GMAT Reading Practice – 142 Words

Reading

a city on the River Thames in Berkshire in southern England

practice

a customary way of operation or behavior

dissent

a difference of opinion

hypercritical

inclined to judge too severely

stark

severely simple

opaque

not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy

refute

overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

quixotic

not sensible about practical matters

litany

any long and tedious address or recital

incendiary

capable of causing fires or catching fire spontaneously

incendiary

capable of causing fires or catching fire spontaneously

arsonist

a criminal who illegally sets fire to property

resurrect

cause to become alive again

vitriol

abusive or venomous language to express blame or censure

boogeyman

an imaginary monster used to frighten children

crucifixion

the act of executing by a method widespread in the ancient world; the victim’s hands and feet are bound or nailed to a cross

gestalt

a whole that cannot be described as a sum of its parts

fuzzy

covering with fine light hairs

paralyzed

affected with paralysis

paralysis

loss of the ability to move a body part

sully

make dirty or spotty

duplicity

the act of deceiving or acting in bad faith

saddle

a seat for the rider of a horse or camel

emulate

strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

downtrodden

abused or oppressed by people in power

toil

work hard

censor

a person authorized to suppress unacceptable material

chastise

censure severely

rebound

spring back; spring away from an impact

frenzy

state of violent mental agitation

tongue

a mobile mass of muscular tissue located in the oral cavity

wag

a movement from side to side

stance

a rationalized mental attitude

fallout

radioactive particles that settle after a nuclear explosion

armpit

the hollow under the arm where it is joined to the shoulder

leftover

not used up

rive

tear or be torn violently

gimmick

any clever maneuver

haphazard

dependent upon or characterized by chance

petroleum

a dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons

infuriating

extremely annoying or displeasing

externality

the quality or state of being outside

ardent

characterized by intense emotion

pump

a device that moves fluid or gas by pressure or suction

palatable

acceptable to the taste or mind

index

alphabetical listing of names and topics with page numbers

anathema

a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication

swath

a path or strip

reflexive

referring back to itself

spine

the series of vertebrae forming the backbone

discard

anything that is cast aside

bewilderingly

in a bewildering and confusing manner

bewilder

cause to be confused emotionally

bigot

a prejudiced person who is intolerant of differing opinions

bigoted

blindly and obstinately attached to some creed or opinion

teaser

advertisement that offers something free to arouse interest

segregationist

someone who believes the races should be kept apart

tweet

a weak chirping sound as of a small bird

inexorable

not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty

inexorable

not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty

prose

ordinary writing as distinguished from verse

soaring

the activity of flying a glider

enthrall

hold spellbound

salute

a formal military gesture of respect

weep

shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain

roil

make turbid by stirring up the sediments of

slanderous

harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign

rentier

someone whose income is from property rents or bond interest and other investments

improvisation

a performance given without planning or preparation

coy

affectedly shy especially in a playful or provocative way

electorate

the body of enfranchised citizens; those qualified to vote

coalesce

fuse or cause to come together

condemn

express strong disapproval of

oblivion

the state of being disregarded or forgotten

rife

excessively abundant

abatement

the act of making less active or intense

remunerative

for which money is paid

churn up

cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of

churn up

cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of

casino

a public building for gambling and entertainment

meek

humble in spirit or manner

Spaniard

a native or inhabitant of Spain

dishevelled

in disarray; extremely disorderly

bon vivant

a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment

tackle

seize and throw down an opponent player carrying the ball

agonising

extremely painful

stagnation

a state of inactivity

dodge

a quick evasive movement

dent

an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)

grumbling

a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone

grumble

make complaining remarks or noises under one’s breath

pothole

a pit or cavity in a road produced by wear or weathering

wear and tear

decrease in value of an asset due to obsolescence or use

canny

showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others

coax

influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

conventional

following accepted customs and proprieties

hub

central part of a car wheel through which the axle passes

bower

a framework that supports climbing plants

bends

pain resulting from rapid change in pressure

succumb

consent reluctantly

decompression

relieving pressure

compressible

capable of being compressed or made more compact

speedometer

a meter fixed to a vehicle that measures and displays its speed

blowhole

a hole for the escape of gas or air

alveolus

a tiny sac for holding air in the lungs

lubricate

make slippery or smooth

lubricated

smeared with oil or grease to reduce friction

surfactant

a chemical agent capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved

respiratory

pertaining to the act of breathing

morbidity

the quality of being unhealthful and generally bad for you

pollen

the fine spores that contain male gametes and that are borne by an anther in a flowering plant

susceptible

yielding readily to or capable of

porpoise

any of several small gregarious cetacean mammals having a blunt snout and many teeth

oil rig

rig used in drilling for oil or gas

rig

equip with sails or masts

sunshade

a canopy made of canvas to shelter people or things from rain or sun

droplet

a tiny drop

albedo

the ratio of reflected to incident light

pristine

immaculately clean and unused

suspend

bar temporarily

cast off

get rid of

sulfide

a compound of sulphur and some other element that is more electropositive

profusion

the property of being extremely abundant

harness

an arrangement of leather straps fitted to a draft animal

elucidate

make clear and comprehensible

pyromania

an uncontrollable desire to set fire to things

spurious

plausible but false

spurious

plausible but false

scoop out

take out or up with or as if with a scoop

nostril

either one of the two external openings to the nasal cavity in the nose

crew

an organized group of workers

pathology

the branch of medical science that studies diseases

devour

eat immoderately

pathogen

any disease-producing agent

onslaught

an offensive against an enemy

onslaught

an offensive against an enemy

cascade

a small waterfall or series of small waterfalls

immunologically

from the point of view of immunology

immunology

the branch of medical science that studies the body’s immune system

peripheral

on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary

lymphatic

of or relating to or produced by lymph

drainage

emptying something accomplished by allowing liquid to run out of it
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