General Words for GRE and GMAT Basic words #3 – 29 Words

stipend

a sum of money allotted on a regular basis

lucid

transparently clear; easily understandable

banish

expel, as if by official decree

crystallize

cause to form crystals or assume crystalline form

amiable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

embellish

make more attractive, as by adding ornament or color

paragon

a perfect embodiment of a concept

variance

the quality of being subject to change

malleable

capable of being shaped or bent

negligible

so small as to be meaningless; insignificant

disheartened

made less hopeful or enthusiastic

melancholy

a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed

derive

come from

audacity

aggressive boldness or unmitigated effrontery

diligent

quietly and steadily persevering in detail or exactness

archaic

so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

retract

formally reject or disavow

delegate

a person appointed or elected to represent others

anachronism

locating something at a time when it couldn’t have existed

eradicate

destroy completely, as if down to the roots

apex

the highest point of something

robust

sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction

qualify

prove capable or fit; meet requirements

jovial

full of or showing high-spirited merriment

extrapolate

draw from specific cases for more general cases

empathetic

showing ready comprehension of others’ states

mundane

found in the ordinary course of events

tarnish

make or become dirty or spotty

unprecedented

novel; having no earlier occurrence
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