GMAT RC WOrds – 58 Words

paradigm

a standard or typical example

prodigy

an unusually gifted or intelligent person

ubiquitous

being present everywhere at once

inception

an event that is a beginning

celestial

relating to or inhabiting a divine heaven

antiquity

the historic period preceding the Middle Ages in Europe

paleontology

the earth science that studies fossil organisms

contention

the act of competing as for profit or a prize

fossil

the remains of a plant or animal from a past geological age

doctrine

a belief accepted as authoritative by some group or school

proclaim

declare formally

procreative

producing new life or offspring

procreate

produce more individuals of a given animal or plant

preemptive

designed to prevent an anticipated situation or occurrence

designate

design or destine

emblem

special design representing a quality, type, or group

rebellion

organized opposition to authority

insurgent

in opposition to a civil authority or government

objective

the goal intended to be attained

exacerbate

make worse

hinge

a joint that holds two parts together so that one can swing

sovereign

a nation’s ruler usually by hereditary right

schismatic

of or relating to or involved in or characteristic of schism

espouse

choose and follow a theory, idea, policy, etc.

subordinate

an assistant subject to the authority or control of another

intemperate

excessive in behavior

paternalistic

benevolent but sometimes intrusive

embrace

squeeze tightly in your arms, usually with fondness

supplant

take the place or move into the position of

terrestrial

of or relating to or characteristic of the planet Earth

pivotal

being of crucial importance

unwittingly

without knowledge or intention

feminist

a supporter of equal rights for women

procure

get by special effort

predate

be earlier in time; go back further

carcass

the dead body of an animal

peasant

one of a class of agricultural laborers

motility

ability to move spontaneously and independently

poignant

keenly distressing to the mind or feelings

preponderant

having superior power and influence

empirical

derived from experiment and observation rather than theory

niche

a small concavity

anecdotal

based on stories rather than data or scientific observation

Renaissance

period of European history at the close of the Middle Ages

epidemic

a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease

ravage

cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

upheaval

a violent disturbance

feudalism

the social system in which vassals were protected by lords

conjecture

believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

bubonic

of or evidencing buboes

anthrax

a highly infectious animal disease

ancillary

furnishing added support

caucus

meet to select a candidate or promote a policy

sought

that is looked for

stipulate

make an express demand or provision in an agreement

intrinsically

with respect to its inherent nature

minuscule

very small

drudgery

hard, monotonous, routine work
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