GMAT Ess. 2 – 100 Words

imperative

requiring attention or action

husk

material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds

pedestrian

a person who travels by foot

conduce

be conducive to

harrow

a cultivator that pulverizes or smooths the soil

coda

the closing section of a musical composition

craven

lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful

dissolution

separation into component parts

dubious

fraught with uncertainty or doubt

precursor

something indicating the approach of something or someone

latent

potentially existing but not presently evident or realized

luminous

softly bright or radiant

defiance

a hostile challenge

pluck

pull lightly but sharply

autonomous

existing as an independent entity

indulge

yield to; give satisfaction to

ingest

take food, drink, or some other substance into the body

pry

be nosey

pristine

immaculately clean and unused

fawn

a young deer

ferret

a small domesticated mammal with a flexible, elongated body

holster

a sheath for carrying a handgun

forage

collect or look around for, as food

ambiguous

having more than one possible meaning

mite

small arachnid infesting animals or plants or stored foods

benign

kind in disposition or manner

arrogance

overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner

futile

producing no result or effect

revere

regard with feelings of respect

intrepid

invulnerable to fear or intimidation

sash

a band of material worn around the waist or across the chest

converge

be adjacent or come together

euphoria

a feeling of great elation

hypocrisy

pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not have

implicit

suggested though not directly expressed

exhaustive

performed comprehensively and completely

cabal

a clique that seeks power usually through intrigue

sanction

official permission or approval

quell

suppress or crush completely

anarchy

a state of lawlessness and disorder

pique

a sudden outburst of anger

ire

anger or hostility toward some real or supposed grievance

muffle

deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

partisan

a fervent and even militant proponent of something

riddle

pierce with many holes

lucid

transparently clear; easily understandable

gust

a strong current of air

allegiance

the act of binding yourself to a course of action

cordon

a series of sentinels or posts enclosing some place or thing

analogous

similar or equivalent in some respects

finesse

subtly skillful handling of a situation

whimsical

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

dynamo

a coil that rotates between the poles of an electromagnet

discourse

an extended communication dealing with some particular topic

commuter

someone who travels regularly from home to work in a city

prim

affectedly dainty or refined

edible

suitable for use as food

contiguous

having a common boundary or edge

limp

walk impeded by some physical injury

hoax

something intended to deceive

cohort

a band of warriors

immaculate

completely neat and clean

decree

a legally binding command or decision

correlate

bear a reciprocal or mutual relation

retrospective

concerned with or related to the past

imminent

close in time; about to occur

cloture

a rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body

invincible

incapable of being overcome or subdued

articulate

express or state clearly

pervasive

spreading or spread throughout

mitigate

lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

prevalent

most frequent or common

fluke

a stroke of luck

myriad

a large indefinite number

morbid

suggesting the horror of death and decay

fret

be agitated or irritated

deposition

the act of putting something somewhere

pivotal

being of crucial importance

enduring

unceasing

rift

a narrow fissure in rock

frantic

marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion

reminiscent

serving to bring to mind

heterogeneous

consisting of elements not of the same kind or nature

alleviate

provide physical relief, as from pain

abridge

lessen, diminish, or curtail

problematic

making great mental demands

cordial

politely warm and friendly

innocuous

not injurious to physical or mental health

impending

close in time; about to occur

lavish

very generous

propagation

the act of producing offspring

reconcile

come to terms

consequential

having important issues or results

strut

walk with a lofty proud gait

covert

secret or hidden

incense

make furious

overhaul

make repairs, renovations, revisions or adjustments to

discreet

marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint

pragmatic

concerned with practical matters

barren

completely wanting or lacking
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