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2013-07-13 21:36:39
ThePrincetonReview GRE Vocab Vocabulary

The Princton Review's Hit Parade GRE Vocabulary Flash Cards Set 4
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  1. laud
    • d: to praise
    • p: lawd

    s: <an actor who in his lifetime received all the laud and honor that the theater world could bestow>
  2. candor
    • d: frankness, sincere; impartial
    • p: kan-der

    s: She spoke with candor about racism.
  3. soliloquy
    • d: talking to yourself
    • p: suh-lil-uh-kwee

    s: Hamlet's soliloquy begins with “To be or not to be.”
  4. prone
    • d: natural inclination or tendency; 
    • laying face down
    • p: prohn

    • s: <he was prone to emotional outbursts under stress>
    • <quickly subdue the suspect and get him into a proneposition>
  5. capricious
    • d: erratic
    • p: kuh-pree-shuh s

    s: The court ruled that the punishment was arbitrary and capricious.
  6. arbitrary
    • d: subject to will or judgement without restriction (an arbitrary decision)
    • capricious, unreasonable, unsupported (an arbitrary demand for payment)
    • tyrannical, uncontrolled/unrestricted (an arbitrary government)
    • p: ahr-bit-trer-ee
  7. magnanimity
    • d: generosity in forgiving an insult or injury; noble; 
    • p: mag-nuh-nim-i-tee

    s: <She was too magnanimous to resent all the things others had said to her.>
  8. catalyst
    • d: something that causes a reaction without itself being affected; something that precipitates an event or change
    • p: kat-l-ist

    s: His imprisonment by the government served as the catalyst that helped transform social unrest into revolution.
  9. aversion
    • d: strong feeling of dislike
    • p: uh-vur-zhuh n

    s: <I simply have this ingrained aversion to the sight of bloodshed.>
  10. distention
    • d: expand/swell (The sea distended about them.)
    • to expand by stretching (Habitual overeating had distended his stomach.)
    • p: dih-stend
  11. loquacious
    • d: talkative, garrulous
    • p: loh-kewy-shuh s

    s: the loquacious host of a radio talk show
  12. caustic
    • d: corrosive; severly critical or sarcastic
    • p: kaw-stik

    s: She wrote a caustic report about the decisions that led to the crisis.
  13. aberrant
    • d: deviating from the ordinary
    • p: uh-ber-uh nt

    s: <a year of aberrant weather—record rainfall in the summer, record heat in the autumn>
  14. plasticity
    • d: capable of being molded
    • p: pla-stis-i-tee

    s:  the plasticity of social institutions; thegreat plasticity of clay.
  15. mundane
    • d: common/ordinary
    • p: muhn-deyn

    s: mundane chores, like washing dishes
  16. ostracism
    • d: exclusion from social acceptance
    • p: os-truh-siz-uh m

    s: the boy was ostracized by his friend because he still sucked on his thumb
  17. eclectic
    • d: not following any one system, and using what's considered best of each element
    • p: ih-klek-tik

    s: The collection includes an eclectic mix of historical artifacts.
  18. anachronistic
    • d: something that is not in its correct historical or chronological time
    • p: uh-nak-ruh-niz-uh m

    s: He's an old-fashioned politician who is seen by many of his colleagues as an anachronism.
  19. propensity
    • d: natural inclination/tendency
    • p: pruh-pen-si-tee

    s: He had a propensity for crime.
  20. endemic
    • d: belonging/characteristic to a particular place
    • p: en-dem-ik

    s: <the fish is not an endemic species of the lake, and it is rapidly devouring the native trout population>
  21. abscond
    • d: to depart in a sudden/secret manner 
    • p: ab-skond

    s: The suspect absconded to Canada.
  22. anomalous
    • d: inconsistent with common order; irregular
    • p: uh-nom-h-lus s

    s: Researchers could not explain the anomalous test results.
  23. emulate
    • d: to try to equal or excel; imitate to surpass
    • p: em-yuh-leyt

    s: artists emulating the style of their teachers
  24. apprise
    • d: to give notice to; to inform
    • p: uh-prahyz

    s: <let me apprise you of the current situation>
  25. perennial
    • d: lasting for an indefinitely long time; perpetual; lasting throughout the entire year
    • p: puh-ren-ee-uh l

    s: Flooding is a perennial problem for people living by the river.
  26. qualm
    • d: uneasy feeling
    • p: kwahm

    s: <she has no qualms about downloading pirated music files from the Internet>
  27. archaic
    • d: antique; primitive
    • p: ahr-key-ik

    s: <a man with some archaic notions about the proper sphere for women>
  28. bent
    • d: tendency, inclination
    • p: bent

    s: a bent for painting.
  29. ascetic
    • d: practicing strict self-denial as a measure of personal and spiritual discipline
    • p: uh-set-ik

    s: an ascetic diet of rice and beans
  30. extemporaneous
    • d: impromptu; previously planned but delived with help of few/no notes
    • p: ik-stem-puh-rey-nee-uh s

    s: <caught by surprise, I had to make an extemporaneous speech at the awards banquet>
  31. arduous
    • d: difficult, strenuous
    • p: ahr-joo-uh s

    s: He went through a long and arduous training program.
  32. esoteric
    • d: understood by only a select few; confidential
    • p: es-uh-ter-ik

    s: <metaphysics is such an esoteric subject that most people are content to leave it to the philosophers>
  33. florid
    • d: reddish/rosy (a florid complexion)
    • flowery, excessively ornate (florid writing)
  34. fawn
    • d: servile flattery
    • p: fawn

    s: he courtiers fawned over the king.
  35. quiescence
    • d: being at rest, quiet, inactive
    • p: kwee-es-uh nt

    s:  a quiescent mind.
  36. condone
    • d: disregard or overlook; give tacit approval to; 
    • p: kuh n-dohn

    s: a government that has been accused of condoning racism
  37. epitome
    • d: typical or ideal example
    • p: ih-pit-uh-mee

    s: the British monarchy itself is the epitome of tradition
  38. succinct
    • d: concise
    • p: suh k-singkt

    s: <a pocket guide that provides succinct explanations for rules of grammar and punctuation>
  39. repudiate
    • d: to reject as having no authority or binding force; disown; refuse to accpet
    • p: ri-pyoo-dee-eyt

    s: She says she has evidence which repudiates the allegations.
  40. desiccate
    • d: to dehydrate
    • p: des-i-keyt