GMAT List 8 – 51 Words

phobia

an anxiety disorder characterized by irrational fear

erratic

liable to sudden unpredictable change

gainsay

take exception to

pensive

deeply or seriously thoughtful

imprecate

wish harm upon; invoke evil

anchorage

place for vessels to anchor

consternation

sudden shock or dismay that causes confusion

autocracy

a theory favoring unlimited authority by an individual

prefatory

serving as an introduction or preface

duplicity

the act of deceiving or acting in bad faith

winsome

charming in a childlike or naive way

altruism

the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others

deign

do something that one considers to be below one’s dignity

bombast

pompous or pretentious talk or writing

nefarious

extremely wicked

fetish

sexual desire in which gratification depends on some object

conciliatory

making or willing to make concessions

polemic

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

splenetic

of or relating to the spleen

placate

cause to be more favorably inclined

sumptuous

rich and superior in quality

hapless

unfortunate and deserving pity

abbreviate

shorten

inaudible

impossible to hear; imperceptible by the ear

acclaim

enthusiastic approval

blatant

without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious

juncture

the shape or manner in which things come together

intercede

act between parties with a view to reconciling differences

instigate

provoke or stir up

cloying

overly sweet

apprehensive

in fear or dread of possible evil or harm

ponderous

having great mass and weight and unwieldiness

pommel

strike, usually with the fist

striate

marked with stripes

cohesion

the state of sticking together

fickle

liable to sudden unpredictable change

potent

having or wielding force or authority

acrid

strong and sharp, as a taste or smell

uniform

clothing of distinctive design worn by members of a group

mar

render imperfect

quaint

attractively old-fashioned

sedulous

marked by care and persistent effort

irrational

not consistent with or using reason

gregarious

temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others

indubitably

in a manner or to a degree that could not be doubted

dissemble

behave unnaturally or affectedly

nautical

relating to ships or navigation

whimsical

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

coalesce

fuse or cause to come together

renascence

a second or new birth

capricious

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity
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