General Words for GRE and GMAT Advanced #6 – 59 Words

underwrite

protect by insurance

flummox

be a mystery or bewildering to

ascetic

someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline

fete

an elaborate party, often outdoors

defray

bear the expenses of

largess

liberality in bestowing gifts

sedulous

marked by care and persistent effort

leery

openly distrustful and unwilling to confide

winsome

charming in a childlike or naive way

munificent

very generous

fleece

outer coat of especially sheep and yaks

incorrigible

impervious to correction by punishment

chortle

a soft partly suppressed laugh

soporific

inducing sleep

redoubtable

inspiring fear

pyrrhic

relating to a victory that is offset by staggering losses

quisling

someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force

beatific

resembling or befitting an angel or saint

truculent

defiantly aggressive

tantamount

being essentially equal to something

expansive

able or tending to extend in one or more directions

edifying

enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage improvement

avaricious

immoderately desirous of acquiring something

delineate

represented accurately or precisely

simulacrum

a representation of a person

desideratum

something sought after as a necessity

banal

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

auspicious

auguring favorable circumstances and good luck

remonstrate

argue in protest or opposition

intimate

marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity

stultify

deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless

posit

take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom

stolid

having or revealing little emotion or sensibility

polemic

a verbal or written attack, especially of a belief or dogma

pillory

a wooden instrument of punishment on a post

cavalier

given to haughty disregard of others

invidious

containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice

renege

fail to fulfill a promise or obligation

tortuous

marked by repeated turns and bends

impute

attribute or credit to

tendentious

having a strong bias, especially a controversial one

raillery

light teasing

feckless

generally incompetent and ineffectual

sang-froid

great coolness and composure under strain

antithetical

sharply contrasted in character or purpose

prodigious

great in size, force, extent, or degree

limpid

clear and bright

admonitory

expressing reprimand, criticism, or censure

devolve

pass on or delegate to another

precocious

characterized by exceptionally early development

smattering

a slight or superficial understanding of a subject

entrenched

dug in

infelicitous

not appropriate in application; defective

obsequious

attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

furtive

secret and sly or sordid

sordid

foul and run-down and repulsive

appurtenant

furnishing added support

surly

unfriendly and inclined toward anger or irritation

canard

a deliberately misleading fabrication
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