GMAT RC Tones List 5 – 30 Words

laudatory

full of or giving praise

local

of or belonging to or characteristic of a particular area

lugubrious

excessively mournful

lyrical

expressing deep emotion

malapropism

misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar

malicious

having the nature of threatening evil

matter

that which has mass and occupies space

metaphor

a figure of speech that suggests a non-literal similarity

metaphorical

expressing one thing in terms normally denoting another

mocking

expressing contempt or ridicule

mood

a characteristic state of feeling

morose

showing a brooding ill humor

motivating

impelling to action

mournful

expressing sorrow

mundane

found in the ordinary course of events

narrative

an account that tells the particulars of an act or event

naturalistic

representing what is real; not abstract or ideal

nostalgic

unhappy about being away and longing for familiar things

objective

the goal intended to be attained

obsequious

attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

ominous

threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

optimistic

hopeful that the best will happen in the future

parody

a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style

patronizing

characteristic of those who treat others with arrogance

pedantic

marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning

pedestrian

a person who travels by foot

personification

attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas

persuasive

intended or having the power to induce action or belief

pessimistic

expecting the worst possible outcome

philosophical

relating to the investigation of existence and knowledge
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