General Words for GRE and GMAT Intermediate #7 – 69 Words

presentiment

a feeling of evil to come

taciturn

habitually reserved and uncommunicative

deleterious

harmful to living things

mettlesome

having a proud, courageous, and unbroken spirit

quandary

state of uncertainty in a choice between unfavorable options

curmudgeon

an irascible, cantankerous person full of stubborn ideas

penurious

excessively unwilling to spend

wanting

inadequate in amount or degree

urbane

showing a high degree of refinement

forthcoming

at ease in talking to others

confound

be confusing or perplexing to

bristle

a stiff hair

bereft

sorrowful through loss or deprivation

fecund

capable of producing offspring or vegetation

browbeat

discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner

martinet

someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms

peripatetic

traveling especially on foot

tumult

a state of commotion and noise and confusion

bromide

a trite or obvious remark

consummate

having or revealing supreme mastery or skill

stymie

hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

humdrum

tediously repetitious or lacking in variety

elucidate

make clear and comprehensible

effrontery

audacious behavior that you have no right to

pine

a coniferous tree

approbatory

expressing or manifesting praise or approval

tout

advertise in strongly positive terms

asperity

harshness of manner

alacrity

liveliness and eagerness

fallacious

containing or based on incorrect reasoning

enormity

the quality of extreme wickedness

philistine

a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits

credence

the mental attitude that something is believable

aplomb

great coolness and composure under strain

vie

compete for something

surfeit

indulge (one’s appetite) to satiety

impetuous

characterized by undue haste and lack of thought

hobble

walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury

magisterial

of or relating to a civil officer who administers the law

contrite

feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

imprudent

not sensible, responsible, or wise

vituperate

spread negative information about

assail

attack someone physically or emotionally

bellicose

having or showing a ready disposition to fight

foolhardy

marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences

indict

accuse formally of a crime

self-effacing

reluctant to draw attention to yourself

austere

of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor

tender

easy to cut or chew

genial

agreeable, conducive to comfort

boorish

ill-mannered and coarse in behavior or appearance

disabuse

free somebody from an erroneous belief

quixotic

not sensible about practical matters

esoteric

understandable only by an enlightened inner circle

cow

female of domestic cattle

inkling

a slight suggestion or vague understanding

phlegmatic

showing little emotion

sullen

showing a brooding ill humor

ameliorate

make better

irresolute

uncertain how to act or proceed

rescind

cancel officially

ribald

humorously vulgar

insipid

lacking interest or significance or impact

collusion

secret agreement

cosset

treat with excessive indulgence

replete

filled to satisfaction with food or drink

dearth

an insufficient quantity or number

inadvertent

happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally

vehement

marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions
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