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2012-12-16 19:39:06
vocab gre

GRE vocab list 4
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  1. acerbic
    having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting
  2. aggrandize
    to increase in intensity, power, influence, or prestige
  3. alchemy (an alchemist is one who practices alchemy)
    a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, especially base metals into gold 
  4. amenable
    agreeable; responsive to suggestion
  5. anachronism
    something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
  6. astringent
    having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe; something with a tightening effect on tissue
  7. contiguous
    sharing a border; touching; adjacent
  8. convention
    a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
  9. credulous (noun form: credulity)
    tending to believe too readily; gullible 
  10. cynicism (adj. form: cynical)
    an attitude or qualityof belief that all people are motivated by selfishness 
  11. decorum (adj. form: decorous)
    polite or appropriate conduct or behavior 
  12. derision (adj. form: derisive; verb form: deride)
    scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment 
  13. desiccate
    to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
  14. dilettante 
    one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
  15. disparage
    to slight or belittle
  16. divulge
    to disclose something secret
  17. fawn
    to flatter or praise excessively
  18. flout
    to show contempt for, as in a rule or convention
  19. garrulous
    pointlessly talkative; talking too much
  20. glib
    marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial
  21. hubris
    overbearing presumption or pride; arrogance
  22. imminent
    about to happen; impending
  23. immutable
    not capable of change
  24. impetuous
    hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
  25. indifferent
    having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
  26. inimical
    damaging; harmful; injurious
  27. intractable
    not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate
  28. intrepid
    steadfast and courageous
  29. laconic
    using few words; terse
  30. maverick
    an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
  31. mercurial
    characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
  32. mollify
    to calm or soothe; to reduce emotional intensity
  33. neophyte
    a recent convert; a beginner; novice
  34. obfuscate
    to deliberately obscure; to make confusing
  35. obstinate
    stubborn; hard-headed; uncompromising
  36. ostentatious
    characterized by or given to pretentious display; showy
  37. pervade (adj. form: pervasive)
    to permeate throughout 
  38. phlegmatic
    calm; sluggish; unemotional
  39. plethora
    an overabundance; a surplus
  40. pragmatic
    practical rather than idealistic
  41. presumptuous
    overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy); taking liberties
  42. pristine
    pure; uncorrupted; clean
  43. probity
    adherence to highest principles; complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness
  44. proclivity
    a natural predisposition or inclination
  45. profligate (noun form: profligacy)
    excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant 
  46. propensity
    a natural inclination or tendancy; penchant
  47. prosaic
    dull; lacking in spirit or imagination
  48. pungent
    characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste
  49. quixotic
    foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals
  50. quotidian
    occurring or recurring daily; commonplace
  51. rarefy
    to make or become thin, less dense; to refine
  52. recondite
    hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
  53. refulgent
    radiant; shiny; brilliant
  54. renege
    to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise
  55. sedulous
    diligent; persistent; hard-working
  56. shard
    a piece of broken pottery or glass
  57. soporific
    causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep
  58. sparse
    thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals
  59. spendthrift
    one who spends money wastefully
  60. subtle
    not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern
  61. tacit
    implied; not explicitly stated
  62. terse
    brief and concise in wording
  63. tout
    to publicly praise or promote
  64. trenchant
    sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
  65. unfeigned
    genuine; not false or hypocritical
  66. untenable
    indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
  67. vacillate
    to waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another
  68. variegated
    multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color
  69. vexation (noun form: vex)
    annoyance; irritation 
  70. vigilant (noun form: vigilance)
    alertly watchful 
  71. vituperate
    to use harsh condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusively; to berate
  72. volatile (noun form: volatility)
    readily changing to a vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive