General Words for GRE and GMAT Intermediate #3 – 30 Words

debase

make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance

artifice

a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture

nuance

a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

pertinent

being of striking appropriateness

diatribe

thunderous verbal attack

nettlesome

causing irritation or annoyance

chagrin

strong feelings of embarrassment

ebullient

joyously unrestrained

bastardization

an act that debases or corrupts

treacherous

dangerously unstable and unpredictable

telltale

disclosing unintentionally

squander

spend thoughtlessly; throw away

conciliate

gain the good will of or cause to be more favorably inclined

buttress

a support usually of stone or brick

admonish

scold or reprimand; take to task

nerve

a bundle of fibers running to organs and tissues of the body

inchoate

only partly in existence; imperfectly formed

lachrymose

showing sorrow

unseemly

not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper

antipathy

a feeling of intense dislike

corollary

an inference following from the proof of another proposition

dog

a canine domesticated by man since prehistoric times

gambit

a chess move in which the player sacrifices minor pieces

debunk

expose while ridiculing

histrionic

characteristic of acting or a stage performance

avarice

reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth

ravenous

extremely hungry

pariah

a person who is rejected from society or home

tact

consideration in dealing with others

antic

ludicrously odd
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