General Words for GRE and GMAT Advanced #8 – 80 Words

perfidy

an act of deliberate betrayal

deferential

showing courteous regard for people’s feelings

torpor

a state of motor and mental inactivity

diffident

showing modest reserve

quotidian

found in the ordinary course of events

impertinent

improperly forward or bold

incisive

demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

subsume

contain or include

refractory

stubbornly resistant to authority or control

mawkish

effusively or insincerely emotional

propitious

presenting favorable circumstances

ingratiate

gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts

gossamer

a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture

execrate

curse or declare to be evil or anathema

predilection

a predisposition in favor of something

prodigal

recklessly wasteful

ignominious

deserving or bringing disgrace or shame

turpitude

a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice

parochial

relating to or supported by or located in a parish

precipitous

extremely steep

extant

still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost

recondite

difficult to penetrate

petulant

easily irritated or annoyed

voluble

marked by a ready flow of speech

prevaricate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

restive

being in a tense state

venality

susceptibility or openness to bribery and corruption

staid

characterized by dignity and propriety

preclude

make impossible, especially beforehand

enervate

weaken mentally or morally

galvanize

stimulate (muscles) by administering a shock

egregious

conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

harangue

a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion

eschew

avoid and stay away from deliberately

commensurate

corresponding in size or degree or extent

solecism

a socially awkward or tactless act

iconoclast

someone who attacks cherished ideas or institutions

calumny

a false accusation of an offense

reprobate

a person without moral scruples

disaffected

discontented as toward authority

veracious

habitually speaking the truth

mordant

harshly ironic or sinister

sententious

concise and full of meaning

parsimonious

excessively unwilling to spend

laconic

brief and to the point

inveterate

habitual

venerate

regard with feelings of respect and reverence

denigrate

charge falsely or with malicious intent

gainsay

take exception to

rankle

make resentful or angry

palaver

loud and confused and empty talk

bucolic

devoted to raising sheep or cattle

censure

harsh criticism or disapproval

platitude

a trite or obvious remark

gall

a digestive juice secreted by the liver

travesty

a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style

germane

relevant and appropriate

askance

with suspicion or disapproval

inexorable

not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty

mercurial

liable to sudden unpredictable change

demur

politely refuse or take exception to

pedantic

marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning

impudent

improperly forward or bold

reticent

reluctant to draw attention to yourself

spurious

plausible but false

exiguous

extremely scanty

profligate

unrestrained by convention or morality

apocryphal

being of questionable authenticity

acrimony

a rough and bitter manner

vociferous

conspicuously and offensively loud

raffish

marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputability

ingenuous

lacking in sophistication or worldliness

equivocal

open to two or more interpretations

amenable

disposed or willing to comply

upbraid

express criticism towards

querulous

habitually complaining

pejorative

expressing disapproval

mulct

money extracted as a penalty

belie

be in contradiction with

screed

a long, tedious rant
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