GMAT Advanced II – 245 Words

torrid

characterized by intense emotion

wheedle

influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

defalcate

appropriate fraudulently to one’s own use

abrogate

revoke formally

truculent

defiantly aggressive

solicitous

full of anxiety and concern

facile

arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth

hector

be bossy towards

ebullience

eager enjoyment or approval

apostate

not faithful to religion or party or cause

pied

having sections or patches colored differently and brightly

accretion

an increase by natural growth or addition

propitiate

make peace with

regale

provide with choice or abundant food or drink

laconic

brief and to the point

artless

simple and natural; without cunning or deceit

canonical

conforming to orthodox or recognized rules

contumacious

willfully obstinate; stubbornly disobedient

libertine

unrestrained by convention or morality

officious

intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner

gratuitous

unnecessary and unwarranted

paucity

an insufficient quantity or number

succor

assistance in time of difficulty

attrition

the act of rubbing together

peregrination

traveling or wandering around

hallow

render holy by means of religious rites

nascent

being born or beginning

turpitude

a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice

desuetude

a state of inactivity or disuse

simper

smile affectedly or derisively

cadge

obtain or seek to obtain by wheedling

perigee

the nearest point in an orbit around the Earth

nebulous

lacking definite form or limits

nexus

the means of connection between things linked in series

bilge

where the sides of the vessel curve in to form the bottom

eschew

avoid and stay away from deliberately

ingenuous

lacking in sophistication or worldliness

aspersion

a disparaging remark

coeval

of the same period

piquant

having an agreeably pungent taste

surfeit

indulge (one’s appetite) to satiety

uncouth

lacking refinement or cultivation or taste

lubricious

characterized by lust

frieze

an ornament consisting of a horizontal sculptured band

runic

relating to characters from an ancient alphabet

expurgate

edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

chide

censure severely or angrily

captious

tending to find and call attention to faults

redoubtable

inspiring fear

reprobate

a person without moral scruples

grandiloquence

high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation

fractious

easily irritated or annoyed

anachronistic

chronologically misplaced

mercurial

liable to sudden unpredictable change

anodyne

capable of relieving pain

pliant

capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out

pullulation

asexual reproduction in which a local growth on the surface or in the body of the parent becomes a separate individual

