my GMAT list 1 arranged randomly – 499 Words

homeostasis

metabolic equilibrium maintained by biological mechanisms

palindrome

a word or phrase that reads the same backward as forward

anaphylaxis

hypersensitivity reaction to the ingestion or injection of a substance (a protein or drug) resulting from prior contact with a substance

stridency

having the timbre of a loud high-pitched sound

polemicist

a writer who argues in opposition to others

ligneous

consisting of or containing xylem

cacophonous

having an unpleasant sound

recidivism

habitual relapse into crime

ineluctable

impossible to avoid or evade

hedonistic

devoted to pleasure

insularity

the state of being isolated or detached

epiphany

a divine manifestation

emollient

a substance with a soothing effect when applied to the skin

subsume

contain or include

educe

construe a meaning or elicit a principle

atypical

not representative of a group, class, or type

ingenue

an artless innocent young girl

disputatious

showing an inclination to disagree

serendipity

good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries

dichotomy

a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses

obfuscate

make obscure or unclear

nugatory

of no real value

brindled

having a gray or brown streak or a patchy coloring

lucent

softly bright or radiant

oaf

an awkward, clumsy, or stupid person

amortize

liquidate gradually

xenophobia

a fear of foreigners or strangers

litigate

engage in legal proceedings

contumacious

willfully obstinate; stubbornly disobedient

objurgate

censure severely

prescriptive

pertaining to giving directives or rules

subliminal

below the threshold of conscious perception

platonic

free from physical desire

conglomeration

a sum total of many heterogeneous things taken together

ostracize

expel from a community or group

discrete

constituting a separate entity or part

bumptious

offensively self-assertive

gauche

lacking social polish

workaday

found in the ordinary course of events

bungler

someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence

extemporize

perform or speak without preparation

cacophony

loud confusing disagreeable sounds

insubordinate

not submissive to authority

ossify

become bony

intransigent

impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, or reason

jettison

throw away, of something encumbering

garbled

lacking orderly continuity

salubrious

promoting health

contusion

an injury in which the skin is not broken

eradication

the complete destruction of every trace of something

equivocation

intentional vagueness or ambiguity

froward

habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition

rebuttal

the speech act of refuting by offering a contrary argument

fustian

a strong cotton and linen fabric with a slight nap

bellicose

having or showing a ready disposition to fight

gaffe

a socially awkward or tactless act

effervescence

the process of bubbling as gas escapes

gourmand

a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess

prefatory

serving as an introduction or preface

bombastic

ostentatiously lofty in style

amorphous

having no definite form or distinct shape

paean

a hymn of praise

stymie

hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

bemuse

cause to be confused emotionally

diatribe

thunderous verbal attack

bucolic

devoted to raising sheep or cattle

plenary

full in all respects

foist

force onto another

iota

a tiny or scarcely detectable amount

zephyr

a slight wind

fulsome

unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating

recondite

difficult to penetrate

ambivalent

uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow

zealot

a fervent and even militant proponent of something

wizened

lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness

prescience

the power to foresee the future

jocund

full of or showing high-spirited merriment

rationalize

employ logic or reason

disingenuous

not straightforward or candid

expunge

remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line

altruistic

showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others

pinioned

(of birds) especially having the flight feathers

striate

marked with stripes

obloquy

state of disgrace resulting from public abuse

plethora

extreme excess

roseate

of something having a dusty purplish pink color

fulminate

cause to explode violently and with loud noise

comeliness

the quality of being good looking and attractive

astringent

tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue

nostrum

patent medicine whose efficacy is questionable

contravene

go against, as of rules and laws

recalcitrant

stubbornly resistant to authority or control

abscond

run away, often taking something or somebody along

hiatus

an interruption in the intensity or amount of something

exhume

dig up for reburial or for medical investigation

fetid

offensively malodorous

ribald

humorously vulgar

biennial

occurring every second year

dilettante

an amateur engaging in an activity without serious intention

guffaw

a burst of loud and hearty laughter

preponderate

weigh more heavily

gamut

a complete extent or range

loquacious

full of trivial conversation

abnegation

the denial and rejection of a doctrine or belief

scurrilous

expressing offensive reproach

collusion

secret agreement

pithy

concise and full of meaning

conundrum

a difficult problem

unpretentious

lacking affectation

sycophant

a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage

stigmatize

condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful

palatial

relating to or being a large and stately residence

innocuous

not injurious to physical or mental health

atrophy

a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse

innuendo

an indirect and usually malicious implication

connivance

agreement on a secret plot

jollity

feeling jovial and full of good humor

garish

tastelessly showy

inept

generally incompetent and ineffectual

iniquitous

characterized by injustice or wickedness

pommel

strike, usually with the fist

burgeon

grow and flourish

stamina

enduring strength and energy

expedite

