Barrons GRE Wordlist 10
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impertinent: improperly forward or bold; rude
E.g.His neighbors' impertinent curiosity about his lack of dates angered Ted; it was downright rude of them to ask him such personal questions.
imperturbable: unshakably calm; placid; incapable of being disturbed or disconcerted
E.g.In the midst of the battle, the Duke of Wellington remained imperturbable and in full command of the situation despite the hysteria and panic all around him.
impetuous: marked by sudden and violent force; hasty; impulsive and passionate
E.g.I don't believe that "Leap before you look" is the motto suggested by one particularly impetuous young man.
impetus: incentive; stimulus; force or energy associated with a moving body
E.g.A new federal highway program would create jobs and give added impetus to our economic recovery.
impiety: irreverence; lack of respect for God
E.g.When members of the youth group draped the church in toilet paper one Halloween, the minister reprimanded them for their impiety.
impinge: infringe; advance beyond usual limit; make physical impact on; touch
E.g.How could they be married not to impinge on one another's freedom?.
impious: irreverent; lacking due respect or dutifulness
E.g.The congregation was offended by her impious remarks.
implacable: incapable of being pacified; not to be relieved;
E.g.Madame Defarge was the implacable enemy of the Evremonde family.
implausible: unlikely; difficult to believe; dubious
E.g.Though her alibi seemed implausible, it in fact turned out to be true.
implement: put into effect; supply with tools
E.g.The mayor was unwilling to implement the plan until she was sure it had the governor's backing.
implicate: incriminate; involve or imply as necessary accompaniment or result
E.g.The suspicions again implicate high government officials to the point where 911 could well have been an inside job.
implication: something hinted at or suggested; act of implying; condition of being implied
E.g.They might be important, they innovate, they're flexible, but the implication is they don't need to be regulated to the extent of the banking system.
implicit: implied or understood though not directly expressed
E.g.Jack never told Jill he adored her; he believed his love was implicit in his actions.
implode: collapse or burst inward violently; burst inward
E.g.For that to explode, or implode, is going to be devastating, she explained.
implore: beg for urgently; make an earnest appeal
E.g.I again implore Congress to do the right thing and pass this funding.
imply: express or indicate indirectly; signify
E.g.Why does the word imply male siblings and not female as well?
import: bring in from another country
E.g.Despite being one of the world's largest oil exporters, Nigeria refines only a very small proportion of even its own fuel needs, and has to import the rest - a severe and unnecessary drain on resources.
importunate: urging; demanding; expressing earnest entreaty
E.g.He tried to hide from his importunate creditors until his allowance arrived.
importune: beg persistently; ask for urgently or repeatedly; annoy
E.g.Democratic and Republican phone solicitors importune her for contributions so frequently that she decides to give nothing to either party.
impotent: weak; ineffective; lacking physical strength or vigor; incapable of sexual intercourse
E.g.Although he wished to break the nicotine habit, he found himself impotent in resisting the craving for a cigarette.
impoverish: make poor; reduce to poverty or indigence; exhaust the strength, richness, or fertility of
E.g.Heavy rain and excessive use would impoverish the soil.
imprecation: curse; act of calling down a curse that invokes evil
E.g.Spouting violent imprecation, Hank searched for the person who had vandalized his truck.
impregnable: invulnerable; able to withstand attack
E.g.Until the development of the airplane as a military weapon, the fort was considered impregnable.
impromptu: without previous preparation
E.g.So there's certain impromptu nature to a lot of these questions and the responses.
impropriety: improper act; improper or unacceptable usage in speech or writing
E.g.Because of the impropriety of the punk rocker's slashed T-shirt and jeans, the management refused to admit him to the hotel's very formal dining room.
improvident: thriftless; not providing for future; incautious
E.g.He was constantly being warned to mend his improvident ways and begin to "save for a rainy day.".
improvise: compose, perform, or do something with little or no preparation
E.g.If they let Lee improvise even one response, it could be devastating.
imprudent: lacking caution; injudicious; not attentive to consequence
E.g.It is imprudent to exercise vigorously and become overheated when you are unwell.
impudence: offensively bold behavior; trait of being rude
E.g.Kissed on the cheek by a perfect stranger, the lady exclaimed, "Young man, I should have you horse-whipped for your impudence."
