GMAT GRE List2 – 491 Words

coerce

cause to do through pressure or necessity

banter

light teasing repartee

rest

take a short break from one’s activities in order to relax

orifice

an opening, especially one that opens into a bodily cavity

reticence

the trait of being uncommunicative

amble

walk leisurely

satiate

fill to satisfaction

immolate

kill as a sacrifice, especially by fire

regatta

a series of boat races

depravity

moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles

objurgate

censure severely

unctuous

unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating

paregoric

medicine used to treat diarrhea

oblique

slanting or inclined in direction or course or position

divest

take away possessions from someone

vendetta

a blood feud between members of opposing parties

barrage

the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area

vent

a hole for the escape of gas, air, or liquid

outline

the line that appears to bound an object

tocsin

the sound of an alarm (usually a bell)

prayer

reverent petition to a deity

substantive

having a firm basis in reality and therefore important

omnipresent

existing everywhere at once

askew

turned or twisted to one side

state

the way something is with respect to its main attributes

fraudulent

intended to deceive

preamble

a preliminary introduction to a statute or constitution

cockade

an ornament usually worn on the hat

degrade

reduce in worth or character, usually verbally

pass

go across or through

reciprocal

concerning each of two or more persons or things

retroactive

affecting things past

ursine

of or relating to or similar to bears

window

a framework of wood or metal that contains a glass windowpane and is built into a wall or roof to admit light or air

bouillon

a clear seasoned broth

temerity

fearless daring

heart

the hollow muscular organ located behind the sternum

archaic

so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

anthropomorphic

suggesting human features for animals or inanimate things

sonorous

full and loud and deep

shoddy

of inferior workmanship and materials

plenary

full in all respects

speech

communication by word of mouth

incarnation

act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas

bedizen

decorate tastelessly

faction

a dissenting clique

curtail

terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end

wreak

cause to happen or to occur as a consequence

dormant

inactive but capable of becoming active

lighthearted

carefree and happy and lighthearted

forbearance

a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges

sumptuary

regulating or controlling expenditure or personal behavior

policy

a plan of action adopted by an individual or social group

votary

a priest or priestess in a non-Christian religion or cult

potable

suitable for drinking

gibbet

an instrument of public execution

incisive

demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

pinion

wing of a bird

histrionic

characteristic of acting or a stage performance

prevaricate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

reprimand

an act or expression of criticism and censure

inoperative

not working or taking effect

prattle

speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly

rheum

a watery discharge from the mucous membranes

slander

words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another

promontory

a natural elevation

remedial

tending or intended to rectify or improve

compunction

a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed

drudgery

hard, monotonous, routine work

fetter

a shackle for the ankles or feet

separation

the act of dividing or disconnecting

abstemious

marked by temperance in indulgence

hauteur

overbearing pride with a superior manner toward inferiors

allay

lessen the intensity of or calm

lavish

very generous

gazette

a newspaper or official journal

cartographer

a person who makes maps

deposition

the act of putting something somewhere

compromise

an accommodation in which both sides make concessions

statement

the act of affirming or asserting something

irksome

tedious or irritating

off-color

in violation of good taste even verging on the indecent

savor

a particular taste or smell, especially an appealing one

angle

the space between two lines or planes that intersect

perverse

deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper

macabre

shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

disown

cast off

lewd

suggestive of or tending to moral looseness

piquant

having an agreeably pungent taste

ostensible

appearing as such but not necessarily so

denizen

a plant or animal naturalized in a region

pugnacious

ready and able to resort to force or violence

insolent

marked by casual disrespect

myopic

unable to see distant objects clearly

equitable

fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience

there

in or at that place

obfuscate

make obscure or unclear

mobile

moving or capable of moving readily

exonerate

pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

inveigh

complain bitterly

dour

showing a brooding ill humor

inebriety

a temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol

contractor

someone who is hired to build things

lucre

informal terms for money

mendicant

a pauper who lives by begging

soup

liquid food especially of meat or fish or vegetable stock often containing pieces of solid food

