GRE Vocab

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  1. dilatorily
    • - causing delay
    • -procrastinating
  2. cache
    to store away

    • 1 a : a hiding place especially for concealing and preserving provisions or implements b : a secure place of storage
    • 2 : something hidden or stored in a cache
  3. rescind
    to take back

    • verb (used with object)
    • abrogate; annul; revoke; repeal.
    • invalidate (an act, measure, etc.) by a later action or a higher authority.
  4. economize
    to save money
  5. obstreperous
    • boisterous and defiant
    • * typically denoting a person's attitude

    • : marked by unruly or aggressive noisiness : clamorous <obstreperous merriment>
    • 2 : stubbornly resistant to control : unruly
  6. cogitation
    thoughtful consideration
  7. reprisal
    with vengeance

    • noun
    • 1.(in warfare) retaliation against an enemy, for injuries received, by the infliction of equal or greater injuries.
    • act or instance of retaliation.
    • 3.the action or practice of using force, short of war, against another nation, to secure redress of agrievance.
    • 4.the forcible seizure of property or subjects in retaliation.
  8. approbations

    • 1 obsolete : proof
    • 2 a : an act of approving formally or officially b : commendation, praise
  9. astringent
    refers to food that cause a puckery sensation in the mouth

    • : causing contraction of soft organic tissues : styptic, puckery <astringent lotions> <an astringent fruit>
    • 2 : suggestive of an astringent effect upon tissue : rigidly severe : austere <dry astringent comments>; also : pungent, caustic
  10. enervate

    : lacking physical, mental, or moral vigor : enervated
  11. lackadaisical


    1.without interest, vigor, or determination; listless; lethargic: a lackadaisical attempt.

    2.lazy; indolent: a lackadaisical fellow.
  12. homogenous
    thoroughly mixed together

    1.Biology . corresponding in structure because of a common origin.
  13. conformable
    • similar
    • 1.corresponding in form, nature, or character; similar.
    • 2.compliant; obedient; submissive: a conformable disposition.
    • 3.Geology . of or pertaining to an unbroken sequence of strata or beds, characteristic of uninterrupted deposition.
  14. rapturous
    very happy

    • 1 : an expression or manifestation of ecstasy or passion
    • 2 a : a state or experience of being carried away by overwhelming emotion

    b : a mystical experience in which the spirit is exalted to a knowledge of divine things 3 often capitalized : the final assumption of Christians into heaven during the end-time according to Christian theology
  15. exultant
    very happy
  16. judicious
    using good judgement

    adjective \ˈä-nə-rəs, ˈō-\

    • 1 : involving, imposing, or constituting a burden : troublesome <an onerous task>
    • 2 : having legal obligations that outweigh the advantages <an onerous contract>
  17. punctilious
    • -finicky
    • -strict or exact in the observance of the formalities or amenities of conduct or actions.
    • -precise, demanding
  18. onerous
  19. hyperboles
    intentional exaggerations
  20. portents

    • something that foreshadows a coming event : omen, sign
    • 2 : prophetic indication or significance
  21. auguries
  22. similes
    literary comparisons
  23. anachronisms
    out of chronological order
  24. innocuous
    not harmful or injurious
  25. gregarious
    highly sociable
  26. sybaritis
    single-mindedly devoted to ease and pleasure
  27. specious
    to beguile, or fool, people who are "by no means stupid," the reasoning has to be false but seem plausible.

    • 1 obsolete : showy
    • 2 : having deceptive attraction or allure
    • 3 : having a false look of truth or genuineness : sophistic <specious reasoning>
  28. tentative
    uncertain or hesitant
  29. ingenuous
    naive or innocent

    • from reserve, restraint, or dissimulation; candid; sincere.
    • 2.artless; innocent; naive.
  30. cajole

    • a : to persuade with flattery or gentle urging especially in the face of reluctance : coax <had to cajole them into going>
    • b : to obtain from someone by gentle persuasion <cajoled money from his parents>
  31. eclectic
    diverse or varied
  32. esoteric
    abstruse or difficult to understand

    • a : designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone <a body of esoteric legal doctrine — B. N. Cardozo>
    • b : requiring or exhibiting knowledge that is restricted to a small group <esoteric terminology>; broadly : difficult to understand <esoteric subjects>
    • 2 a : limited to a small circle <engaging in esoteric pursuits> b : private, confidential <an esoteric purpose>
    • 3 : of special, rare, or unusual interest <esoteric building materials>
  33. obviate
    to prevent or make unnecessary

    : to anticipate and prevent (as a situation) or make unnecessary (as an action)
  34. remonstrative
    • pleading objection
    • verb (used with object)
    • say or plead in protest, objection, or disapproval.
    • 2.Obsolete . to show.
  35. hodgepodge
    heterogeneous mixture, messiness
  36. profusion
  37. vacillated
    wavered, staggering
  38. languished

