Week 01

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Week 01
2011-09-26 18:55:22
GRE Words

60 GRE Words
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  1. Abscond
    to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
  2. aberrant
    deviating from the norm
  3. alacrity
    eager and enthusiastic willingness
  4. anomaly
    deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality
  5. approbation
    an expression of approval or praise
  6. arduous
    strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
  7. assuage
    to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
  8. audacious
    daring and fearless; recklessly bold
  9. austere
    without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
  10. axiomatic
    taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
  11. canonical
    following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
  12. capricious
    inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
  13. censure
    to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
  14. chicanery
    trickery or subterfuge
  15. connoisseur
    an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
  16. convoluted
    complex or complicated
  17. disabuse
    to undeceive; to set right
  18. discordant
    conflicting; dissonant or harsh
  19. disparate
    fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
  20. effrontery
    extreme boldness; presumptuousness
  21. eloquent
    well-spoken, expressive, articulate
  22. enervate
    to weaken; to reduce in vitality
  23. ennui
    dissatisfaction and restlessness
  24. equivocate
    to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
  25. erudite
    very learned; scholarly
  26. exculpate
    exonerate; to clear of blame
  27. exigent
    urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
  28. extemporaneous
    improvised; done without preparation
  29. filibuster
    intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
  30. fulminate
    to loudly attack or denounce
  31. probity
    adherence to highest principles; complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness
  32. proclivity
    a natural predisposition or inclination
  33. profligate
    excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
  34. propensity
    a natural inclination or tendency, penchant
  35. prosaic
    dull; lacking in spirit or imagination
  36. pungent
    characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste
  37. quixotic
    foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals
  38. quotidian
    occurring or recurring daily; commonplace
  39. rarefy
    to make or become thin, less dense; to refine
  40. recondite
    hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
  41. refulgent
    radiant; shiny; brilliant
  42. renege
    to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise
  43. sedulous
    diligent; persistent; hard-working
  44. shard
    a piece of broken pottery or glass
  45. soporific
    causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep
  46. sparse
    thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals
  47. spendthrift
    one who spends money wastefully
  48. subtle
    not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern
  49. tacit
    implied; not explicitly stated
  50. terse
    brief and concise in wording
  51. tout
    to publicly praise or promote
  52. trenchant
    sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
  53. unfeigned
    genuine; not false or hypocritical
  54. untenable
    indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
  55. vacillate
    to waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another; waver
  56. variegated
    multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color
  57. vexation
    annoyance; irritation
  58. vigilant
    alertly watchful
  59. vituperate
    to use harsh condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusively; berate
  60. volatile
    readily changing to a vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive