General Words for GRE and GMAT Intermediate #8 – 79 Words

efficacious

giving the power to produce an intended result

stem

cylinder forming a long narrow part of something

veneer

coating consisting of a thin layer of wood

tawdry

tastelessly showy

wax

substance solid at normal temperature and insoluble in water

facile

arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth

incongruous

lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness

circumvent

surround so as to force to give up

hoary

having gray or white hair as with age

besotted

very drunk

burgeon

grow and flourish

discursive

tending to cover a wide range of subjects

insolent

marked by casual disrespect

ineffable

defying expression or description

amok

wildly; without self-control

vacuous

devoid of matter

inclement

severe, of weather

impugn

attack as false or wrong

sanguine

confidently optimistic and cheerful

phantasmagorical

characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions

timorous

shy and fearful by nature

malady

impairment of normal physiological function

mendicant

a pauper who lives by begging

ostentatious

intended to attract notice and impress others

myopic

unable to see distant objects clearly

anodyne

capable of relieving pain

concomitant

following or accompanying as a consequence

flounder

walk with great difficulty

genteel

marked by refinement in taste and manners

rarefied

of high moral or intellectual value

ponderous

having great mass and weight and unwieldiness

obtain

come into possession of

incense

make furious

vanquish

defeat in a competition, race, or conflict

lampoon

ridicule with satire

gerrymander

divide voting districts unfairly and to one’s advantage

rile

disturb, especially by minor irritations

snub

refuse to acknowledge

pittance

an inadequate payment

immutable

not subject or susceptible to change or variation

cupidity

extreme greed for material wealth

imbroglio

an intricate and confusing interpersonal situation

brusquely

in a blunt direct manner

amorphous

having no definite form or distinct shape

callow

young and inexperienced

protean

taking on different forms

ephemeral

anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day

amalgam

a combination or blend of diverse things

fell

cause to go down by or as if by delivering a blow

snide

expressive of contempt

expurgate

edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

rapprochement

the reestablishing of cordial relations

haughty

having or showing arrogant superiority

plucky

showing courage

kowtow

bend the knees and bow in a servile manner

melee

a noisy riotous fight

hedge

a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes

sanctimonious

excessively or hypocritically pious

culminate

end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage

indigent

poor enough to need help from others

vicarious

experienced at secondhand

peruse

examine or consider with attention and in detail

pedestrian

a person who travels by foot

brook

a natural stream of water smaller than a river

unscrupulous

without principles

acme

the highest point of something

anomalous

deviating from the general or common order or type

inanity

total lack of meaning or ideas

respite

a pause from doing something

recrimination

mutual accusations

elegiac

resembling or characteristic of a lament for the dead

capricious

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

scintillating

having brief brilliant points or flashes of light

ascendancy

the state when one person or group has power over another

maudlin

effusively or insincerely emotional

garrulous

full of trivial conversation

sycophant

a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage

Byzantine

of or relating to or characteristic of the Byzantine Empire or the ancient city of Byzantium

sartorial

of or relating to tailoring or clothing
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