process fast and efficiently

intractable

difficult to manage or mold

authoritarian

characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule

abeyance

temporary cessation or suspension

complaisance

a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others

pittance

an inadequate payment

galvanize

stimulate (muscles) by administering a shock

inured

made tough by habitual exposure

gregarious

temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others

frugality

prudence in avoiding waste

extraneous

not belonging to that in which it is contained

embarkation

the act of passengers and crew getting aboard a ship or aircraft

fester

ripen and generate pus

conjoin

make contact or come together

sedentary

requiring sitting or little activity

belittle

cause to seem less serious

grandiose

impressive because of unnecessary largeness or magnificence

limber

easily bent

irreproachable

free of guilt; not subject to blame

itinerary

an established line of travel or access

confluence

a place where things merge or flow together

lugubrious

excessively mournful

exonerate

pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

inimical

not friendly

surfeit

indulge (one’s appetite) to satiety

bombast

pompous or pretentious talk or writing

epilogue

a short speech by an actor at the end of a play

rapacious

living by preying on other animals

unfeigned

not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed

sedulous

marked by care and persistent effort

fluency

powerful and effective language

errant

straying from the right course or from accepted standards

irascible

quickly aroused to anger

colloquial

characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation

raze

tear down so as to make flat with the ground

anachronism

locating something at a time when it couldn’t have existed

insolvent

unable to meet or discharge financial obligations

raucous

unpleasantly loud and harsh

stipend

a sum of money allotted on a regular basis

didactic

instructive, especially excessively

strident

unpleasantly loud and harsh

succinct

briefly giving the gist of something

portend

indicate by signs

cohort

a band of warriors

savant

a learned person

biased

favoring one person or side over another

abrogate

revoke formally

syllogism

reasoning in which a conclusion is derived from two premises

contrite

feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

insular

relating to or characteristic of or situated on an island

ungainly

lacking grace in movement or posture

conclave

a confidential or secret meeting

disentangle

separate a twisted mass

hefty

of considerable weight and size

extricable

capable of being extricated

contentious

showing an inclination to disagree

altruism

the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others

polemic

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

attenuate

become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude

equinox

when the sun crosses the plane of the earth’s equator

stanch

stop the flow of a liquid

feint

any distracting or deceptive maneuver

condone

excuse, overlook, or make allowances for

blatant

without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious

fervid

characterized by intense emotion

blasphemous

grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred

untoward

not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper

caliber

diameter of a tube or gun barrel

obligatory

required by compulsion or convention

obeisance

bending the head or body in reverence or submission

garrulous

full of trivial conversation

ingratiate

gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts

winsome

charming in a childlike or naive way

intangible

incapable of being perceived by the senses, especially touch

gainsay

take exception to

panegyric

formally expressing praise

facsimile

an exact copy or reproduction

flout

treat with contemptuous disregard

dispassionate

unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice

diffidence

lack of self-assurance

fetish

sexual desire in which gratification depends on some object

anchorage

place for vessels to anchor

cabal

a clique that seeks power usually through intrigue

disparity

inequality or difference in some respect

abjure

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief

commiserate

feel or express sympathy or compassion

assuage

provide physical relief, as from pain

jaded

exhausted

altercation

a noisy quarrel

obdurate

stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

presage

a foreboding about what is about to happen

palliate

lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

nullify

declare invalid

sequester

keep away from others

boor

a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking refinement

recluse

one who lives in solitude

substantive

having a firm basis in reality and therefore important

bilateral

having two sides or parts

conciliation

the act of placating and overcoming distrust and animosity

ameliorate

make better

surreptitious

marked by quiet and caution and secrecy

precocious

characterized by exceptionally early development

noxious

injurious to physical or mental health

jester

a clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman

unequivocal

admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding

cajole

influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

exorbitant

greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation

rummage

search haphazardly

unobtrusive

not undesirably noticeable

dictum

an authoritative declaration

ferret

a small domesticated mammal with a flexible, elongated body

static

not in physical motion

cache

a hidden storage space

ruminate

reflect deeply on a subject

disheartened

made less hopeful or enthusiastic

rant

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

blighted

affected by something that prevents growth or prosperity

insipid

lacking interest or significance or impact

foray

a sudden short attack

swathe

wrap in swaddling clothes

irreparable

impossible to rectify or amend

equanimity

steadiness of mind under stress

flippant

