MGMAT Verbal List – 282 Words

abate

become less in amount or intensity

aberration

a state or condition markedly different from the norm

anomaly

deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule

acclaim

enthusiastic approval

accord

concurrence of opinion

discord

lack of agreement or harmony

acquisitiveness

strong desire to obtain and possess

acreage

an area of ground used for some particular purpose

adhere

stick to firmly

adherent

someone who believes and helps to spread a doctrine

ad-lib

perform without preparation

advent

arrival that has been awaited

adverse

in an opposing direction

agency

the state of being in action or exerting power

aggravate

make worse

altogether

to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent

ambivalent

uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow

amortize

liquidate gradually

analogous

similar or equivalent in some respects

annex

attach to

annihilate

kill in large numbers

annul

cancel officially

anoint

administer an oil or ointment to, often ceremonially

antithetical

sharply contrasted in character or purpose

arbiter

someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue

archaic

so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

ascribe

attribute or credit to

assert

declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

attribute

a quality belonging to or characteristic of an entity

atypical

not representative of a group, class, or type

balance

harmonious arrangement or relation of parts within a whole

baldly

in a barefaced manner

befall

become of; happen to

belie

be in contradiction with

benevolent

showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding

blight

any plant disease resulting in withering without rotting

clamor

utter or proclaim insistently and noisily

clan

group of people related by blood or marriage

cloak

a loose outer garment

coalesce

fuse or cause to come together

coercion

using force to cause something to occur

cogent

powerfully persuasive

cognitive

relating to or involving the mental process of knowing

collude

act in unison and in secret towards a deceitful purpose

compliant

disposed to act in accordance with someone’s wishes

compound

a whole formed by a union of two or more elements or parts

compromise

an accommodation in which both sides make concessions

concede

give over

condone

excuse, overlook, or make allowances for

confer

present

consideration

the process of giving careful thought to something

contemplative

deeply or seriously thoughtful

contend

compete for something

contract

a binding agreement that is enforceable by law

converge

be adjacent or come together

conversely

with the terms of the relation reversed

convoluted

highly complex or intricate

copious

large in number or quantity

corresponding

similar especially in position or purpose

corroborate

give evidence for

countenance

the appearance conveyed by a person’s face

counterintuitive

contrary to what common sense would suggest

counterpoint

a musical form involving the simultaneous sound of two or more melodies

culminate

end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage

currency

the metal or paper medium of exchange that is presently used

cynical

believing the worst of human nature and motives

debase

make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance

debilitating

impairing strength and vitality

debunk

expose while ridiculing

decry

express strong disapproval of

deem

judge or regard in a particular way

delimit

set, mark, or draw the boundaries of something

denote

have as a meaning

deride

treat or speak of with contempt

deterrent

something immaterial that interferes with action or progress

dichotomy

a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses

discount

an amount or percentage deducted

discrepancy

a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions

discrete

constituting a separate entity or part

discretionary

having the ability to act according to your own judgment

discriminating

showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment

disinterested

unaffected by concern for one’s own welfare

disparate

fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind

dispatch

the act of sending off something

disperse

move away from each other

dismiss

stop associating with

disseminate

cause to become widely known

divest

take away possessions from someone

dovetail

a mortise joint formed by interlocking parts

dubious

fraught with uncertainty or doubt

echelon

level of authority in a hierarchy

eclectic

selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas

eclipse

the phenomenon when one celestial body obscures another

effectively

in a manner producing an intended result

efficacy

capacity or power to produce a desired result

egalitarian

favoring social equality

egregious

conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

emancipate

free from slavery or servitude

eminent

standing above others in quality or position

emphasize

stress or single out as important

empirical

derived from experiment and observation rather than theory

emulate

strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

enigma

something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained

enjoy

derive or receive pleasure from

ensure

make certain of

insure

protect by a contract of reimbursement in case of loss

enumerate

specify individually

equitable

fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience

equivalence

essential comparability and interchangeability

equivocal

open to two or more interpretations

equivocate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

erratic

liable to sudden unpredictable change

erroneous

containing or characterized by mistakes

erstwhile

belonging to some prior time

estimable

deserving of respect or high regard

ethos

the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era

exacerbate

make worse

exacting

severe and unremitting in making demands

execute

put in effect

exhaustive

performed comprehensively and completely

expedient

appropriate to a purpose

explicit

precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable

extraneous

not belonging to that in which it is contained

extrapolate

draw from specific cases for more general cases

facilitate

make easier

faction

a dissenting clique

faculty

an inherent cognitive or perceptual power of the mind

fading

weakening in force or intensity

fashion

the latest and most admired style in clothes or behavior

fathom

a linear unit of measurement for water depth

finding

something that is discovered

fishy

relating to or resembling cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates

fledgling

young bird that has just become capable of flying

fleeting

lasting for a markedly brief time

foreshadow

indicate by signs

forestall

keep from happening or arising; make impossible

glacial

relating to or derived from a slowly moving mass of ice

grade

a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality

gradation

relative position in a ranked series

graft

tissue or organ transplanted from a donor to a recipient

grandstand

a stand at a racecourse or stadium consisting of tiers with rows of individual seats that are under a protective roof

