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81 terms

GMAT 2

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articulate
(v.; adj.) expressed with clarity; skillful with words
artifice
(n.) skill in a craft
ascetic
(n.; adj.) one who leads a simple life of self-denial; rigorously
aseptic
(adj.) germ free
askance
(adv.) a sideways glance of disapproval
asperity
(n.) harshness
aspersion
(n.) slanderous statement; a damaging or derogatory criticism
aspirant
(n.) a person who goes after high goals
assay
(v.) to determine the quality of a substance.
assiduous
(adj.) carefully attentive; industrious
assuage
(v.) to relieve; ease; make less severe
astringent
(n.; adj.) a substance that contracts bodily tissues; causing contraction;
atrophy
(v.; n.) to waste away, as from lack of use; to wither; failure to grow
attenuate
(v.) to thin out; to weaken
atypical
(adj.) something that is abnormal
audacious
(adj.) fearless; bold
august
(adj.) to be imposing or magnificent
auspicious
(adj.) being of a good omen; successful
austere
(adj.) having a stern look; having strict self-discipline
authentic
(adj.) real; genuine; trustworthy
authoritarian
(n.; adj.) acting as a dictator; demanding obedience
autocracy
(n.) an absolute monarchy; government where one person holds
autocrat
(n.) an absolute ruler
avarice
(n.) inordinate desire for gaining and possessing wealth
aver
(v.) to affirm as true
awry
(adj; adv.) crooked(ly); uneven(ly); wrong; askew
azure
(adj.) the clear blue color of the sky
baleful
(adj.) harmful, malign, detrimental
banal
(adj.) trite; without freshness or originality
baneful
(adj.) deadly or causing distress, death
baroque
(adj.) extravagant; ornate; embellished
bastion
(n.) a fortified place or strong defense
batten
(v.) to gain
bauble
(n.) a showy yet useless thing
beget
(v.) to bring into being
beholden
(adj.) indebted to
behoove
(v.) to be advantageous; to be necessary
bellicose
(adj.) quarrelsome; warlike
bemuse
(v.) to preoccupy in thought
beneficent
(adj.) conferring benefits; kindly; doing good
benign
(adj.) mild; harmless
berate
(v.) scold; reprove; reproach; criticize
bereft
(v.; adj.) to be deprived of; to be in a sad manner; hurt by someone's death
beseech
(v.) to ask earnestly
besmirch
(v.) to dirty or discolor
bestial
(adj.) having the qualities of a beast; brutal
betroth
(v.) to promise or pledge in marriage
biennial
(adj.; n.) happening every two years; a plant which blooms every two years
bilateral
(adj.) pertaining to or affecting both sides or two sides; having two sides
blasphemous
(adj.) irreligious; away from acceptable standards; speaking ill of using
blatant
(adj.) obvious; unmistakable; crude; vulgar
blighted
(adj.) causing frustration or destruction
blithe
(adj.) happy; cheery; merry; a cheerful
bode
(v.) to foretell something
bombast
(n.) pompous speech; pretentious words
bombastic
(adj.) pompous; wordy; turgid
boor
(n.) a rude person
breadth
(n.) the distance from one side to another
brevity
(n.) briefness; shortness
brindled
(adj.) mixed with a darker color
broach
(v.) to introduce into conversation
brusque
(adj.) abrupt in manner or speech
bucolic
(adj.) having to do with shepherds or the country
bumptious
(adj.) arrogant
bungler
(n.) a clumsy person
burgeon
(v.) to grow or develop quickly
burlesque
(v.; n.) to imitate in a non-serious manner; a comical imitation
burly
(adj.) strong; bulky; stocky
burnish
(v.) to polish by rubbing
cabal
(n.) a group of persons joined by a secret
cache
(n.) stockpile; store; heap; hiding place for goods
cacophonous
(adj.) sounding jarring
cacophony
(n.) a harsh, inharmonious collection of sounds; dissonance
cajole
(v.) to coax with insincere talk
calamity
(n.) disaster
callow
(adj.) being young or immature
caliber
(n.) quality
calumny
(n.) slander
canard
(n.) a false statement or rumor
cant
(n.) insincere or hypocritical statements of high ideals; the jargon of a particular group or occupations
caprice
(n.) a sudden, unpredictable or whimsical change