GMAT prep part 1 – 258 Words

fabrication

the act of making a product from raw materials

brazen

unrestrained by convention or propriety

heist

the act of stealing

ardent

characterized by intense emotion

prolific

intellectually productive

stupendous

so great in size, force, or extent as to elicit awe

meteoric

of extraterrestrial bodies that hit the earth’s atmosphere

middling

lacking exceptional quality or ability

lofty

of imposing height; especially standing out above others

nimble

moving quickly and lightly

dupe

fool or hoax

debacle

a sudden and complete disaster

poignant

keenly distressing to the mind or feelings

prophetic

foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention

maneuver

a military training exercise

steer

be a guiding or motivating force or drive

plethora

extreme excess

discretion

power of making choices unconstrained by external agencies

impeachment

a formal document charging a public official with misconduct

exoneration

the condition of being relieved from blame or obligation

paramount

having superior power and influence

sniff out

recognize or detect

vigilant

carefully observant or attentive

circuitous

deviating from a straight course

devoid

completely wanting or lacking

thwart

hinder or prevent, as an effort, plan, or desire

embolden

give encouragement to

helm

steering mechanism for a vessel

loot

goods or money obtained illegally

invariably

without change, in every case

acquiesce

agree or express agreement

stave off

prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

dissent

a difference of opinion

accolade

a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

squarely

in a square shape

outlandish

conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

swindle

deprive of by deceit

ensue

take place or happen afterward or as a result

disband

cause to break up or cease to function

nosedive

a steep nose-down descent by an aircraft

impede

be a hindrance or obstacle to

chicanery

the use of tricks to deceive someone

complacency

the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself

collusion

secret agreement

pad

a flat mass of soft material used for protection, stuffing, or comfort

slack

not tense or taut

incense

make furious

treacherous

dangerously unstable and unpredictable

vignette

a brief literary description

affliction

a cause of great suffering and distress

meager

deficient in amount or quality or extent

infraction

a violation of a law or rule

sterling

highest in quality

coffer

a chest especially for storing valuables

glaring

shining intensely

adage

a condensed but memorable saying embodying an important fact

unbecoming

not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper

unblemished

free from physical or moral spots or stains

flesh out

add details, as to an account or idea

ferret out

search and discover through persistent investigation

pent-up

characterized by or showing the suppression of impulses or emotions

defy

resist or confront with resistance

rage

a feeling of intense anger

warrant

formal and explicit approval

bulge

swell or protrude outwards

unsettle

disturb the composure of

trail

a path or track

startle

surprise greatly

balloon

small thin inflatable rubber bag with narrow neck

outright

without reservation or concealment

contend

compete for something

allegedly

according to what has been declared but not proved

intermingle

mix or become mixed

wacky

ludicrous, foolish

belie

be in contradiction with

consignment

the delivery of goods for sale or disposal

permissible

acceptable, especially as according to rule

sagging

hanging down (as from exhaustion or weakness)

hitch

hook or entangle

induce

cause to act in a specified manner

wherewithal

the necessary means (especially financial means)

contingent on

determined by conditions or circumstances that follow

deadbeat

someone who fails to meet a financial obligation

entice

provoke someone to do something through persuasion

tepid

moderately warm

repository

a facility where things can be deposited for safekeeping

prudent

marked by sound judgment

audacious

disposed to venture or take risks

transgression

the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle

unblemished

free from physical or moral spots or stains

ferret out

search and discover through persistent investigation

flesh out

add details, as to an account or idea

middling

lacking exceptional quality or ability

exoneration

the condition of being relieved from blame or obligation

sniff out

recognize or detect

squarely

in a square shape

nosedive

a steep nose-down descent by an aircraft

pent-up

characterized by or showing the suppression of impulses or emotions

unsettle

disturb the composure of

trail

a path or track

outright

without reservation or concealment

wacky

ludicrous, foolish

sagging

hanging down (as from exhaustion or weakness)

contingent on

determined by conditions or circumstances that follow

deadbeat

someone who fails to meet a financial obligation

pertain

be relevant to

embark

go on board

refrain

resist doing something

comply

act in accordance with someone’s rules, commands, or wishes

slate

fine-grained metamorphic rock that can be split into layers

usher in

be a precursor of

assent

agree or express agreement

sanction

official permission or approval

ransack

search thoroughly

strongbox

a strongly made box for holding money or valuables

foiled

disappointingly unsuccessful

laurels

a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

deride

treat or speak of with contempt

retrospective

concerned with or related to the past

misdemeanor

a crime less serious than a felony

nefarious

extremely wicked

amok

wildly; without self-control

retroactive

affecting things past

purport

have the often specious appearance of being or intending

crosshairs

a network of lines in the eyepiece of an optical instrument

anemic

relating to or having a deficiency of red blood cells

mollify

cause to be more favorably inclined

festering

(medicine) the formation of morbific matter in an abscess or a vesicle and the discharge of pus