impugn: dispute or contradict, often in insulting way; challenge
E.g.Our treasurer was furious when the finance committee's report tried to impugn the accuracy of his financial records.
impunity: freedom from punishment or harm; exemption from injury, suffering, or discomfort
E.g.A 98 pound weakling can't attack a beachfront bully with impunity.
impute: lay responsibility or blame for, often unjustly
E.g.It seemed unfair to impute the accident on me, especially since they were the ones who ran the red light.
inadvertently: unintentionally; without knowledge or intention; carelessly
E.g.Whether on purpose or inadvertently, that is exactly what John did.
inalienable: not to be taken away; nontransferable
E.g.The Declaration of Independence mentions the inalienable rights that all of us possess.
inane: silly; senseless; unconsciously foolish; void
E.g.He heard a door open and close twice, but there was only Misha and Andrus engaged in inane conversation, and not paying attention to their duties.
inanimate: lifeless; not animated or energetic; dull
E.g.She was asked to identify the still and inanimate body.
inarticulate: speechless; without or deprived of the use of speech or words
E.g.He became inarticulate with rage and uttered sounds without meaning.
inaugurate: start; initiate; induct into office by formal ceremony
E.g.The airline decided to inaugurate its new route to the Far East with a special reduced fare offer.
incandescent: strikingly bright; shining with intense heat; emitting light as result of being heated
E.g.If you leave on an incandescent light bulb, it quickly grows too hot to touch.
incantation: singing or chanting of magic spells; magical formula; verbal charm or spell
E.g.The idea that we simply manufacture promissory obligations by speaking them, like an incantation, is decidedly mysterious.
incapacitate: disable or disqualify; deprive of capacity or natural power
E.g.During the winter, respiratory ailments incapacitate many people.
incarcerate: imprison; put into jail; shut up or enclose
E.g.He was not willing to incarcerate the civil rights workers because their imprisonment could serve the cause.
incarnate: embodied in human form; invested with bodily nature and form
E.g.Depending on who you asked he was a savior or the devil incarnate.
incarnation: person or thing regarded as embodying or exhibiting some quality, idea
E.g.The incarnation of Jesus Christ is a basic tenet of Christian theology.
incendiary: arsonist; bomb that is designed to start fires
E.g.The fire spread in such an unusual manner that the fire department chiefs were certain that it had been set by an incendiary.
incense: enrage; infuriate; cause to be extremely angry
E.g.Cruelty to defenseless animals will incense Caroline.
incentive: something, such as the fear of punishment or the expectation of reward
E.g.Another incentive is the tax and duty-free importation of raw materials to be used for book publishing.
inception: beginning of something; taking in, as by swallowing; process of receiving within
E.g.She was involved with the project from its inception.
incessant: uninterrupted; unceasing; continuing without interruption
E.g.I read, discuss in incessant phone conferences and attempt to bring to the world media some of the world' s biggest humanitarian crises.
inchoate: recently begun; imperfectly formed or developed; elementary
E.g.Before the Creation, the world was an inchoate mass.
incidence: rate of occurrence; particular occurrence
E.g.The highest incidence is found in Britain, Australia and Belgium: 30 per 1,000,000 per year.
incident: usually minor event or condition that is subordinate to another; event; happening
E.g.The most high-profile exercise is planned for central London where a catastrophic incident will be simulated shortly.
incidental: happening, as occasional event, without regularity; coming without design
E.g.The scholarship covered his major expenses at college and some of his incidental expenses as well.
incipient: beginning to exist or appear; in an early stage
E.g.I will go to sleep early for I want to break an incipient cold.
incisive: penetrating, clear, and sharp, as in operation or expression
E.g.His incisive remarks made us see the fallacy in our plans.
incite: arouse to action; motivate; induce to exist
E.g.In a fiery speech, Mario and his fellow students incite audience to go out on strike to protest the government.
inclement: stormy; showing no mercy; physically severe
E.g.In inclement weather, I like to curl up on the sofa with a good book and listen to the storm blowing outside.
incline: cause to lean, slant, or slope; deviate from the horizontal or vertical
E.g.The architect recommended that the nursing home's ramp be rebuilt because its incline was too steep for wheelchairs.
