General Words for GRE and GMAT Basic words #4 – 40 Words

telling

disclosing unintentionally

transitory

lasting a very short time

appease

make peace with

err

make a mistake

commendable

worthy of high praise

arbitrary

based on or subject to individual discretion or preference

check

examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition

industrious

characterized by hard work and perseverance

candid

openly straightforward and direct without secretiveness

paradoxical

seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true

enthrall

hold spellbound

futile

producing no result or effect

jargon

technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject

chivalrous

attentive and honorable like an ideal knight

colossal

so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe

euphoria

a feeling of great elation

abstain

refrain from doing, consuming, or partaking in something

impeccable

without fault or error

ambiguous

having more than one possible meaning

oblique

slanting or inclined in direction or course or position

equitable

fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience

exemplar

something to be imitated

avert

turn away or aside

pristine

immaculately clean and unused

artful

not straightforward or candid

autocratic

characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule

detrimental

causing harm or injury

bolster

support and strengthen

discreet

marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint

crestfallen

brought low in spirit

deliberate

carefully thought out in advance

misconstrue

interpret in the wrong way

adamant

very hard native crystalline carbon valued as a gem

champion

someone who has won first place in a competition

cosmopolitan

composed of people from many parts of the world

prevail

be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance

indifference

the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care

exemplify

be characteristic of

meteoric

of extraterrestrial bodies that hit the earth’s atmosphere

eccentric

conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual
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