conspire

act in agreement and in secret towards a deceitful purpose

concoct

make something by mixing

novice

someone new to a field or activity

purportedly

believed or reputed to be the case

breakneck

moving at very high speed

nebulous

lacking definite form or limits

shun

avoid and stay away from deliberately

behemoth

someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful

ruse

a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture

collage

a paste-up of pieces to form an artistic image

respite

a pause from doing something

stricken

grievously affected especially by disease

clutch

take hold of; grab

overzealous

marked by excessive enthusiasm for a cause or idea

ferret out

search and discover through persistent investigation

abiding

unceasing

recount

narrate or give a detailed account of

topple

fall down, as if collapsing

solicit

request urgently or persistently

ominous

threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

instigation

deliberate and intentional triggering

reckless

marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences

repute

the state of being held in high esteem and honor

docile

easily handled or managed

saunter

walk leisurely and with no apparent aim

wryly

in a humorously sarcastic or mocking manner

inexactness

the quality of being inaccurate and having errors

circumvent

surround so as to force to give up

unsavoury

morally offensive

palatial

relating to or being a large and stately residence

impeccably

flawlessly

immaculate

completely neat and clean

vested interest

(law) an interest in which there is a fixed right to present or future enjoyment and that can be conveyed to another

ecclesiastical

of or associated with a church

scourge

something causing misery or death

convulsive

affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions

laden

filled with a great quantity

invincible

incapable of being overcome or subdued

ominous

threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

malevolent

wishing or appearing to wish evil to others

malice

feeling a need to see others suffer

ferment

cause to undergo the breakdown of sugar into alcohol

arraign

accuse of a wrong or an inadequacy

mayhem

violent and needless disturbance

indignation

a feeling of righteous anger

mete out

administer or bestow, as in small portions

veer

turn sharply; change direction abruptly

wary

marked by keen caution and watchful prudence

stealthy

marked by quiet and caution and secrecy

stealthily

in a manner marked by quiet and caution and secrecy

discernible

perceptible by the senses or intellect

imperceptible

impossible or difficult to sense

havoc

violent and needless disturbance

incarcerate

lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

remorseful

feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

rattle off

recite volubly or extravagantly

rudimentary

being in the earliest stages of development

obituary

a notice of someone’s death

allusion

passing reference or indirect mention

improvisation

a performance given without planning or preparation

fanatical

marked by excessive enthusiasm for a cause or idea

unnerving

inspiring fear

hassle

disorderly fighting

budding

beginning to develop

exhilarating

making lively and joyful

beguiling

highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire

permeate

spread or diffuse through

envisage

form a mental image of something that is not present

jumble

assemble without order or sense

garner

assemble or get together

facade

the front of a building

inadvertently

without knowledge or intention

demystify

make something easier to understand

puncture

pierce with a pointed object; make a hole into

grisly

shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

slick

made smooth, as by ice, grease, or water

eulogize

praise formally and eloquently

akin

related by blood

stalwart

having rugged physical strength

gargantuan

of great mass; huge and bulky

commingle

mix or blend

wade

walk through relatively shallow water

obfuscate

make obscure or unclear

ominously

in a manner suggesting something bad will happen

ancillary

furnishing added support

quirk

a strange attitude or habit

enticing

highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire

riotous

characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination

feeble

pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness

assuage

provide physical relief, as from pain

fervent

characterized by intense emotion

grim

harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance

menacing

threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

artifice

a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture

spitefulness

malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty

connivance

agreement on a secret plot

entangle

cause to twist together or be caught in a snarled mass

auxiliary

furnishing added support

slake

satisfy, as thirst

quench

satisfy, as thirst

furtively

in a secretive manner

pander

yield to; give satisfaction to

punitive

inflicting punishment

judiciously

in a judicious manner

quench

satisfy, as thirst

enmesh

entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh

requisite

necessary for relief or supply

thinly

in a widely distributed manner

befuddled

perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements

ostentatious

intended to attract notice and impress others

inconsequential

lacking worth or importance

tersely

in a short and concise manner

chortle

a soft partly suppressed laugh

transpire

come about, happen, or occur

callous

emotionally hardened

jubilance

a feeling of extreme joy

tout

advertise in strongly positive terms

unfathomable

impossible to come to understand

monocled

wearing, or having the face adorned with, eyeglasses or an eyeglass

prose

ordinary writing as distinguished from verse

dearth

an insufficient quantity or number

analogy

drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity

malady

impairment of normal physiological function

valiant

having or showing heroism or courage

gravitas

formality in bearing and appearance

covertly

in a covert manner

covert

secret or hidden

spellbinding

attracting and holding interest

negligible

so small as to be meaningless; insignificant

proliferation

a rapid increase in number
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