GMAT/GRE3762812051 – 290 Words

retaliate

make a counterattack and return like for like

amenity

pleasantness resulting from agreeable conditions

hysterical

characterized by a state of violent mental agitation

consummate

having or revealing supreme mastery or skill

resound

emit a noise

vibe

a distinctive emotional aura experienced instinctively

sparse

not dense

angler

a fisherman who uses a hook and line

opiate

a narcotic drug

fungal

of or relating to fungi

horticulture

the cultivation of plants

quarantine

isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease

scrap

a small fragment of something broken off from the whole

construe

make sense of; assign a meaning to

wrest

obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically

abstruse

difficult to penetrate

renunciation

the act of sacrificing or giving up or surrendering

tacit

implied by or inferred from actions or statements

levity

a manner lacking seriousness

brazen

unrestrained by convention or propriety

ignoble

dishonorable in character or purpose

abject

of the most contemptible kind

ruthless

without mercy or pity

effrontery

audacious behavior that you have no right to

reticent

reluctant to draw attention to yourself

creepy

causing a sensation as of things crawling on your skin

fraught

filled with or attended with

odious

unequivocally detestable

overt

open and observable; not secret or hidden

coy

affectedly shy especially in a playful or provocative way

effervesce

become bubbly or frothy or foaming

effervescent

giving off bubbles

truculent

defiantly aggressive

sordid

foul and run-down and repulsive

sleazy

morally degraded

peril

a state of danger involving risk

compromising

making or willing to make concessions

exasperate

make furious

salacious

suggestive of or tending to moral looseness

cumber

hold back

falsify

make false by mutilation or addition

meth

an amphetamine derivative (trade name Methedrine) used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant

secrete

generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids

excrete

eliminate from the body

stammer

speak haltingly

bumble

walk unsteadily

bumbling

lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands

cramped

constricted in size

eschew

avoid and stay away from deliberately

subsidiary

functioning in a supporting capacity

reclaim

reassert one’s right or title to

arable

capable of being farmed productively

peripheral

on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary

calf

young of domestic cattle

equivocal

open to two or more interpretations

unequivocal

admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding

monolithic

imposing in size or bulk or solidity

rite

any customary observance or practice

summon

ask to come

assent

agree or express agreement

inflammation

the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up

stilted

artificially formal

stilt

a pole used for walking high above the ground

austere

of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor

meteorite

a stony or metallic object from space that hits the earth

rote

memorization by repetition

levy

impose and collect

oration

an instance of formal speaking

infiltrate

pass through an enemy line in a military conflict

gravel

rock fragments and pebbles

silt

mud or clay or small rocks deposited by a river or lake

inertia

the tendency of something to stay in rest or motion

inert

unable to move or resist motion

pertinent

being of striking appropriateness

fanatic

a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm

maniac

an insane person

pounce

move down on as if in an attack

purge

rid of impurities

nauseate

upset and make ill

flank

the side between ribs and hipbone

grisly

shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

appal

strike with disgust or revulsion

facade

the front of a building

hallucination

illusory perception

moot

of no legal significance, as having been previously decided

aftermath

the consequences of an event

renal

of or relating to the kidneys

osmotic

of or relating to osmosis

homeostasis

metabolic equilibrium maintained by biological mechanisms

maven

one who is very skilled in or knowledgeable about a field

dapper

marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

reminisce

recall the past

storey

a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale

despondent

without or almost without hope

serene

not agitated

snuff

inhale audibly through the nose

mole

a small congenital pigmented spot on the skin

carnage

the savage and excessive killing of many people

encomium

a formal expression of praise

castigate

inflict severe punishment on

admonish

scold or reprimand; take to task

rebuke

an act or expression of criticism and censure

denunciation

a public act of denouncing

obliteration

destruction by annihilating something

subterfuge

something intended to misrepresent the nature of an activity

allusion

passing reference or indirect mention

traumatize

inflict an emotional wound or shock upon

Draconian

imposing a harsh code of laws

downtrodden

abused or oppressed by people in power

crusade

a series of actions tending toward a particular end

hector

be bossy towards

blindfold

a cloth used to cover the eyes

stint

supply sparingly and with restricted quantities

censure

harsh criticism or disapproval

repressive

restricting action, freedom, or expression

dire

fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless

absolve

grant remission of a sin to

insinuate

suggest in an indirect or covert way; give to understand

condone

excuse, overlook, or make allowances for

rehabilitate

help to readapt, as to a former state of health or repute

sterling

highest in quality

recessive

of or pertaining to a recession

dwarf

a person who is markedly small

patrol

the activity of going around or through an area at regular intervals for security purposes

dwindle

become smaller or lose substance

bland

lacking taste or flavor or tang

verbose

using or containing too many words

specious

plausible but false

consecrate

give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

aberrant

markedly different from an accepted norm

obscene

offensive to the mind

insipid

lacking interest or significance or impact

artery

a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body

collusion

secret agreement

conjugate

undergo the act of becoming a single unit

sanitation

the state of being clean and conducive to health

mount

go up, advance, or increase

chasm

a deep opening in the earth’s surface

mellow

having a full and pleasing flavor through proper aging

infatuation

a foolish and usually extravagant passion or love

interpolation

the action of interjecting an action or remark

ascetic

someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline

deport

expel from a country

demean

reduce in worth or character, usually verbally

demeanor

the way a person behaves toward other people

partisan

a fervent and even militant proponent of something

oblivious

lacking conscious awareness of

whatsoever

one or some or every or all without specification

preposterous

inviting ridicule

mattress

a large thick pad filled with resilient material and often incorporating coiled springs, used as a bed or part of a bed

chloride

any compound containing a chlorine atom

banter

light teasing repartee

grenade

a small explosive bomb thrown by hand or fired from a missile

incandescent

emitting light as a result of being heated

disown

cast off

narcotic

a drug that produces numbness or stupor

nocturne

a pensive lyrical piece of music (especially for the piano)

nocturnal

belonging to or active during the night

watershed

a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems

stout

having rugged physical strength

repent

feel sorry for; be contrite about

martinet

someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms

dilettante

an amateur engaging in an activity without serious intention

atonement

the act of making amends for sin or wrongdoing

stagger

walk with great difficulty

voucher

someone who guarantees another

portentous

of momentous or ominous significance

vociferous

conspicuously and offensively loud

verge

the limit beyond which something happens or changes

propound

put forward, as of an idea

stipulate

make an express demand or provision in an agreement

inscribe

carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

emulation

effort to equal or surpass another

eidetic

of visual imagery of almost photographic accuracy

luminous

softly bright or radiant

cryptic

having a secret or hidden meaning

condescend

behave in a patronizing manner

prodigy

an unusually gifted or intelligent person

impasse

a situation in which no progress can be made

carton

a box made of cardboard; opens by flaps on top

incandescent

emitting light as a result of being heated

ranch

farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)

camouflage

an outward semblance misrepresenting the nature of something

polemic

a verbal or written attack, especially of a belief or dogma

inflict

impose something unpleasant

warrant

formal and explicit approval

allay

lessen the intensity of or calm

instigate

provoke or stir up

thaw

become or cause to become soft or liquid

subvocalize

articulate without making audible sounds

celestial

relating to or inhabiting a divine heaven

advisable

worthy of being recommended or suggested; prudent or wise

singularity

the quality of being one of a kind

facile

arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth

ordain

invest with ministerial or priestly authority

extant

still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost

concur

happen simultaneously

enact

order by virtue of superior authority; decree

utter

without qualification

outstrip

go far ahead of

scaffold

a temporary arrangement erected around a building

fledgling

young bird that has just become capable of flying

cursory

hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

incineration

the act of burning something completely

algae

primitive chlorophyll-containing aquatic organisms

dislodge

remove or force from a position previously occupied

burrow

a hole made by an animal, usually for shelter

treatise

a formal exposition

convalesce

get over an illness or shock

percolate

cause to pass through a permeable substance

squarely

in a square shape

mundane

found in the ordinary course of events

decree

a legally binding command or decision

cubicle

small area set off by walls for special use

cryosurgery

the use of extreme cold to destroy unwanted tissue

lithosphere

the part of the Earth consisting of the crust and mantle

priggish

exaggeratedly or self-righteously proper

peddle

sell or offer for sale from place to place

candid

openly straightforward and direct without secretiveness

jarring

making or causing a harsh and irritating sound

euphoric

characterized by a feeling of well-being or elation

taut

pulled or drawn tight

elated

exultantly proud and joyful; in high spirits

forthright

directly and without evasion; not roundabout

corroborate

give evidence for

dispensary

clinic where medicine and medical supplies are distributed

besmirch

smear so as to make dirty or stained

patronize

provide support for

gloss

the property of being smooth and shiny

inscription

the activity of carving or engraving letters or words

allure

the power to entice or attract

meretricious

tastelessly showy

spurious

plausible but false

sabbatical

a leave usually taken every seventh year

vindicate

show to be right by providing justification or proof

cathartic

emotionally purging

perk

an incidental benefit awarded for certain types of employment (especially if it is regarded as a right)

insurgent

in opposition to a civil authority or government

snobbery

arrogant or condescending behavior toward others

eulogy

a formal expression of praise for someone who has died

broach

bring up a topic for discussion

simmer

boil slowly at low temperature

implore

call upon in supplication

extort

obtain by coercion or intimidation

rind

the natural outer covering of food

flay

strip the skin off

assail

attack someone physically or emotionally

rant

talk at length in a noisy, excited, or angry manner

rag

a small piece of cloth or paper

bawl

cry loudly

scoff

laugh at with contempt and derision

ingrate

a person who shows no gratitude

kelp

large brown seaweeds having fluted leathery fronds

scintillate

emit or reflect light in a flickering manner

ablaze

lighted up by or as by fire or flame

ardent

characterized by intense emotion

desuetude

a state of inactivity or disuse

orthodontist

a dentist specializing in irregularities of the teeth

holocaust

an act of mass destruction and loss of life

melodious

having a musical sound; especially a pleasing tune

dulcet

pleasing to the ear

lull

make calm or still

pore

any tiny hole admitting passage of a liquid

nag

bother persistently with trivial complaints

abstinent

self-restraining

austerity

self-denial, especially refraining from worldly pleasures

misogamist

a person who hates marriage

misogyny

hatred of women

embitter

cause to be resentful

misanthrope

someone who dislikes people in general

ambivalent

uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow

amorous

inclined toward or displaying love

senility

the state of being infirm with age

lenient

tolerant

sophomore

a second-year undergraduate

philander

talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions

euphonious

having a pleasant sound

sorority

a social club for female undergraduates

magnate

a very wealthy or powerful businessperson

prurient

characterized by lust

pagan

a person following a polytheistic or pre-Christian religion

incorrigible

impervious to correction by punishment

malign

speak unfavorably about

ambivalence

mixed feelings or emotions

opulence

wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living

altercation

a noisy quarrel

phonetic

using symbols to represent each speech sound

crumple

gather something into small wrinkles or folds

crumble

break or fall apart into fragments

dapper

marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners
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