GMAT TONE 1 – 57 Words

abstract

existing only in the mind

absurd

inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense

accusatory

containing or expressing blame

acerbic

sour or bitter in taste

affected

influenced

aggressive

characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

ambiguous

having more than one possible meaning

amused

pleasantly occupied

candid

openly straightforward and direct without secretiveness

caustic

capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action

childish

indicating a lack of maturity

choleric

characterized by anger

cinematic

of or pertaining to or characteristic of the cinema

classical

of the most highly developed stage of an early civilization

classification

the basic cognitive process of arranging into categories

colloquial

characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation

comic

of or relating to or characteristic of comedy

commiserate

feel or express sympathy or compassion

condescending

characteristic of those who treat others with arrogance

patronizing

characteristic of those who treat others with arrogance

confessional

a booth where a priest sits to hear confessions

connotation

an idea that is implied or suggested

contemplative

deeply or seriously thoughtful

contemptuous

expressing extreme scorn

contented

satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are

convention

the act of meeting formally

conventional

following accepted customs and proprieties

convoluted

highly complex or intricate

critical

of a serious examination and judgment of something

cynical

believing the worst of human nature and motives

decadent

marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay

denotation

the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression

derisive

expressing contempt or ridicule

detached

no longer connected or joined

dialect

the usage or vocabulary characteristic of a group of people

dialogue

a conversation between two persons

diatribe

thunderous verbal attack

analytical

using or skilled in using reasoning

anecdotal

based on stories rather than data or scientific observation

apathetic

showing little or no emotion or animation

apologetic

offering or expressing regret

apprehensive

in fear or dread of possible evil or harm

archaic

so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

argumentative

given to or characterized by a tendency to dispute

arrogant

having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance

atmosphere

the envelope of gases surrounding any celestial body

attitude

a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings

awe

an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration

bantering

cleverly amusing in tone

baroque

relating to an elaborately ornamented style of art and music

belligerent

characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

biased

favoring one person or side over another

bizarre

conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

bland

lacking taste or flavor or tang

bombastic

ostentatiously lofty in style

breeze

a slight and usually refreshing wind

callous

emotionally hardened
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