guesswork

an estimate based on little or no information

guile

shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

hallmark

a mark on an article of trade to indicate its origin

hallucination

illusory perception

hardly

almost not

hardy

having rugged physical strength

hearken

listen; used mostly in the imperative

hark

listen; used mostly in the imperative

hedge

a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes

hegemony

the dominance or leadership of one social group over others

heterogeneous

consisting of elements not of the same kind or nature

hierarchy

a series of ordered groupings within a system

holding

the act of retaining something

host

a person who invites guests to a social event

hyperbole

extravagant exaggeration

iconoclast

someone who attacks cherished ideas or institutions

impair

make worse or less effective

impartial

free from undue bias or preconceived opinions

impasse

a situation in which no progress can be made

impede

be a hindrance or obstacle to

impinge

infringe upon

implode

burst inward

impute

attribute or credit to

inadvertently

without knowledge or intention

insomuch

to such an extent or degree; so

incidentally

by the way (used to introduce a new topic)

incinerate

become reduced to ashes

inconsequential

lacking worth or importance

incorporate

make into a whole or make part of a whole

indeterminate

not fixed or known in advance

indicative

pointing out or revealing clearly

induce

cause to act in a specified manner

inert

unable to move or resist motion

inevitable

incapable of being avoided or prevented

inexplicable

incapable of being explained or accounted for

inextricably

in a manner incapable of being disentangled or untied

infer

conclude by reasoning

inform

impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

ingenuity

the power of creative imagination

ingrained

deeply rooted; firmly fixed or held

inherent

existing as an essential constituent or characteristic

inordinate

beyond normal limits

instrumental

serving or acting as a means or aid

insular

relating to or characteristic of or situated on an island

interplay

reciprocal action and reaction

intractable

difficult to manage or mold

intrepid

invulnerable to fear or intimidation

intrinsic

belonging to a thing by its very nature

inundate

fill or cover completely, usually with water

investiture

the ceremonial promotion of a person to an office or rank

involved

connected by participation or association or use

isotope

atom with same atomic number, different number of neutrons

jettison

throw away, of something encumbering

juncture

the shape or manner in which things come together

juxtapose

place side by side

kinetic

relating to the motion of material bodies and their forces

lackluster

lacking brilliance or vitality

latent

potentially existing but not presently evident or realized

lateral

situated at or extending to the side

lax

without rigor or strictness

layperson

someone who is not a clergyman or a professional person

levy

impose and collect

liberal

showing or characterized by broad-mindedness

log

a written record of messages sent or received

machination

a crafty and involved plot to achieve your ends

magnate

a very wealthy or powerful businessperson

makeshift

done or made using whatever is available

malleable

capable of being shaped or bent

manifest

clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

maxim

a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits

mediated

acting or brought about through an intervening agency

mercurial

liable to sudden unpredictable change

militarism

maintaining a strong force of armed services

mired

entangled or hindered

modest

marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself

moreover

in addition

municipal

relating to a self-governing district

narrative

an account that tells the particulars of an act or event

nebulous

lacking definite form or limits

net

conclusive in a process or progression

nevertheless

despite anything to the contrary

nonetheless

despite anything to the contrary

normative

relating to or dealing with typical standards or patterns

nostalgia

longing for something past

nuance

a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

nucleus

a part of the cell responsible for growth and reproduction

offhand

with little or no preparation or forethought

oligarchy

a political system governed by a few people

operative

producing a desired effect

outstrip

go far ahead of

revamp

patch up or renovate; repair or restore

paraphernalia

equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles

paradigm

a standard or typical example

paradox

a statement that contradicts itself

paragon

a perfect embodiment of a concept

partial

being or affecting only a segment

patent

a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention

peddle

sell or offer for sale from place to place

penumbra

a fringe region of partial shadow around an umbra

perpetuate

cause to continue or prevail

physiological

relating to the study of the functioning of organisms

piggyback

on the back or shoulder or astraddle on the hip

plutocratic

of or relating to or characteristic of a plutocrat

polarize

cause to concentrate about two conflicting positions

polemic

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

postulate

maintain or assert

pragmatic

concerned with practical matters

predatory

living by preying on other animals

predisposed

made susceptible

predominant

having superior power and influence

preempt

acquire for oneself before others can do so

premise

a statement that is held to be true

pristine

immaculately clean and unused

progeny

the immediate descendants of a person

prominent

conspicuous in position or importance

pronounced

strongly marked; easily noticeable

propagate

multiply through reproduction

prospective

of or concerned with or related to the future

prospect

the possibility of future success

psyche

that which is responsible for one’s thoughts and feelings

qualified

meeting the proper standards and requirements for a task

recalcitrant

stubbornly resistant to authority or control

recapitulate

summarize briefly

receptive

able to absorb liquid (not repellent)

reconvene

meet or cause to meet again

redress

make reparations or amends for

refute

overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

rehash

present or use again, with no or few changes

remedial

tending or intended to rectify or improve

reminiscent

serving to bring to mind

render

give or supply

repercussion

a remote or indirect consequence of some action

respectively

in the order given

reticent

reluctant to draw attention to yourself

rife

excessively abundant

rudimentary

being in the earliest stages of development

sanction

official permission or approval

satire

witty language used to convey insults or scorn

save

bring into safety

scant

less than the correct or legal or full amount

scarcely

only a very short time before
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