inclined: tending or leaning toward; bent; having preference or tendency
E.g.In the next news cycle or during the next big story, will mainstream media remain inclined to wait for confirmation from the AP or The New York Times?
inclusive: tending to include all; taking a great deal or everything within its scope
E.g.The comedian turned down the invitation to join the Players' Club, saying any club that would let him in was too inclusive for him.
incognito: with one's identity disguised or concealed; in disguise; in an assumed character, or under an assumed title
E.g.You can browse normally and in incognito mode at the same time by using separate windows.
incompatible: inharmonious; impossible to coexist; not easy to combine harmoniously
E.g.The married couple argued incessantly and finally decided to separate because they were incompatible.
incongruity: quality of disagreeing; being unsuitable and inappropriate
E.g.My other problem with the iPod is that I find them a bit of an incongruity in this age of convergence.
inconsequential: insignificant; lacking importance; not following from premises or evidence; illogical
E.g.Brushing off Ali's apologies for having broken the wineglass, Tamara said, "Don't worry about it; it's inconsequential."
inconsistency: state of being self-contradictory; lack of uniformity or steadiness
E.g.How is a lawyer different from agricultural inspector? While a lawyer checks inconsistency in witnesses' statements, agricultural inspector checks in Grade A eggs.
incontinent: lacking self-restraint; lacking sexual restraint; unchaste
E.g.His incontinent behavior off stage so shocked many people that they refused to attend the plays and movies in which he appeared.
incontrovertible: indisputable; not open to question
E.g.Unless you find the evidence against my client absolutely incontrovertible, you must declare her not guilty of this charge.
incorporate: combine something into a larger whole; unite
E.g.I will provide the template for the website but will need someone in incorporate the matrix along with the members area and a few other aspects to go along with the members area.
incorporeal: not consisting of matter, or not having material body; immaterial; insubstantial
E.g.While Casper the friendly ghost is an incorporeal being, nevertheless he and his fellow ghosts make quite an impact on the physical world.
incorrigible: not correctable; difficult or impossible to control or manage
E.g.Though Widow Douglass hoped to reform Huck, Miss Watson called him incorrigible and said he would come to no good end.
incredulity: disbelief; doubt about the truth of something
E.g.In my experience, most of the incredulity is expressed by people who don't understand how evolution works and aren't acquainted with all evidence.
incredulous: difficult to believe; incredible; skeptical
E.g.When Jack claimed he hadn't eaten the jelly doughnut, Jill took an incredulous look at his smeared face and laughed.
increment: process of increasing in number, size, quantity, or extent
E.g.The new contract calls for a 10 percent increment in salary for each employee for the next two years.
incriminate: accuse of a crime or other wrongful act; suggest that someone is guilty
E.g.The former president tried to destroy an audio tape that could be used to to incriminate him.
incrustation: hard outer layer that covers something
E.g.In dry dock, we scraped off the incrustation of dirt and barnacles that covered the hull of the ship.
inculcate: teach and impress by frequent repetitions
E.g.In an effort to inculcate religious devotion, the officials ordered that the school day begin with the singing of a hymn.
incumbent: imposed as an obligation or duty; currently holding an office
E.g.Voters see the same old candidates year after year and figure that the incumbent is usually a lock in a vast number of congressional districts.
incur: bring upon oneself; become liable to; acquire or come into
E.g.Today when a corporation loses a court decision the universal punishment they incur is that they are made to pay a fine.
incursion: aggressive entrance into foreign territory; raid or invasion
E.g.The nightly incursion and hit-and-run raid of our neighbors across the border tried the patience of the country to the point where we decided to retaliate in force.
indefatigable: tireless; showing sustained enthusiastic action
E.g.Although the effort of taking out the garbage tired Wayne out for the entire morning, when it came to partying, he was indefatigable.
indelible: impossible to remove, erase, or wash away; permanent
E.g.The indelible ink left a permanent mark on my shirt.
indentation: concave cut into a surface or edge; small hollow or depression
E.g.You can tell one tree from another by examining their leaves and noting the differences in any indentation along the edges of the leaves.
