GMAT List 3 – 45 Words

altruistic

showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others

fervor

feelings of great warmth and intensity

stigma

a symbol of disgrace or infamy

sedition

an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority

plaintive

expressing sorrow

minatory

threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

colloquial

characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation

effervescence

the process of bubbling as gas escapes

gibber

speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly

intransigent

impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, or reason

trite

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

denigrate

charge falsely or with malicious intent

lurid

glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism

din

a loud harsh or strident noise

exigent

demanding immediate attention

mercenary

a person hired to fight for another country than their own

thrall

the state of being under the control of another person

pejorative

expressing disapproval

derogatory

expressive of low opinion

elucidate

make clear and comprehensible

consecrate

give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

lucid

transparently clear; easily understandable

perceptive

of or relating to awareness via the senses

rhapsodize

say with great enthusiasm

abstruse

difficult to penetrate

censure

harsh criticism or disapproval

quiescent

being quiet or still or inactive

redundant

more than is needed, desired, or required

decry

express strong disapproval of

mercurial

liable to sudden unpredictable change

finesse

subtly skillful handling of a situation

nullify

declare invalid

astute

marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

exultation

the utterance of sounds expressing great joy

raze

tear down so as to make flat with the ground

burnish

polish and make shiny

taciturn

habitually reserved and uncommunicative

implacable

incapable of being appeased or pacified

convoke

call together

proviso

a stipulated condition

convene

meet formally

clamor

utter or proclaim insistently and noisily

disparaging

expressive of low opinion

paranoid

suffering from delusions of persecution or grandeur

prevaricate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear
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