GRE vocab 3

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GRE vocab 3
2013-08-10 23:11:16

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  1. acumen  n
    keen, accurate judgment or insight
  2. adulterate  v
    to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
  3. amalgamate  v
    to combine several elements into a whole
  4. archaic  adj
    outdated; associated with an earlier, more primitive time
  5. aver  v
    to state as a fact; to declare or assert
  6. bolster  v
    provide support or reinforcement
  7. bombastic  adj
  8. diatribe  n
    harsh denunciation
  9. dissemble  v
    to disguise or conceal; to mislead
  10. eccentric  adj
    departing from norms
  11. endemic  adj
    characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or ppl
  12. evanescent adj
    tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
  13. exacerbate  v
    to make worse or more severe
  14. fervent  adj
    greatly emotional or zealous
  15. fortuitous  adj
    happening by accident or chance
  16. germane  adj
    relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
  17. grandiloquence  n
    pompous speech or expression
  18. hackneyed  adj
    rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
  19. halcyon  adj
    calm & peaceful
  20. hedonism  n
    devotion to pleasurable pursuits esp of the senses
  21. hegemony  n
    consistent dominance or one state or ideology over others
  22. iconoclast  n
    one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
  23. idolatrous  adj
    given to intense or excessive devotion to something
  24. impassive adj
    revealing no emotion
  25. imperturbable  adj
    marked by extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness
  26. implacable  adj
    not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
  27. impunity  n
    immunity form punishment or penalty
  28. inchoate  adj
    in an initial stage; not fully formed
  29. infelicitous  adj
    unfortunate; inappropriate
  30. insipid  adj
    w/o taste or flavor; lacking spirit; bald
  31. loquacious  adj
    extremely talkative
  32. luminous adj
    characterized by brightness and the emission of light
  33. malevolent  adj
    having or showing often vicious ill will, spite or hatred
  34. malleable  adj
    capable of being shaped or formed;pliable
  35. mendacity  n
    condition of being untruthful; dishonesty
  36. meticulous  adj
    characterized by extreme care and precision
  37. misanthrope  n
    one who hates all other humans
  38. mitigate  b
    to make/become less severe or intense; to moderate
  39. obdurate  adj
    unyielding; hardhearted; intractable
  40. obsequious  adj
    exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
  41. occlude  v
    to obstruct or block
  42. opprobrium  n
    disgrace; contempt; scorn
  43. pedagogy  n
    profession or principles of teaching or instructing
  44. pedantic  adj
    overly concerned with the trivial details of learning or education; show-offish about one's knowledge
  45. penury  n
    poverty; destitution
  46. pervasive  adj
    having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout
  47. pine  v
    to yearn intensely; languish
  48. pirate  v
    to illegally use or reproduce
  49. pith   n
    essential or central part
  50. pithy  adj
    precise and brief
  51. placate  v
    to appease; to calm by making concessions
  52. platitude  n
    superficial remark esp one offered as meaningful
  53. plummet  v
    to plunge or drop straight down
  54. polemical  adj
    controversial; argumentative
  55. prodigal  adj
    recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse; lavish
  56. profuse  adj
    given or coming forth abundantly
  57. queries  n
    questions; inquires; doubts in the mind; reservations
  58. querulous  adj
    prone to complaining or grumbling
  59. rancorous  adj
    characterized by bitter, longlasting resentment
  60. recalcitrant  adj
    obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage
  61. repudiate  v
    to refuse to have anything to do with; to disown
  62. rescind  v
    to invalidate; to repeal; to retract
  63. reverent  adj
    marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect
  64. rhetoric  n
    art or study of effective use of language for communication/persuasion
  65. salubrious  adj
    promoting health or well-being
  66. solvent  adj
    able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance
  67. specious  adj
    seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive; plausible but false
  68. spurious  adj
    lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
  69. subpoena  n
    court order requiring appearance and/or testimony
  70. succinct  adj
    brief; concise
  71. superfluous  adj
    exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
  72. surfeit  v
    an overabundant supply; excess
  73. tenacity  n
    quality of adherence or persistence to something valued; persistent determination
  74. tenuous  adj
    having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak
  75. tirade  n
    long & extremely critical speech; harsh denunciation
  76. transient  adj
    fleeting; passing quickly; breif
  77. zealous  adj
    fervent; ardent; impassioned, devoted to a cause