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E - WORDS

E - WORDS GMAT

WordMeaningExample
Ebullience (n.) an overflowing of high spirits; effervescence She emanated ebullience as she skipped and sang down the hallway after learning of her promotion.
Eccentric (adj.) odd; peculiar; strange People like to talk with the eccentric artist since he has such different views on everyday subjects. Wearing polka dot pants and a necklace made of recycled bottle tops is considered eccentric.
Ecclesiastic (adj.) pertaining or relating to a church Ecclesiastic obligations include attending mass.
Eclectic (adj.) picking from various possibilities; made up of material from various sources You have eclectic taste. The eclectic collection of furniture did not match.
Economical (adj.) not wasteful; thrifty With her economical sense she was able to save the company thousands of dollars.
Edifice (n.) a large building The edifice rose 20 stories and spanned two blocks.
Edify (v.) to build or establish; to instruct and improve the mind According to their schedule, the construction company will edify the foundation of the building in one week. The teachers worked to edify their students through lessons and discussion.
Educe (v.) to draw out; to infer from information Because she is so dour, I was forced to educe a response. I educe from the report that the experiment was a success.
Efface (v.) to erase; to make inconspicuous Hiding in the woods, the soldier was effaced by his camouflage uniform.
Effeminate (adj.) having qualities attributed to a woman; delicate A high-pitched laugh made the man seem effeminate.
Effervescence (n.) liveliness; spirit; enthusiasm; bubbliness Her effervescence was contagious; she made everyone around her happy. The effervescence of champagne is what makes it different from wine.
Effigy (n.) the image or likeness of a person Demonstrators carried effigies of the dictator they wanted overthrown.
Effluvium (n.) an outflow of vapor of invisible particles; a noxious odor The effluvium from the exhaust had a bad smell. It was difficult to determine from where the effluvium issued.
Effrontery (n.) arrogance The effrontery of the young man was offensive.
Effusive (adj.) pouring out or forth; overflowing The effusive currents rush through the broken dam.
Egocentric (adj.) self-centered, viewing everything in relation to oneself The egocentric professor could not accept the students' opinions as valid.
Egress (n.) a way out; exit The doorway provided an egress from the chamber.
Elaboration (n.) act of clarifying; adding details The mayor called for an elaboration on the ordinance's first draft.
Elegy (n.) a poem of lament and praise for the dead Upon conclusion of the elegy, the casket was closed.
Ellipsis (n.) omission of words that would make the meaning clear The accidental ellipsis confused all those who heard the speech.
Eloquence (n.) the ability to speak well The speaker's eloquence was attributed to his articulate manner of speaking.
Elucidate (v.) to make clear; to explain In the paper's conclusion, its purpose was elucidated in one sentence.
Elusive (adj.) hard to catch Even the experienced, old fisherman admitted that the trout in the river were quite elusive.
Emanate (v.) to emit Happiness emanates from the loving home.
Embarkation (v.) to engage or invest in The embarkation into self-employment was a new start for the woman.
Embellish (v.) to improve by adding details Adding beads to a garment will embellish it.
Eminence (n.) a lofty place; superiority After toiling in the shadows for years, at last she achieved eminence. The eminence of the institution can be seen in the impact of its research.
Emollient (adj.) softening or soothing to the skin; having power to soften or relax living tissues When hands become dry, it may be necessary to soothe them with an emollient lotion.
Emulate (v.) to try to equal or excel The neophyte teacher was hoping to emulate her mentor.
Enamored (adj.) filled with love and desire The young couple are enamored with each other.
Encomium (n.) formal expression of high praise The sitcom actress gave her co-stars a long encomium as she accepted her Emmy.
Encroach (v.) to trespass or intrude It is unlawful to encroach on another's private property.
Encumber (v.) to hold back; to hinder; to burden, load down The review of the ethic's committee encumbered the deal from being finalized. A brace will encumber the girl's movement.
Endemic (adj.) native to a particular area; constantly present in a particular country or locality The endemic fauna was of great interest to the anthropologist. A fast-paced style is endemic to those who live in New York City.
Endorse (v.) support; to approve of; recommend The entire community endorsed the politician who promised lower taxes and a better school system.
Enervate (v.) to weaken; to deprive of nerve or strength The sickness enervates its victims until they can no longer get out of bed.
Enfeeble (v.) to make weak The illness will enfeeble anyone who catches it.
Enfranchised (v.) to free from obligation; to admit to citizenship The player was enfranchised when the deal was called off. The recent immigrants were enfranchised when they took their oath to their new country.
Engender (v.) to bring about; beget; to bring forth The group attempted to engender changes to the law.
Enhance (v.) to improve; compliment; make more attractive The new fuel enhanced the performance of the rocket's engines.
Enigma (n.) mystery; secret; perplexity To all of the searchers, the missing child's location remained a great enigma.
Enigmatic (adj.) baffling The enigmatic murder plagued the detective.
Ennui (n.) boredom; apathy Ennui set in when the children realized they had already played with all the toys.
Eon (n.) an indefinitely long period of time The star may have existed for eons.
Ephemeral (adj.) very short-lived; lasting only a short time Living alone gave him an ephemeral happiness, soon to be replaced with utter loneliness.
Epicure (n.) a person who has good taste in food and drink As an epicure, Lance is choosy about the restaurants he visits.
Epigram (n.) a witty or satirical poem or statement The poet wrote an epigram about the upcoming election.
