GRE Vocabulary Set #1

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GRE Vocabulary Set #1
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The Princeton Review's "Hit Parade" Vocabulary Words for the GRE, with sample sentences
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  1. probity
    complete honesty

    Her probity and integrity are beyond question.

  2. cacophony
    an unpleasant mixture of loud sounds

    What a cacophony!

    As we entered the farmyard we were met with a cacophony of animal sounds.

  3. aver
    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.

  4. dissemble
    to hide your real intentions and feelings or the facts

    He accused the government of dissembling.

  5. burgeon
    developing quickly

    The company hoped to profit from the burgeoning communications industry.

  6. recalcitrant
    • (of a person) unwilling to obey orders or to do what should be done
    • (of an animal) refusing to be controlled

    a class of recalcitrant fifteen-year-olds

  7. quiescent
    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.

  8. effrontery
    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!

  9. phlegmatic
    describes someone who doesn't usually get emotional or excited about things

    As a footballer his great asset was his calm, phlegmatic manner.

  10. repudiate
    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.

  11. extemporaneous
    done or said without any preparation or thought

    an extemporaneous speech

  12. exculpate
    to remove blame from someone

    The pilot of the aircraft will surely be exculpated when all the facts are known.

  13. fawn
    to seek notice or favor by servile demeanor

    The courtiers fawned over the king.

  14. unfettered
    not limited by rules or any other controlling influence

    In writing poetry, one is unfettered by the normal rules of sentence structure.

  15. surfeit
    an amount which is too large, or is more than is needed

    The country has a surfeit of cheap labour.

  16. solicitous
    showing care and helpful attention to someone

    He made a solicitous enquiry after her health.

  17. prodigious
    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.

  18. intrepid
    extremely brave and showing no fear of dangerous situations

    a team of intrepid explorers

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  19. intemperate
    (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.

  20. implacable
    describes (someone who has) strong opinions or feelings which are impossible to change

    an implacable enemy

    implacable hostility




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