GMAT Prep – 146 Words

scoot

run or move very quickly or hastily

skedaddle

run away, as if in a panic

flee

run away quickly

quit

put an end to a state or an activity

prove

establish the validity of something

contradict

prove negative; show to be false

repudiate

refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid

gainsay

take exception to

fustian

a strong cotton and linen fabric with a slight nap

timidity

fear of the unknown or fear of making decisions

turgid

ostentatiously lofty in style

braggadocio

vain and empty boasting

grandiloquence

high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation

din

a loud harsh or strident noise

clamorous

conspicuously and offensively loud

dissonance

disagreeable sounds

disquiet

a feeling of mild anxiety about possible developments

babel

a confusion of voices and other sounds

caterwaul

make a shrill and unpleasant screeching sound

jangle

make a sound typical of metallic objects

diatribe

thunderous verbal attack

scold

censure severely or angrily

impeachment

a formal document charging a public official with misconduct

disfavor

put at a disadvantage

imputation

the attribution to a source or cause

incrimination

an accusation that you are responsible for some lapse or misdeed

denunciation

a public act of denouncing

animadversion

harsh criticism or disapproval

opprobrium

a state of extreme dishonor

balderdash

trivial nonsense

rave

talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner

uphill

upward on a hill or incline

strenuous

taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance

onerous

burdensome or difficult to endure

burdensome

not easily borne or endured; causing hardship

grueling

characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion

formidable

extremely impressive in strength or excellence

arduous

characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion

vamoose

leave suddenly

consternation

sudden shock or dismay that causes confusion

distress

a state of adversity

trepidation

a feeling of alarm or dread

bewilderment

confusion resulting from failure to understand

fear

an emotion in anticipation of some specific pain or danger

dread

fearful expectation or anticipation

panic

an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety

taciturn

habitually reserved and uncommunicative

aloof

remote in manner

reticent

reluctant to draw attention to yourself

laconic

brief and to the point

brooding

deeply or seriously thoughtful

sententious

concise and full of meaning

withdrawn

tending to reserve or introspection

curt

brief and to the point

tortuous

marked by repeated turns and bends

convoluted

highly complex or intricate

crooked

having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned

bent

stooped (used of the back and knees)

circuitous

deviating from a straight course

labyrinthine

resembling a maze in form or complexity

serpentine

resembling a snake in form

sinuous

curved or curving in and out

mazy

resembling a labyrinth in form or complexity

ostracism

the act of excluding someone from society by general consent

avoidance

deliberately avoiding

excommunication

cutting a person off from a religious society

expulsion

the act of forcing out someone or something

exile

the act of expelling a person from their native land

shun

avoid and stay away from deliberately

banishment

rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing someone

mundane

found in the ordinary course of events

banal

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

commonplace

completely ordinary and unremarkable

quotidian

found in the ordinary course of events

unremarkable

found in the ordinary course of events

prosaic

lacking wit or imagination

workaday

found in the ordinary course of events

heretical

departing from accepted beliefs or standards

iconoclastic

characterized by attack on established beliefs

idolatrous

relating to or practicing idolatry

schismatic

of or relating to or involved in or characteristic of schism

agnostic

a person who claims the existence of God is unknowable

apostate

not faithful to religion or party or cause

Nonconformist

a Protestant in England who is not a member of the Church of England

skeptical

marked by or given to doubt

disbelieving

denying or questioning the tenets of especially a religion

goad

stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick

catalyst

substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction

incitation

an act of urging on or spurring on or rousing to action or instigating

impetus

a force that makes something happen

drive

operate or control a vehicle

lusty

vigorously passionate

spur

a sharp prod on a rider’s heel used to urge a horse onward

prod

push against gently

glib

artfully persuasive in speech

artful

not straightforward or candid

insincere

lacking the quality of being open and truthful

plausible

apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful

suave

having a sophisticated charm

talkative

friendly and open and willing to communicate

garrulous

full of trivial conversation

voluble

marked by a ready flow of speech

disingenuous

not straightforward or candid

fawn

a young deer

sycophancy

fawning obsequiousness

toady

a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage

apple polisher

someone who humbles himself as a sign of respect

obsequious

attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

equivocate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

dodge

a quick evasive movement

prevaricate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

elude

escape, either physically or mentally

eschew

avoid and stay away from deliberately

quibble

evade the truth of a point by raising irrelevant objections

fudge

soft creamy candy

shuffle

walk by dragging one’s feet

intemperance

excess in action and immoderate indulgence of appetites

insobriety

a temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol

drunkenness

a temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol

sensuality

desire for sensual pleasures

animalism

the doctrine that human beings are purely animal in nature and lacking a spiritual nature

carnal

of or relating to the body or flesh

effeminacy

the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man)

silkiness

the smooth feel of silk fabric

luxuriousness

wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living

lap of luxury

in conditions of wealth and comfort

indulgence

the act of gratifying a desire

abstinence

the trait of refraining from something, especially alcohol

self-indulgence

an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires

epicureanism

a doctrine of hedonism that was defended by several ancient Greek philosophers

dissipation

breaking up and scattering by dispersion

revel

take delight in

revelry

unrestrained merrymaking

carousel

a large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride

jollification

a boisterous celebration; a merry festivity

drinking bout

a long period of drinking

wassail

a punch made of sweetened ale or wine heated with spices and roasted apples; especially at Christmas

Saturnalia

an orgiastic festival in ancient Rome in honor of Saturn

debauch

a wild gathering involving excessive drinking

crapulence

the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess

licentiousness

the quality of being lewd and lascivious

sybaritic

displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses

epicurism

the disposition and habits of an epicure

voluptuousness

the property of being lush and abundant and a pleasure to the senses

free-living

not parasitic on another organism

pleasure

something or someone that provides a source of happiness
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