General Words for GRE and GMAT Basic words #7 – 64 Words

provisional

under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon

contemptuous

expressing extreme scorn

flippant

showing an inappropriate lack of seriousness

cornucopia

a horn filled with fruit and grain symbolizing prosperity

heyday

the period of greatest prosperity or productivity

copious

large in number or quantity

preempt

acquire for oneself before others can do so

arduous

characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion

base

lowest support of a structure

cede

give over

coalesce

fuse or cause to come together

entice

provoke someone to do something through persuasion

estimable

deserving of respect or high regard

hound

a dog used for hunting typically having large drooping ears

refute

overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

emulate

strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

preemptive

designed to prevent an anticipated situation or occurrence

misanthrope

someone who dislikes people in general

presumptuous

going beyond what is appropriate, permitted, or courteous

reverent

feeling or showing profound respect or veneration

stringent

demanding strict attention to rules and procedures

immaterial

lacking importance; not mattering one way or the other

bemoan

regret strongly

effervescent

giving off bubbles

taxing

not easily borne; wearing

profusion

the property of being extremely abundant

morph

cause to change shape in a computer animation

credulity

tendency to believe readily

elude

escape, either physically or mentally

aberrant

markedly different from an accepted norm

savvy

the ability to shrewdly understand or judge things

attenuate

become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude

improvident

not supplying something useful for the future

elicit

call forth, as an emotion, feeling, or response

hodgepodge

a motley assortment of things

credit

an estimate of ability to fulfill financial commitments

primacy

the state of being first in importance

rudimentary

being in the earliest stages of development

debonair

having a sophisticated charm

discrete

constituting a separate entity or part

compound

a whole formed by a union of two or more elements or parts

afford

have the financial means to do something or buy something

dispassionate

unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice

vitriol

abusive or venomous language to express blame or censure

assiduously

with care and persistence

forthright

directly and without evasion; not roundabout

cardinal

serving as an essential component

inimitable

matchless

betray

deliver to an enemy by treachery

elusive

skillful at evading capture

artlessness

the quality of innocent naivete

aphorism

a short pithy instructive saying

juggernaut

a massive inexorable force

patronize

provide support for

languish

become feeble

obliging

showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others

cataclysm

a sudden violent change in the earth’s surface

tirade

a speech of violent denunciation

panacea

hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases

unequivocal

admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding

squelch

suppress or crush completely

scrupulous

characterized by extreme care and great effort

reconcile

come to terms

fickle

liable to sudden unpredictable change
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