General Words for GRE and GMAT Intermediate #5 – 50 Words

countermand

cancel officially

transmute

change or alter in form, appearance, or nature

tempestuous

characterized by violent emotions or behavior

deride

treat or speak of with contempt

belligerent

characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

fawn

a young deer

trite

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

conflagration

a very intense and uncontrolled fire

dispatch

the act of sending off something

tribulation

an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event

denouement

the outcome of a complex sequence of events

lacerate

cut or tear irregularly

sagacious

acutely insightful and wise

perfunctory

hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

smug

marked by excessive complacency or self-satisfaction

concede

give over

uncanny

surpassing the ordinary or normal

dolorous

showing sorrow

precarious

not secure; beset with difficulties

spendthrift

someone who spends money freely or wastefully

surreptitious

marked by quiet and caution and secrecy

incessant

uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing

rebuke

an act or expression of criticism and censure

disenfranchise

deprive of voting rights

dilapidated

in a state of decay, ruin, or deterioration

inure

cause to accept or become hardened to

unimpeachable

beyond doubt or reproach

malodorous

having an unpleasant smell

halcyon

a mythical bird said to breed at the winter solstice

sardonic

disdainfully or ironically humorous

precipitate

bring about abruptly

noisome

causing or able to cause nausea

mitigate

lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

dovetail

a mortise joint formed by interlocking parts

nadir

the lowest point of anything

catholic

comprehensive or broad-minded in tastes and interests

ostracize

expel from a community or group

frustrate

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

machinate

arrange by systematic planning and united effort

propitious

presenting favorable circumstances

apothegm

a short pithy instructive saying

underscore

give extra weight to

puissant

powerful

rustic

characteristic of rural life

anemic

relating to or having a deficiency of red blood cells

solicitude

a feeling of excessive concern

affable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

audacious

disposed to venture or take risks

disparate

fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind

chimera

a grotesque product of the imagination
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