GMAT Word list 1 – 39 Words

burnish

polish and make shiny

dirge

a song or hymn of mourning as a memorial to a dead person

elicit

call forth, as an emotion, feeling, or response

delegate

a person appointed or elected to represent others

banal

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

avert

turn away or aside

cowardice

the trait of lacking courage

admiration

a feeling of delighted approval and liking

obviate

do away with

appalled

struck with fear, dread, or consternation

erudite

having or showing profound knowledge

grouse

popular game bird having a plump body and feathered legs

penchant

a strong liking

deterrent

something immaterial that interferes with action or progress

pariah

a person who is rejected from society or home

refute

overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

hazy

filled or abounding with fog or mist

paltry

contemptibly small in amount or size

emulate

strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

embellish

make more attractive, as by adding ornament or color

munificence

liberality in bestowing gifts

bounteous

given or giving freely

drab

a dull greyish to yellowish or light olive brown

lofty

of imposing height; especially standing out above others

bleak

unpleasantly cold and damp

creative

having the ability or power to invent or make something

austere

of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor

striking

having a quality that thrusts itself into attention

revere

regard with feelings of respect

pushy

marked by aggressive ambition and energy and initiative

course

a connected series of events or actions or developments

trauma

an emotional wound or shock having long-lasting effects

fawn

a young deer

exalt

praise, glorify, or honor

facilitate

make easier

fictitious

formed or conceived by the imagination

ingenious

showing inventiveness and skill

facetious

cleverly amusing in tone

crestfallen

brought low in spirit
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