General Words for GRE and GMAT Basic words #5 – 49 Words

altruism

the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others

start

take the first step or steps in carrying out an action

impervious

not admitting of passage or capable of being affected

augment

enlarge or increase

empiricism

the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience

sporadic

recurring in scattered or unpredictable instances

evenhanded

without partiality

enumerate

specify individually

palatable

acceptable to the taste or mind

intermittent

stopping and starting at irregular intervals

iconoclastic

characterized by attack on established beliefs

antiquated

so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

convoluted

highly complex or intricate

impede

be a hindrance or obstacle to

abysmal

so deep as to be immeasurable

intimation

a slight suggestion or vague understanding

nonchalant

marked by blithe unconcern

appreciable

enough to be estimated or measured

reservation

the act of setting aside for some future occasion

ornate

marked by complexity and richness of detail

sanction

official permission or approval

candid

openly straightforward and direct without secretiveness

martial

suggesting war or military life

implicate

bring into intimate and incriminating connection

zenith

the point above the observer directly opposite the nadir

rash

imprudently incurring risk

evasive

avoiding or escaping from difficulty or danger

presumption

a premise that is taken for granted

enamored

marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness

misogynist

a misanthrope who dislikes women in particular

frugal

avoiding waste

dissipate

cause to separate and go in different directions

thrifty

mindful of the future in spending money

inarticulate

without or deprived of the use of speech or words

excruciating

extremely painful

pellucid

transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity

insufferable

extremely unpleasant or annoying

apathy

an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

hoodwink

conceal one’s true motives from

diminutive

very small

conundrum

a difficult problem

denote

have as a meaning

malevolent

wishing or appearing to wish evil to others

aesthetic

characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste

irrevocable

incapable of being retracted

exorbitant

greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation

derivative

a compound obtained from another compound

erratic

liable to sudden unpredictable change

indigenous

originating where it is found
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