GMAT List 2 – 53 Words

alacrity

liveliness and eagerness

expedient

appropriate to a purpose

succinct

briefly giving the gist of something

harbor

a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo

proverbial

widely known and spoken of

pervasive

spreading or spread throughout

sporadic

recurring in scattered or unpredictable instances

qualm

uneasiness about the fitness of an action

allocate

distribute according to a plan or set apart for a purpose

intractable

difficult to manage or mold

rhetorical

relating to using language effectively

inveterate

habitual

adept

having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude

froward

habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition

idiosyncrasy

a behavioral attribute peculiar to an individual

objurgate

censure severely

discrete

constituting a separate entity or part

banal

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

abdicate

give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors

imputation

the attribution to a source or cause

arable

capable of being farmed productively

quandary

state of uncertainty in a choice between unfavorable options

saunter

walk leisurely and with no apparent aim

epilogue

a short speech by an actor at the end of a play

exculpate

pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

benefactor

a person who helps people or institutions

painstaking

characterized by extreme care and great effort

scurrilous

expressing offensive reproach

conceit

the trait of being unduly vain

incoherent

without logical or meaningful connection

dogma

a doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative

cloture

a rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body

plenary

full in all respects

coy

affectedly shy especially in a playful or provocative way

provident

giving something useful for the future

bastion

projecting part of a rampart or other fortification

abysmal

so deep as to be immeasurable

mettle

the courage to carry on

innocuous

not injurious to physical or mental health

wily

marked by skill in deception

ostentatious

intended to attract notice and impress others

disputatious

showing an inclination to disagree

heed

careful attention

disarray

untidiness, especially of clothing and appearance

qualified

meeting the proper standards and requirements for a task

untoward

not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper

connotative

having the power of implying or suggesting something in addition to what is explicit

oaf

an awkward, clumsy, or stupid person

libertine

unrestrained by convention or morality

smugness

an excessive feeling of self-satisfaction

apportion

distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose

debauchee

a dissolute person

briskness

liveliness and eagerness
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