showing an inappropriate lack of seriousness

commodious

large and roomy

brevity

the attribute of being short or fleeting

facetious

cleverly amusing in tone

stoic

seeming unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive

wreak

cause to happen or to occur as a consequence

effeminate

having unsuitable feminine qualities

determinate

supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement

gauntlet

a glove of armored leather that protects the hand

desultory

marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose

conciliatory

making or willing to make concessions

oscillate

move or swing from side to side regularly

epitome

a standard or typical example

savor

a particular taste or smell, especially an appealing one

ironic

displaying incongruity between what is expected and what is

rectify

make right or correct

elucidate

make clear and comprehensible

rudimentary

being in the earliest stages of development

burnish

polish and make shiny

allocate

distribute according to a plan or set apart for a purpose

broach

bring up a topic for discussion

succor

assistance in time of difficulty

unruly

unable to be governed or controlled

inveterate

habitual

digress

wander from a direct or straight course

disparate

fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind

schism

division of a group into opposing factions

brusque

rudely abrupt or blunt in speech or manner

painstaking

characterized by extreme care and great effort

hoary

having gray or white hair as with age

jargon

technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject

salient

conspicuous, prominent, or important

rebuff

a deliberate discourteous act

sectarian

of or relating to a subdivision of a larger religious group

wry

humorously sarcastic or mocking

concise

expressing much in few words

synthetic

a compound made artificially by chemical reactions

exhaustive

performed comprehensively and completely

amalgam

a combination or blend of diverse things

effigy

a representation of a person

anarchist

an advocate of the abolition of governments

zenith

the point above the observer directly opposite the nadir

contiguous

having a common boundary or edge

astute

marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

inert

unable to move or resist motion

irrational

not consistent with or using reason

dexterous

skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands

dint

force or effort

burlesque

a theatrical entertainment of broad and earthy humor

stupor

marginal consciousness

generic

applicable to an entire class or group

preclude

make impossible, especially beforehand

garner

assemble or get together

burly

muscular and heavily built

lithe

moving and bending with ease

intermittent

stopping and starting at irregular intervals

wily

marked by skill in deception

disparage

express a negative opinion of

livid

furiously angry

august

profoundly honored

suave

having a sophisticated charm

extol

praise, glorify, or honor

subjugate

make subservient; force to submit or subdue

sagacious

acutely insightful and wise

exigent

demanding immediate attention

exotic

characteristic of another place or part of the world

diminutive

very small

uncouth

lacking refinement or cultivation or taste

goad

stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick

fickle

liable to sudden unpredictable change

elusive

skillful at evading capture

pique

a sudden outburst of anger

diffident

showing modest reserve

scrutinize

examine carefully for accuracy

inundate

fill or cover completely, usually with water

auspicious

auguring favorable circumstances and good luck

seethe

foam as if boiling

pallor

unnatural lack of color in the skin

equivocal

open to two or more interpretations

epitaph

an inscription in memory of a buried person

abridge

lessen, diminish, or curtail

ostentatious

intended to attract notice and impress others

converge

be adjacent or come together

sedition

an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority

blithe

carefree and happy and lighthearted

fervor

feelings of great warmth and intensity

jeopardy

a source of danger

hierarchy

a series of ordered groupings within a system

saga

a narrative telling the adventures of a hero or a family

extant

still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost

jovial

full of or showing high-spirited merriment

intrepid

invulnerable to fear or intimidation

subtlety

the quality of being difficult to detect or analyze

anomaly

deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule

ingratitude

a lack of gratitude

yore

time long past

plumb

exactly vertical

stigma

a symbol of disgrace or infamy

animosity

a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility

ostensible

appearing as such but not necessarily so

lucrative

producing a sizeable profit

innate

present at birth but not necessarily hereditary

stolid

having or revealing little emotion or sensibility

ingenuous

lacking in sophistication or worldliness

wrest

obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically

flux

a state of constant change

edify

make understand

embellish

make more attractive, as by adding ornament or color

reciprocal

concerning each of two or more persons or things

audacious

disposed to venture or take risks

instigate

provoke or stir up

loiter

linger, remain, or wait around for no apparent reason

abject

of the most contemptible kind

subsidiary

functioning in a supporting capacity

pallid

deficient in color suggesting physical or emotional distress

absolve

grant remission of a sin to

efface

remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing

oust

remove from a position or office

amiss

in an improper or mistaken or unfortunate manner

ponderous

having great mass and weight and unwieldiness

exultation

the utterance of sounds expressing great joy

precarious

not secure; beset with difficulties

inquisitive

given to questioning

anoint

administer an oil or ointment to, often ceremonially

emulate

strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

placate

cause to be more favorably inclined

assiduous

marked by care and persistent effort

