General Words for GRE and GMAT Advanced #7 – 70 Words

peremptory

putting an end to all debate or action

jingoism

fanatical patriotism

contrive

make or work out a plan for; devise

engender

call forth

insolvent

unable to meet or discharge financial obligations

forlorn

marked by or showing hopelessness

raft

a flat float that can be used for transport

itinerant

traveling from place to place to work

mendacity

the tendency to be untruthful

repudiate

refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid

importune

beg persistently and urgently

bowdlerize

edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

intransigent

impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, or reason

palimpsest

a manuscript on which more than one text has been written

harried

troubled persistently, especially with petty annoyances

languid

lacking spirit or liveliness

inimical

not friendly

rakish

marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

aphoristic

terse and witty and like a maxim

lambast

censure severely or angrily

propitiate

make peace with

travail

use of physical or mental energy; hard work

arch

a curved masonry construction for spanning an opening

derisive

expressing contempt or ridicule

carping

persistent petty and unjustified criticism

overweening

presumptuously arrogant

insouciance

the cheerful feeling you have when nothing is troubling you

inscrutable

difficult or impossible to understand

venial

warranting only temporal punishment

hamstring

one of the tendons at the back of the knee

spurn

reject with contempt

insidious

working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way

blinker

a light that flashes on and off

dissolution

separation into component parts

castigate

inflict severe punishment on

remiss

failing in what duty requires

nonplussed

filled with bewilderment

extenuating

partially excusing or justifying

dilatory

wasting time

pernicious

exceedingly harmful

exegesis

an explanation or critical interpretation

vicissitude

a variation in circumstances or fortune

temperance

the trait of avoiding excesses

sinecure

a job that involves minimal duties

factious

dissenting with the majority opinion

virago

a noisy or scolding or domineering woman

enjoin

give instructions to or direct somebody to do something

decorous

characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste

prescience

the power to foresee the future

specious

plausible but false

gauche

lacking social polish

subversive

in opposition to an established system or government

benighted

overtaken by night or darkness

prolixity

boring verbosity

slapdash

marked by great carelessness

expound

add details, as to an account or idea

portentous

of momentous or ominous significance

picayune

small and of little importance

perquisite

an incidental benefit for certain types of employment

indignant

angered at something unjust or wrong

foment

try to stir up

innocuous

not injurious to physical or mental health

ferret

a small domesticated mammal with a flexible, elongated body

arrant

without qualification; used informally as intensifiers

chary

characterized by great caution

foible

a minor weakness or peculiarity in someone’s character

splenetic

of or relating to the spleen

didactic

instructive, especially excessively

hagiography

a biography that idealizes or idolizes the person

eke out

live from day to day, as with some hardship
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