Daily Word Practice GRE and GMAT – 62 Words

convergent

tending to come together from different directions

concentric

having a common center

unrestrained

not subject to limitation

nullify

declare invalid

radical

far beyond the norm

lustrous

reflecting light

copious

large in number or quantity

centenary

the 100th anniversary (or the celebration of it)

stigma

a symbol of disgrace or infamy

zealous

marked by active interest and enthusiasm

condescend

behave in a patronizing manner

besiege

surround so as to force to give up

oblivious

lacking conscious awareness of

suave

agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication

crescendo

a gradual increase in loudness

poignant

arousing affect

epitaph

an inscription in memory of a buried person

archaic

so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

flagrant

conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

tedium

the feeling of being bored by something

edifice

a structure that has a roof and walls

superfluous

more than is needed, desired, or required

utilitarian

having a useful function

volatile

liable to lead to sudden change or violence

pungent

strong and sharp to the sense of taste

disseminate

cause to become widely known

decimate

kill in large numbers

vehement

marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions

melodramatic

having excitement and emotional appeal

exemplary

worthy of imitation

fissure

a long narrow depression in a surface

hierarchy

a series of ordered groupings within a system

connoisseur

an expert able to appreciate a field

wane

a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)

amenity

pleasantness resulting from agreeable conditions

disincentive

a negative motivational influence

contrived

showing effects of planning or manipulation

sporadic

recurring in scattered or unpredictable instances

exposition

a collection of things for public display

disinterested

unaffected by concern for one’s own welfare

ensue

take place or happen afterward or as a result

barrage

the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area

impervious

not admitting of passage or capable of being affected

affinity

a natural attraction or feeling of kinship

impetus

a force that makes something happen

predispose

make susceptible

medley

a musical composition consisting of a series of songs

repository

a facility where things can be deposited for safekeeping

unlettered

having little acquaintance with writing

demise

the time when something ends

articulate

express or state clearly

bereaved

sorrowful through loss or deprivation

precursor

something indicating the approach of something or someone

bequeath

leave or give, especially by will after one’s death

scourge

something causing misery or death

explicate

elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses

dilapidated

in a state of decay, ruin, or deterioration

embankment

a long artificial mound of stone or earth

congenial

suitable to your needs

misgiving

uneasiness about the fitness of an action

preclude

make impossible, especially beforehand

embodiment

a concrete representation of an otherwise cloudy concept
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