GMAT LIST 26 – 31 – 146 Words

ornamentation

the act of adding extraneous decorations to something

osmotic

of or relating to osmosis

ostentation

pretentious or showy or vulgar display

oust

remove from a position or office

outpatient

a patient who does not reside in the hospital where he is being treated

outpost

a military post stationed at a distance from the main body of troops

outrage

a disgraceful event

outright

without reservation or concealment

outstrip

go far ahead of

oval

rounded like an egg

overt

open and observable; not secret or hidden

ovulate

produce and discharge eggs

oxidize

enter into a combination with oxygen

pagination

the system of numbering pages

palatable

acceptable to the taste or mind

pall

burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped

pallid

deficient in color suggesting physical or emotional distress

paltry

contemptibly small in amount or size

pamphlet

a small book usually having a paper cover

panacea

hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases

pang

a sudden sharp feeling

pant

breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted

pantheon

a temple to all the gods of antiquity

paradigm

a standard or typical example

paralysis

loss of the ability to move a body part

paramount

having superior power and influence

parish

a local church community

particular

unique or specific to a person or thing or category

partisan

a fervent and even militant proponent of something

pastoral

devoted to raising sheep or cattle

pasture

a field covered with grass and suitable for grazing

paternalism

attitude that people should be controlled in a fatherly way

paternity

the state of being a father

pathogenic

able to cause disease

patriarchal

of a social organization with the male as the head

pecuniary

relating to or involving money

pedal

a lever that is operated with the foot

peddle

sell or offer for sale from place to place

pedestrian

a person who travels by foot

perception

the process of becoming aware through the senses

perfunctory

hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

perimeter

a line enclosing a plane area

periphery

the outside boundary or surface of something

perishable

subject to destruction or death or decay

permeate

spread or diffuse through

permissive

not strict in discipline

pernicious

exceedingly harmful

perpendicular

intersecting at or forming right angles

perpetrator

someone who commits wrongdoing

perpetuate

cause to continue or prevail

perplex

be a mystery or bewildering to

persecute

cause to suffer

pertinent

being of striking appropriateness

perturb

disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried

pervasive

spreading or spread throughout

perversion

the action of corrupting something

petition

a formal request that something be submitted to an authority

philanthropic

of or relating to charitable giving

pivotal

being of crucial importance

placate

cause to be more favorably inclined

plateau

a relatively flat highland

plead

appeal or request earnestly

pledge

a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something

plow

a farm tool for breaking up or turning over soil

plume

the feather of a bird

plummet

drop sharply

plunge

dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity

poach

hunt illegally

polygraph

a medical instrument that records several physiological processes simultaneously (e.g., pulse rate and blood pressure and respiration and perspiration)

porcelain

ceramic ware made of a more or less translucent ceramic

porpoise

any of several small gregarious cetacean mammals having a blunt snout and many teeth

posit

take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom

posterity

all future generations

potent

having or wielding force or authority

practitioner

someone who carries out a learned profession

pragmatic

concerned with practical matters

prairie

a treeless grassy plain

precedence

status established in order of importance or urgency

precipitate

bring about abruptly

precipitation

the falling to earth of any form of water

precursor

something indicating the approach of something or someone

predate

be earlier in time; go back further

predation

the act of preying by a predator who kills and eats the prey

predatory

living by preying on other animals

predecessor

one who precedes you in time

predicament

an unpleasant or difficult situation

predicate

involve as a necessary condition of consequence

predisposition

an inclination to interpret statements in a particular way

predominate

be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance

preeminent

greatest in importance, degree, or significance

prefigure

imagine or consider beforehand

prejudice

a partiality preventing objective consideration of an issue

preliminary

preceding or in preparation for something more important

preoccupation

the mental state of being obsessed by something

preponderance

exceeding in heaviness; having greater weight

prerequisite

something that is needed or obligatory in advance

preside

act as executive officer

prestige

a high standing achieved through success or influence

prestigious

having an illustrious reputation; respected

prevail

be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance

prevalence

the quality of being widespread

primer

an introductory textbook

princely

having the rank of or befitting a prince

principal

main or most important

pristine

immaculately clean and unused

proceeds

the income or profit arising from a transaction

proclaim

declare formally

procreative

producing new life or offspring

procure

get by special effort

proficient

having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude

prodigy

an unusually gifted or intelligent person

profound

situated at or extending to great depth

proliferate

grow rapidly

prolonged

relatively long in duration; tediously protracted

prominent

conspicuous in position or importance

prompt

according to schedule or without delay

pronounce

speak or utter in a certain way

propagate

multiply through reproduction

propel

cause to move forward with force

propitious

presenting favorable circumstances

proponent

a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea

proprietary

protected by trademark or patent or copyright

prorate

make a proportional settlement or distribution

prose

ordinary writing as distinguished from verse

prosecute

conduct legal proceedings against a defendant

prospect

the possibility of future success

prosper

make steady progress

prosperity

the condition of having good fortune

provenance

where something originated or was nurtured

provide

give something useful or necessary to

provisional

under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon

proviso

a stipulated condition

provoke

provide the needed stimulus for

prudent

marked by sound judgment

prudery

excessive or affected modesty

pseudonym

a fictitious name used when performing a particular role

pugnacious

ready and able to resort to force or violence

pulp

any soft or soggy mass

puritan

someone who adheres to strict religious principles

purport

have the often specious appearance of being or intending

purview

the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated

putty

a dough-like mixture of whiting and boiled linseed oil

quadrant

any of the four areas into which a plane is divided

qualitative

involving distinguishing attributes

quarry

animal hunted or caught for food

quiescent

being quiet or still or inactive
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