    • 1 a : to be or become feeble, weak, or enervated b : to be or live in a state of depression or decreasing vitality
    • 2 a : to become dispirited b : to suffer neglect <the bill languished in the Senate for eight months>
    • 3 : to assume an expression of grief or emotion appealing for sympathy
  39. deleterious

    causing damage
  40. compromised

    • a : settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions b : something intermediate between or blending qualities of two different things
    • 2 : a concession to something derogatory or prejudicial <a compromise of principles>
  41. impeccable
    flawless, perfect
  42. innovative
    inventive or ingenious

    • : of, relating to, or born under the planet Mercury
    • 2 : having qualities of eloquence, ingenuity, or thievishness attributed to the god Mercury or to the influence of the planet Mercury
    • 3 : characterized by rapid and unpredictable changeableness of mood <a mercurial temper>
    • 4 : of, relating to, containing, or caused by mercury
  43. fidelity
    • accuracy in details
    • 1.strict observance of promises, duties, etc.: a servant's fidelity.
    • 2.loyalty: fidelity to one's country.
    • 3.conjugal faithfulness.4.adherence to fact or detail.
    • 5.accuracy; exactness: The speech was transcribed with great fidelity.
  44. calibrations
    exact measurements
  45. deft
    skillful, dexterous
  46. mercurial
    lively or unpredictable
  47. augmentation
    • increase or expansion
    • "breast augmentation"
  48. attrition
    diminishing or loss
  49. diminution
    a decrease
  50. propitiate
    to appease

    : to gain or regain the favor or goodwill of : appease
  51. inundate
    to flood

    • flood; cover or overspread with water; deluge.
    • overwhelm: inundated with letters of protest.
  52. carousing
    to drink excessively
  53. bacchanalian
    boisterously festive
  54. diurnal
    active during the day
  55. aberration
    something that departs from what is normal
  56. iteration
    a repetition
  57. peregrination
  58. cavalcade
    ceremonial procession
  59. mendacious

    : given to or characterized by deception or falsehood or divergence from absolute truth <mendacious tales of his adventures>
  60. flippant
    not taking seriously
  61. surreptitiously

    • : done, made, or acquired by stealth : clandestine
    • 2 : acting or doing something clandestinely : stealthy <a surreptitious glance>
  62. incisive
    clear and direct
  63. propagate
  64. credulous
    naive and easily convinced
  65. unwarranted
    without reason
  66. hallowed
  67. stipulation
    contractual obligation

    • an act of stipulating
    • 2 : something stipulated; especially : a condition, requirement, or item specified in a legal instrument — stip·u·la·to·ry adjective
  68. unbrage at
    offense at
  69. vindication
  70. propensity

    a strong inclination, taste, or liking for something: a penchant for outdoor sports.
  71. propensity

    • 1.a natural inclination or tendency: a propensity to drink too much.
    • 2.Obsolete . favorable disposition or partiality.
  72. semblance
  73. concurrence

    • 2.accordance in opinion; agreement: With the concurrence of several specialists, our doctor recommended surgery.
    • 3.cooperation, as of agents or causes; combined action or effort.
    • 4.simultaneous occurrence; coincidence: the concurrence of several unusual events.
    • 5.Geometry . a point that is in three or more lines simultaneously.
  74. foible

    • 1.a minor weakness or failing of character; slight flaw or defect:an all-too-human foible.
    • 2.the weaker part of a sword blade, between the middle and the point ( opposed to forte ).
  75. deference
    respectful submission or yielding
  76. obviate
    to prevent
  77. preclude
    to prevent
  78. exacerbate
    to make worse
  79. presage

    • 1 : something that foreshadows or portends a future event : omen
    • 2 : an intuition or feeling of what is going to happen in the future
    • 3 archaic : prognostication
  80. mitigate
    • lessen
    • lessen in force or intensity, as wrath, grief, harshness, or pain; moderate.
    • make less severe: to mitigate a punishment.
    • make (a person, one's state of mind, disposition, etc.) milder or more gentle; mollify; appease.verb (used without object)
    • become milder; lessen in severity.
  81. specious
    • false
    • 1.apparently good or right though lacking real merit; superficially pleasing or plausible: specious arguments.
    • 2.pleasing to the eye but deceptive.
  82. pellucid
    easy to understand
  83. insidious
    stealthily harmful
  84. incipient
    just beginning
  85. reprehend
    to criticize

