General Words for GRE and GMAT Advanced #4 – 40 Words

acerbic

sour or bitter in taste

staunch

firm and dependable especially in loyalty

checkered

patterned with alternating squares of color

poignant

keenly distressing to the mind or feelings

objurgate

censure severely

lugubrious

excessively mournful

jejune

lacking interest or significance or impact

vilify

spread negative information about

ersatz

an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation

wanton

a lewd or lascivious person

prognostication

a sign of something about to happen

tractable

easily managed

hegemony

the dominance or leadership of one social group over others

invective

abusive language used to express blame or censure

hackneyed

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

contrition

sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation

errant

straying from the right course or from accepted standards

broadside

with a side facing an object

semblance

an outward appearance that is deliberately misleading

flux

a state of constant change

graft

tissue or organ transplanted from a donor to a recipient

obdurate

stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

cogent

powerfully persuasive

temerity

fearless daring

choleric

characterized by anger

panegyric

formally expressing praise

balk

refuse to comply

superfluous

more than is needed, desired, or required

internecine

within a group or organization

exhort

spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts

pithy

concise and full of meaning

plod

walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud

gregarious

temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others

buck

mature male of certain mammals, especially deer or antelope

dilettante

an amateur engaging in an activity without serious intention

trenchant

having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought

pollyannaish

pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic

gumption

fortitude and determination

umbrage

a feeling of anger caused by being offended

arrogate

seize and take control without authority
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