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2012-12-16 19:45:35
gre vocab

more gre vocab - secondary and uncommon meanings
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  1. abjure
    to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid
  2. adumbrate
    to foreshadow vaguely or intimate; to suggest or outline sketchily; to obscure or overshadow
  3. anathema
    a solemn or ecclesiastical (religious) curse; accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing
  4. anondyne
    soothing; something that assuages or allays pain or comforts
  5. apogee
    farthest or highest point; culmination; zenith
  6. apostate
    one who abandons long-held religious or political conventions
  7. apotheosis
    deification; glorifiation to godliness; an exalted example; a model of excellence or perfection
  8. asperity
    severity, rigor; roughness, harshness; acrimony, irritability
  9. asseverate
    to aver, allege, or assert
  10. assiduous
    diligent, hard-working, sedulous
  11. augury
    omen, portent
  12. bellicose
    belligerent, pugnacious, warlike
  13. calumniate
    to slander, to make a false accusation; calumny means slander, aspersion
  14. captious
    disposed to point out trivial faults; calculated to confuse or entrap in argument
  15. cavil
    to find fault without good reason
  16. celerity
    speed, alacrity; think accelerate
  17. chimera
    an illusion; originally, an imaginary fire-breathing she-monster
  18. contumacious
    insubordinate, rebellious; contumely means insult, scoren, aspersion
  19. debacle
    rout, fiasco, complete failure
  20. denouement
    an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
  21. descry
    to discriminate or discern
  22. desuetude
  23. desultory
    random; aimless; marked by a lack of plan or purpose
  24. diaphanous
    transparent, gauzy
  25. diffident
    reserved, shy, unassuming; lacking in self-confidence
  26. dirge
    a song of grief or lamentation
  27. encomium
    glowing and enthusiastic praise; panegyric, tribute, eulogy
  28. eschew
    to shun or avoid
  29. excoriate
    to censure scathingly, to upbraid
  30. execrate
    to denounce, to feel loathing for, to curse, to declare to be evil
  31. exegesis
    critical examination, explication
  32. expiate
    to atone or make amends for
  33. extirpate
    to destory, to exteriminate, to cut out, to exscind
  34. fatuous
    silly, inanely foolish
  35. fractious
    quarrelsome, rebellious, unruly, refractory, irritable
  36. gainsay
    to deny, to dispute, to contradict, to oppose
  37. heterodox
    unorthodox, heretical, iconoclastic
  38. imbroglio
    difficult or embarrassing situation
  39. indefatigable
    not easily exhaustible; tireless, dogged
  40. ineluctable
    certain, inevitable
  41. inimitable
    one of a kind, peerless
  42. insouciant
    unconcerned, carefree, heedless
  43. inveterate
    deep rooted, ingrained, habitual
  44. jejune
    vapid, uninteresting, nugatory; childish, immature, puerile
  45. lubricious
    lewd, wanton, greasy, slippery
  46. mendicant
    a beggar, supplicant
  47. meretricious
    cheap, gaudy, tawdry, flashy, showy; attracting by false show
  48. minatory
    menacing, threatening (reminds you of the Minotaur, a threatening creature indeed)
  49. nadir
    low point, perigee
  50. nonplussed
    baffled, bewildered, at a loss for what to do or think
  51. obstreperous
    noisily and stubbornly defiant, aggressively boisterous
  52. ossified
    tending to become more rigid, conventional, sterile, and reactionary with age; literraly, turned to bone
  53. palliate
    to make something seem less serious, to gloss over, to make less severe or intense
  54. panegyric
    formal praise, eulogy, encomium; panegyrical means expressing elaborate praise
  55. parsimonious
    cheap, miserly
  56. pellucid
    transparent, easy to understand, limpid
  57. peroration
    the concluding part of a speech; flowery, rhetorical speech
  58. plangent
    pounding, thundering, resounding
  59. prolix
    long-winded, verbose; prolixity means verbosity
  60. propitiate
    to appease; to conciliate; propitious means auspicious, favorable
  61. puerile
    childish, immature, jejune, nugatory
  62. puissance
    power, strength; puissant means powerful, strong
  63. pusillanimous
    cowardly, craven
  64. remonstrate
    to protest, to object
  65. sagacious
    having sound judgement; perceptive, wise; like a sage
  66. salacious
    lustful, lascivious, bawdy
  67. salutary
    remedial, wholesome, causing improvement
  68. sanguine
    cheerful, confident, optimistic
  69. saturnine
    gloomy, dark, sullen, morose
  70. sententious
    aphoristic or moralistic; epigrammatic; tending to moralize excessively
  71. stentorian
    extremely loud and powerful
  72. stygian
    gloomy, dark
  73. sycophant
    today, servile, self-seeking flatterer; parasite
  74. tendentious
    biased; showing marked tendencies
  75. timorous
    timid, fearful, diffident
  76. tyro
    novice, greenhorn, rank amateur
  77. vitiate
    to corrupt, to debase, to spoil, to make ineffective
  78. voluble
    fluent, verbal, having easy use of spoken language