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gre vocabulary graduate records examination

GRE Vocabulary
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  1. Acquiesce
    • intransitive verb
    • to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree; consent: to acquiesce halfheartedly in a business plan

    • verb
    • accept sth without protest; offer no opposition (to a plan, conclusion, etc)

    to accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively
  2. Assent
    as·sent [ ə sént ]

    expression of agreement: a formal expression of agreement or acceptance

    agree to something: to accept a concept or course of action formally

    Synonyms: agreement, acquiescence, concurrence, acceptance, approbation, nod, approval, sanction, consent
  3. Approbation
    ap·pro·ba·tion [ àpprə báysh'n ] (n)

    approval: a favorable opinion about something or somebody

    official sanction: the official approving, authorizing, or sanctioning of something

    Synonyms: approval, consent, praise, admiration, esteem, commendation, regard
  4. Frowzy (also seen as frowsy)
    frow·zy [ frówzee ] (adj.)

    messy: messy or shabby in personal appearance or manner of dress

    stuffy: unpleasant to be in because of mustiness, staleness, or a bad smell

    Synonyms: unkempt, disheveled, frayed, messy, shabby, frazzled, slovenly, rumpled, disorganized, untidy
  5. Slovenly
    slov·en·ly [sluhv-uhn-lee] slov·en·li·er, slov·en·li·est

    • (adj.)
    • 1. untidy or unclean in appearance or habits.
    • 2. characteristic of a sloven; slipshod: slovenly work.
    • (adv.)
    • 3. in an untidy, careless, or slipshod manner.
  6. Precipitate

    make something happen quickly: to make something happen suddenly and quickly

    send somebody or something rapidly: to send somebody or something suddenly and rapidly into a particular state or condition

    make rain or snow fall: to cause liquid or solid forms of water, condensed in the atmosphere, to fall to the ground as rain, snow, or hail, or fall in such a form

    Synonyms: rash, impulsive, impetuous, careless, reckless
  7. Impetuous
    acting impulsively: acting on the spur of the moment, without considering the consequences

    done on impulse: done without thought as a reaction to an emotion or impulse

    violent: moving with great force and energy

    • Adverb: im·pet·u·ous·ly
    • Noun: im·pet·u·ous·ness
  8. Ostentatious
    rich and showy: marked by a vulgar display of wealth and success designed to impress people

    characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others: an ostentatious dresser

    (of actions, manner, qualities exhibited, etc.) intended to attract notice: Lady Bountiful's ostentatious charity.

    Synonyms: flashy, affected, showy, brazen, flamboyant, grandiose, pretentious
  9. Censure
    cen·sure [ sénshər ] (n)

    disapproval: severe criticism

    official condemnation: official expression of disapproval or condemnation, e.g. of a legislator by the legislature

    criticize somebody or something: to make a formal, often public statement of disapproval of somebody or something

    Synonyms: criticism, disapproval, condemnation, denunciation, deprecation, scorn, contempt
  10. Rebuke

    tell somebody off: to criticize or reprimand somebody, usually sharply

    a telling off: a reprimand or expression of criticism or disapproval

    Synonyms: reproach, reproof, censure, reprimand, scolding, admonition, telling-off, lecture, criticism, slap on the wrist
  11. Pious

    extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion

    having or showing a deep devotion to religion

    dutiful to parents; devoted to religion

    acting in falsely moralizing way: talking or acting in a falsely, hypocritically, or affectedly moralizing way
  12. Gregarious

    sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people

    liking to be with other people

    tending to associate with others of one's kind; social

    living in societies; liking the company
  13. Culpable

    deserving blame

    deserving blame; blameworthy
  14. Aesthetic
    aes·thet·ic [ es théttik ] (adj.)

    beautiful: pleasing in appearance

    appreciating beauty: sensitive to or appreciative of art or beauty

    relating to aesthetics: relating to the philosophical principles of aesthetics

    Synonyms: artistic, visual, appealing, beautiful
  15. Aver
    a·ver [ ə vúr ] (verb)

    to state as a fact; to confirm or support

    to assert or affirm with confidence; declare in a positive or peremptory manner

    assert confidently: to assert something confidently

    allege: to state or allege that something is true

    Synonyms: avow, state, claim, declare, assert, affirm, maintain, profess, swear
  16. Anachronism
    a·nach·ro·nism [ ə nákrə nìzzəm ] (n)

    chronological mistake: something from a different period of time, e.g. a modern idea or invention wrongly placed in a historical setting in fiction or drama

    something from different historical period: a person, thing, idea, or custom that seems to belong to a different time in history

    making of chronological mistake: the representation of somebody or something out of chronological order or in the wrong historical setting

    Synonyms: relic, survival, leftover, holdover, archaism
  17. Fawn
    • verb
    • to flatter or praise excessively

    to court favor by a cringing or flattering manner

    • noun
    • a young deer of either sex aged under one year
  18. Proclivity
    pro·cliv·i·ty [ prō klívvətee ]

    natural tendency: a natural tendency to behave in a particular way

    Synonyms: tendency, penchant, inclination, liking, appetite, taste, bent