    to reprove or find fault with; rebuke; censure; blame.
  86. disparages
    belittle, depreciate, lower estimation of
  87. implausible
    not having the appearance of truth or credibility
  88. incongruous
    out of place, in appropriate, not harmonious, inconsistent in character
  89. unprecedented
    never known before or experienced
  90. pretentious
    exaggerated assumption of dignity or importance
  91. quixotic
    impulsive and often rashly, unpredictable, extra chivalrous/romantic
  92. calumny
    slander, defamation, to inure reputation
  93. vicissitudes
    alternating, interchange, change phases or conditions
  94. opprobrious
    outrageously disgraceful or shameful
  95. prodigal
    wastefully or recklessly extravagant
  96. laudable
    deserving praise, commendable
  97. pedant
    person adhering to the book and not commonsense, to make an inappropriate display of learning
  98. engender
    to produce, cause, give rise to
  99. pragmatice
    pertaining to practical view or consideration
  100. ephermeral
    lasting a short time, transitory
  101. laconic
    concise, expressing in few words
  102. impugn
    to vilify, to challenge as false, to attack

    1: to assail by words or arguments : oppose or attack as false or lacking integrity <impugned the defendant's character>
  103. sinecure
    a job needing little work that yields good profit
  104. gainsaid
    deny, dispute, contradict
  105. duress
    forcible restraint, threat, compulsion by threat or force
  106. ebullience
    exuberance, high spirits, overflow
  107. precarious
    uncertain, unstable, dependent on circumstances beyond one's control
  108. nonplussed
    to render perplexed, puzzled
  109. estimable
    worthy of esteem, deserving respect or admiration
  110. arbitrary
    unreasonable, unsupported, capricious.

    subject to individual will or judgment w/o restriction
  111. piquant
    agreeable pungent or sharp in taste.

    agreeably stimulating, interesting.

    provocative, striking
  112. querulous
    full of complaints
  113. meritorious
  114. recreant
    unfaithful, cowardly

    • 1: crying for mercy : cowardly
    • 2: unfaithful to duty or allegiance
  115. deliniate
    represent, portray
  116. inured
    accustomed to accepting something undesireable
  117. expurging
  118. edifying
    morally instructing

    archaic a : build b : establish

    2 : to instruct and improve especially in moral and religious knowledge : uplift; also : enlighten, inform
  119. impunity
    exemption from punishment, immunity from detrimental effects
  120. palpable
    able to be touched
  121. pulverous
    consisting of dust or powder
  122. affable
    amiable, friendly
  123. inculpated
  124. castigate
    disciplined, punished
  125. exculpate
    exonerate, to clear from guilt

    To show or declare that someone is not guilty of wrong doing
  126. accolades
    approval, praise

    a ceremonial embrace, an award
  127. invective
    abusive speech
  128. diatribe
    abusive speech
  129. panacea
    cures all
  130. esurient
  131. indolent
  132. indigent
  133. paens
    songs of praise
  134. inchoate
  135. cosseted
  136. borne
    to put up with
  137. dandled
  138. craven
    cowardly, easily frightened
  139. calamitous
  140. abase
    to put down or demean
  141. expatiate
    to elaborate
  142. liable
  143. pandering
    to appeal to what someone wants without sincerity
  144. imperturbable
    • calm or unable to be upset
    • without passion
  145. vaunt
    to brag
  146. impecunious
    insolvent, penniless
  147. intransigent
    myopic, stubborn, narrowminded
  148. quotidian
  149. hackneyed
  150. vagaries
  151. extemporaneous
    without preporation
  152. histrionic
  153. nuance
    slight difference
  154. hapless
    unfortunate, unlucky
  155. anomalous
  156. adroit
    very skillful
  157. plucky
  158. anodyn
    alleviating pain
  159. vertiginous
    dizzying, whirling, spinning, vertigo
  160. garrulous
    enjoy conversation
  161. disultory
    lacking in purpose
  162. pensive
  163. effluviate
    to give off an odor
  164. contravene
    to contradict
  165. descry
    to catch sight of
  166. rancorous
    bitter sentiments
  167. brusque
    gruff, abrupt in manner
  168. mawkish
    falsely sentimental
  169. sanguine
    cheerfull, optomistic
  170. profligates
    • licentious or dissolute people
    • shamelessly immoral or dissipated, recklessly prodigal or extravagant.
  171. timorous
    tremulous, fearful or hesitant
  172. slake
    • to quench thirst
    • alleviate, lessen
  173. allay
    to fill a need, alleviate, lessen
  174. sate
    satisfy in regards to food, not water
  175. surfeit
    to overindulge
  176. glut
    to overindulge
  177. whet
    sharpen, intensify
  178. toadies
    flatters or hangers-on
  179. sycophants
    flatterers, brown nosers
  180. tyro
    beginner, initiate, novice
  181. ratification
  182. occult
  183. ruminate
    to think about
  184. brood
    to sit on or dwell
  185. trenchant
    pointed or articulate
  186. truncate
    concise, sententious
  187. blithe
    lacking appropriate gravity
  188. trite
    pointless, unoriginal, banal
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