GMAT One – 250 Words

intemperate

excessive in behavior

squire

a man who attends or escorts a woman

paternalistic

benevolent but sometimes intrusive

sparse

not dense

assertion

a declaration that is made emphatically

imitative

marked by or given to imitation

coherence

the state of sticking together

overstate

enlarge beyond bounds or the truth

plumage

the covering of feathers on a bird

cogent

powerfully persuasive

microcosmic

relating to or characteristic of a microcosm

meticulous

marked by precise accordance with details

inconsequential

lacking worth or importance

impediment

something immaterial that interferes with action or progress

ensure

make certain of

confront

oppose, as in hostility or a competition

exacerbate

make worse

entrenched

dug in

reduce

make smaller

reconcile

come to terms

demise

the time when something ends

contend

compete for something

confer

present

constrain

hold back

abundant

present in great quantity

perpetuate

cause to continue or prevail

exemplify

be characteristic of

impunity

exemption from punishment or loss

impending

close in time; about to occur

prevalent

most frequent or common

conundrum

a difficult problem

extravagant

recklessly wasteful

debt

the state of owing something, especially money

potency

the power or right to give orders or make decisions

expedite

process fast and efficiently

decimate

kill in large numbers

indiscriminate

failing to make or recognize distinctions

substantially

to a great extent or degree

apparently

from appearances alone

esteem

the condition of being honored

expound

add details, as to an account or idea

renown

the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed

propound

put forward, as of an idea

proponent

a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea

imminent

close in time; about to occur

pertinent

being of striking appropriateness

aversion

a feeling of intense dislike

precognitive

foreseeing the future

accentuate

stress or single out as important

prominent

conspicuous in position or importance

contested

disputed or made the object of contention or competition

consensus

agreement in the judgment reached by a group as a whole

precedent

an example that is used to justify similar occurrences

unprecedented

novel; having no earlier occurrence

quagmire

a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot

pristine

immaculately clean and unused

assimilate

make alike

apparent

clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

discrepant

not in agreement

pedophilia

a sexual attraction to children

pessimistic

expecting the worst possible outcome

inducement

a positive motivational influence

aggrieve

cause to feel distress

pungent

strong and sharp to the sense of taste

tandem

an arrangement of objects or persons one behind another

inimical

not friendly

commensurate

corresponding in size or degree or extent

tantalize

harass with persistent teasing or baiting

imperative

requiring attention or action

diligent

quietly and steadily persevering in detail or exactness

vitality

the property of being able to survive and grow

immerse

cause to be submerged

compute

make a mathematical calculation

precipitant

done with very great haste and without due deliberation

astute

marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

iteration

the act or process of doing or saying again

elation

a feeling of joy and pride

euphoria

a feeling of great elation

sabotage

a deliberate act of destruction or disruption

imbecile

a person of subnormal intelligence

permeate

spread or diffuse through

nemesis

something causing misery or death

staple

material suitable for manufacture or use or finishing

perturbed

thrown into a state of agitated confusion

repressed

characterized by the suppression of impulses or emotions

dormant

inactive but capable of becoming active

insistence

the act of insisting on something

apathy

an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

contagious

capable of being transmitted by infection

impenetrable

not admitting of passage into or through

decry

express strong disapproval of

outlaw

a criminal, especially one on the run from police

explicitly

in a clearly expressed manner

emancipation

freeing someone from the control of another

implication

something that is inferred

turmoil

a violent disturbance

juxtapose

place side by side

juggernaut

a massive inexorable force

parched

dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight

preposterous

inviting ridicule

refute

overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

obliteration

destruction by annihilating something

banter

light teasing repartee

adversity

a state of misfortune or affliction

indomitable

impossible to subdue

protagonist

the principal character in a work of fiction

captivating

capturing interest as if by a spell

tenure

the term during which some position is held

acquitted

declared not guilty of a specific offense or crime

plausible

apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful

antebellum

belonging to a period before a war

ambiguous

having more than one possible meaning

frivolous

not serious in content or attitude or behavior

extrapolate

draw from specific cases for more general cases

holistic

emphasizing the organic relation between parts and the whole

stagnate

stand still

peculiar

beyond or deviating from the usual or expected

sporadically

in an irregular or unpredictable manner

pertinence

relevance by virtue of being applicable to the matter at hand

apprise

inform somebody of something

inundated

covered with water

dichotomous

divided into two sharply distinguished parts

reiterate

say, state, or perform again

acclimate

get used to a certain environment

tantrum

a display of bad temper

commotion

a disorderly outburst or tumult

contemplate

think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes

substantiate

establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

substantial

real; having a material or factual existence

repugnant

offensive to the mind

sabbatical

a leave usually taken every seventh year

adhere

stick to firmly

oncology

the study and treatment of tumors

administer

supervise or be in charge of

invasive

gradually intrusive without right or permission

compel

force somebody to do something

arbitration

giving authoritative judgment

acquainted

having fair knowledge of

antagonize

provoke the hostility of

procrastinate

postpone doing what one should be doing

eloquent

expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively

complacent

contented to a fault with oneself or one’s actions

salvage

rescuing a ship or its crew from a shipwreck or a fire

invective

abusive language used to express blame or censure

persistent

stubbornly unyielding

allude

make an indirect reference to

austerity

self-denial, especially refraining from worldly pleasures

espouse

choose and follow a theory, idea, policy, etc.

intangible

incapable of being perceived by the senses, especially touch

profligate

unrestrained by convention or morality

anticipate

regard something as probable or likely

articulate

express or state clearly

incognizant

(often followed by `of’) not aware

ostensibly

from appearances alone

obviously

unmistakably

evident

clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

probably

with considerable certainty; without much doubt

arbitrarily

in a random manner

consolidate

form into a solid mass or whole

secluded

hidden from general view or use

desolate

providing no shelter or sustenance

exhaustion

extreme fatigue

patriotism

love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it

deranged

driven insane

incoherent

without logical or meaningful connection

objective

the goal intended to be attained

judgmental

relating to an assessment of a person, situation, or event

undoubtedly

certainly

ignorant

uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication

rambling

spreading out in different directions

privileged

blessed with special advantages

obsessive

characterized by an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation

exonerated

freed from any question of guilt

improbable

having a chance of occurring too low to inspire belief

requisite

necessary for relief or supply

revulsion

intense aversion

revelation

the act of making something evident

apocalypse

a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the powers of evil

triumph

a successful ending of a struggle or contest

plunge

dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity

purloin

make off with belongings of others

authenticity

undisputed credibility

scheduled

planned for some certain time or times

purport

have the often specious appearance of being or intending

treasonous

constituting or having the characteristic of betrayal

proliferate

grow rapidly

disposition

your usual mood

proposition

a suggestion offered for acceptance or rejection

preposition

a word before a noun or pronoun connecting to another word

distorted

so badly formed or out of shape as to be ugly

bemoan

regret strongly

assail

attack someone physically or emotionally

indispensable

essential

convoluted

highly complex or intricate

persistence

continuing or repeating behavior

stigmatize

condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful

infer

conclude by reasoning

tranquillity

an untroubled state, free from disturbances

entourage

the group following and attending to some important person

splendour

the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand

laborious

characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion

disingenuous

not straightforward or candid

reminiscent

serving to bring to mind

refutation

the act of determining that something is false

reverberate

ring or echo with sound

concur

happen simultaneously

reprehensible

bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure

malice

feeling a need to see others suffer

prejudice

a partiality preventing objective consideration of an issue

compete

engage in a contest or measure oneself against others

imprudent

not sensible, responsible, or wise

imprudence

a lack of caution in practical affairs

prudence

discretion in practical affairs

delineate

represented accurately or precisely

impermeable

preventing especially liquids to pass or diffuse through

esoteric

understandable only by an enlightened inner circle

immensely

to an exceedingly great extent or degree

daunting

discouraging through fear

disgraceful

deserving or bringing disgrace or shame

ignominious

deserving or bringing disgrace or shame

illustrious

widely known and esteemed

obscure

not clearly understood or expressed

intensive

characterized by a heightened level or degree

erudite

having or showing profound knowledge

sagacious

acutely insightful and wise

biblical

of or pertaining to or contained in or in accordance with the Bible

discernment

the cognitive condition of someone who understands

admiration

a feeling of delighted approval and liking

gratitude

a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation

loquacious

full of trivial conversation

garrulous

full of trivial conversation

chrome

another word for chromium when used in dyes or pigments

sarcastic

expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds

apprehend

anticipate with dread or anxiety

provenance

where something originated or was nurtured

pursuit

the act of following in an effort to overtake or capture

compatriot

a person from your own country

coherent

marked by an orderly and consistent relation of parts

conspicuous consumption

buying expensive services and products in order to flaunt your wealth

reckon

expect, believe, or suppose

pestilence

any epidemic disease with a high death rate

altruistic

showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others

unscrupulous

without principles

sanguine

confidently optimistic and cheerful

sanctity

the quality of being holy

dilapidated

in a state of decay, ruin, or deterioration

Renaissance

period of European history at the close of the Middle Ages

humdrum

tediously repetitious or lacking in variety

clandestine

conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

pretentious

creating an appearance of importance or distinction
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