GRE Vocabulary Set #1
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Her probity and integrity are beyond question.
an unpleasant mixture of loud sounds
What a cacophony!
As we entered the farmyard we were met with a cacophony of animal sounds.
to state the truth of something strongly
The lawyer averred her client's innocence.
"He's guilty, I tell you, " she averred.
She averred that he was guilty.
to hide your real intentions and feelings or the facts
He accused the government of dissembling.
The company hoped to profit from the burgeoning communications industry.
a class of recalcitrant fifteen-year-olds
- (of a person) unwilling to obey orders or to do what should be done
- (of an animal) refusing to be controlled
temporarily quiet and not active
The heated political situation was now relatively quiescent.
Strikes were headed by groups of workers who had previously been quiescent.
extreme rudeness without any ability to understand that your behaviour is not acceptable to other people
He was silent all through the meal and then had the effrontery to complain that I looked bored!
describes someone who doesn't usually get emotional or excited about things
As a footballer his great asset was his calm, phlegmatic manner.
to refuse to accept something or someone as true, good or reasonable
He repudiated the allegation/charge/claim that he had tried to deceive them.
I utterly repudiate those remarks.
done or said without any preparation or thought
an extemporaneous speech
to remove blame from someone
The pilot of the aircraft will surely be exculpated when all the facts are known.
to seek notice or favor by servile demeanor
The courtiers fawned over the king.
not limited by rules or any other controlling influence
In writing poetry, one is unfettered by the normal rules of sentence structure.
an amount which is too large, or is more than is needed
The country has a surfeit of cheap labour.
showing care and helpful attention to someone
He made a solicitous enquiry after her health.
extremely great in ability, amount or strength
She wrote a truly prodigious number of novels.
She was a prodigious musician.
He had a prodigious appetite for both women and drink.
extremely brave and showing no fear of dangerous situations
a team of intrepid explorers
(of a person or their behaviour or speech) not controlled and too extreme or violentan intemperate outburstintemperate language
The governor said he would not be provoked into intemperate action.
describes (someone who has) strong opinions or feelings which are impossible to change
an implacable enemy
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