General Words for GRE and GMAT Basic words #6 – 60 Words

obtuse

of an angle, between 90 and 180 degrees

meticulous

marked by precise accordance with details

spartan

unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment

irk

irritate or vex

badger

sturdy carnivorous burrowing mammal with strong claws

demean

reduce in worth or character, usually verbally

decimation

destroying or killing a large part of the population

thoroughgoing

performed comprehensively and completely

cerebral

of or relating to the brain

truncate

make shorter as if by cutting off

maintain

keep in a certain state, position, or activity

thwart

hinder or prevent, as an effort, plan, or desire

muted

in a softened tone

undermine

weaken or impair, especially gradually

veritable

not counterfeit or copied

jocular

characterized by jokes and good humor

pragmatic

concerned with practical matters

corroborate

give evidence for

hamper

prevent the progress or free movement of

dupe

fool or hoax

dictatorial

characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule

animosity

a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility

perennial

lasting an indefinitely long time

jubilant

full of high-spirited delight

imbibe

take in liquids

accolade

a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

steadfast

marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable

whimsical

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

duplicity

the act of deceiving or acting in bad faith

affluent

having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value

transient

lasting a very short time

unassailable

impossible to attack

decorum

propriety in manners and conduct

placate

cause to be more favorably inclined

discord

lack of agreement or harmony

avid

marked by active interest and enthusiasm

indecorous

lacking propriety and good taste in manners and conduct

cumbersome

difficult to handle or use because of size or weight

impending

close in time; about to occur

perturbed

thrown into a state of agitated confusion

benign

kind in disposition or manner

banality

a trite or obvious remark

chauvinist

a person with a prejudiced belief in his own superiority

miser

a stingy hoarder of money and possessions

pith

spongelike central cylinder of the stems of flowering plants

haphazard

dependent upon or characterized by chance

recapitulation

a summary that repeats the substance of a longer discussion

unruly

unable to be governed or controlled

equivocate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

precedent

an example that is used to justify similar occurrences

amply

sufficiently; more than adequately

laudable

worthy of high praise

hail

precipitation of ice pellets

row

an arrangement of objects or people side by side in a line

docile

easily handled or managed

opaque

not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy

ploy

a maneuver in a game or conversation

implausible

highly imaginative but unlikely

doleful

filled with or evoking sadness

disingenuous

not straightforward or candid
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