indenture: contract binding one party into the service of another for a specified term
E.g.Many immigrants could come to America only after they had to indenture themselves for several years.
indeterminate: uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite
E.g.That interest rates shall rise appears certain; when they will do so, however, remains indeterminate.
indicative: suggestive; implying; serving to indicate
E.g.There are numerous examples, but the most indicative is probably in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
indict: charge; accuse formally of a crime
E.g.The district attorney didn't want to indict the suspect until she was sure she had a strong enough case to convince a jury.
indifferent: having no particular interest or concern; being neither good nor bad
E.g.No one can remain indifferent when an orchestra of Palestinian children comes to play for Holocaust survivors and to bring delight to the old people.
indigenous: native; originating where it is found
E.g.But rarely was the music they played anchored in indigenous sounds of their homelands, as the groups eagerly explored musical hybrids.
indigent: poor; experiencing want or need; impoverished
E.g.Someone who is truly indigent can't even afford to buy a pack of cigarettes.
indignation: anger aroused by something unjust
E.g.Climate Research, the paper that ignited his indignation is a 2003 study that turned out to be underwritten by the American Petroleum Institute.
indignity: offensive or insulting treatment
E.g.Although he seemed to accept cheerfully the indignity hit upon him, he was inwardly very angry.
indiscriminate: choosing at random; not marked by fine distinctions
E.g.She disapproved of her son's indiscriminate television viewing and decided to restrict him to educational programs.
indisputable: not open to question; obviously true; beyond dispute or doubt
E.g.In the face of these indisputable statements, I withdraw my complaint.
indissoluble: permanent; impossible to dissolve, disintegrate, or decompose
E.g.The indissoluble bonds of marriage are all too often being dissolved.
indoctrinate: teach with biased or one-sided ideology; teach doctrines to; teach uncritically
E.g.Cuban Americans resisted sending Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba because it would indoctrinate him with Communist principles.
indolent: lazy; slow to heal, grow, or develop; inactive
E.g.Couch potatoes lead an indolent life lying back on their Lazyboy recliners watching Tv.
indomitable: unconquerable; incapable of being overcome
E.g.Focusing on her game despite all her personal problems, tennis champion Steffi Graf proved she had an indomitable will to win.
indubitable: unable to be doubted; unquestionable
E.g.Auditioning for the chorus line, Molly was an indubitable hit: the director fired the leading lady and hired Molly in her place!.
induce: persuade; bring about; reason or establish by induction
E.g.He was as a dog that had been terribly scorched, and nothing would again induce him to go near the fire.
indulgent: yielding; lenient; forbearing or tolerant
E.g.The spirit of being in control and a little bit indulgent is captured in a recent television advertisement for the Chrysler Pacifica.
industrious: diligent; hard-working; busy and laborious
E.g.To be merely intelligent or industrious is not enough; only those with both succeed.
inebriated: under the influence of alcohol; intoxicated; drunk
E.g.Abe was inebriated more often than he was sober.
ineffable: unutterable; cannot be expressed in speech
E.g.Such ineffable joy must be experienced; it cannot be described.
ineffectual: insufficient to produce a desired effect; fruitless
E.g.He called the ineffectual cease-fire a diplomatic initiative that would be first step to end the conflict.
inept: lacking of judgment, sense, or reason; unsuited; inappropriate; foolish
E.g.Calling Mary socially inept is akin to describing Hurricane Katrina as a summer shower.
inequity: unfairness; lack of equity or abstract justice; disagreement with equitable principles
E.g.In demanding equal pay for equal work, women protest the basic inequity of a system that gives greater financial rewards to men.
inert: inactive; lacking power to move; unable to move or act
E.g.Potential intelligence, like potential, can remain inert forever.
inevitable: unavoidable; incapable of being avoided or prevented
E.g.Though taxes are supposedly inevitable, some people avoid paying taxes for years.
inexorable: not capable of being swayed; unyielding; implacable
E.g.The judge was inexorable and gave the convicted man the maximum punishment allowed by law.
infallible: incapable of failure or error
E.g.Declaring yourself infallible is a laughable way to win the argument.
infamous: notoriously bad; having exceedingly bad reputation
E.g.At this courtroom he would become known as the infamous man in the bulletproof glass booth.
