GMAT 2 – 172 Words

ascertain

learn or discover with confidence

coarse

rough to the touch

reverence

a feeling of profound respect for someone or something

pertain

be relevant to

discern

detect with the senses

reckless

marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences

tract

an extended area of land

accede

yield to another’s wish or opinion

wary

marked by keen caution and watchful prudence

endorse

give support or one’s approval to

impetuous

characterized by undue haste and lack of thought

improbable

having a chance of occurring too low to inspire belief

eclipse

the phenomenon when one celestial body obscures another

inadequate

lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task

temperance

the trait of avoiding excesses

eminence

high status importance owing to marked superiority

allegation

a formal accusation against somebody

aloof

remote in manner

stark

severely simple

prone

having a tendency

relentless

never-ceasing

relentless

never-ceasing

besieged

surrounded by hostile forces

legislator

someone who makes or enacts laws

benevolence

disposition to do good

thrift

extreme care in spending money

erroneous

containing or characterized by mistakes

tenacity

persistent determination

devoid

completely wanting or lacking

prophetic

foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention

obliterate

remove completely from recognition or memory

aesthetic

characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste

copious

large in number or quantity

precarious

not secure; beset with difficulties

fanciful

indulging in or influenced by the imagination

austerity

self-denial, especially refraining from worldly pleasures

apathy

an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

incongruous

lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness

tumultuous

characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination

overshadow

cast a shadow upon

overshadow

cast a shadow upon

overshadow

cast a shadow upon

protrude

extend out or project in space

belligerent

characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

bolster

support and strengthen

intrinsic

belonging to a thing by its very nature

intrinsic

belonging to a thing by its very nature

exacting

severe and unremitting in making demands

novice

someone new to a field or activity

fastidious

giving careful attention to detail

derivative

a compound obtained from another compound

detract

take away a part from; diminish

infuriate

make furious

kernel

a single whole grain of a cereal

arcade

a structure composed of arches supported by columns

retract

formally reject or disavow

prosaic

lacking wit or imagination

providential

peculiarly fortunate or appropriate

notoriety

the state of being known for some unfavorable act or quality

notoriety

the state of being known for some unfavorable act or quality

belie

be in contradiction with

unseemly

not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper

discernible

perceptible by the senses or intellect

shrewdness

intelligence manifested by being astute

underscore

give extra weight to

underscore

give extra weight to

taut

pulled or drawn tight

electorate

the body of enfranchised citizens; those qualified to vote

tallow

a hard substance used for making soap and candles

dissimilar

not alike

agonizing

extremely painful

rife

excessively abundant

ameliorate

make better

frivolity

the trait of being not serious or sensible

restive

being in a tense state

imperceptibly

in a manner that is difficult to discern

diffidence

lack of self-assurance

diffidence

lack of self-assurance

dispassionate

unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice

meticulous

marked by precise accordance with details

vociferous

conspicuously and offensively loud

ephemeral

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

disquieting

causing mental discomfort

harbinger

something indicating the approach of something or someone

detrimental

causing harm or injury

imperiously

in a manner showing arrogant superiority

injudicious

lacking or showing lack of judgment or discretion; unwise

scathing

marked by harshly abusive criticism

circumscribed

subject to limits or subjected to limits

unsparing

not forbearing; ruthless

acumen

shrewdness shown by keen insight

overdue

not paid at the scheduled time

extraneous

not belonging to that in which it is contained

frugality

prudence in avoiding waste

undiminished

not lessened

notation

a comment or instruction (usually added)

fortuitous

occurring by happy chance

fortuitous

occurring by happy chance

exacerbate

make worse

intractable

difficult to manage or mold

affability

a disposition to be friendly and approachable

insincerity

the quality of not being open or truthful

prodigality

the trait of spending extravagantly

invalidate

make no longer acceptable for use

invalidate

make no longer acceptable for use

phony

fraudulent; having a misleading appearance

shore up

support by placing against something solid or rigid

tenuous

very thin in gauge or diameter

improvisation

a performance given without planning or preparation

penitential

showing or constituting penance

interchangeable

permitting mutual substitution without loss of function

percolate

cause to pass through a permeable substance

volubility

the quality of being facile in speech and writing

skittish

unpredictably excitable, especially of horses

rancid

having a rank smell or taste

inconsequential

lacking worth or importance

taciturnity

the trait of being uncommunicative

polemical

of or involving dispute or controversy

iconoclasm

the orientation of an iconoclast

indecorous

lacking propriety and good taste in manners and conduct

precariously

in a manner affording no ease or reassurance

ethos

the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era

prolixity

boring verbosity

convoluted

highly complex or intricate

iconoclastic

characterized by attack on established beliefs

avidly

in a zealous manner

technocrat

an advocate of technocracy

egalitarian

favoring social equality

acerbic

sour or bitter in taste

hibernation

the resting state in which some animals pass the winter

stinginess

a lack of generosity

impenetrability

the quality of being impenetrable

illiberality

a disposition not to be liberal (generous) with money

substantiation

the act of validating

miserliness

total lack of generosity with money

didacticism

communication that is suitable for or intended to be instructive

contextual

relating to the set of facts surrounding a situation

hydrodynamics

study of fluids in motion

pellucidity

passing light without diffusion or distortion

myriad

a large indefinite number

pedagogy

the profession of a teacher

anticipation

the act of predicting, as by reasoning about the future

protagonist

the principal character in a work of fiction

advocate

a person who pleads for a person, cause, or idea

devolve

pass on or delegate to another

delegate

a person appointed or elected to represent others

dichotomy

a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses

pertain

be relevant to

lavish

very generous

viable

capable of life or normal growth and development

laudable

worthy of high praise

lexical

of or relating to words

inconceivable

totally unlikely

interdisciplinary

drawing from two or more fields of study

matriculate

enroll as a student

dissertation

a treatise advancing a point of view resulting from research

holistic

emphasizing the organic relation between parts and the whole

tame

brought from wildness into a domesticated state

antelope

a graceful ruminant with long legs and horns directed upward

sentinel

a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event

hibernation

the resting state in which some animals pass the winter

ethos

the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era

derivative

a compound obtained from another compound

detrimental

causing harm or injury

invalidate

make no longer acceptable for use

obscure

not clearly understood or expressed

spectacles

eyeglasses

vaudeville

a genre of variety show with songs, comic acts, etc.

minstrel

a singer of folk songs

advent

arrival that has been awaited

phonograph

a machine that plays records

ideological

of an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group
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