Advanced Word List – 6

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
Access: The right to enter
The access to the mall was very crowded.
Alleged: Declared but not proved
He alleged charges of graft on the bureaucrat.
Controversial: Marked by or capable of arousing controversy
The issue of death penalty is highly controversial.
Habitat: The type of environment in which an organism or group normally lives or occurs
In its natural habitat the hibiscus will grow up to 25ft.
Invalidate: Declare invalid
He invalidated the contract by breaking some of its terms.
Landmark: The position of a prominent or well-known object in a particular landscape
The church steeple provided a convenient landmark.
Lethal: Of an instrument of certain death
Snake bites are often lethal.
Liquidation: The act of exterminating
The losses he incurred resulted in the liquidation of his assets.
Mammoth: So exceedingly large or extensive as to suggest a giant or mammoth
The mammoth building was hideously constructed.
Level 2: Let’s take it up a notch
Accomplice: An associate in wrongdoing
His accomplice was arrested after a high speed car chase.
Bias: Influence in an unfair way
The child took a biased view because of his mother’s judgement.
Culpable: Deserving blame or censure as being wrong or evil or injurious
Her maid’s culpable negligence could have caused a blast in the kitchen.
Cursory: Hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
He took a cursory glance at the headlines in the morning.
Extrinsic: Not forming an essential or inherent part of a thing
That new facade seems like an extrinsic feature of the building.
Havoc: Violent and needless disturbance
The storm created havoc in the village.
Incisive: Suitable for cutting or piercing
The teeth of the saw were very incisive.
Indigenous: Originating where it is found
The American Black Bear is indigenous to many different parts of North America.
Nomadic: Migratory
Gypsies are normally nomadic by nature.
Persevere: Be persistent, refuse to stop
He persevered in his task despite all odds.
Raze: Tear down so as to make flat with the ground
The building was razed to the ground to make a new and better one.
Stereotype: A conventional or formulaic conception or image
His stereotype lectures were getting difficult to attend.
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Level 3: Time to be a master
Abrogate: Revoke formally
The next minister could abrogate the trade policy.
Asperity: Something hard to endure
The asperity of northern winter is well known.
Complicity: Guilt as an accomplice in a crime or offence
The junior’s complicity was proved in the offence.
Declaim: Speak against in an impassioned manner
He declaimed against the wasteful ways of modern society.
Epithet: A defamatory or abusive word or phrase
The players uttered a stream of obscene epithets.
Fetter: A shackle for the ankles or feet
He saw a boy in fetters in the dungeon.
Gregarious: Seeking and enjoying the company of others; sociable
He is a gregarious person who avoids solitude.
Interloper: Someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another without permission
She had no wish to share her father with any interloper.
Paragon: An ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
She was a paragon of neatness and efficiency.
Precipitate: Bring about abruptly
The  matters precipitated  into a fight.
Preclude: Keep from happening or arising; make impossible
His involvement in the project precluded his participation in other competitive projects.
Recant: Officially reject or deny a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
He recanted the vows he had made due to his mother.
Scurry: To move about or proceed hurriedly
The mouse scurried back and forth in the kitchen.
Sinecure: An office that involves minimal duties
He enjoyed a lucrative sinecure with a big law firm.
Stentorian: Used of the voice
Their grandfather’s stentorian voice always managed to scare the children.
Supine: Lying face upward
The dog lay supine waiting for his master to come home.
Valour: Courage and boldness
He received a medal for the valour he displayed in the war in Afghanistan.
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