General Words for GRE and GMAT Intermediate #6 – 60 Words


chastise

censure severely

baleful

threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

retiring

of a person who has held and relinquished a position

encumber

hold back, impede, or weigh down

verisimilitude

the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true

miscreant

a person without moral scruples

ascribe

attribute or credit to

provident

giving something useful for the future

untenable

incapable of being defended or justified

patent

a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention

disseminate

cause to become widely known

impecunious

not having enough money to pay for necessities

conniving

acting together in secret toward a fraudulent or illegal end

stalwart

having rugged physical strength

pundit

a person with special knowledge who performs skillfully

juxtapose

place side by side

moribund

being on the point of death

reprisal

a retaliatory action against an enemy in wartime

complacent

contented to a fault with oneself or one’s actions

eminent

standing above others in quality or position

subterfuge

something intended to misrepresent the nature of an activity

prolific

intellectually productive

officious

intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner

obstreperous

noisily and stubbornly defiant

percipient

characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving

exonerate

pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

fledgling

young bird that has just become capable of flying

inviolate

(of a woman) having the hymen unbroken

vacillate

be undecided about something

malfeasance

wrongful conduct by a public official

flush

rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid

serendipity

good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries

temper

a characteristic state of feeling

voracious

devouring or craving food in great quantities

proscribe

command against

irascible

quickly aroused to anger

boon

something that is desirable, favorable, or beneficial

pecuniary

relating to or involving money

idiosyncrasy

a behavioral attribute peculiar to an individual

hauteur

overbearing pride with a superior manner toward inferiors

firebrand

a piece of wood that has been burned or is burning

adjure

command solemnly

exasperate

make furious

gaffe

a socially awkward or tactless act

involved

connected by participation or association or use

inundate

fill or cover completely, usually with water

unflappable

not easily perturbed, excited, or upset

inflammatory

arousing to action or rebellion

prosaic

lacking wit or imagination

eclectic

selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas

maxim

a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits

mellifluous

pleasing to the ear

imponderable

difficult or impossible to evaluate with precision

ethereal

characterized by lightness and insubstantiality

imperious

having or showing arrogant superiority

punctilious

marked by precise accordance with details

vitriolic

harsh, bitter, or malicious in tone

assuage

provide physical relief, as from pain

exalt

praise, glorify, or honor

exacerbate

make worse


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