GMAT RC 3 – 180 Words

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the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one

confer

present

demographic

a statistic characterizing human populations

steward

someone who manages property or affairs for someone else

lucrative

producing a sizeable profit

repress

conceal or hide

envision

imagine, conceive of, or see in one’s mind

squander

spend thoughtlessly; throw away

infraction

a violation of a law or rule

intrinsic

belonging to a thing by its very nature

embodied

possessing or existing in bodily form

ascription

assigning to a cause or source

curtail

terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end

engulf

flow over or cover completely

primate

any placental mammal of the order Primates

frivolous

not serious in content or attitude or behavior

exorbitant

greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation

earmark

give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause

procreate

produce more individuals of a given animal or plant

veracity

unwillingness to tell lies

endure

undergo or be subjected to

prudence

discretion in practical affairs

leverage

the mechanical advantage gained by a machine on a fulcrum

elicit

call forth, as an emotion, feeling, or response

plagiarized

copied and passed off as your own

guild

a formal association of people with similar interests

crater

a bowl-shaped geological formation at the top of a volcano

laden

filled with a great quantity

dispel

to cause to separate and go in different directions

exhortation

an earnest attempt at persuasion

coercion

using force to cause something to occur

consensus

agreement in the judgment reached by a group as a whole

convention

the act of meeting formally

aspire

have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal

tamed

brought from wildness into a domesticated state

unanimous

in complete agreement

relic

an antiquity that has survived from the distant past

formulaic

characterized by or in accordance with some formula

deity

a supernatural being worshipped as controlling the world

impasse

a situation in which no progress can be made

fervently

with strong emotion or zeal

burgeon

grow and flourish

democratize

become (more) democratic; of nations

synapse

the junction between two neurons

lofty

of imposing height; especially standing out above others

sonority

having the character of a loud deep sound

ballad

a narrative poem of popular origin

vacillate

be undecided about something

subsume

contain or include

prelude

something that introduces what follows

condescending

characteristic of those who treat others with arrogance

complacency

the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself

mainstay

a prominent supporter

ostensibly

from appearances alone

flaunt

display proudly

apparatus

equipment designed to serve a specific function

resentment

a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

haphazard

dependent upon or characterized by chance

confluence

a place where things merge or flow together

solicit

request urgently or persistently

deregulation

the act of freeing from rules

prevalence

the quality of being widespread

diminution

change toward something smaller or lower

elite

a group or class of persons enjoying superior status

palatable

acceptable to the taste or mind

confound

be confusing or perplexing to

extant

still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost

stringent

demanding strict attention to rules and procedures

intriguing

capable of arousing interest or curiosity

communal

for or by a group rather than individuals

prescient

perceiving the significance of events before they occur

prominence

the state of being widely known or eminent

pervasive

spreading or spread throughout

unfounded

without a basis in reason or fact

conform

be similar, be in line with

suffrage

a legal right to vote

pastureland

a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock

serene

not agitated

formidable

extremely impressive in strength or excellence

incinerate

become reduced to ashes

singe

burn superficially or lightly

dispersal

the act of diffusing something

manifest

clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

regnant

exercising power or authority

poignant

keenly distressing to the mind or feelings

utilitarian

having a useful function

pontificate

administer a pontifical office

impunity

exemption from punishment or loss

evangelism

zealous preaching and advocacy of the gospel

eclectic

selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas

repudiate

refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid

centennial

of or relating to or completing a period of 100 years

inert

unable to move or resist motion

resilient

recovering readily from adversity, depression, or the like

ambivalent

uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow

onset

the beginning or early stages

plurality

the state of being more than one

confluence

a place where things merge or flow together

ensemble

an assemblage of parts considered as forming a whole

genesis

a coming into being

impromptu

with little or no preparation or forethought

formidable

extremely impressive in strength or excellence

imminent

close in time; about to occur

disdain

lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

primer

an introductory textbook

insipid

lacking interest or significance or impact

allude

make an indirect reference to

endeavor

attempt by employing effort

coalesce

fuse or cause to come together

mutate

undergo a change or alteration in form or qualities

wary

marked by keen caution and watchful prudence

coaxer

someone who tries to persuade by blandishment and coaxing

impetuous

characterized by undue haste and lack of thought

mnemonic

of or relating to the practice of aiding the memory

empathy

understanding and entering into another’s feelings

fallacy

a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning

repertory

a collection of works that an artist or company can perform

pessimistic

expecting the worst possible outcome

extol

praise, glorify, or honor

decimation

destroying or killing a large part of the population

agrarian

relating to rural matters

nomadic

migratory

pseudoscience

an activity resembling science but based on fallacious assumptions

sovereign

a nation’s ruler usually by hereditary right

doctrine

a belief accepted as authoritative by some group or school

plenary

full in all respects

fashioned

planned and made or fashioned artistically

enunciate

express or state clearly

waive

do without or cease to hold or adhere to

untenable

incapable of being defended or justified

connote

express or state indirectly

foreshadow

indicate by signs

symbiotic

of organisms living together, especially to mutual advantage

misnomer

an incorrect or unsuitable name

entrance

something that provides access to get in

predicament

an unpleasant or difficult situation

myriad

a large indefinite number

euthanasia

the act of killing someone painlessly

continuum

an extent in which no part is distinct from adjacent parts

crusade

a series of actions tending toward a particular end

emulate

strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

alleged

doubtful or suspect

interloper

someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another

paucity

an insufficient quantity or number

proselyte

a new convert; especially a gentile converted to Judaism

sophisticated

having worldly knowledge and refinement

conundrum

a difficult problem

positivism

a quality or state characterized by certainty or acceptance or affirmation and dogmatic assertiveness

nomothetic

relating to or involving the search for abstract universal principles

propensity

a natural inclination

apodictic

of a proposition; necessarily true or logically certain

entitlement

right granted by law or contract

abate

become less in amount or intensity

anecdotal

based on stories rather than data or scientific observation

coniferous

of or relating to or part of trees or shrubs bearing cones and evergreen leaves

assimilate

make alike

stray

wander from a direct course or at random

vulnerability

the state of being exposed

inundate

fill or cover completely, usually with water

disseminate

cause to become widely known

imperialism

a policy of extending your rule over foreign countries

paucity

an insufficient quantity or number

posit

take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom

far-flung

distributed over a considerable extent

contend

compete for something

avian

pertaining to or characteristic of birds

pigment

dry coloring material

salient

conspicuous, prominent, or important

egregious

conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

reclusive

withdrawn from society; seeking solitude

egalitarian

favoring social equality

sheath

a protective covering, as for a knife or sword

ergonomics

the study of the relation of workers to their environments

flaunt

display proudly

fleeting

lasting for a markedly brief time

corollary

an inference following from the proof of another proposition

anglicize

make English in appearance

acumen

shrewdness shown by keen insight

squandered

not used to good advantage

latent

potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
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