GMAT madness – 112 Words

quixotic

not sensible about practical matters

austere

of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor

irresolute

uncertain how to act or proceed

bereft

sorrowful through loss or deprivation

ribald

humorously vulgar

fecund

capable of producing offspring or vegetation

contrite

feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

boorish

ill-mannered and coarse in behavior or appearance

asperity

harshness of manner

cosset

treat with excessive indulgence

surfeit

indulge (one’s appetite) to satiety

disabuse

free somebody from an erroneous belief

alacrity

liveliness and eagerness

pundit

a person with special knowledge who performs skillfully

stalwart

having rugged physical strength

officious

intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner

inviolate

(of a woman) having the hymen unbroken

epithet

descriptive word or phrase

inundate

fill or cover completely, usually with water

vitriolic

harsh, bitter, or malicious in tone

assuage

provide physical relief, as from pain

impecunious

not having enough money to pay for necessities

moribund

being on the point of death

abjure

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief

verisimilitude

the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true

hauteur

overbearing pride with a superior manner toward inferiors

serendipity

good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries

untenable

incapable of being defended or justified

prolific

intellectually productive

baleful

threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

mellifluous

pleasing to the ear

prosaic

lacking wit or imagination

reprisal

a retaliatory action against an enemy in wartime

provident

giving something useful for the future

juxtapose

place side by side

proscribe

command against

patent

a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention

maxim

a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits

conniving

acting together in secret toward a fraudulent or illegal end

propitious

presenting favorable circumstances

affable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

noisome

causing or able to cause nausea

denouement

the outcome of a complex sequence of events

belligerent

characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

rustic

characteristic of rural life

nadir

the lowest point of anything

scabrous

rough to the touch, as if covered with scales or projections

penchant

a strong liking

evanescent

tending to vanish like vapor

puerile

displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity

corollary

an inference following from the proof of another proposition

celerity

a rate that is rapid

epigram

a witty saying

catholic

comprehensive or broad-minded in tastes and interests

malodorous

having an unpleasant smell

lacerate

cut or tear irregularly

dovetail

a mortise joint formed by interlocking parts

apothegm

a short pithy instructive saying

halcyon

a mythical bird said to breed at the winter solstice

surreptitious

marked by quiet and caution and secrecy

tempestuous

characterized by violent emotions or behavior

uncanny

surpassing the ordinary or normal

inure

cause to accept or become hardened to

puissant

powerful

disinterested

unaffected by concern for one’s own welfare

hubris

overbearing pride or presumption

malinger

avoid responsibilities and duties

antic

ludicrously odd

artifice

a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture

inchoate

only partly in existence; imperfectly formed

chagrin

strong feelings of embarrassment

complaisant

showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others

ameliorate

make better

winking

a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly

invective

abusive language used to express blame or censure

Stradivarius

Italian violin maker who developed the modern violin and created violins of unequaled tonal quality (1644?-1737)

partisan

a fervent and even militant proponent of something

demur

politely refuse or take exception to

demure

shy or modest, often in a playful or provocative way

neuralgic

of or relating to or suffering from neuralgia

hitherto

up to this point; until the present time

discord

lack of agreement or harmony

rapacious

living by preying on other animals

perfidious

tending to betray

intractable

difficult to manage or mold

fortuitous

occurring by happy chance

plucky

showing courage

promulgate

state or announce

imponderable

difficult or impossible to evaluate with precision

vacillate

be undecided about something

obstreperous

noisily and stubbornly defiant

supercilious

having or showing arrogant disdain or haughtiness

disenfranchise

deprive of voting rights

conspicuous

obvious to the eye or mind

demagoguery

impassioned appeals to the emotions of the populace

fallacious

containing or based on incorrect reasoning

foment

try to stir up

secondment

the detachment of a person from their regular organization for temporary assignment elsewhere

cenotaph

monument to honor those whose remains are interred elsewhere

personage

a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events

abiding

unceasing

incontrovertible

impossible to deny or disprove

reticent

reluctant to draw attention to yourself

alacrity

liveliness and eagerness

deleterious

harmful to living things

protean

taking on different forms

capricious

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

discursive

tending to cover a wide range of subjects

sycophant

a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage

salacious

suggestive of or tending to moral looseness

concomitant

following or accompanying as a consequence

inchoate

only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
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