General Words for GRE and GMAT Advanced #5 – 50 Words

anathema

a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication

panache

distinctive and stylish elegance

fortuitous

occurring by happy chance

untoward

not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper

abstruse

difficult to penetrate

aberration

a state or condition markedly different from the norm

provincial

associated with an administrative district of a nation

craven

lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful

arriviste

an ambitious social climber or status seeker

fractious

easily irritated or annoyed

contingent

determined by conditions or circumstances that follow

sybarite

a person addicted to luxury and pleasures of the senses

hector

be bossy towards

turgid

ostentatiously lofty in style

heretic

a person whose religious beliefs conflict with church dogma

supplant

take the place or move into the position of

finagle

achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods

coterminous

being of equal extent or scope or duration

glib

artfully persuasive in speech

frivolous

not serious in content or attitude or behavior

guileless

innocent and free of deceit

saturnine

bitter or scornful

tenacious

stubbornly unyielding

paucity

an insufficient quantity or number

macabre

shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

incumbent

necessary as a duty or responsibility; morally binding

vindicate

show to be right by providing justification or proof

maunder

speak in a rambling or incoherent way

demure

shy or modest, often in a playful or provocative way

ineluctable

impossible to avoid or evade

piquant

having an agreeably pungent taste

recrudesce

happen

untrammeled

not confined or limited

brazen

unrestrained by convention or propriety

churlish

having a bad disposition; surly

duress

compulsory force or threat

dissemble

behave unnaturally or affectedly

derelict

a person without a home, job, or property

embroil

force into some kind of situation or course of action

litany

any long and tedious address or recital

qualm

uneasiness about the fitness of an action

espouse

choose and follow a theory, idea, policy, etc.

grovel

show submission or fear

culpability

a state of guilt

apostate

not faithful to religion or party or cause

quail

small gallinaceous game birds

parvenu

a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status

glut

supply with an excess of

bumble

walk unsteadily

ambivalent

uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow
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