GRE Vocabulary

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GRE Vocabulary
2011-09-14 20:17:58

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  1. Abscond (v)
    to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
  2. Aberrant (adj.)
    deviating from the norm
  3. Alacrity (noun)
    eager and enthusiastic willingness
  4. Anomaly (noun)
    deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality
  5. Approbation (noun)
    an expression of approval and praise
  6. Arduous (adj.)
    strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
  7. Assuage (verb)
    to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
  8. Audacious (adj.)
    daring and fearless; recklessly bold
  9. Austere (adj.)
    without adornment; bare; severly simple; ascetic
  10. Axiomatic (adj.)
    taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
  11. Canonical (adj.)
    following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
  12. Capricious (adj.)
    inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic; unpredictable
  13. Censure (v)
    to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
  14. Chicanery (noun)
    trickery or subterfuge
  15. Connoisseur (n)
    an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
  16. Convoluted (adj.)
    complex or complicated
  17. Disabuse (v)
    to undeceive; to set right
  18. Discordant (adj.)
    conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
  19. Disparate (adj.)
    fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
  20. Effrontery (n)
    extreme boldness; presumptuousness
  21. Eloquent (adj.)
    well-spoken, expressive, articulate
  22. Enervate (v)
    to weaken; to reduce in vitality
  23. Ennui (n)
    dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
  24. Equivocate (v)
    to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
  25. Erudite (adj.)
    very learned; scholarly
  26. Exculpate (v)
    exonerate; to clear of blame
  27. Exigent (adj.)
    urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
  28. Extemporaneous (adj.)
    improvised; done without preparation
  29. Filibuster (n)
    intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
  30. Fulminate (v)
    to loudly attack or denounce
  31. Ingenuous (adj.)
    artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
  32. Inured (adj.)
    accustomed to accepting something undesirable
  33. Irascible (adj.)
    easily angered; prone to temperamental outburts
  34. Laud (v)
    to praise highly
  35. Lucid (adj.)
    clear; easily understood
  36. Magnanimity (n)
    the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving
  37. Martial (adj.)
    associated with war and the armed forces
  38. Mundane (adj.)
    of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
  39. Nascent (adj.)
    coming into being; in early developmental stages
  40. Nebulous (adj.)
    vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
  41. Neologism(n)
    a new word, expression or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
  42. Noxious (adj.)
    harmful, injurious
  43. Obtuse (adj)
    lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
  44. Obviate (v)
    to anticipate and make unnecessary
  45. Onerous (adj.)
    troubling; burdensome
  46. Paean (n)
    a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
  47. Parody (n)
    a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
  48. Perennial (adj)
    recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
  49. Perfidy (n)
    intentional breach or faith; treachery
  50. Perfunctory (adj)
    cursory; done without care or interest
  51. Perspicacious (adj)
    acutely perceptive; having keen discernment
  52. Prattle (v)
    to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
  53. Precipitate (adj)
    acting with excessive haste or impulse
  54. Precipitate (v)
    to cause or happen before anticipate or required
  55. Predilection (n)
    a disposition in favor of something; preference
  56. Prescience (n)
    foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occuring
  57. Prevaricate (v)
    to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
  58. Qualms (n)
    misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
  59. Recant (v)
    to retract, esp. a previously held belief
  60. Refute (v)
    to disprove; to successfully argue against
  61. Relegate (v)
    to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position
  62. Reticent (adj)
    quiet; reserved ; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
  63. Solicitous (adj)
    concerned and attentive; eager
  64. Sordid (adj)
    characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
  65. Sporadic (adj.)
    occuring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
  66. Squander (v)
    to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
  67. Static (adj)
    not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
  68. Stupefy (v)
    to stun, baffle, or amaze
  69. Stymie (v)
    to block; to thwart
  70. Synthesis (n)
    the combination of parts to make a whole
  71. Torque (n)
    a force that causes rotation
  72. Tortuous (adj)
    winding, twisting; excessively complicated
  73. Truculent (adj)
    fierce and creul; eager to fight
  74. Veracity (n)
    truthfulness, honesty
  75. Virulent (adj)
    extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
  76. Voracious (adj)
    having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
  77. Waver (v)
    to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion