GMAT List 4 – 53 Words

knavery

lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing

sardonic

disdainfully or ironically humorous

solemnity

a trait of dignified seriousness

spendthrift

someone who spends money freely or wastefully

fundamental

serving as an essential component

acrimony

a rough and bitter manner

transpire

come about, happen, or occur

artifice

a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture

arid

lacking sufficient water or rainfall

ken

range of what one can know or understand

philanthropy

the act of donating money or time to promote human welfare

atypical

not representative of a group, class, or type

odium

hate coupled with disgust

efface

remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing

cacophonous

having an unpleasant sound

timbre

the distinctive property of a complex sound

fortuitous

occurring by happy chance

accrue

grow by addition

flaccid

drooping without elasticity

neutral

having no personal preference

fortitude

strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity

decisive

characterized by resoluteness and firmness

haggard

showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering

canard

a deliberately misleading fabrication

covenant

an agreement between God and his people

forbearance

a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges

diatribe

thunderous verbal attack

august

profoundly honored

fathom

a linear unit of measurement for water depth

aspirant

an ambitious young person

reproof

an act or expression of criticism and censure

incorrigible

impervious to correction by punishment

disentangle

separate a twisted mass

bombastic

ostentatiously lofty in style

resolution

a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner

implication

something that is inferred

ethereal

characterized by lightness and insubstantiality

suppress

put down by force or authority

tranquillity

an untroubled state, free from disturbances

zealot

a fervent and even militant proponent of something

chimera

a grotesque product of the imagination

reciprocal

concerning each of two or more persons or things

prodigal

recklessly wasteful

sapid

full of flavor

foster

providing nurture though not related by blood or legal ties

mesmerize

attract strongly, as if with a magnet

waive

do without or cease to hold or adhere to

saturnine

bitter or scornful

erudite

having or showing profound knowledge

paradox

a statement that contradicts itself

hindsight

understanding the nature of an event after it has happened

impoverishment

the state of having little or no money

impoverishment

the state of having little or no money
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