rivet

a heavy metal pin used to fasten two pieces of metal

staid

characterized by dignity and propriety

emanate

give out, as breath or an odor

rout

an overwhelming defeat

intercede

act between parties with a view to reconciling differences

prevalent

most frequent or common

obliterate

remove completely from recognition or memory

furtive

secret and sly or sordid

plaintive

expressing sorrow

disinterested

unaffected by concern for one’s own welfare

saunter

walk leisurely and with no apparent aim

symmetry

balance among the parts of something

stoke

stir up

devoid

completely wanting or lacking

benefactor

a person who helps people or institutions

beneficent

doing or producing good

palpable

capable of being perceived

conceit

the trait of being unduly vain

facilitate

make easier

unprecedented

novel; having no earlier occurrence

surmise

infer from incomplete evidence

scourge

something causing misery or death

lucid

transparently clear; easily understandable

ruffian

a cruel and brutal fellow

compatible

able to exist and perform in harmonious combination

din

a loud harsh or strident noise

aloof

remote in manner

diligence

conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task

heretic

a person whose religious beliefs conflict with church dogma

augment

enlarge or increase

infamous

known widely and usually unfavorably

ferment

cause to undergo the breakdown of sugar into alcohol

deter

turn away from by persuasion

inherent

existing as an essential constituent or characteristic

collaborate

work together on a common enterprise or project

allure

the power to entice or attract

stanza

a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem

suppliant

humbly entreating

plausible

apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful

feign

make believe with the intent to deceive

insinuate

suggest in an indirect or covert way; give to understand

undermine

weaken or impair, especially gradually

bode

indicate by signs

rigor

excessive sternness

explicit

precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable

luminous

softly bright or radiant

rustic

characteristic of rural life

fetter

a shackle for the ankles or feet

exposition

a collection of things for public display

destitute

poor enough to need help from others

precept

rule of personal conduct

eminence

high status importance owing to marked superiority

susceptible

yielding readily to or capable of

abhor

find repugnant

steadfast

marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable

complacent

contented to a fault with oneself or one’s actions

heresy

a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion

placid

calm and free from disturbance

detached

no longer connected or joined

diffuse

spread out; not concentrated in one place

yoke

a wooden frame across the shoulders for carrying buckets

conjure

summon into action or bring into existence

orthodox

adhering to what is commonly accepted

authentic

not counterfeit or copied

invoke

request earnestly; ask for aid or protection

scanty

lacking in extent or quantity

futile

producing no result or effect

austere

of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor

fervent

characterized by intense emotion

homage

respectful deference

premise

a statement that is held to be true

abominate

find repugnant

condescend

behave in a patronizing manner

infamy

a state of extreme dishonor

scrupulous

characterized by extreme care and great effort

ratify

approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation

precipitate

bring about abruptly

notorious

known widely and usually unfavorably

recession

the act of returning control

anecdote

short account of an incident

analogy

drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity

pagan

a person following a polytheistic or pre-Christian religion

assess

estimate the nature, quality, ability or significance of

breadth

the extent of something from side to side

objective

the goal intended to be attained

allusion

passing reference or indirect mention

disdain

lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

calamity

an event resulting in great loss and misfortune

expedient

appropriate to a purpose

fidelity

the quality of being faithful

predecessor

one who precedes you in time

disperse

move away from each other

benevolent

showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding

innovate

bring something new to an environment

wither

lose freshness, vigor, or vitality

unique

the single one of its kind

discriminate

marked by the ability to see or make fine distinctions

surpass

be or do something to a greater degree

confound

be confusing or perplexing to

amiable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

infer

conclude by reasoning

realm

a domain in which something is dominant

amendment

a statement that is added to a proposal or document

amity

a state of friendship and cordiality

gravity

the force of attraction between all masses in the universe

pious

having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity

ingenious

showing inventiveness and skill

initiate

set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for

fundamental

serving as an essential component

conventional

following accepted customs and proprieties

contemporary

occurring in the same period of time

suppress

put down by force or authority

wrath

intense anger

heed

careful attention

abrupt

exceedingly sudden and unexpected

wooden

made or consisting of or employing wood

allude

make an indirect reference to

obscure

not clearly understood or expressed

wretched

deserving or inciting pity

contest

a struggle between rivals

inevitable

incapable of being avoided or prevented

contempt

lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

uniform

clothing of distinctive design worn by members of a group

universal

applicable to or common to all members of a group or set

novel

an extended fictional work in prose

communal

for or by a group rather than individuals

table

furniture having a smooth flat top supported by legs
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