Gmat P7-P8 – 56 Words

aspersion

a disparaging remark

assail

attack someone physically or emotionally

assent

agree or express agreement

assiduous

marked by care and persistent effort

assuage

provide physical relief, as from pain

astringent

tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue

asunder

into parts or pieces

atone

turn away from sin or do penitence

august

profoundly honored

avow

declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

awry

turned or twisted to one side

axiom

a proposition that is not susceptible of proof or disproof

bacchanal

wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity

baleful

threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

balk

refuse to comply

banal

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

bane

something causing misery or death

bastion

projecting part of a rampart or other fortification

beguile

attract; cause to be enamored

behemoth

someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful

beleaguer

annoy persistently

berate

censure severely or angrily

bestial

resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility

bestow

give as a gift

bevy

a flock of birds

bicker

argue over petty things

bilious

relating to a digestive juice secreted by the liver

bilk

cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money

blandish

praise somewhat dishonestly

blight

any plant disease resulting in withering without rotting

blithe

carefree and happy and lighthearted

bombast

pompous or pretentious talk or writing

bourgeois

being of the property-owning class

broach

bring up a topic for discussion

brusque

rudely abrupt or blunt in speech or manner

bulwark

an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes

burgeon

grow and flourish

burly

muscular and heavily built

cabal

a clique that seeks power usually through intrigue

cadaver

the dead body of a human being

cajole

influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

calumny

a false accusation of an offense

canard

a deliberately misleading fabrication

candor

the quality of being honest and straightforward

canvass

get opinions by asking specific questions

capricious

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

careen

pitching dangerously to one side

castigate

inflict severe punishment on

cataclysm

a sudden violent change in the earth’s surface

cathartic

emotionally purging

catholic

comprehensive or broad-minded in tastes and interests

caucus

meet to select a candidate or promote a policy

cavil

raise trivial objections

cede

give over

censorious

harshly critical or expressing censure

chagrin

strong feelings of embarrassment
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