infantile: childish; relating to infants
E.g.American foreign policy has for decades been trapped in infantile behavior that mature men are supposed to outgrow once they get past adolescence.
infer: deduce; conclude from evidence or premises; lead to as a consequence or conclusion
E.g.From the students' glazed looks, it was easy for me to infer that they were bored out of their minds.
infernal: pertaining to hell; devilish; abominable; awful
E.g.Batman was baffled: he could think of no way to hinder the Joker's infernal scheme to destroy the city.
infest: overrun; invade in great numbers; occupy in large numbers or live on a host
E.g.The Kudzu plant does infest much of the South and is spreading to the North.
infidel: one who does not hold same religious beliefs as another
E.g.The name infidel is not for us so long as we are faithful to the truth we know.
infiltrate: pass into or through; penetrate with hostile intent
E.g.They're not going to take any chances to infiltrate from the Afghan side of the border into Pakistan.
infinitesimal: very small; immeasurably or incalculably minute
E.g.In the twentieth century, physicists have made their greatest discoveries about the characteristics of infinitesimal objects like the atom and its parts.
infirmity: weakness; bodily ailment or weakness, especially one brought on by old age
E.g.Her greatest infirmity was lack of willpower.
inflated: exaggerated; pompous; enlarged with air or gas
E.g.President Obama's advice to keep your tires properly inflated is actually a very simple and effective measure.
influx: flowing into; mass arrival or incoming
E.g.The influx of refugees into the country has taxed the relief agencies severely.
infraction: violation of rule or regulation; breach; minor offence or petty crime
E.g.When Dennis Rodman butted heads with that referee, he committed a clear infraction of NBA rules.
infringe: act contrary to, as a law, right, or obligation; annul or hinder
E.g.I am disgusted at this decision by the government, to once again infringe on the rights of the people of the countryside!
ingenious: clever; having inventive or cunning mind
E.g.Do not certain ingenious philosophers teach this doctrine, and ought not we to be grateful to them?
ingenuous: naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated
E.g.The woodsman had not realized how ingenuous Little Red Riding Hood was until he heard that she had gone off for a walk in the woods with the Big Bad Wolf.
ingrained: deeply established; firmly rooted
E.g.Try as they would, the missionaries were unable to uproot the ingrained superstitions of the natives.
ingrate: unthankful; ungrateful; one who rewards favors with enmity
E.g.If you mean I am an ingrate, that is an unpleasant word, Aunt Mary.
ingratiate: become popular with; make agreeable or acceptable
E.g.He tried to ingratiate himself into her parents' good graces.
inherent: firmly established by nature or habit
E.g.Each branch of the federal government has certain inherent powers.
inhibit: restrain; prevent or forbid; hold back
E.g.Only two things inhibit him from taking a punch at Mike Tyson: Tyson's left hook, and Tyson's right jab.
inimical: unfriendly; hostile; harmful; detrimental
E.g.I've always been friendly to Martha. Why is she so inimical to me?.
inimitable: matchless; not able to be imitated
E.g.We admire Auden for his inimitable use of language; he is one of a kind.
iniquitous: wicked or sinful; immoral; unrighteous
E.g.Whether or not King Richard III was responsible for the murder of the two young princes in the Tower, it was an iniquitous deed.
initiate: begin; originate; admit into membership
E.g.The college is about to initiate a program in reducing math anxiety among students.
injurious: harmful; tending to injure or impair; abusive; insulting
E.g.Smoking cigarettes can be injurious to your health.
inkling: slight hint or indication; slight understanding
E.g.His first inkling is when he tries to take a step forward and discovers that his legs are collapsing beneath him.
innate: possessed at birth; inborn
E.g.Mozart's parents soon recognized young Wolfgang's innate talent for music.
innocuous: having no adverse effect; harmless
E.g.An occasional glass of wine with dinner is relatively innocuous and should have no ill effect on you.
innovation: introduction of something new
E.g.The United States, a nation that has always led the way in innovation, is now being outpaced in math and science education.
innuendo: hint; indirect implication , usually malicious
E.g.Until he engages in innuendo about being supported by "hard-working, white Americans," then he has not said much that should upset fellow Democrats.
inopportune: untimely; poorly chosen; inconvenient; unseasonable; unsuitable
E.g.A rock concert is an inopportune setting for a quiet conversation.
inordinate: exceeding reasonable limits; excessive; not regulated; disorderly
E.g.She had an inordinate fondness for candy, eating two or three boxes in a single day.
inquisitive: disposed to ask questions, especially in matters which do not concern the inquirer; given to examination, investigation, or research
E.g.Walter is described as an inquisitive thinker who loves reading, chess, bird watching, and other old-fashioned activities.
inquisitor: questioner, especially who is excessively rigorous or harsh; investigator
E.g.Fearing being grilled ruthlessly by the secret police, Masha faced her inquisitor with trepidation.
insalubrious: unwholesome; not healthful; not promoting health
E.g.The mosquito-ridden swamp was an insalubrious place, a breeding ground for malarial contagion.
insatiable: not easily satisfied; impossible to satiate or satisfy; greedy
E.g.If this country has an insatiable need for Mexico's drugs, it's only due to federal negligence in fencing and securing our borders.
inscrutable: impenetrable; not readily understood; mysterious
E.g.Experienced poker players try to keep their expressions inscrutable, hiding their reactions to the cards behind a so-called "poker face."
insensate: lacking sensibility and understanding; foolish
E.g.The shock of the accident left him insensate, but after some time, he was able to tell the officer what had happened.
insensible: unconscious; unresponsive; very small or gradual
E.g.Sherry and I are very different; at times when I would be covered with embarrassment, she seems insensible to shame.
insidious: spreading harmfully in a subtle manner; designed or adapted to entrap
E.g.More insidious is the whole issue of the second amendment.
insightful: showing or having insight; perceptive; having a keen intellect
E.g.Additionally, the SBC continues its "Boot Camp Series" throughout the year to help businesses to gain insightful advice on business strategies.
insipid: lacking flavor or zest; not tasty; dull
E.g.Flat prose and flat ginger ale are equally insipid: both lack sparkle.
insolence: scornful treatment; insulting speech or conduct
E.g.How dare you treat me so rudely! The manager will hear of your insolence.
insolvent: bankrupt; unable to repay one's debts
E.g.Although young Lord Widgeon was insolvent, he had no fear of being thrown into debtors' prison, for he was sure that if his creditors pressed him for payment his wealthy parents would repay what he owed.
insomnia: inability to sleep; lack of sleep
E.g.Much of the problem in insomnia is not worrying about a real fear, such as losing a job, but is the secondary anxiety about losing sleep.
instigate: goad or urge forward; provoke; incite
E.g.Rumors of police corruption led the mayor to instigate an investigation into the department's activities.
institute: advance or set forth in court; association organized to promote art or science or education
E.g.The institute for biomedical research is a non-profit, independent research and educational organization known as a world leader in its field.
institution: institute; organization; introducing something new
E.g.Police in the South Indian state say 25 patients at an institution for the mentally ill have died after a fire broke out there early on Monday morning.
institutionalize: cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution
E.g.Decena urged local government units to institutionalize the vaccinations of dogs, and dog owners to be more responsible in taking care of their pets.
insubordination: disobedience; resistance to lawful authority
E.g.His insubordination is nothing but a vicious desire to make trouble.
insubstantial: lacking substance or reality; insignificant; frail; not firm or solid
E.g.His hopes for a career in acting proved insubstantial; no one would cast him, even in an insignificant role.
insularity: narrow-mindedness; isolation; state of being isolated or detached
E.g.The insularity of the islanders manifested itself in their suspicion of anything foreign.
insuperable: incapable of being excelled; unbeatable
E.g.Though the odds against their survival seemed insuperable, the Apollo 13 astronauts reached earth safely.
insurgent: rising in revolt against established authority; rebelling against leadership of political party
E.g.Because the insurgent forces had occupied the capital and had gained control of the railway lines, several of the war correspondents covering the uprising predicted a rebel victory.
insurmountable: overwhelming; incapable of being passed over or overcome
E.g.Faced by almost insurmountable obstacles, the members of the underground maintained their courage and will to resist.