Epilogue (n.) closing section of a play or novel providing further comment. The epilogue told us the destiny of the characters.
Epiphany (n.) an appearance of a supernatural being The man bowed to the epiphany.
Epitaph (n.) an inscription on a monument; in honor or memory of a dead person The epitaph described the actions of a brave man.
Epitome (n.) model; typification; representation The woman chosen to lead the dancers was the epitome of true grace.
Equanimity (n.) the quality of remaining calm and undisturbed Equanimity can be reached when stress is removed from life.
Equinox (n.) precise time when day and night is of equal length On the equinox we had twelve hours of night and day.
Equivocal (adj.) doubtful; uncertain Scientific evidence was needed before the equivocal hypothesis was accepted by the doubting researchers.
Equivocations (n.) a purposely misleading statement The equivocations by the man sent the search team looking in the wrong direction.
Eradication (n.) the act of annihilating, destroying, or erasing Some have theorized that the eradication of the dinosaurs was due to a radical change in climate.
Errant (adj.) roving in search of adventure The young man set out across country on an errant expedition.
Erratic (adj.) unpredictable; irregular His erratic behavior was attributed to the shocking news he had received. The kitten's erratic behavior was attributed to the owner's cruel method of disciplining his pet.
Erroneous (adj.) untrue; inaccurate; not correct The reporter's erroneous story was corrected by a new article that stated the truth.
Erudite (adj.) having a wide knowledge acquired through reading The woman was so erudite, she could recite points on most any subject.
Eschew (v.) to shun; to avoid Eschew the traffic and you may arrive on time.
Esoteric (adj.) understood by only a chosen few; confidential The esoteric language was only known by the select group. We have had a number of esoteric conversations.
Estimable (adj.) deserving respect The estimable hero was given a parade.
Ethereal (adj.) very light; airy; heavenly; not earthly The ethereal quality of the music had a hypnotic effect. The dancer wore an ethereal outfit which made her look like an angel.
Ethnic (adj.) pertaining to races or peoples and their origin classification, or characteristics Ethnic foods from five continents were set up on the table.
Eulogy (n.) words of praise, especially for the dead The eulogy was a remembrance of the good things the man accomplished in his lifetime.
Euphemism (n.) the use of a word or phrase in place of one that is distasteful The announcer used a euphemism when he wanted to complain.
Euphony (n.) pleasant combination of sounds The gently singing birds created a beautiful euphony. The euphony created by the orchestra was due to years of practice.
Evanescent (adj.) vanishing quickly; dissipating like a vapor The evanescent mirage could only be seen at a certain angle.
Evasion (n.) the avoiding of a duty The company was charged with tax evasion, as they did not pay all that they owed.
Evoke (v.) to call forth; provoke Seeing her only daughter get married evoked tears of happiness from the mother. Announcement of the results evoked a cheer from the crowd.
Exculpate (v.) to free from guilt The therapy session will exculpate the man from his guilty feelings.
Execute (v.) to put to death; kill; to carry out; fulfill The evil, murderous man was executed for killing several innocent children. I expected him to execute my orders immediately.
Exemplary (adj.) serving as an example; outstanding The honor student's exemplary behavior made him a role model to the younger children. Employees of the month are chosen for their exemplary service to the firm.
Exhaustive (adj.) thorough; complete It took an exhaustive effort, using many construction workers, to complete the new home by the deadline.
Exhume (v.) to unearth; to reveal The scientists exhumed the body from the grave to test the body's DNA. The next episode will exhume the real betrayer.
Exigent (adj.) a situation calling for immediate attention; needing more than is reasonable The exigent request for more assistance was answered quickly. The bank seemed to feel that another extension on their loan payment
Exonerate (v.) to declare or prove blameless Hopefully, the judge will exonerate you of any wrongdoing.
Exorbitant (adj.) going beyond what is reasonable; excessive Paying hundreds of dollars for the dress is an exorbitant amount.
Exotic (adj.) unusual; striking; foreign Many people asked the name of her exotic perfume. The menu of authentic Turkish cuisine seemed exotic to them, considering they were only accustomed to American food.
Expedient (adj.) convenient in obtaining a result; guided by self-interest The mayor chose the more expedient path rather than the more correct one. There is no expedient method a teenager will not resort to in order to get the keys to a car of their own.
Expedite (v.) to hasten the action of We can expedite the bank transaction if we tell them it is an emergency.
Explicit (adj.) specific; definite The explicit recipe gave directions for making a very complicated dessert.
Exposition (n.) setting forth facts The exposition by the witness substantiated the story given by the prisoner.
Expunge (v.) to blot out; to delete Bleach may be used to expunge the stain.
Extant (adj.) existing; refers especially to books or documents Some of my ancestor's letters remain extant.
Extemporize (v.) to improvise; to make it up as you go along It was necessary for the musician to extemporize when his music fell off the stand.
Extol (v.) to give great praise The father will extol the success of his son to everyone he meets.
Extraneous (adj.) irrelevant; not related; not essential During the long, boring lecture, most people agreed that much of the information was extraneous.
Extricable (adj.) capable of being disentangled The knots were complicated, but extricable.
Exultation (n.) the act of rejoicing Exultation was evident by the partying and revelry.
Exultation (n.) the act of rejoicing Exultation was evident by the partying and revelry.
Earthy (adj.) unrefined The earthy-looking table was bare.
Created by: Alex Moscow on 2008-09-16



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