199 Words to Master for the GMAT – 199 Words


pedantic

marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning

ambiguous

having more than one possible meaning

repudiate

refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid

paradigm

a standard or typical example

paradox

a statement that contradicts itself

refute

overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

innocuous

not injurious to physical or mental health

austere

of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor

arcane

requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

anomaly

deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule

pernicious

exceedingly harmful

spurious

plausible but false

petulant

easily irritated or annoyed

propensity

a natural inclination

mercurial

liable to sudden unpredictable change

nascent

being born or beginning

sporadic

recurring in scattered or unpredictable instances

arduous

characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion

cogent

powerfully persuasive

perfunctory

hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

pithy

concise and full of meaning

catalyst

substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction

tacit

implied by or inferred from actions or statements

placate

cause to be more favorably inclined

ascetic

someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline

ostensible

appearing as such but not necessarily so

terse

brief and to the point

abscond

run away, often taking something or somebody along

obdurate

stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

guile

shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

impede

be a hindrance or obstacle to

maverick

someone who exhibits independence in thought and action

levity

a manner lacking seriousness

phlegmatic

showing little emotion

abeyance

temporary cessation or suspension

aberrant

markedly different from an accepted norm

umbrage

a feeling of anger caused by being offended

partisan

a fervent and even militant proponent of something

lassitude

a feeling of lack of interest or energy

apposite

being of striking appropriateness and pertinence

salubrious

promoting health

reprobate

a person without moral scruples

castigate

inflict severe punishment on

chicanery

the use of tricks to deceive someone

recondite

difficult to penetrate

imperious

having or showing arrogant superiority

laud

praise, glorify, or honor

reverent

feeling or showing profound respect or veneration

pedestrian

a person who travels by foot

impecunious

not having enough money to pay for necessities

sedulous

marked by care and persistent effort

trenchant

having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought

mendacious

given to lying

mollify

cause to be more favorably inclined

perfidious

tending to betray

torpid

in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation

objective

the goal intended to be attained

sanguine

confidently optimistic and cheerful

moot

of no legal significance, as having been previously decided

mitigate

lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

astute

marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

obtuse

of an angle, between 90 and 180 degrees

sycophant

a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage

nefarious

extremely wicked

clandestine

conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

manifest

clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

solace

comfort in disappointment or misery

innate

present at birth but not necessarily hereditary

ephemeral

anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day

perpetual

continuing forever or indefinitely

futile

producing no result or effect

trite

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

laconic

brief and to the point

implicit

suggested though not directly expressed

implication

something that is inferred

prosaic

lacking wit or imagination

jaded

exhausted

resolution

a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner

affable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

rhetorical

relating to using language effectively

obfuscate

make obscure or unclear

stigma

a symbol of disgrace or infamy

reiterate

say, state, or perform again

pejorative

expressing disapproval

infer

conclude by reasoning

chagrin

strong feelings of embarrassment

nexus

the means of connection between things linked in series

nebulous

lacking definite form or limits

idiosyncrasy

a behavioral attribute peculiar to an individual

haughty

having or showing arrogant superiority

protocol

forms of ceremony and etiquette observed by officials

abhor

find repugnant

fortitude

strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity

incorrigible

impervious to correction by punishment

abstruse

difficult to penetrate

maudlin

effusively or insincerely emotional

furtive

secret and sly or sordid

abrogate

revoke formally

tepid

moderately warm

impervious

not admitting of passage or capable of being affected

omniscient

infinitely wise

incessant

uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing

xenophobia

a fear of foreigners or strangers

censure

harsh criticism or disapproval

inchoate

only partly in existence; imperfectly formed

cache

a hidden storage space

wanton

a lewd or lascivious person

juxtapose

place side by side

mandate

a document giving an official instruction or command

allude

make an indirect reference to

tenet

a religious doctrine proclaimed as true without proof

ramification

a consequence, especially one that causes complications

forbearance

a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges

cohort

a band of warriors

heed

careful attention

hone

sharpen with a whetstone

raconteur

a person skilled in telling anecdotes

pecuniary

relating to or involving money

bucolic

devoted to raising sheep or cattle

adroit

quick or skillful or adept in action or thought

stagnant

not growing or changing; without force or vitality

obviate

do away with

odious

unequivocally detestable

heresy

a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion

soporific

inducing sleep

superlative

highest in quality

abstemious

marked by temperance in indulgence

prevaricate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

realm

a domain in which something is dominant

guise

an artful or simulated semblance

static

not in physical motion

inculcate

teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions

impasse

a situation in which no progress can be made

urbane

showing a high degree of refinement

rectify

make right or correct

indelible

not able to be removed or erased

truculent

defiantly aggressive

opulence

wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living

parochial

relating to or supported by or located in a parish

impartial

free from undue bias or preconceived opinions

indemnify

secure against future loss, damage, or liability

mercenary

a person hired to fight for another country than their own

indomitable

impossible to subdue

bellicose

having or showing a ready disposition to fight

uncouth

lacking refinement or cultivation or taste

steadfast

marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable

inimical

not friendly

chimera

a grotesque product of the imagination

fret

be agitated or irritated

wry

humorously sarcastic or mocking

bereft

sorrowful through loss or deprivation

brusque

rudely abrupt or blunt in speech or manner

surfeit

indulge (one’s appetite) to satiety

cessation

a stopping

berate

censure severely or angrily

imbue

spread or diffuse through

garner

assemble or get together

calumny

a false accusation of an offense

taut

pulled or drawn tight

collusion

secret agreement

frenetic

excessively agitated

rant

talk at length in a noisy, excited, or angry manner

harangue

a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion

accede

yield to another’s wish or opinion

suave

having a sophisticated charm

callow

young and inexperienced

rancor

a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

perdition

the place or state in which one suffers eternal punishment

abase

cause to feel shame

initiate

set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for

gauche

lacking social polish

miscreant

a person without moral scruples

artifice

a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture

parity

functional equality

mellifluous

pleasing to the ear

foray

a sudden short attack

amity

a state of friendship and cordiality

tawdry

tastelessly showy

mire

a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot

gaffe

a socially awkward or tactless act

disperse

move away from each other

recidivism

habitual relapse into crime

staid

characterized by dignity and propriety

metamorphosis

striking change in appearance or character or circumstances

lateral

situated at or extending to the side

innovate

bring something new to an environment

strident

unpleasantly loud and harsh

syllogism

reasoning in which a conclusion is derived from two premises

galvanize

stimulate (muscles) by administering a shock

flux

a state of constant change

gravity

the force of attraction between all masses in the universe

inundate

fill or cover completely, usually with water

goad

stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick

caliber

diameter of a tube or gun barrel

beseech

ask for or request earnestly

odium

hate coupled with disgust

obeisance

bending the head or body in reverence or submission

infamy

a state of extreme dishonor

savant

a learned person


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