insurrection: rebellion; uprising; rising against civil or political authority
E.g.In the beginning, the insurrection is a riot, just as a river is a torrent.
intangible: not able to be perceived by senses, as touch; vague
E.g.The long-term intangible benefits of the Health Corps are immeasurable, but just as real.
integral: essential or necessary for completeness; entire
E.g.Despite the ratings agencies' spectacular failures during the recent crisis, their assessments remain integral to the structure of the financial system.
integrate: make whole; combine; make into one unit
E.g.She tried to integrate all their activities into one program.
integrity: quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness
E.g.Protecting global supply chain integrity is of the utmost importance for manufacturers.
intellect: ability to learn and reason; ability to think abstractly or profoundly
E.g.In this stage, the intellect is able to grasp all knowledge, and does not need to have recourse to the senses again.
intelligentsia: intelligent and educated elite, especially in nineteenth-century Poland, in Russia and later the Soviet Union
E.g.She preferred discussions about sports and politics to the literary conversations of the intelligentsia.
inter: place in grave or tomb; bury; place in earth and cover
E.g.They are going to inter the body tomorrow at Broadlawn Cemetery.
interim: time between one event, process; interval of time
E.g.For banks on the edge, their ability to maintain capital levels in the interim is the important factor.
interloper: intruder; one that interferes with affairs of others, often for selfish reasons
E.g.The merchant thought of his competitor as interloper who was stealing away his trade.
interminable: being or seeming to be without an end; endless; tedious; continual
E.g.Although his speech lasted for only twenty minutes, it seemed interminable to his bored audience.
intermittent: periodic; on and off; stopping and starting at intervals
E.g.The outdoor wedding reception had to be moved indoors to avoid the intermittent showers that fell on and off all afternoon.
internecine: mutually destructive; equally devastating to both sides
E.g.Though it looked as though there was a victor, the internecine battle benefited no one.
interregnum: temporary halting of usual operations of government or control; time between two reigns
E.g.The new king began his reign by restoring order that the lawless interregnum had destroyed.
interrogate: question closely; examine by questioning formally or officially
E.g.If you catch a guy possibly responsible for the case, I have a feeling that more than one FBI agent would interrogate you.
intervene: get involved; come, appear, or lie between two things
E.g.The place to intervene is to slow down the number of children who begin smoking.
intimate: give to understand; imply as a possibility; make known subtly and indirectly
E.g.Did Dick intimate that Jane had bad breath when he asked if she'd like a breath mint?
intimidate: frighten; make timid; fill with fear
E.g.The group said Eveleth's arrest was designed to intimidate and disrupt its protests during the Earth Summit.
intoxicate: stimulate or excite; stupefy or excite by the action of a chemical substance such as alcohol
E.g.Marijuana's emergence as the drug of choice of the '60s had little to do with medicinal and industrial applications and everything to do with its profound power to intoxicate an entire generation.
intractable: difficult to manage or govern; stubborn; unyielding
E.g.Charlie Brown's friend Pigpen was intractable: he absolutely refused to take a bath.
intransigence: refusal of any compromise; stubbornness
E.g.The negotiating team had not expected such intransigence from the striking workers, who rejected any hint of a compromise.
intrepid: fearless; indicating or springing from courage
E.g.For her intrepid conduct nursing the wounded during the war, Florence Nightingale was honored by Queen Victoria.
intrigue: captivate; cause to be interested or curious; plot for: scheme for
E.g.He asks occasional questions, but usually just about how the speaker came to a certain conclusion, it's the thought process more than the answer that seems to intrigue him.
intrinsic: relating to essential nature of a thing; inherent; built-in
E.g.Although my grandmother's china has little intrinsic value, I shall always cherish it for the memories it evokes.
introspective: looking within oneself; thoughtful about oneself; studying or exhibiting one's own internal state
E.g.A renowned Tibetan lama pointed out that Westerners think people in the East tend to be more introspective and less concerned with material success.
intuition: immediate insight; power of knowing without reasoning
E.g.Even though Tony denied that anything was wrong, Tina trusted her intuition that something was bothering him.
inundate: overwhelm; cover with water, especially floodwaters
E.g.Until the great dam was built, the waters of the Nile used to inundate the river valley like clockwork every year.
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