provoke.
Her loud singing of television commercials soon began to nettle him.
Obstinate: Stubborn
Roni is such an obstinate girl that once she takes a particular stand, it is well nigh impossible to make her budge even an inch from it.
Pejorative: Derogatory
The defence minister's remark “such clothes are bound to invite lascivious eyes" was interpreted as pejorative to women by the women's organizations, who protested it strongly.
Proclivity: Natural tendency
Zulfi has a natural proclivity towards painting right from childhood given that the atmosphere at home revolved only and only around paintings.
Prognosticate: Predict
On the basis of these dismal financial results, even a layman can prognosticate the disaster this company is going to land up in.
Proscribe: To condemn or forbid as harmful and unlawful, prohibit
Himachal Pradesh has proscribed the use of polythene bags altogether to preserve environment.
Subsistence: Means of support
Though many people do business for a living in this region, most of them derive subsistence from agriculture  
Swelter: Oppressively hot
By God! 15 cups of coffee a day and that too in such sweltering heat!
Trenchant: Vigorously effective and articulate, sharply perceptive, keen
His trenchant writing style, full of invectives and incisive remarks, never spared anyone.
Vagabond: A bum
Hounded out of his own country, Rousseau led the life of a vagabond, wandering here and there, in search of a place to live.
Venerate: Revere
Those venerating a particular God must remember that the other Gods, even if from other religions, are equally respectable.
Waft: Blow gently
One could smell the wafts of cookies let out by the soot rising from the chimneys.
Wistful: Longing
The widow's wistful remembrance of her shared past with her husband brought copious tears to her eyes.
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