soporific

inducing sleep

adumbrate

describe roughly or give the main points or summary of

slake

satisfy, as thirst

extirpate

destroy completely, as if down to the roots

sinuous

curved or curving in and out

craven

lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful

provident

giving something useful for the future

tortuous

marked by repeated turns and bends

vestige

an indication that something has been present

florid

elaborately or excessively ornamented

rancorous

showing deep-seated resentment

portentous

of momentous or ominous significance

lassitude

a feeling of lack of interest or energy

cabal

a clique that seeks power usually through intrigue

untenable

incapable of being defended or justified

arabesque

position in which the dancer has one leg raised behind

chicanery

the use of tricks to deceive someone

fracas

noisy quarrel

vitiate

make imperfect

salacious

suggestive of or tending to moral looseness

table

furniture having a smooth flat top supported by legs

redolent

having a strong pleasant odor

verisimilitude

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

homily

a sermon on a moral or religious topic

sophistry

a deliberately invalid argument in the hope of deceiving

strident

unpleasantly loud and harsh

evince

give expression to

affect

have an influence upon

denouement

the outcome of a complex sequence of events

vaunt

show off

edacious

devouring or craving food in great quantities

prevaricate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

scurrilous

expressing offensive reproach

wax

substance solid at normal temperature and insoluble in water

accession

the act of attaining a new office or right or position

coterie

an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose

sententious

concise and full of meaning

caterwaul

make a shrill and unpleasant screeching sound

languorous

lacking spirit or liveliness

vituperate

spread negative information about

agape

with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe

dross

worthless or dangerous material that should be removed

malinger

avoid responsibilities and duties

assay

a test of a substance to determine its components

recidivism

habitual relapse into crime

recondite

difficult to penetrate

propinquity

the property of being close together

invective

abusive language used to express blame or censure

pugnacious

ready and able to resort to force or violence

gauntlet

a glove of armored leather that protects the hand

sanatorium

a hospital for recuperation or for the treatment of chronic diseases

picaresque

(of fiction) involving clever rogues or adventurers

alacrity

liveliness and eagerness

gnostic

possessing esoteric knowledge of spiritual things

extol

praise, glorify, or honor

decorous

characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste

chasten

censure severely

didactic

instructive, especially excessively

meretricious

tastelessly showy

opprobrium

a state of extreme dishonor

voluble

marked by a ready flow of speech

pillory

a wooden instrument of punishment on a post

countenance

the appearance conveyed by a person’s face

alloy

a mixture containing two or more metallic elements

exposition

a collection of things for public display

insouciant

marked by unconcern

puerile

displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity

unfeigned

not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed

panacea

hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases

expostulate

reason with for the purpose of dissuasion

brook

a natural stream of water smaller than a river

neophyte

any new participant in some activity

levity

a manner lacking seriousness

imprimatur

formal and explicit approval

plangent

loud and resounding, often in a mournful way

equanimity

steadiness of mind under stress

raffish

marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputability

demur

politely refuse or take exception to

saturnine

bitter or scornful

astringent

tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue

maculate

morally blemished; stained or impure

oscillation

a complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon

reconnoiter

explore, often with the goal of finding something

impiety

unrighteousness by virtue of lacking respect for a god

rapacious

living by preying on other animals

probity

complete and confirmed integrity

veneration

a feeling of profound respect for someone or something

canon

a collection of books accepted as holy scripture

blandish

praise somewhat dishonestly

exegesis

an explanation or critical interpretation

baleful

threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

salubrious

promoting health

suppliant

humbly entreating

extant

still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost

mince

cut into small pieces

limpid

clear and bright

cupidity

extreme greed for material wealth

feckless

generally incompetent and ineffectual

satiate

fill to satisfaction

prosaic

lacking wit or imagination

quiescence

a state of possibly temporary inaction or dormancy

endemic

native to or confined to a certain region

hermetic

completely sealed or airtight

canard

a deliberately misleading fabrication

striate

marked with stripes

rent

a payment or series of payments made by a lessee to an owner

cozen

be dishonest with

strut

walk with a lofty proud gait

ignominious

deserving or bringing disgrace or shame

imbroglio

an intricate and confusing interpersonal situation

dilatory

wasting time

descry

catch sight of

hackneyed

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

cacophony

loud confusing disagreeable sounds

auspice

a favorable omen

ineluctable

impossible to avoid or evade

bent

stooped (used of the back and knees)

maunder

speak in a rambling or incoherent way

peremptory

putting an end to all debate or action

prattle

speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly

privation

the act of stripping someone of food, money, or rights

precept

rule of personal conduct

gainsay

take exception to

tractable

easily managed

imperious

having or showing arrogant superiority

lascivious

driven by lust

ostensible

appearing as such but not necessarily so

arrant

without qualification; used informally as intensifiers

froward

habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition

multifarious

having many aspects

discomfit

cause to lose one’s composure

adulation

exaggerated flattery or praise

prize

something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery

asperity

harshness of manner

beatify

make blessedly happy

palliate

lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

jejune

lacking interest or significance or impact

accolade

a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

panegyric

formally expressing praise

essay

an analytic or interpretive literary composition

inveterate

habitual

avarice

reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth

calumny

a false accusation of an offense

loquacious

full of trivial conversation

banal

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

Stygian

dark and dismal as of the river in Hades

importune

beg persistently and urgently

dolorous

showing sorrow

enormity

the quality of extreme wickedness

obloquy

state of disgrace resulting from public abuse

attenuate

become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude

prolix

tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at length

stanch

stop the flow of a liquid

immutable

not subject or susceptible to change or variation

inimitable

matchless

sidereal

of or relating to the stars or constellations

coterminous

being of equal extent or scope or duration

limn

make a portrait of

hedonism

an ethical system that values the pursuit of pleasure

fulminate

cause to explode violently and with loud noise

gravitas

formality in bearing and appearance

sagacious

acutely insightful and wise

grouse

popular game bird having a plump body and feathered legs

erudite

having or showing profound knowledge

effrontery

audacious behavior that you have no right to

chimera

a grotesque product of the imagination

dirge

a song or hymn of mourning as a memorial to a dead person

advent

arrival that has been awaited

churlish

having a bad disposition; surly

jocose

characterized by jokes and good humor

parry

impede the movement of

amity

a state of friendship and cordiality

noxious

injurious to physical or mental health

urbane

showing a high degree of refinement

undulate

move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion

umbrage

a feeling of anger caused by being offended

toady

a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage

epithet

descriptive word or phrase

celerity

a rate that is rapid

fallow

left unplowed and unseeded during a growing season

augury

an event indicating important things to come

involute

especially of petals or leaves in bud

pernicious

exceedingly harmful

collusion

secret agreement

edifying

enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage improvement

gambol

play or run boisterously

lambaste

censure severely or angrily

scurvy

a condition caused by deficiency of ascorbic acid
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