evasive

avoiding or escaping from difficulty or danger

track

a line or route along which something travels or moves

skulk

lie in wait or behave in a sneaky and secretive manner

effectual

producing or capable of producing an intended result

scurrilous

expressing offensive reproach

fitful

occurring in spells and often abruptly

epigram

a witty saying

equestrian

of or relating to or featuring horseback riding

disingenuous

not straightforward or candid

alleviate

provide physical relief, as from pain

subjugate

make subservient; force to submit or subdue

vegetate

produce plant life

surface

the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer

servile

submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior

amnesty

a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense

disregard

lack of attention and due care

domicile

housing that someone is living in

foster

providing nurture though not related by blood or legal ties

inalienable

incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another

synthesis

the combination of ideas into a complex whole

recalcitrant

stubbornly resistant to authority or control

daunt

cause to lose courage

simulate

reproduce someone’s behavior or looks

asperity

harshness of manner

lexicon

a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words

feelings

emotional or moral sensitivity

apropos

of a suitable, fitting, or pertinent nature

clamber

climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling

teleology

a doctrine explaining phenomena by their ends or purposes

parallelism

similarity by virtue of corresponding

infraction

a violation of a law or rule

sublime

of high moral or intellectual value

prosaic

lacking wit or imagination

vagary

an unexpected and inexplicable change in something

pertinacious

stubbornly unyielding

capillary

a minute blood vessel connecting arterioles with venules

ample

more than enough in size or scope or capacity

moor

come into or dock at a wharf

foray

a sudden short attack

plethora

extreme excess

ending

the act of ending something

oaf

an awkward, clumsy, or stupid person

benign

kind in disposition or manner

acerbity

a sharp bitterness

transferable

capable of being moved or conveyed from one place to another

affected

influenced

vampire

a corpse rising at night to drink the blood of the living

carnivorous

relating to flesh-eating animals

agglomeration

the act of collecting in a mass

improve

to make better

jargon

technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject

incarnate

possessing or existing in bodily form

psychiatrist

a specialist in the treatment of mental disorders

slough

a hollow filled with mud

coy

affectedly shy especially in a playful or provocative way

indite

produce a literary work

culmination

a concluding action

ruminate

reflect deeply on a subject

sacerdotal

associated with the priesthood or priests

accomplice

a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan

pundit

a person with special knowledge who performs skillfully

reasoning

thinking that is coherent and logical

thyme

any of various mints of the genus Thymus

animal

a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

tainted

touched by rot or decay

deference

courteous regard for people’s feelings

limb

one of the jointed appendages of an animal

skimp

work hastily or carelessly

similarity

the quality of being alike

missile

a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a target

inappropriate

not suitable for a particular occasion or use

maunder

speak in a rambling or incoherent way

clavicle

bone linking the scapula and sternum

about

(of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct

molt

cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers

guarantee

an unconditional commitment that something will happen

dint

force or effort

gain

obtain

obsequious

attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

temerarious

presumptuously daring

solecism

a socially awkward or tactless act

flagrant

conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

disavowal

denial of any connection with or knowledge of

bereft

sorrowful through loss or deprivation

recuperate

restore to good health or strength

decoy

something used to lure fish or other animals

splenetic

of or relating to the spleen

defiance

a hostile challenge

decrepit

worn and broken down by hard use

interlocutory

consisting of dialogue

apostate

not faithful to religion or party or cause

ulterior

lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed

duplicity

the act of deceiving or acting in bad faith

sobriety

the state of being unaffected or not intoxicated by alcohol

overpower

defeat by superior force

debutante

a young woman making her formal entrance into society

lacerate

cut or tear irregularly

usufruct

a legal right to use and profit from someone else’s property

spatial

pertaining to the expanse in which things are located

garrulous

full of trivial conversation

woman

an adult female person (as opposed to a man)

emollient

a substance with a soothing effect when applied to the skin

weapon

any instrument used in fighting or hunting

conformity

correspondence in form, type, or appearance

conciliate

gain the good will of or cause to be more favorably inclined

cause

events that provide the generative force of something

propitious

presenting favorable circumstances

lunar

of or relating to or associated with the moon

libretto

the words of an opera or musical play

ameliorate

make better

discernible

perceptible by the senses or intellect

throttle

a valve that regulates the supply of fuel to the engine

sexual

of or relating to or characterized by sexuality

marsupial

a mammal the female of which has a pouch carrying the young

imperturbable

marked by extreme calm and composure

implicit

suggested though not directly expressed

manifesto

a public declaration of intentions

orison

reverent petition to a deity

proximity

the property of being close together

religious

having or showing belief in and reverence for a deity

refraction

the change in direction of a propagating wave

disputatious

showing an inclination to disagree

used

previously owned by another

limpid

clear and bright

chide

censure severely or angrily

iconoclastic

characterized by attack on established beliefs

arable

capable of being farmed productively

relinquish

turn away from; give up

emulate

strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

aspersion

a disparaging remark

seraph

an angel of the first order

morganatic

(of marriages) of a marriage between one of royal or noble birth and one of lower rank; valid but with the understanding that the rank of the inferior remains unchanged and offspring do not succeed to titles or property of the superior

