GMAT Vocab#5 – 216 Words

obtuse

of an angle, between 90 and 180 degrees

obviate

do away with

occult

supernatural forces and events and beings collectively

odious

unequivocally detestable

odium

hate coupled with disgust

oligarchy

a political system governed by a few people

ominous

threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

omniscient

infinitely wise

opalescent

having a play of lustrous rainbow colors

opaque

not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy

opprobrious

expressing offensive reproach

optimist

a person disposed to take a favorable view of things

opulence

wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living

ornate

marked by complexity and richness of detail

orthodox

adhering to what is commonly accepted

oscillate

move or swing from side to side regularly

ossify

become bony

ostensible

appearing as such but not necessarily so

ostentatious

intended to attract notice and impress others

ostracize

expel from a community or group

oust

remove from a position or office

P

the 16th letter of the Roman alphabet

paean

a hymn of praise

pagan

a person following a polytheistic or pre-Christian religion

painstaking

characterized by extreme care and great effort

palatial

relating to or being a large and stately residence

palindrome

a word or phrase that reads the same backward as forward

palliate

lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

pallid

deficient in color suggesting physical or emotional distress

pallor

unnatural lack of color in the skin

palpable

capable of being perceived

panegyric

formally expressing praise

paradigm

a standard or typical example

paradox

a statement that contradicts itself

parapet

a low wall along the edge of a roof or balcony

paraphernalia

equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles

pariah

a person who is rejected from society or home

parity

functional equality

parley

a negotiation between enemies

parochial

relating to or supported by or located in a parish

parody

a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style

parry

impede the movement of

parse

analyze the sentence structure of

parsimonious

excessively unwilling to spend

parsimony

extreme stinginess

partisan

a fervent and even militant proponent of something

passive

lacking in energy or will

paucity

an insufficient quantity or number

pavilion

a large and often sumptuous tent

peccadillo

a petty misdeed

pecuniary

relating to or involving money

pedagogue

someone who educates young people

pedantic

marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning

pedestrian

a person who travels by foot

pejorative

expressing disapproval

pellucid

transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity

penchant

a strong liking

penitent

feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds

pensive

deeply or seriously thoughtful

penurious

excessively unwilling to spend

perceptive

of or relating to awareness via the senses

percussion

the act of exploding a detonator that explodes when struck

perdition

the place or state in which one suffers eternal punishment

peremptory

putting an end to all debate or action

perfidious

tending to betray

perfunctory

hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

peripheral

on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary

perjury

criminal offense of making false statements under oath

permeable

allowing fluids or gases to pass or diffuse through

pernicious

exceedingly harmful

perpetual

continuing forever or indefinitely

perquisite

an incidental benefit for certain types of employment

pertinent

being of striking appropriateness

peruse

examine or consider with attention and in detail

pervade

spread or diffuse through

pervasive

spreading or spread throughout

pessimism

a general disposition to expect the worst in all things

petty

small and of little importance

petulant

easily irritated or annoyed

phenomenon

any state or process known through the senses

philanthropy

the act of donating money or time to promote human welfare

phlegmatic

showing little emotion

phobia

an anxiety disorder characterized by irrational fear

pied

having sections or patches colored differently and brightly

pinion

wing of a bird

pious

having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity

pique

a sudden outburst of anger

pithy

concise and full of meaning

pittance

an inadequate payment

placate

cause to be more favorably inclined

placid

calm and free from disturbance

plaintive

expressing sorrow

platonic

free from physical desire

plausible

apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful

plenary

full in all respects

plethora

extreme excess

plumb

exactly vertical

polemic

a verbal or written attack, especially of a belief or dogma

polemicist

a writer who argues in opposition to others

pommel

strike, usually with the fist

ponderous

having great mass and weight and unwieldiness

portend

indicate by signs

potable

suitable for drinking

potent

having or wielding force or authority

pragmatic

concerned with practical matters

prate

speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly

prattle

speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly

precarious

not secure; beset with difficulties

precept

rule of personal conduct

precipitate

bring about abruptly

preclude

make impossible, especially beforehand

precocious

characterized by exceptionally early development

predecessor

one who precedes you in time

prefatory

serving as an introduction or preface

premise

a statement that is held to be true

presage

a foreboding about what is about to happen

prescience

the power to foresee the future

prevalent

most frequent or common

prevaricate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

pristine

immaculately clean and unused

privy

informed about something secret or not generally known

probity

complete and confirmed integrity

problematic

making great mental demands

prodigal

recklessly wasteful

prodigious

great in size, force, extent, or degree

profound

situated at or extending to great depth

profusion

the property of being extremely abundant

progeny

the immediate descendants of a person

program

a series of steps to be carried out

proliferate

grow rapidly

prolific

intellectually productive

promontory

a natural elevation

propagate

multiply through reproduction

propensity

a natural inclination

propinquity

the property of being close together

propitiate

make peace with

prosaic

lacking wit or imagination

proselytize

convert or try to convert someone to another religion

protocol

forms of ceremony and etiquette observed by officials

proverbial

widely known and spoken of

provident

giving something useful for the future

provincial

associated with an administrative district of a nation

proviso

a stipulated condition

provocative

serving or tending to excite or stimulate

provoke

provide the needed stimulus for

quaff

swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught

quagmire

a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot

quaint

attractively old-fashioned

qualified

meeting the proper standards and requirements for a task

qualm

uneasiness about the fitness of an action

quandary

state of uncertainty in a choice between unfavorable options

quarantine

isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease

quiescent

being quiet or still or inactive

quintessence

the most typical example or representative of a type

quirk

a strange attitude or habit

quixotic

not sensible about practical matters

rabid

marked by excessive enthusiasm for a cause or idea

raconteur

a person skilled in telling anecdotes

ramification

a consequence, especially one that causes complications

rampant

occurring or increasing in an unrestrained way

rampart

an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes

rancid

having a rank smell or taste

rancor

a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

rant

talk at length in a noisy, excited, or angry manner

rapacious

living by preying on other animals

ratify

approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation

rationalize

employ logic or reason

raucous

unpleasantly loud and harsh

raze

tear down so as to make flat with the ground

realm

a domain in which something is dominant

rebuff

a deliberate discourteous act

rebuttal

the speech act of refuting by offering a contrary argument

recalcitrant

stubbornly resistant to authority or control

recession

the act of returning control

recidivism

habitual relapse into crime

reciprocal

concerning each of two or more persons or things

recluse

one who lives in solitude

recondite

difficult to penetrate

rectify

make right or correct

recumbent

lying down; in a position of comfort or rest

redolent

having a strong pleasant odor

redundant

more than is needed, desired, or required

refurbish

improve the appearance or functionality of

refute

overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

regal

belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler

reiterate

say, state, or perform again

relegate

assign to a lower position

relevant

having a bearing on or connection with the subject at issue

relinquish

turn away from; give up

remonstrate

argue in protest or opposition

remorse

a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed

Renascence

the period of European history at the close of the Middle Ages and the rise of the modern world; a cultural rebirth from the 14th through the middle of the 17th centuries

rend

tear or be torn violently

render

give or supply

renegade

someone who rebels and becomes an outlaw

repast

the food served and eaten at one time

replete

filled to satisfaction with food or drink

replica

copy that is not the original

reproach

express criticism towards

reprobate

a person without moral scruples

reproof

an act or expression of criticism and censure

repudiate

refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid

repugnant

offensive to the mind

resignation

the act of giving up, as a claim or office or possession

resilient

recovering readily from adversity, depression, or the like

resolution

a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner

resonant

characterized by a loud deep sound

respite

a pause from doing something

resplendent

having great beauty

resurgent

rising again as to new life and vigor

reticent

reluctant to draw attention to yourself

retract

formally reject or disavow

reverent

feeling or showing profound respect or veneration

reverie

an abstracted state of absorption

revile

spread negative information about

rhapsodize

say with great enthusiasm
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