TPR GRE Vocab Set 2

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TPR GRE Vocab Set 2
2013-06-29 20:53:51
GRE ThePrincetonReview Vocabulary

The Princeton Review's Hit Parade GRE Vocabulary Set 2
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  1. discretion
    • d: the power or right to decide according to one's judgement; the quality of being discreet
    • p: dih-skresh-uh n

    s: The coach used his own discretion to let the injured quarterback play.
  2. precipitate
    • d: to hasten the occurrence of; to throw violently 
    • p: pri-sip-i-teyt; pri-sip-i-tit

    s: Her death precipitated a family crisis.
  3. facetious
    • d: not meant to be taken seriously; amousing
    • p: fuh-see-shuh s

    s: <the essay is a facetious commentary on the absurdity of war as a solution for international disputes>
  4. prudent
    • d: wise or judicious, sagacious, discreet
    • p: prood-nt

    s: He always listened to her prudent advice.
  5. illusory
    • d: deceptive
    • p: ih-loo-suh-ree

    s: an illusory sense of security
  6. audacious
    • d: extremely bold or daring; 
    • p: aw-dey-shuh s

    s: She made an audacious decision to quit her job.
  7. recluse
    • d: a person who lives in seclusion or apart from society
    • p: rek-loos

    s: <he was sick of cities and crowds, so he decided to go live by himself in the woods as a recluse>
  8. inchoate
    • d: not yet completed or fully devleoped, rudimentary; just begun
    • p: in-koh-it

    s: <inchoate feelings of affection for a man whom she had, up till now, thought of as only a friend>
  9. savor
    • d: paticualr quality of taste or small; distinctive quality
    • p: sey-ver

    s: Without her love, life has lost its savor for me.
  10. sporadic
    • d: appearing in scattered or isolated instances
    • p: spuh-rad-ik

    s: <sporadic loud noises kept startling everyone>
  11. derivative
    • d: not original
    • p: dih-riv-uh-tiv

    s: Tofu is one of many soybean derivatives.
  12. solvent
    • d: able to pay all just debts; having the power of dissolving
    • p: sol-vuh nt

    s: He couldn't stay solvent after losing his business.
  13. castigation
    • d: to criticize or reprimand severely; to punish in order to correct
    • p: kas-ti-geyt

    s: The author castigated the prime minister as an ineffective leader.
  14. porous
    • d: full of pores; permeable
    • p: pohr-uh s

    s: The country has a porous border.
  15. stint
    • d: to be frugal; to limit to a certain amount; an allotted amount; limitation
    • p: stint

    s: <not stinting with their praise><served a brief stint as a waiter>
  16. deviance
    • d: departing from social norm; 
    • p: dee-vee-un-ce

    s: a study of deviant behavior among criminals
  17. tangential
    • d: merely touching, divergent or digressive
    • p: tan-jen-shuh l

    s: Their romance is tangential to the book's main plot.
  18. tout
    • d: to solicit business, importunately; to spy on; to promote or talk up
    • p: tout

    s: <The company is running advertisements touting the drug's effectiveness.> <People were touting tickets outside the stadium.>
  19. censure
    • d: strong or vehement expression of disapproval
    • p: sen-sher

    s: The newspapers were unanimous in their censure of the tax proposal.
  20. pragmatic
    • d: pertaining to a practical point of view; practical, matter of fact
    • p: prag-mat-ik

    s: His pragmatic view of public education comes from years of working in city schools.
  21. dogma
    • d: an official system of principles or tenents; prescribed doctrine proclaimed as unquestionably true; settled or established opinon
    • p: dawg-muh

    s: These new findings challenge the current dogma in the field.
  22. diffuse
    • d: to pour out and spread; to spread or scatter, disseminate
    • p: dih-fyooz

    s: <a diffuse speech that took a great deal of time to make a very small point>
  23. engender
    • d: to produce, cause, or give rise to; procreate
    • p: en-jen-der

    s: The issue has engendered a considerable amount of debate.
  24. obviate
    • d: to anticipate and prevent (as a situation) or make unecessary (as an action)
    • p: ob-vee-eyt

    s: The new medical treatment obviates the need for surgery.
  25. pristine
    • d: having its original purity; pertaining to the earliest state
    • p: pris-teen

    s: My office is a mess but her office is always pristine.
  26. veracity
    • d: truthfulness; correctness or accuracy
    • p: vuh-ras-i-tee

    s: We questioned the veracity of his statements.
  27. temper
    • d: a particular state of mind or feelings; calm disposition; substance added to something to modify its properties
    • p: tem-per

    s: The steel must be properly tempered.
  28. obdurate
    • d: unmoved by persuasion, pity or tender feelings; stubbornly resistant to moral influence
    • p: ob-doo-rit

    s: He is known for his obdurate determination.
  29. circumspect
    • d: cautious; well-considered
    • p: sur-kuh m-spekt

    s: <she has a reputation for being quiet and circumspect in investigating charges of child abuse>
  30. discordant
    • d: incongruous, disagreeing, variable; dissonant or harsh sounding
    • p: dis-kawr-dnt

    s: She has the difficult task of bringing together a number ofdiscordant elements.
  31. perfidy
    • d: treachery, faithlessness, deliberate breach or faith or trush
    • p: pur-fi-dee

    s: <he decided to forgive his wife's perfidy, choosing to ascribe it to a moment of uncharacteristic weakness>
  32. discrete
    • d: separate, distinct
    • p: dih-skreet

    s: <several discrete sections to this vast medical complex, including a college of pharmacology and a research center>
  33. chicanery
    • d: trickery
    • p: shi-key-nuh-ree

    s: He wasn't above using chicanery to win votes.
  34. obsequious
    • d: obedient, dutiful
    • p: uh b-see-kwee-uh s

    s: She's constantly followed by obsequious assistants who will do anything she tells them to.
  35. onerous
    • d: burdensome, oppressive or troublesome
    • p: on-er-uh s

    s: The government imposed onerous taxes on imports.
  36. cower
    • d: crouch in fear, shrink away
    • p: kou-er

    s: They cowered at the sight of the gun.
  37. lucid
    • d: easily understood; clear
    • p: loo-sid

    s: He is able to recognize his wife in his lucid moments.
  38. superfluous
    • d: excessive
    • p soo-pur-floo-uh s

    s: <cleared off all the superfluous stuff on his desk to make room for the new computer>
  39. cogent
    • d: to the point, relevant, pertinent
    • p: koh-juh nt

    s: <the results of the DNA fingerprinting were the mostcogent evidence for acquittal>
  40. veneration
    • d: revere, respect or awe
    • p: ven-uh-rey-shuhn