salary

fixed payment for services

communication

the activity of conveying information

petulant

easily irritated or annoyed

culvert

a transverse and enclosed drain under a road or railway

intimidation

the act of scaring a weaker person to make them do something

undulate

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

indisputable

not open to question; obviously true

scale

an ordered reference standard

thorough

painstakingly careful and accurate

aesthetic

characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste

fatalism

a doctrine that all events are predetermined in advance

dastard

a despicable coward

flinch

draw back, as with fear or pain

inscrutable

difficult or impossible to understand

hierarchy

a series of ordered groupings within a system

physiognomy

the human face

perpetual

continuing forever or indefinitely

stein

a mug intended for serving beer

discrete

constituting a separate entity or part

afferent

of nerves and nerve impulses

pouch

a small or medium size container for holding or carrying things

bicameral

consisting of two chambers

igneous

produced by the action of fire or intense heat

vindictive

disposed to seek revenge or intended for revenge

concordat

a signed written agreement between two or more parties

centaur

a mythical being that is half man and half horse

commiserate

feel or express sympathy or compassion

froward

habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition

venal

capable of being corrupted

pain

a somatic sensation of acute discomfort

contemn

look down on with disdain

flaccid

drooping without elasticity

curtain

hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)

raucous

unpleasantly loud and harsh

platonic

free from physical desire

invalidate

make no longer acceptable for use

abeyance

temporary cessation or suspension

immutable

not subject or susceptible to change or variation

deciduous

shedding foliage at the end of the growing season

practicable

capable of being done with means at hand

timorous

shy and fearful by nature

indulgent

given to yielding to the wishes of someone

malcontent

dissatisfied as toward authority

hireling

a person who works only for money

ethnic

distinctive of the ways of living of a group of people

heresy

a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion

roseate

of something having a dusty purplish pink color

eccentricity

strange and unconventional behavior

ironical

marked by incongruity between what is expected and what is

mordant

harshly ironic or sinister

languish

become feeble

flora

all the plant life in a particular region or period

angel

spiritual being attendant upon God

debacle

a sudden and complete disaster

allegory

a short moral story

imperturbable

marked by extreme calm and composure

consanguinity

relation by blood

diva

a distinguished female operatic singer

chiropodist

a specialist in care for the feet

irritable

easily annoyed

beguile

attract; cause to be enamored

omnipotent

having unlimited power

tawdry

tastelessly showy

fervor

feelings of great warmth and intensity

acetic

relating to a clear organic acid with a pungent odor

portent

a sign of something about to happen

imbue

spread or diffuse through

prerogative

a right reserved exclusively by a person or group

incubate

grow under conditions that promote development

autonomous

existing as an independent entity

fractious

easily irritated or annoyed

desire

the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state

luscious

having strong sexual appeal

corroborate

give evidence for

unwonted

out of the ordinary

assay

a test of a substance to determine its components

terrapin

any of various edible North American web-footed turtles living in fresh or brackish water

middle-class

occupying a socioeconomic position intermediate between those of the lower classes and the wealthy

averse

strongly opposed

longevity

the property of having lived for a considerable time

frolicsome

given to merry play

endemic

native to or confined to a certain region

incorporeal

without material form or substance

docile

easily handled or managed

incantation

a ritual reciting of words believed to have a magical effect

woodwind

any wind instrument other than the brass instruments

inimical

not friendly

quell

suppress or crush completely

depredation

an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding

customer

someone who pays for goods or services

immaculate

completely neat and clean

mercantile

relating to or characteristic of trade or traders

whit

a tiny or scarcely detectable amount

bourgeois

being of the property-owning class

prognosis

a prediction of the course of a disease

continence

voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge

amnesia

partial or total loss of memory

connivance

agreement on a secret plot

fervent

characterized by intense emotion

pessimism

a general disposition to expect the worst in all things

abase

cause to feel shame

hoary

having gray or white hair as with age

provenance

where something originated or was nurtured

truncate

make shorter as if by cutting off

indisputable

not open to question; obviously true

agenda

a list of matters to be taken up, as at a meeting

residue

matter that remains after something has been removed

bullion

a mass of precious metal

alimentary

of or providing nourishment

utopia

ideally perfect state

junket

dessert made of sweetened milk coagulated with rennet

used

previously owned by another

faux

not genuine or real

feint

any distracting or deceptive maneuver

placid

calm and free from disturbance

dismember

separate the limbs from the body

belabor

beat soundly

flotsam

the floating wreckage of a ship

advantage

the quality of having a superior or more favorable position

dissimulate

hide feelings from other people

ravage

cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

tessellated

decorated with small pieces of colored glass or stone

dissipate

cause to separate and go in different directions

entrepreneur

someone who organizes a business venture

beatific

resembling or befitting an angel or saint

martial

suggesting war or military life

plebiscite

a vote determining public opinion on a question

preciosity

the quality of being fastidious or excessively refined

seine

a large fishnet that hangs vertically

epicurean

devoted to pleasure

emotion

any strong feeling

specious

plausible but false

impute

attribute or credit to

affable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

extraneous

not belonging to that in which it is contained

chimerical

like a grotesque product of the imagination

apprentice

someone who works for an expert to learn a trade

courtyard

an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings

manifest

clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

supple

moving and bending with ease

hostelry

a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers

proboscis

a long flexible snout as of an elephant

culinary

of or relating to or used in cooking

centigrade

temperature scale on which water freezes at 0 degrees

indenture

formal agreement as to terms of a debt

undecided

characterized by indecision

lachrymose

showing sorrow

contrasting

strikingly different

matricide

the murder of one’s own mother

perplexity

trouble or confusion resulting from complexity

harrow

a cultivator that pulverizes or smooths the soil

development

a process in which something passes to a different stage

chaste

abstaining from unlawful sexual intercourse

spurious

plausible but false

acquiescence

agreement with a statement or proposal to do something

intelligentsia

an educated elite

effusive

uttered with unrestrained enthusiasm

fickle

liable to sudden unpredictable change

fulsome

unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating

shoulder

a ball-and-socket joint between the head of the humerus and a cavity of the scapula

parsimonious

excessively unwilling to spend

caterer

someone who provides food and service (as for a party)

animosity

a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility

impecunious

not having enough money to pay for necessities

gerrymander

divide voting districts unfairly and to one’s advantage

chary

characterized by great caution

disabuse

free somebody from an erroneous belief

ramify

have or develop complicating consequences

incontrovertible

impossible to deny or disprove

omniscient

infinitely wise

seller

someone who promotes or exchanges goods or services for money

advent

arrival that has been awaited

genuflect

bend the knees and bow in a servile manner

germane

relevant and appropriate

judicious

marked by the exercise of good judgment in practical matters

abrade

rub hard or scrub

acquittal

a judgment of not guilty

optometrist

a person skilled in testing for defects of vision

stellar

being or relating to or resembling or emanating from stars

perigee

the nearest point in an orbit around the Earth

gambol

play or run boisterously

mental

involving the mind or an intellectual process

perpendicular

intersecting at or forming right angles

perfidy

an act of deliberate betrayal

auroral

characteristic of the dawn

regeneration

forming again; renewing and reconstituting

sleight

adroitness in using the hands

chattel

personal as opposed to real property

summation

calculating the total of two or more numbers

colander

bowl-shaped strainer used to wash or drain foods

carrion

the dead and rotting body of an animal; unfit for human food

perennial

lasting an indefinitely long time

loan

the temporary provision of money (usually at interest)

untoward

not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper

claustrophobia

a morbid fear of being closed in a confined space

reverberate

ring or echo with sound

haughtiness

overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner

malignant

dangerous to health

archipelago

a group of many islands in a large body of water

delusion

a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea

torso

the body excluding the head and neck and limbs

injury

physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident

dipsomaniac

a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually

petrify

change into stone

wily

marked by skill in deception

aboriginal

having existed from the beginning

plebeian

of or associated with the great masses of people

modicum

a small or moderate or token amount

gist

the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

concise

expressing much in few words

metaphor

a figure of speech that suggests a non-literal similarity

oblation

the act of contributing to the funds of a church or charity

parsimonious

excessively unwilling to spend

cogent

powerfully persuasive

paragon

a perfect embodiment of a concept

elation

a feeling of joy and pride

aphasia

inability to use language because of a brain lesion

monetary

relating to or involving money

mausoleum

a large burial chamber, usually above ground

recondite

difficult to penetrate

instigate

provoke or stir up

impertinent

improperly forward or bold

impious

lacking piety or reverence for a god

smattering

a slight or superficial understanding of a subject

castigate

inflict severe punishment on

alluvial

relating to deposits carried by rushing streams

preparation

setting in order in advance some act or purpose

secession

formal separation from an alliance or federation

queasy

causing or able to cause nausea

trope

language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense

jubilation

a feeling of extreme joy

coruscate

reflect brightly

tricky

having concealed difficulty

adulation

exaggerated flattery or praise

dilemma

state of uncertainty in a choice between unfavorable options

subaltern

British commissioned army officer below the rank of captain

manifold

many and varied; having many features or forms

sequester

keep away from others

pulchritude

physical beauty, especially of a woman

imminent

close in time; about to occur

protocol

forms of ceremony and etiquette observed by officials

medley

a musical composition consisting of a series of songs

effluvium

a foul-smelling outflow or vapor

pleasure

something or someone that provides a source of happiness

tenacious

stubbornly unyielding

public

not private

aeon

the longest division of geological time

sleeping

the state of being asleep

hoodwink

conceal one’s true motives from

obnoxious

causing disapproval or protest

cognate

related by blood

apprehensive

in fear or dread of possible evil or harm

disconcert

cause to lose one’s composure
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